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Get. 21, 1969 Filed 061;. 25, 1968 M. KEATING, JR
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ATTORNEY Oct. 21, 1969 M. KEATING, JR
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ATTORNEY United States Patent "ice 3,473,655 DISPENSING DISPLAY PACKAGE Martin Keating, J12, Park Ridge, N.J., assignor to Universal Folding Box Co., Inc., Hobolren, N.J., a corporation of New York Filed Oct. 23, 1968, Ser. No. 770,013 int. Ci. B65d 73/00 Cl. 20672 10 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLUSURE A dispensing display package in which a merchandise container of the blister type is attached to the front of a paper card body, the merchandise being dispensible from said container through a window in the card body at the rear of the container, embodying a dispensing device for opening and closing said window mounted on the back of the card body, so designed that container opening and closing is effected by an improved push-pull mechanism and operation.
This invention relates to a dispensing display package and more particularly to an improved merchandise display package of the blister or bubble type.
The prime object of my present invention is the provision of a dispensing display package of the blister type, designed and constructed to enable the consumer to dispense parts of packaged contents from time to time while maintaining the integrity of the package. The display package of the present invention is designed as an improvement of the dispensing display package of my Patent No. 3,289,831 patented Dec. 6, 1966.
In the improved dispensing display package of the present invention, the dispensing of parts of the packaged contents from the blister container is accomplished by opening and closing a window in the card body of the package at the rear of the blister container by means of a push-pull mechanism, a device having an improved structure and operation. The improved package is further characterized by designing all the parts of the card body and the dispensing device from a simplified unitary blank of cardboard material.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing object and such other objects as may hereinafter appear, the present invention relates to the improved dispensing display package as is more particularly defined in the appended claims taken together with the following description and the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a longitudinal sectional view of the dispensing display package showing the same with the container in a return closed condition;
FIG. 2 is a rear elevational view thereof, absent the blister container;
FIG. 3 is a longitudal sectional view of the package showing the same with the container in an open articledispensing condition;
FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view of FIG. 3, again with the absence of the blister container.
FIG. 5 is a front elevational view of the dispensing display package;
FIG. 6 is a plan view of a unitary blank from which the card support body and the dispensing device of the package are formed; and
FIG. 7 is a view of FIG. 6 showing the card support body and the dispensing device in partially formed or assembled condition.
Referring now more in detail to the drawings, and hav- 3,473,655 Patented Oct. 21, 1969 ing reference first to FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 thereof, the dispensing display package comprises a support body generally designated as 10, a merchandise container 12 fixedly attached to the front 11 of said body, said body being formed with a dispensing window 14 located near one end within the confines of the rear of said container 12, and a push-pull dispensing mechanism or device generally designated as 16 fixedly mounted on the back 17 of the support body 10. The dispensing device 16 comprises in its essential parts a closure member 18 normally overlying and closing said window 14 as best shown in FIGS. 1 and 5 of the drawings, said member being hingedly movable in one direction (downwardly) when pulled to open said window 14 to the position shown in FIG. 3, to dispense merchandise such as nails, washers, snap fasteners and grommets, etc., (nails 20 being illustrated in the figures of the drawings), the said member 18 being movable in the opposite direction (upwardly) upon being pushed to reclose said window to the position shown in FIG. 1 of the drawings, combined with a push-pull member 22 hingedly movable on said body 10 between the positions shown in FIGS. 1 and 3 and attached to said closure member for moving the latter. Completing this construction there is provided a pushpull tab 24 attached to said push-pull member 22 for activating the same.
The dispensing display package shown embodies a construction in which the support body it) is a paper card body, the merchandise container .12 is a blister or bubble formed from a transparent plastic material, and the push-pull dispensing device 16 is also a paper card body. As will be more detailed below in connection with FIGS. 6 and 7 of the drawings, the support body 10 and the push-pull dispensing device 16 comprise paper card bodies folded up from a unitary blank. The blister 12 comprises as is customary in these bubble packages a three-dimensional container having front, side and end walls as shown and provided with a flange 26, which is adhesively sealed to the front wall of the support body 10.
The dispensing mechanism or .device 16 of the package comprises more specifically the window closure member 18 in the form of a flap hinged at 28 to the lower edge of the window 14, and movable about its hinge between the window closing position of FIG. 1 and the window opening and dispensing position shown in FIG. 3, combined with the push-pull member 22 in the form of a flap hinged to the lower edge 30 of the support body 10, which flap is adhesively attached to the closure flap 18 as at 32.
The push-pull member or flap 22 is made to comprise a bottom part 22 a top part 22 and a connecting part 22 the bottom part being the part which is hingedly connected to the body 10 at the hinge line 3! the top part being the part adhesively attached to the closure flap 18, and the connecting part being part connected to said top and bottom parts by fold lines referred to hereinafter to act as means for hingedly inter-connecting the said parts. The top part 22 of the push-pull member 22 is attached to the closure member or flap 18 with a part 34 overhanging the top of the closure flap thereby providing an in-use locking ledge for the dispensing device. In its original set-up or assembled condition (i.e. prior to any dispensing use) the closure flap is attached to the back of its support body 16 and the push-pull tab 24 is attached to its push-pull member 22 by weakened lines (uncut lines) 36 and 38, respectively, (see FIGS. 2 and 4) which are adapted to be broken by an initial pull of the tab 24.
In the use of the construction thus far described, an initial pull of the tab 24 disengages the tab at 38, 38 from the lower part 22 of the push-pull flap and disengages the closure flap 18 at 36, 36 from the body 10, and a continued pull moves the closure flap 18 and the pushpull flap 22 from the window closing position (FIG. 2) to its window dispensing position shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, where the closure flap, supported by the push-pull flap serves as a dispensing shelf, as is clearly depicted in FIG. 3. A return push exerted on the tab 24, moves the flaps 22 and 18 back to window closing position, where the overhanging ledge 34 engages itself beneath the top edge 40 of the window 14 (see particularly FIG. 1) thereby acting as a retaining or locking means for the dispensing device. In subsequent uses of the dispensing device, a pull on this tab 24 serves to disengage the locking ledge 34 permitting the parts to move to their open and dispensing positions.
In FIGS. 6 and 7 of the drawings I show a unitary blank from which the support body and the dispensing device of the package are formed; and a description of this unitary blank will also reveal additional characteristic structural features of the fully assembled package. Referring to these figures, the blank B comprises simply the following parts: the package support body 10 and the dispensing part 22 shaped as shown in FIG. 6. To form the dispensing window 14 and the closure flap 18, the body 10 is cut along the lines 42, 44 and 46 and creased along the line 48, leaving, however, the parts 36, 36 uncut, and also preferably cutting the mid-part 50 of the crease line 48, thereby forming the window and its closure by forming the top, sides and bottom of the window 14 and the fold line of the closure flap 18. To produce the push-pull member 16, the depending part 22 of the blank B is formed with a crease line 52 at the bottom of the card body 10 and the said depending part 22 is formed with the crease line 54 and the crease line 56 to define the previously described parts or portions 22*, 22 and 22, the crease lines 52, 54 and 56 defining fold-hinge lines for the parts 22 22 and 22. To produce the tab 24, a portion of the push-pull depending part 22 (the push-pull member in the set-up assembly) and a portion of the supporting body 10 are out along the lines 58, 60 and 62, leaving, however, uncut the parts 38, 38 defining for the finished assembly the push-pull tab 24 foldable along the mid-part 54 of the crease line 54. Preferably the mid-section which forms the fold line 56 is cut as at 56 The part 22 is provided with an adhesive layer 32 for subsequent attachment to the closure member 18.
The blank of FIG. 6 is assembled by first being bent to the condition shown in FIG. 7 of the drawings; and the assembly is completed by finally adhesively attaching the part 22 to the closure member 18, after which the blister container with its contents is attached to the front wall 11 of the card body 10, thus completing the assembled package, the rear of which is best depicted in FIG. 2.
The use and operation of the dispensing display package will be apparent from the above detailed description of its structure and assembly. The container 12 with its contents is normally in closed and locked condition. An initial pull exerted on the push-pull tab 24 detaches the tab from the bottom part 22 at 38, 38 and detaches the closure member 18 from the card body at 36, 36; and a continued pull on the tab 24 moves the push-pull dispensing device from the position shown in FIG. 2 to the dispensing position shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. In this position the window closure member 18 supported by the parts of the member or flap 22 forms a shelf for dispensing a desired part of the contents of the package as best depicted in FIG. 3. After the dispensing operation the tab 24 is pushed upwardly thereby moving all of the parts of the dispensing device (including the closure member) to the position shown in FIG. 1 where the ledge part 34 flips under the top edge 40 of the dispensing window thereby forming an in-use holding or locking means for the dispensing device, with the dispensing window returned to a closed position. Thus a simplified push-pull operation package is produced which may be rapidly and easily opened from time to time to dispense contents thereof and may be rapidly and easily closed and held closed to restore the package to its closed condition. thereby maintaining the integrity of the package.
It will be apparent that many changes may be made in the structure of the package and in the structure of the blank thereof without departing from the spirit of the invention defined in the following claims I claim:
1. A dispensing display package comprising a support body, a merchandise container fixedly attached to the front of said body, said body being formed with a dispensing window located at, and within the confines of, the rear of said container, and a push-pull dispensing device fixedly mounted on the back of said support body, said device comprising a closure member hinged to an edge of said window normally overlying and closing said window, said closure member being movable about its hinge in one direction upon being pulled to open said window to dispense merchandise in said container and in the opposite direction upon being pushed to reclose said window, and a push-pull member hingedly connected to said body, said push-pull member being attached to said closure member for moving the same.
2. The dispensing display package of claim 1, in which the support body, the closure member and the push-pull member comprise paper-card bodies folded up from a unitary blank.
3. The dispensing display package of claim 2, in which the merchandise container is a blister formed from a transparent plastic material.
4. The dispensing display package of claim 1, in which the hinge of the closure member is at the lower edge of the window, the closure member being movable about its said hinge to an open shelf position, and the hinge of the push-pull member is at the lower edge of said support body.
5. The dispensing display package of claim 1, in which the closure member is a hinged flap and in which the push-pull member comprises a hinged flap having a bottom part, a top part and a connecting part, the bottom part being the part hingedly connected to said body, the top part being the part attached to said closure flap, and the connecting part being connected to said top and bottom parts by fold lines to act as means for hingedly inter-connecting the said parts.
6. The dispensing display package of claim 5, in which the said top part of the push pull flap is attached to closure flap with an overhang at the top of the closure flap, thereby providing an in-use locking ledge for the dispensing device.
7. The dispensing display package of claim 5, in which the said connecting part is provided at its bottom fold line with a push-pull tab.
8. The dispensing display package of claim 5, in which the said connecting part is provided at its bottom fold line with a push-pull tab and in which the closure member is normally attached to the back of the support body and the push-pull tab is normally attached to the pushpull member by weakened lines which are adapted to be broken by an initial pull on the tab.
9. The dispensing display package of claim 1, in which the support body and the dispensing device are formed from a single sheet cardboard blank comprising the following parts: a front body, a window portion of said body being cut along its top and sides and being creased along its bottom to provide the window and the window closure member and a push-pull member extending at an end of said front body comprising a first portion connected by a crease line to said front body end to form a bottom part of said latter member, a second portion connected by a crease line to said first portion to form a connecting part of said latter member and a third portion connected by a crease line to said second portion to form a top part of said latter member, the said crease lines defining fold hinge lines for the parts of said mem- 3,473,655 5 6 her, the top part of said push-pull member being adapted References Cited to be adhesively attached to the closure member. I
10. The dispensing display package of claim 1, in which UN TED STATES PATENTS a portion of said push-pull member and a portion of said 2568'625 9/1951 Harveyfrom body are cut to provide a push-pull tab connected 3127010 3/1964 CaPeZZuto- 5 1a ncgzlaggrtold hne to the second portion of sand push JAMES B MARBERT, Primary Examiner