US 3800503 A
A base or magazine for holding a plurality of bags of polyethylene or similar plastic material, which are connected together by welded joints and capable of being separated by perforated lines along the bottom edge of each such joint, so that the separated bag has a closed bottom leaving a bag next to the separated bag having an open mouth. A bag holder is supported on the base and the bags are dispensed from the top of the base into the holder. The holder is of a size to accommodate one bag the open mouth of which is supported on the holder rim until filled, after which the filled bag is drawn upwardly from the holder and separated from the bag next adjacent thereto and which is then positioned in an open position within the holder.
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United States Patent ['19] Maki [ Apr. 2, 1974 BAG DISPENSER AND HOLDER Field of Search..... 53/390; 141/391; 206/57 A, 206/58; 220/65; 211/72; 248/99-101; 312/39-41  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,300,082 1/1967 Patterson 206/58 X 3,392,825 7/1968 Gale et al. 206/57 A 3,481,112 12/1969 Bourgeois 53/390 3,352,520 11/1967 Bumgarncr ct al. 220/65 X 3,451,453 6/1969 Heck 206/57 A FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,437,228 3/1966 France 248/99 Primary Examiner-Robert L. Spruill Attorney, Agent, or Firm-John N. Randolph  ABSTRACT A base or magazine for holding a plurality of bags of polyethylene or similar plastic material, which are connected together by welded joints and capable of being separated by perforated lines along the bottom edge of each such joint, so that the separated bag has a closed bottom leaving a bag next to the separated bag having an open mouth. A bag holder is supported on the base and the bags are dispensed from the top of the base into the holder. The holder is of a size to accommodate one bag the open mouth of which is supported on the holder rim until filled, after which the filled bag is drawn upwardly from the holder and separated from the bag next adjacent thereto and which is then positioned in an open position within the holder.
9 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures BAG DISPENSER AND HOLDER SUMMARY It is a primary object of the present invention to provide means in which a plurality of bags in strip form can be stored and dispensed upwardly into a holder in which individual bags are supported in an open position until filled and separated from the bag next adjacent thereto.
Another object of the invention is to provide a dispenser from which the connected bags may be dispensed by a pulling action with each bag separated, after being filled, leaving ghe next adjacent bag ready to be supported in an open position for use.
A further object of the invention is to provide a holder for supporting a bag in an open position for use after the bag has been dispensed from a magazine on which the holder is supported. 1
,A further object of the invention is to provide a holder for supporting a bag'in an open position to be filled and which is mounted above a magazine containing a plurality of bags in strip form, so that as each filled bag is withdrawn from the holder it will be replaced by an empty bag.
Various other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter become more fully apparent from the following description of the drawing, illustrating presently preferred embodiments thereof.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a perspective view looking toward the front of one embodiment of the bag dispenser and holder;
FIG. 2 is a substantially central vertical sectional view, partly in elevation, taken from front to rear of the holder;
FIG. 3 is a substantially central vertical sectiona view, of a slightly modified embodiment of the dispenser and holder, on a somewhat enlarged scale, and
FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 3 of another embodiment of the dispenser and holder.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring more specifically to the drawing, and first with reference to FIGS. 1 and 2, the bag dispenser and holder as illustrated therein is designated generally 6 and includes a base or magazine, designed generally 7, and a bag holder or support, designated generally 8.
The base 7, as best seen in FIG. 2, has a substantially flat bottom 9 which is adapted to rest on any suitable horizontal supporting surface, and a top wall 10 which is likewise substantially flat and which is provided with an elongated slot-like opening 11. One side wall of the base 7 is provided with a door 12, which is preferably hinged, as seen at 13, along its bottom edge, and which is adapted to be opened to afford access to the compartment 14 of the base 7 in which is stacked a plurality of bags 15 in strip form.
The holder 8 is illustrated as being in the form of a can or receptacle having an upwardly flared annular wall 16 and a bottom 17 which is bulged inwardly or upwardly and which has an elongated slot-like opening 18 which aligns with the opening 11.
The initial or uppermost bag 15 of the stack contained within the compartment 14 is passed upwardly through the aligned slots 11 and 18 into the holder 8, and is pulled upwardly until the open mouth 19 thereof can be turned back over the rim of the wall 16. The outer side of the bag 15, adjacent the mouth 19 thereof, may be provided with an adhesive coating 20 by which it may be adhered to the outer surface of the rim portion of the wall 16 for temporarily securing it thereto. The holder 8 may be provided with a lid 21 for closing the open top thereof, with the bag 15 applied thereto, as seen in FIG. 2.
FIG. 3 illustrates another embodiment of the dis penser and holder, designated generally 22, including a base 23 and a holder 24. The base 23 substantially corresponds to the base 7 except that it is deeper and is supported on casters 25. Aligned upwardly opening journals 26 are mounted on the inner sides of two of the side walls 27 of the base 23 for supporting the ends of a pin or axle 28 which extends through the center bore of a roll of bags 29. The axis of the roll of bags 29 is disposed parallel to the hinged door 30 of the base 23.
The holder 24, like the holder 8, is in the form of a can or receptacle which rests upon the top wall 31 of the base 23 and is confined thereon by an annular angle member 32. Said top wall 31 has an elongated opening 33 which aligns with a corresponding opening 34 of the bottom 35 of the can 24.
FIG. 4 illustrates a third embodiment of the bag dispenser and holder, designated generally 36, and which likewise includes a base 37 and a support of holder 38.
. rod or roller 41, back and then upwardly between a pair of guide rods or rollers 42, to an elongated opening 43 in the top wall portion 44 of the base 37.
The holder 38 is shown as comprising two uprights 45 which are secured to and rise from the top of the base 37. A rim 46 is secured to and supported by the upper ends of the uprights 45 and functions in the same manner as the rim of the can 16 or the can 24 for supporting the open mouth of the uppermost open bag 40. The holder 38 may be provided with a greater or lesser number of uprights 45.
After the open bag 15, 29, or 40 has been filled, the mouth thereof is disconnected from the rim of the holder 16, 24, or 38, and may be secured in a closed position by a tie 47, as illustrated in FIG. 3. Said bag is then pulled upwardly out of its holder or support for extracting the bag next adjacent thereto from the base in which it is contained into the holder by which it is to be supported in an open position. The bags 15, 29 and 40 are each closed at the bottom thereof by a welded joint 48 which has a row of perforations 49 extending along the bottom edge thereof, so that as each filled bag is extracted from its holder or support it may be torn off along the perforated line 49 leaving the bag, then within the support or holder, in an open position ready to be applied to the rim of the support or holder to replace the filled bag just removed, and to assume a position within the support or holder, as illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 4.
The bags 15, 29 and 40 may be formed of polyethlene or other suitable plastic material and may be utilized for various purposes, such as garbage or refuse containers, and may be made in various sizes and shapes, depending upon the intended use thereof.
Various other modifications and changes are contemplated and may be resorted to, without departing from the function or scope of the invention.
1 claim as my invention:
1. A dispenser and holder for plastic bags in strip form comprising, a holder provided with a rim defining an open top thereof and adapted to be engaged by the mouth of an uppermost or end bag of a strip of plastic bags for supporting said bag in an open position within the holder, said holder having a bottom wall provided with an elongated opening, a magazine comprising a base on which the holder is demountably supported and which contains the remainder of the strip of bags, said magazine having a top wall provided with an opening which aligns with said opening in the holder and through which the bags are dispensed singularly into the holder by the extraction of a bag from the magazine, and means affording access to the magazine below said top wall for replenishing the supply of bags contained therein without removing the holder from the magazine.
2. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, and rollers supported in said base and providing guides around which and between which the bag strip is passed in its movement from the stack to said opening.
3. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, said base being provided with a hinged door affording access to the compartment thereof containing the stacked bags.
4. A dispenser and holder as in claim 2, said base having a sliding drawer containing the stack of bags.
5. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, said bags being in the form of a roll, and means for detachably supporting the roll for rotation in the base.
6. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, said holder comprising a can-shaped receptacle mounted on said base including a bottom provided with an opening aligning with the opening in the top wall of the base and through which the bags are drawn into the holder.
7. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, said holder comprising at least one upright secured to and rising from the base, said rim being secured to and supported by said upright.
8. A dispenser and holder as in claim 1, and adhesive means for detachably securing said bag mouth to the holder rim.
9. A dispenser and bolder as in claim 1, each bag of the strip of bags having a welded joint defining a closed bottom thereof and provided along its bottom edge with a row of perforations along which said bag is separated from the bag next adjacent thereto and leaving said remaining bag in an open position.