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United States Patent Inventors Appl, No. Filed Patented Assignee DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR MIRRORS AND THE LIKE Primary Examiner-William T. Dixson, Jr.
Attorney-Ralph W. Kalish ABSTRACT: A display package for a flat article, such as, a mirror, picture, decorative panel, and the like, which package 2 chimsg nn'ing F185 is constructed from a single blank of sheet material having a US. i 206/62, central panel and a pair of foldable, opposed end panels. The 206/79 central panel is provided with an opening for receiving the lat. 865d 85/48 particular article; said end panels being adapted for disposi- Field of 206/79, 78 tion against the rear face of the article and detachably secured B, 62; 229/87 thereto.
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ATTORN EY DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR MIRRORSAND .THEILIKE' BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THEIN VENT ION The present: invention relates-:topackaging, and more:particularly, to adisplay. packagev for aflat article and being adapted for facilitating; handling, of the article, as on store premises and duringtransport.
It is anobject of thepresent'inventionto provideadisplay package WhiChllS adapted to receive a flat"article;-such"asza mirror;.picture,decorative panel, or the like; said package being constructed from a single. blank of'sheetmaterialso as to conduce to expeditious, high volurneproduction.
It is another object'of'the present invention toprovide-a distypes of framed, flat articles. Thus, the descriptions hereinbelow merely serve to exemplify the versatility of the present whichiillustrate practicalembodiments of the present invenplay packageofthetype stated which' permits of exposure- 0f the entire forward or front face of the article so thatthesame may-befully inspected by a purchaser without removingsame from thepackage.
his a further 'object'of'the presentinvention toprovidea display package of the type statedwhich incorporates'integral components securable to the retained article for maintaining same within the-package; whichzcomponents are-not visible from the front of th'epackage.
It is another object 'ofthe present invention to providea display package. of l the type statedfwhich incorporates-- various types ot' means for securementto the retained article, but which means may be affixed or withdrawn withequal facility;
It is another object of the present invention to provide adis-- playpackage of the type stated which may be most economi cally manufactured; which provides a protective border to the retained article; and which permits'of suspension from a suita-' ble wall bracket to'enhance-theexhibition of the retained article'; and which'is durable and reliable in usage:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF-THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a front elevational viewof a display packageconstructed in accordancewith and embodying the present inven'- tion, illustrating same in operative-condition with a-rctained mirror. p
FIG. 2 is a rear view of the package as shownin FlGUREli FIG. 3'is a vertical transverse sectional -view'taken on the line 3-3 of FIG. 1.
HO. 4 is a horizontal transverse sectional-view'taken'on the line 4-4 of FIGLZ."
FIG. 5 is a front view of the package in. inoperative, open:
F1616 is a front elevational view of another form of display package constructed in accordancewith and embodying the:
present invention, illustrating the same inoperative condition' with a mirror retained therein.
FIG. 7 is a rear view of the package shown 11 16:6-
FIG. 8'is a vertical transverse sectional view taken'on the line H ofFlG. 6.-
FIG. 9'is a front view of the display package in inoperative condition; being fully opened.
DESCRIPTION OF PRACTlCALiEMBODlMENTS In essence, the.present invention constitutes aj-package formed from a single blank of sheet material and having-a main'panel portion with an enlarged opening suitably dimensioned and contoured for receiving aparticular flat article; such as, a mirror,picture, decorativetilq and the like. "lhe= blank incorporates end flaps foldable through an angle of substantially 180 for disposition against the :rear face of the retained'article and with means for detachably affixing said tion,-A'- ge'nerally designates a display package formed from a single" blank 1' ofsheet material, such as, preferably, corrugated-paper, kraftboard, and the like, of approximately-oneeighth' inch to one-fourthinch in thickness; Blank 1 comprises a-central or-main'pan'elZ-which maybe of any desired contiguration but is illustrated'herein' as being quadrilateral, having parallelsidemarginsBJ and opposed end margins 4,4; the latterbeingcoincident'with a fold line 5,5, respectively, for establishing the demarcation between the central panel and end panels'6',=6, respectively; Said end panels 6,6 are of like hei ght as centralpanel 2, but are of relatively limited transverse extent; being adapted for swingable movement about the respective foldlines'5,5 from planar aligned condition with panel 2 to =substantially flatwise disposition on the rear face thereof-(see FIG; 2 being thus swingable through an arc of substantially. 180. At'opposite ends of'fold lines 5,5, as at 7, blank l maybe cut away in order to provide rounded corners, asat-8'; to panel 2-with registering arcuate portions 9 on end panels 6,6" for enhancing the ornamental appearance of package A Panel 2' is provided with an'enlarged central opening 10, the size-and contour of which is dictated by the character of the particular'article to be retained by package A. In the embodiment being described, the opening 10 is of four-sided character; having parallel side margins 11,11 and parallel end margins 12,12. It will be seen that by reason of the relative Y, line, may beof any desired extent, as will be evident more fully hereinbelow; but in the present example is relatively less than the'adjacent border-defining portion of panel 2.
Package A, as above described,has been designed and constructed' to receive a rectangular mirror m enclosed within a frame f, the side faces of which latter are beveled, as at 18, (see FlGLS). it is apparent that frame f is of a conventional, well-known character. With an article, such as the aforesaid framed mirror, opening 10 is normally of less area than the rear faceof said mirror, and with the area being bounded by -thefoldlines 13,13", 14,14 being greater than the area of the rear face'of said mirror but less than that defined by the outer portions of frame f;
Accordingly, in usage, mirror m will be inserted into opening-'lG-thiough'what is to'be considered the forward face of blankl "(as the same may carry decorative or informational printed material thereon). By such insertion, the beveled side faces l8 of mirror frame f will engage flaps 16,16, 17,17, and cause same to be folded inwardly; with the limit of inward movement of mirror frame f determined by the relative dimensions of the area bounded by said flaps so that a portion of said frame f will project forwardly of the plane of panel 2 (see FIG. 3). With saidmirror m so received within opening 10 end flaps 6,6 are swung rearwardly into overlying relationship with respect to the adjacent end portions of panel'2 and the rear face of mirror m. lt'will be noted that endpanels 6,6 are of similar staples 20. Additionally, flaps 16,16, 17,17 may be secured to the beveled side faces of frame f by staples, as indicated at 21.
Other types of securing means, such as, adhesives, might be utilized for completing the formation of package A. in this condition, it will be seen that end panels 6,6 reinforce the end portions of'package A while assisting in stabilizing the received article, mirror m in this case, in position, as well as a similar package placed against the rear face of package A or stacked thereon, such as might beencountered in storage or display areas. 1
Panel 2 along one marginal portion may be provided with spaced openings 22 for extension therethrough of wall brackets (not shown) for suspension of package A thereby. Panel 2 also presents a ready means for manipulating or handling mirror m without touching same so that facile transport thereof and the like may be efiected. The novel configuration of package A permits of full exposure of the article for display purposes so that a customers inspection may be achieved without disruption of the protection accorded by the fully formed blank 1.
FIGS. 6-9, inclusive, disclose another form of the package of the present invention, being indicated at A; the same being constructed from a single blank 1 having a central panel 2' of general rectangular character with end panels 26,26 being engaged toopposite ends of central panel 2' along fold lines 27,27 said elements being of like character as the corresponding elements of package A hereinabove described. Central panel 2' is provided with an ovate opening 28 being contoured for snugly receiving an article of corresponding contour; in this instance, the same being a oval mirror m received within a frame 1 of like configuration but wherein the rear face of mirror m and frame 1 are coplanar, as indicated at 29, (see FIG. 7). In this form of the invention the article to be retained, mirror m, is of like area and dimension as opening 28 so that the same will fit snugly therein. Opening 28 is devoid of any marginal flaps as provided in package A above set forth.
Mounted upon the rear face 29 of mirror m adjacent its upper and lower ends is a plurality of bendable tabs or fingers 30 projecting from the plane of rear face 29 and being deformable for projection parallel with, or toward, said rear face 29.
End flaps 26,26 in their free end marginal zones are provided with slotlike apertures 31 for registration with the proximate tabs 30 of mirror m when said end panels 26,26 are folded rearwardly into package-forming position. Thus, said tabs 30 will extend through the related aperture 31 and with the projecting portion of said tabs 30 being then bent downwardly toward the plane of the respective panel or rearward face 29 so as to secure said panels 26,26 in operative position.
With said panels 26,26 being in package-forming relationship, the side portions thereof may be secured to the confronting portion of central panel 2 by any suitable means, such as, staples 32, which latter serve to enhance the stability of end panels 26,26 in operative position.
, providing a shield or protector against damaging contact with -ducing to closure of package A as well as for Central panel 2' and the normally upper end panel 26 are provided with alignable openings 33, 33'forreceiving suspension brackets, if desired, for display of package A.
ln view of the foregoing, it will be seen that packages A and A illustrate two forms of the present-invention for demonstrating the versatility thereof and the potential of this invention for use with flat articles of myriad design and construction. With the article m supported in package A it will be seen that tabs or fingers 30 also serve as meansfor supporting the article'in its intended position of use as tabs 30 may be provided with openings 34 for extension therethrough of wire or other like suspension means. In this connection tabs 30 are uniquely contrived to serve a double function, that is, for conpermanent utilitarian purposes.
Having described our invention, what we claim and desire to obtain by Letters Patent is:
l. A package for flat article, said package being formed from a blank of sheet material and comprising a central panel, a pair of end panels, there being a fold line between said end panels and the proximate margin of said central panel for allowing swingability of said end panels from coplanar disposition with respect to said central panel to flatwise disposition on the rear face thereof, said central panel having an opening of an area and configuration commensurate with the article to be received, each end panel having its dimension normal to the fold line being less than one-half the corresponding dimension of said central panel so that when said end panels are in folded condition the same will be mutually spaced apart and overlie adjacent end portions of the article to be received, a plurality of deformable tabs mounted on the rear face of said flat article, said end panels having openings for registration with said deformable tabs when said end panels are in overlying relationship with said fiat article, and staple means securing said end panel to said end panels when the latter are in folded condition.
2. A package for a flat article, said package being formed from a blank of sheet material and comprising a central panel, a pair of end panels, there being a fold line between said end panels and the proximate margin of said central panel for allowing swingability of said end panels from coplanar disposition with respect to said central panel to fiatwise disposition on the rear face thereof, said central panel having an opening of an area and configuration commensurate with the article to be received, each end panel having its dimension normal to the fold line being less than one-half the corresponding dimension of said central panel so that when said end panels are in folded condition the same will be mutually spaced apart and overlie adjacent end portions of the article to be received, first means securing said end panels to the rearward face of said ar-