US 780086 A
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No. 780,000. PATENT-0D 000.17, 1005. 0 A. BREWER 0 0. 0. MANNELL.
APPLICATION FILED FEB-12. 1904.
. a novel mode and instrumentality of advertiszo -or withdrawing UNTTED STATES raeateaianuary 17, 1905.
CHARLES A. BREWER AND cLiN'roN NCIS; `VSAID SCANNELL ASSIGNOR T() SAID BREWER.
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To (all whom it may concern:v r y Be itknown that we, CHARLns'A. BREWER and CLINTON G. SCANNELL, citizens of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Vending Devices, of which the following is Our invention relates in general to vending devices, although combining therewith the character of an advertising appliance.
The object for which the invention is principally designed is to promote the introduction and sale of merchandise,fprincipally of that class which is retailed in separate pieces or packages at a uniform ,priceI yper. piece or package-such, for instance, as chewingvgum', cigars, &c.-and this we accomplish through ing and vending a line of goods involving the sale of orders for the goods, accompanied by 'frangible seal and removes the printed order- `longitudinal sectional orders for a limited number of premiums or gifts that are distributed withvthe goods.
The form which we have chosen as the pre ferred mechanical embodiment of the invention consists generally of a receptacle containing a series 4of pocketsor holders for written or printed order-slipsor equivalent order mediums, whichlatter are confined within the respective pockets or other holders of the receptacle by a frangible retaining device which serves to entirely conceal from sight the order itself, in association with an ejecting v.chavices by which the orders may one ata time be'dislodged ,from the-receptacle. Jn practice-'the receptacle itself will have prominently displayed thereon an announcement or advertisement of the goods for the sale of which itis instrumental, and the orders confined in the holders of the receptacle will call for a package or other fixed quantity of the article advertised, while a limited number of the holders may also contain orders for -premiums or gifts,
elther separate articles or a certain value in trade. A customer will pay a certain sum-e say tive centsw-for the privilege O f ejecting` an order from the device, which order will callfor at least a quantity of the goods advertised to the retail-sale value DEVICE..
redone, dated January 1v, 1905.
of the price paid for the privilege and in some instances for a premium or a gift. Preferably .and as herein shown .and described the series of order holders er containers will be sealed, and the orders themselves will be obtainable on the-part of the customers by ejecting them from their sealed receptacles after paying the price charged for the privilege by means of the ejeptor, which breaks the slips therefrom.-
vIn the accompanying drawings we have illustrated a device well adapted to the carrying out of our invention, and referring thereto- Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device in operative form and position, partly broken away to show underlying parts. Fig. 2 isa view of the device in. folded position. 'Fig'. 3 is a detail elevational View of the ejector. Fig. 4 is adetail perspective view of an order-slip in the rolled position which it assumes when in -placein the holder, and Fig. 5 is a face view ofthe orderslip unrolled and exposed to View. l i 4 Referring to the drawings, designates a plain fiat rectangular board, constituting the chief element of' the receptacle. `Through `the intermediate 'and lower end portior'i` of' this board are formed a' series of apertures or holes a, which may be conveniently and cheaply made by boring. The upper end portion of the board `is plain. Pasted or other-- wise applied to the front and backsidesrof the board, so as to-cover the endsaof thelioles f a and preferablycovering the entire surfaces of the board, are sheets B and C, respectively, of perfor-able material, preferably paper. The front sheet Bhas printedor otherwisegindicated o its exposed face a series ofcircles b, prefere ly arrangedin regularlongitudinal and transverse rows Yand corresponding in number and relative] y tionto theseriesof apertures' in the boardyse that'eaJch one of said circles .directly covers and indicates the yposition of an underlying aperture- `'These 95 circles have printed or otherwise (indicated therein consecutive numbers preferably ard'V ranged 1n successive' order either transversely f G. scANNELL, or oHIcAeogiLLI privilege of obtaining one or more orders punches the stem of the ejector through one or more of the holes, the positions of which are indicated by the numbered circles on the face of the board, thus ejectingr the order-slip, which on being unrolled exposes to View the name of the article or goods to which he is entitled for his purchase-money. lf the order ejected by him calls for a premium or gift, such premium or gift is delivered to him by the salesman or other person in charge of the device without further expense. It is to be understood that all of the apertures are loaded With orders, each one of which represents goods of the retail value ofthe price paid for the privilege of manipulating' the device, Whether containing an order for a premium or not.
It is evident that the mechanical'features of the device as herein shown and described might be considerably modified in details without departing from the spirit and substanceoftheinvention. Hence wedonotlimit the latter to the particular mechanical form illustrated and described, except to the extent indicated in specific claims.
We claim-h '1. 1n a device of the character described, the combination with a receptacle containing a series of apertures, of removable objects in said apertures, frangible means serving to retain said objects in place and concealing the same, and a device adapted to break said frau- 'gible retaining means, substantially as described.
2. 1n a device of the character described, the combination with a board containing' a series of transverse perforations formed-therethrough and a corresponding series of order mediums deposited in said perfor-ations, of
or longitudinally of the face of the board. The upper portion of the front sheet above the series of marked circles is plain and adapted to receive printed matter constituting an announcement or advertisement of the merchandise, the introduction and sale of which the device is intended to promote. This space may also contain printed directions for the manipulation of the device, as Well as-an announcement of premiums or gifts which accompany the sale of the goods advertised, Where such are employed as an attractive feature of the device. The outer surface of the back sheet or covering C may, if desired, also be utilized for advertising purposes.
The holes a in the board are each designed to receive a medium for the announcement of an order for goods. This/medium may take the form of any sort of a device capable of containing a printed or otherwise indicated order, but preferably and in the form herein shown consists of a slip of paper D, which has printed on one face thereof the name of the article or `articles for which it calls-as, for instance, a package of gum. This slip is rolled up into the form shown in the detail view Fig. 4, preferably with the printed side inside, and the rolled slips thus bearing their orders for goods concealed' from -view are loaded into the several holders-a of the board, after which the sheets B and C are applied to the latter, thus completely inclosing the rolled order-slips and constituting a seal therefor.
Fig. 3 indicates a convenient and preferred form of ejector consisting simply of a rod E ofk a diameter'such as to loosely fit the holes of the board and of maf-length to extend at least partially through the board and its surfacecoverings, with a knob or handle E on one end thereof,I this latter preferably having a Hat face e at the end adjacent to the rod E.
Some means for supporting the board in an inclined upright position for convenient manipulation with the ejector are preferably einployed, suchgmeans as herein shown consisting of a back strut or brace in the form of a bent wire loop or bail F, the end portions of' which are slightly offset and vat their extremities bent inwardly and pivotally mounted in the edges of the board above the'longitudinal center of the latter. Stop-pins G set into the sides of the board slightly below the pivots of the back strut engage the latter at the bends of the offsets when the board is set up and limit the angular movement of the back strut relatively to ie board, at the same time permitting the parts to be folded or collapsed, as shown in Fig. 2. f
From the foregoing it will be seen that the invention is essentially an order-vending desidesof said board, and sealing the ends of said perforatio'ns, 'and an ejector in the form of a plug adapted to be inserted into said apertures to break the seals and eject the order mediums, substantially as described.
3. In a device of the character described, the combination with a board containing' a series of transverse perforationsformed therethrough, and a corresponding series of order mediums deposited in saidv perforations, of paper sheets applied to the opposite surfaces of said board, and sealing the perforations "therein, a plug adapted to be thrust into said perforations to break their end seals and eject the order mediums therefrom, and a back strut supporting the board in operative position, substantially as described.
CHARLES A. BRENVER. CLINTON (ur. SCANN ELL.
vice, although4 also adapted for the favorable i' Witnesses: v display'of advertising matter. The customer SAMUEL N. POND,
after hav-ing paid the price charged for the perforable covering-sheets applied to both