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March 20, 1973 T. K. AUSTIN- DISPLAY DEVICE 2 sheets sheet 1 Filed Dec, 20, 1971 FIG. 3
March 20, 1973 T. K. AUSTIN DISPLAY DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 20, 1971 INVENTOR TIMOTHY K- AUSTEN ATTORNEYS Umted States Patent 3,721,029 DISPLAY DEVICE Timothy K. Austin, Santa Ana, Calif., assignor to Container Corporation of America, Chicago, Ill. Filed Dec. 20, 1971, Ser. No. 209,586 Int. Cl. G09f 1/00 US. Cl. 40-124.1 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A display device is erectable from a flattened to an erected position, and is formed from a blank of paperboard or the like comprised of major and minor pairs of foldably interconnected panels in the shape of a flattened tube. Structure is provided for erecting the flattened tube and consists of a pair of opposed erecting flaps connected to corresponding ends of a pair of major and minor panels. Each of the erecting flaps has a diagonal fold line therein enabling the erecting flaps to be folded upon themselves between adjacent major and minor panels when in the form of a flattened tube. Resilient means connected across the erecting flaps bias the major and minor panels to an erected position, and indicia supporting means foldably extending from an adjacent pair of major and minor panels are folded between the major and minor panels, and an indicia bearing eX- tcnsion foldably connected to at least one of the indicia supporting means is movable to an erected position upon the movement of the major and minor panels to the erected position upon operation of the resilient biasing means.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the invention The invention herein relates generally to animated displays formed from folded paperboard or the like.
(2) The prior art The prior art appears to be best exemplified in the following patents which were developed in a search:
Jannes, 2,833,074, May 6, 1958, 41/11.
England, 3,010,246, Nov. 28, 1961, 46/1.
THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of a display device according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a view similar to FIG. 1 showing the parts thereof being arranged for a subsequent movement and display;
FIG. 3 is a plan view of a cut and scored blank for forming the display device;
FIG. 4 shows the device stored within an envelope;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the display device in position ready for movement to a display position after being removed from its storage envelope;
FIG. 6 is an elevational view showing the device in the erected or display position;
FIG. 7 is an end view thereof;
FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the erected display; and
FIG. 9 is a sectional view looking in the direction of the arrows 9-9 of FIG. 6.
The display device according to the present invention is referred to generally by the reference numeral 10 and is formed from a cut and scored blank 10A. When the device is properly assembled and placed in the nonerected position thereof, it is adapted to be stored within an envelope 10B seen in FIG. 5.
The blank 10A consists of opposed major and minor panels 11 and 12 foldably connected to each other along a line of fold 13. The distal end of one of the major panels 11 has a glue flap 14 foldably connected thereto along a fold line 16, and glue flap 14 is joined to the leftmost minor panel 12 to form a flattened tube as See in FIG. 1.
A pair of opposed erecting flaps 17 are foldably connected to one end of the major panels 11 along fold lines 18, and each erecting flap 17 is provided with a glue flap 19 foldably connected thereto along a fold line 21 for joining the same to an adjacent major flap 12.
Each of the erecting flaps 17 has a diagonal fold line 24 therein and a generally U-shaped slot 23 is bisected by each fold line 22, there being a generally central tongue 24 defined by the U-shaped slot 23. A resilient member 26, such as a rubber band, is connected across the two erecting flaps 17, to bias the major and minor panels 11 and 12 when connected as a flattened tube to an erected position with a transverse cross section which is essentially square.
A pair of indicia supporting flaps 27, each foldably extend from opposite ends of an adjacent pair of major and minor panels 11 and 12 along a fold line 27A. At least one of the indicia supporting flaps 17 has an indicia bearing extension 28 foldably connected thereto along a fold line 29. Preferably, however, the indicia bearing extensions 28 are arranged symmetrically as seen in FIG. 3, the two extensions 28 being glued together. Alternately, however, extension 28 may be connected to the opposite indicia supporting means by a glue line (not shown) at the line of fold 29.
The parts thus far described, upon initial assembly, appear as seen in FIG. 1. The erecting flaps 17 are folded along the fold lines 18 and 21 and into facing engagement along diagonal fold lines 22 within the flattened sleeve as seen in FIG. 2. At the same time, the indicia supporting flaps 27 are folded along fold lines 27A within the major and minor panels 11 and 12 as they move to a position connected as a flattened tube.
In order to accommodate the movement of the panels 27, 27, in confronting relationship between the major and minor panels 11 and 12 in their flattened condition, one of the erecting flaps 17 is provided with a notch 30 to permit passage of the flaps 27, 27 thereapart.
The display 10 seen in FIG. 4 is adapted to be placed within a storage envelope 32 seen in FIG. 5 for subsequent removal therefrom. A pull tab 33 is provided for one of the major panels 11, it being defined by an arcuate cut line 34 in the adjacent minor panel 12.
Upon removal of the display from the sleeve 32, the bias of the elastic band 26 is such as to cause the major and minor panels to adopt a position whereby their transverse cross section is in the form of a square. The bias of the elastic band 26 causes the indicia 28 to spring up from between the major and minor panels 11 and 12 as seen more clearly in FIG. 6. In order to support the indicia supporting flaps 27 in the erected position of the display, one of the indicia supporting flaps 27 is provided with a small ear 31 which rests upon the top of one of the minor panels 11.
1. A display device erectable from a flattened to an erected condition thereof comprising:
(a) major and minor pairs of foldably interconnected panels to form a flattened tube;
(b) a pair of opposed erecting flaps, each being connected to corresponding ends of a pair of adjacent major and minor panels;
(c) a diagonal fold line in each erecting flap enabling each to be folded on itself between adjacent major and minor panels when connected as a flattened tube;
(d) means extending between said erecting flaps for unfolding same and for biasing said major and minor panels in a direction to move same to an erected position;
(e) indicia supporting means foldably extending from an adjacent pair of major and minor panels from ends of said panels opposite to said erecting flaps;
(if) an indicia bearing extension foldably connected to at least one of said indicia supporting means;
(g) said indicia bearing extension being foldable to position between said major and minor panels when said erecting flaps are folded between said major and minor panels when folded as a flattened tube, and being released to indicia viewing position upon the bias of said biasing means in moving said major and minor panels to erected position.
2. A display device according to claim 1 wherein said biasing means is a rubber band connected at its ends to said erecting flaps.
3. A display device according to claim 1 including an envelope for storing said device in the flattened condition thereof.
4. A display device according to claim 1 Wherein one of said indicia supporting means is provided with means engaging one of said panels when said display device is erected.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,580,241 12/1951 Podmore 40l26 A 3,090,144 5/1963 Malamude 40124.1 3,235,988 2/1966 Paige 40124.l 3,299,555 1/1967 Scherotto 40-124.1 3,668,796 6/1972 Patterson 40-126 A ROBERT W. MICHELL, Primary Examiner W. I. CONTRERAS, Assistant Examiner