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Publication numberUS3874506 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 1, 1975
Filing dateOct 24, 1972
Priority dateOct 24, 1972
Publication numberUS 3874506 A, US 3874506A, US-A-3874506, US3874506 A, US3874506A
InventorsBriar Jack, Hill David E
Original AssigneeAllied Ind
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Article display and storage structure
US 3874506 A
Abstract
An article display and storage structure includes a display and storage portion adapted to receive and display articles particularly adapted for personal hygiene use by a plurality of individuals, such as oral spray devices, using gas producing elements and liquid in a container with an elongated jet nozzle, and a cover member removably mounted on the display and storage portion which has a plurality of walls extending from a base portion and defining a plurality of open top compartments each adapted to receive and support therein respective articles. The walls terminate in an upper deck having a plurality of recesses therein each adapted to receive for storage therein a respective one of a plurality of similar articles.
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United States Patent 1 1 1 1 3,874,506

Hill et al. Apr. 1, 1975 [54] ARTICLE DISPLAY AND STORAGE 3,578,884 5/1971 Jacobson 128/66 X STRUCTURE 3,583,609 6/1971 Oppenheimer ZZZ/402.25 [75] Inventors: ga E m 5 i Brim" Primary ExaminerLeonard Summer awnee ission, 0 0 ans.

[73] Assignee: Allied Industries of Kansas, Inc., [57] ABSTRACT Edgerton, Kans- An article display and storage structure includes a dis- [22] Filed; Oct. 24 1972 play and storage portion adapted to receive and display articles particularly adapted for personal hygiene PP 299,795 use by a plurality of individuals, such as oral spray devices, using gas producing elements and liquid in a 52 us. c1. 206/229, 128/66 Container with a elongated 1 "01116, and a cover 51 Int. c1. B65d 79/00, A6lh 9/00 member removablymoumed on the display and Stor- [58] Field of Search 206/16 R, 1 R, 229, 369; age Portion which has a plurality of Walls extending from a base portion and defining a plurality of open 128/66, 132/84 R, 84 D, 15/22, 320/2 top compartments each adapted to receive and sup- [56] References Cited port therein respective articles. The walls terminate in UNITED STATES PATENTS an upper deck having a plurality of recesses therein each adapted to receive for storage therein a respecgtanlton tive one of a plurality of Similar articles p0 r v 3,292,885 12/1966 Stephens et al 320/2 X 4 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures I I! 1 H l I l l E l g l i i -ll y L A 1 1 minno H SHEET 1 BF 2 I/I/I/I/I I I AIENI APR' 1 1975 Hum ARTICLE DISPLAY AND STORAGE STRUCTURE The present invention relates to structures for displaying and storing articles used for personal hygiene and more particularly to such an article display and storage structure adapted to receive and display articles particularly adapted for personal hygiene use by a plurality of individuals, such as oral spray devices, power toothbrushes, and the like.

The principal objects of the present invention are: to provide an article display and storage structure adapted to display and store articles adapted for personal hygiene use by a plurality of individuals. such as oral spray devices. and the like; to provide such an article display and storage structure having a plurality of compartments wherein one of the compartments is adapted to receive for storage therein an elongated article, such as an oral spray device; to provide such an article display and storage structure particularly adapted to receive. display and store an oral spray device such as shown and described in U.S. Letters Pat. No. 3.583.609; issued June 8. l97l; to Robert H. Oppenheimer; for a Dispensing Device Useable as an Oral Spray; to provide such an article display and storage structure having recesses therein each adapted to receive for storage therein a respective one of a plurality of similar articles, such as spray tips for oral spray devices. and similar attachments; to provide such an article display and storage structure wherein at least one other of the compartments is adapted to receive for storage therein a stack of a plurality of packages each having a tablet therein for use in an oral spray device; to provide such an article display and storage structure wherein one ofthe compartments is adapted to support an elongated article in an inverted position for preparation of same for use such as being positioned to receive a tablet in an oral spray device, batteries for power units and the like; to provide such an article display and storage structure having a cover member removably mounted thereon to enclose the articles stored within said compartments and recesses and wherein the cover member is substantially dust proof; and to provide such an article display and storage sturcture which is attractive in appearance, stable in design, durable in use, economical to manufacture, and particularly well adapted for the proposed use.

Other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein are set forth by way ofillustration and example certain embodiments of this invention.

The drawings constitute a part of this specification and include an exemplary embodiment of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features of the article display and storage structure.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an article display and storage structure embodying features of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view with portions broken avvay to show an article receiving recess.

FIG. 3 is a transverse sectional view taken on line 3-3, FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a transverse sectional view taken on line 44. FIG. 2.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the article display and storage structure with an article shown therein in an inverted position during preparation for use.

Referring more in detail to the drawings:

As required, detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein, however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the invention which may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a basis for the claims and as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention in virtually any appropriate detailed structure.

In the disclosed embodiment of the present invention, the reference numeral 1 generally designates an article display and storage structure adapted to receive and display articles particularly adapted for personal hygiene use by a plurality of individuals. The article display and storage structure includes a display and storage portion 2 adapted to receive and display articles particularly adapted for personal hygiene use by a plurality of individuals, such as oral spray devices, and the like and a cover member 3 removably mounted on the display and storage portion 2 which has a plurality of walls, as latter described, extending from a base portion and defining a plurality of open top compartments each adapted to receive and support therein respective articles. The walls terminate in an upper deck 4 having a plurality of recesses 5 therein each adapted to receive for storage therein a respective one of a plurality of articles.

The display and storage portion 2 has a base portion 6 defined by side walls 7 and 8 and end walls 9 and 10 suitably connected together as being integrally formed to provide a substantially rigid base portion .6 for the display and storage portion 2.

The walls extending from the base portion 6 defining the plurality of open top compartments which may be arranged in any desired manner. However, the illus- 'trated structure has a bottom wall 11 extending between upper edges of the side walls 7 and 8 and the end walls 9 and 10 thereby closing a lower end of the plurality of compartments. Laterally spaced side walls 12 and 13 and end walls 14 and 15 extend upwardly from the bottom wall 11. The display and storage portion 2 may have any desired number of compartments, however, the illustrated structure includes intermediate walls 16 and 17 extending upwardly from the bottom wall 11 and between the side walls 12 and 13 thereby defining a center compartment 18 and end compartments 19 and 20.

The illustrated end compartments 19 and 20 are particularly adapted for storing a plurality of packages of articles therein. It is desirable to provide access to said end compartment l9.and 20 for easy removal of the packages therein. Therefore, passages 21 and 22 are formed in respective portions of one of the side walls, for example, side wall 12 defining the end compartment l9 and 20 respectively. It is also desirable that the passages 20 and 21 extend the full depth of the end compartments 19 and 20 whereby the last article or package therein may be removed from the respective end compartment.

The end compartments l9 and 20 may be any desired shape in plan and in transverse cross-section. However, the illustrated compartments are generally rectangular in plan and transverse cross-section to accommodate generally rectangular packages 23 of articles, such as a tablet to be used in an oral spray device.

The center compartment 18 may be any desired shape conforming to an article to be received therein and in the illustrated structure, the central compartment 18 is generally cylindrical and generally circular in transverse cross-section to receive an elongated gen- 'erally cylindrical article 24 therein.

The bottom wall 11 has an enlarged portion within the center compartment 18 defining an upper shoulder 25 adapted to support a base end of the elongated arti' cle 24 during storage and display. The bottom wall 11 within the center compartment 18 has a first recess 26 therein defining a shoulder 27 with the first recess 26 being adapted to receive an other end of the elongated article 24 therein and support same on the shoulder 27. The wall 11 also has a second recess 28 within the first recess 26 with the second recess 28 being adapted to receive a cap 29 on the elongated article 24.

The side wall 12 also has a passage 30 therein adapted to permit a projection 31 of the elongated article 24 to extend outwardly from the display and storage portion 2 when the elongated article 24 is received and supported within the first recess 26.

The cover member 3 may be any desired shape sufficient to enclose the elongated article 24 and attachments therefor stored for display in the display and storage portion 2. The illustrated cover member 3 has side walls 32 and 33 positioned adjacent the side walls 12 and 13 respectively of the display and storage portion 2 and end walls 34 and 35 positioned adjacent the end walls 14 and 15 respectively of the display and storage portion 2. The side walls 32 and 33 and the end walls 34 and 35 each have a lower edge engaging and supported on the bottom wall 11. The cover member 3 has a top wall 36 extending between upper edges of the side walls 32 and 33 and the end walls 34 and 35.

It is desirable to provide a gripping portion 37 on the cover member 3, therefore, respective portions of the top wall 36 and the side wall 32 and 33 are extended upwardly to define the gripping portion 37 and an en larged space adapted to receive therein one end of the elongated article 24.

The cover member 3 is preferably transparent to permit easy identification of the articles stored within the article display and storage structure 1 and the cover member 3 is preferably formed of a suitable synthetic resinous material for durability and lightness in weight.

The display and storage portion 2 is also formed of a synthetic resinous material and may be molded for economy in construction. The display and storage portion 2 may be any suitable color as desired.

In using an article display and storage structure constructed as illustrated and described, the cover member 3 is removed from the display and storage portion 2 to permit removal of the elongated article 24 and the preparation thereof for use as by inverting the article so that the cap 29 is received within the second recess 28 within the center compartment 18. A cap 38 is removed from the lower end of the elongated article 24 to permit a suitable tablet taken from one of the packages 23 to be placed in the elongated article 24 and a suitable attachment placed on the projection 31 of the article 24 thereby preparing same for use by an individual.

It is to be understood that while I have illustrated and described one form of my invention, it is not to be limited to the specific form or arrangement of parts herein described and shown.

What we claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent l. A display and storage structure for a liquid discharge apparatus comprising:

a. a base portion;

b. walls extending from said base portion and arranged to define sides and a bottom of a plurality of compartments, one of said compartments being adapted to receive for storage therein a liquid discharge apparatus having a liquid chamber therein and one end with a removable end portion for filling of said chamber and the other end with a discharge nozzle extending generally laterally outward therefrom, said walls terminating in an upper deck;

0. one of the walls defining the bottom of said one compartment for supporting engagement of said one end of the liquid discharge apparatus with said discharge nozzle thereof above said upper deck;

d. said one wall defining the bottom of said one compartment having a portion with downwardly recessed surfaces for supporting engagement with the other end of said liquid discharge apparatus, said recessed surfaces cooperating with the compartment sides thereabove in holding said liquid discharge apparatus inverted in the compartment in chamber filling position with the removable end portion upwardly and above the upper deck;

e. one of the walls defining a side of said one compartment having a passage therethrough for receiving the nozzle when the discharge apparatus is supported in inverted position in said one compartment.

2. A display and storage structure for an elongated discharge apparatus and activating articles used therein comprising:

a. a base portion:

b. walls extending from said base portion and ar ranged to define sides and a bottom of at least two vertically elongate open top compartments, said walls terminating in an upper deck, at least one of said compartments being adapted to receive for storage therein an elongated discharge apparatus, at least one other of said compartments being adapted to receive for storage therein a plurality of activating articles for use by the elongated discharge apparatus, said elongate compartments being of less length than the elongated discharge apparatus and a portion of said apparatus extends from said one compartment when positioned therein;

c. one of the walls defining the bottom of the one of said compartments of said plurality of compartments for supporting engagement of one end of the elongated discharge apparatus, said one end of said discharge apparatus being larger than the other end thereof;

(1. said one wall defining the bottom of said one compartment having surfaces defining a recess therein for receiving in supporting engagement the other end of the elongated discharge apparatus with said recess surfaces and said one wall cooperating with side walls of the one compartment to support said elongated discharge apparatus in an inverted position;

e. one of the walls defining a side of said one compartment having a passage therethrough for the length of said compartment for a projection on the elongated discharge apparatus to extend from said one compartment when the elongated discharge apparatus is inverted and supported on the other end thereof in said one compartment;

f. a cover member removably mounted on said base portion and enclosing said compartments and apparatus and articles stored therein.

a 3 wherein: 3. A display and storage structure for an oral spray a. certain of said walls each have an elongated pasdevice havlnga hollow body for gas producillg 61.6- 10 sage therethrough for access to the packages havment and liquid and an elongated et nozzle for et (115- mg a gas producing element therein, charge of said i Sald Structure compnsmg: b. one of the walls defining the bottom of the one of a base said compartments is adapted to support thereon a b. walls extending from said base portion and arbottom of the y of the oral p y device ringed to define Sides and a bottorfn plurality c said one wall defining the bottom of said one com- 0 open top compartments, one 0 Sat compartments being adapted to receive forstorage therein partmetnttgas l f s g g i f 2:: a hollow body of an oral spray device, at least one Suppor Op 0 e o y 0 e a other of said compartments being adapted to red Spray g E d f d ceive for storage therein a plurality of packages i an r 0 t e e mmg Sal one p having a gas producing element therein, said one mem has an f f Passage therethfough other of said compartments having access to packadapted to p f prolectlon on F y of the ages thergin tl'lilrough at least one of said ffiSpiCtlVe Oral t p l l y al to fi i g g Sald Q d p wa s, sai wa s terminating in an upper ec men w en 6 opo e I o y lS receive an supc. a plurality of recesses in said upper deck each ported within the recess in said one wall defining adapted to receive for storage therein a respective the bottom of said one compartment. one of a plurality of tubular spray tips for the oral

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/229, 601/162
International ClassificationA61C1/00, A61H13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H13/005, A61C1/0084
European ClassificationA61C1/00S6, A61H13/00B