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Publication numberUS406017 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 25, 1889
Filing dateJan 28, 1889
Publication numberUS 406017 A, US 406017A, US-A-406017, US406017 A, US406017A
InventorsHarlow E. Woodward
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Label attachment for bottles
US 406017 A
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(No Model.)


No. 406,017. Patented June 25, 1889.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 406,017, dated June 25, 1889.

Application filed January 28, 1889. Serial No. 297,839. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that we, HARLOW E. IYOOD- WARD, of Boston, in the county of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts, and SAMUEL ROSCOE KING, of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex and State aforesaid, citizens of the United States, have invented certain Improvements in Label-(ontaining Attachments for Druggists Dispensing-Bottles and other IQ Receptacles, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, making part of this specification, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of a drug- 1 5 gists dispensing-bottle having our improved label-containing attachment applied thereto. Fig. 2is a central vertical section of the same. Fig. 3 is a horizontal section on the line on a; of Fig. 2.

Our invention relates to certain improvements in label-containing attachments for druggists dispensing-bottles an d other receptacles, and has for its object to simplify and cheapen the construction of such attachments and at the same time remedy certain defects which have hitherto prevented them from coming into general use.

In devices of this description as hitherto constructed the lahehcontaining receptacle,

0 which is adapted to be attached to the bottle and is made removable therefrom, is provided with an opening at its bottom through which the labels are withdrawn one at a time, as required, said labels being kept in place and prevented from dropping out by a followerplate exerting a constant outward pressure on the labels by means of springs placed behind it which bear on a second inner plate resting against the bottle itself. A labelholder so constructed is, however, objectionable on account of its complication and expense; and, moreover, it has to be detached from the bottle and its plates and springs removed whenever it is desired to refill it with labels, after which the parts have to be replaced and the holder again secured to the bottle, all of which is inconvenient and results in a considerable waste of time.

To overcome these diil'iculties is the object of our invention, which consists in a labelcontaining attachment embodying certain novel combinations of parts and details of construction, as hereinafter set forth and specifically claimed,whereby a much simpler and more convenient and desirable article of this character is produced than has hitherto been in use.

In the said drawings, A represents a druggists dispensing-bottle, to the exterior surface of which,preferably on the rear side to conceal itfrom view, is secured, by cement or in any other suitable manner, a label-containing pocket or receptacle B,composed of sheet metal, glass, celluloid, zylonite, or other suitable material. The general form of this receptacle is that of a shallow box or casing of concave-convex form, its concave back fitting snugly against the curved side of the bottle to which it is applied. Vhere, however, it is to be applied to a fiat-sided bottle or other receptacle, it would be made fiat to correspond thereto. "Within this casing or receptacle B are placed a quantity of labels (3, having printed on them the name of the drug or material contained in the dispensing-bottle A, whereby, whenever it is desired to paste one of these labels onto a vial or other receptacle that is to contain the purchased drug or ma terial taken from said dispensing-bottle, said label will always be found at hand, in connection with said bottle, in a convenient and accessible position.

The upper portion of the front side of the casing B is cut away or left open, forming a large aperture g, through which the labels O are introduced into the receptacle and withdrawn one at a time as required for use, and at the center of the front side f is a vertical slot h, extending from the top to the bottom of the same, through which a pin or other sharp-pointed instrument maybe inserted for the purpose of pushing up a short label or loosening one that could not be easily withdrawn by the hand. In order, however, to still further facilitate the withdrawal of the labels and avoid any possibility of delay or inconvenience, a curved ejector or pusher plate a: is placed at the bottom of the label containing receptacle B, as seen in Figs. 2 and 3, said plate being provided with a projection I00 I, which extends out through the slot h and serves as a handle, and as all the labels rest upon this plate 1', which in turn rests upon the closed bottom of the casing, it is obvious that by raising the plate t' the labels Within the re ceptacle, if not of sufficient length to extend up above the top of the front plate f, can be brought into a position to enable them to be easily seized by the hand and withdrawn through the opening g at the top of the receptacle. WVe do not, however, confine our- IO i, as it is evident that it may be dispensed with, if desired, and the sloth alone relied upon to afford a means of withdrawing labels which are not of sufficient length to enable r 5 them to be conveniently got at through the large opening g, or which might have become obstructed within the receptacle. The slot 72. may also be omitted; but it is preferable to retain it, as there is always a liability of labels being placed within the receptacle which are not of sufficient length to extend up into a position to be seized by the hand through the opening g, and by the employment of these devices the number of different-sized label- 2 5 containers which it may be found necessary to use in a well-appointed drug-store is reduced to a minimum.

Over the top of the opening g of the labelcontainer is placed a flange or plate m, which forms a guard which prevents any surplus liquid which may run down from the mouth of the bottle from entering the receptacle and soiling the labels therein, and also prevents the labels from dropping out of the receptacle when the bottleA is tipped up in dispensing the liquid which it contains. The guard plate 472 is preferably beveled or inclined downward from front to rear, as seen in Fig.

- 2, in order that any liquid which may run 40 down onto it maybe conducted away from its front edge, and thus still further avoid any liability of its flowing over into contact with the labels.

WVe are aware that a casing or receptacle adapted to contain a quantity of labels has been applied to a bottle, as shown in the United States Patent of Theodore Snypp, No.

337,713, dated March 9, 1886, but in such de-' vice the labels are withdrawn through the bottom of the receptacle and require a spring or springs to hold them in place and prevent them from dropping out, while the receptacle requires to be removed from the bottle each time it has to be refilled with labels.' Our in- 5 5 vention differs entirely from this, as it conselves to the employment of this pusher-plate tains no retaining-springs and it is not required to be removed from the bottle when it is to be refilled with labels, while the labels are withdrawn through an opening at the top of the front side. We therefore make no broad claim to a label-containing receptacle adapted to be applied to the outside of a bott-le or to any of the devices or constructions shown in the aforesaid patent.

WVhat we claim as our invention,and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. The herein-described label-containin g attachment for druggists dispensingbottles, &c., consisting of a casing adapted to be secured permanently to the outside of a bottle 7c or receptacle for the purpose of containing a number of labels, and having the upper portion of its front side left open to form an aperture g, through which said labels are introduced and Withdrawn, in combination with 7 5 a guard or flange m, placed over the opening g and adapted to prevent the labels from falling out when the bottle is tipped up and protect them. from any liquid flowing down from the mouth of the bottle, substantially as set forth.

2. A label-containing casing B, adaptedto be secured permanently to the outside of a bottle 'or other receptacle and having the up; per portion of its front side left open to form 85 an aperture g, for the introduction and withdrawal of the-labels, in combination with the guard or flange m, placed over said aperture g, and the vertical slot h in the front side f, all op erating substantially in the manner and for the purpose described.

3. The label-containing casing B, permanently secured to the bottle, having the upper portion of its front side left open to form an aperture for the introduction and with- 5 drawal of the labels, in combination with the guard or flange m, placed over said aperture g, the sloth in the front side f, and the pusherplate or ejector 2', placed within the casing 13 and provided with a projection or handle Z, eX- I00 tending outward through the slot 72, all operating substantially in the manner and for the purpose set forth.

\Vitness our hands this 24th day of January,


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