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PATENTED JUNE 2, G. ALBREGHT. CIGARETTE BOX AND CASE. APPLIoLTIoN FILED JULY 2o. 1907.
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GEORGE ALBRECHT, OF PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.
CIGARETTE BOX AND CASE.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented June 2, 1908.
Application filed July 20, 1907. Serial No. 384,690.
To all whom 'it may concern.'
Be it known that I, GEORGE ALBRECHT, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Pittsburg, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Cigarette Boxes and Cases, of which the following :is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.
This invention relates to cigarette boxes and cases, and the invention has for its object to provide a cigarette box or case of an illusory nature to which considerable mysti-y ification is attached regarding the delivery of the contents of the cigarette box or case. `My invention aims to provide a cigarette case or box for affording considerable amusement to persons favored with a cigarette, at the same time requiring dexterity on the part of the owner of the cigarette case or bo-x.
Briefly described my improved cigarette case or box consists of two movable compartments arranged within a suitable casing, one compartment being located within the other. The innermost compartment is adapted to contain cigarettes, but by artfully manipulating the compartments, the cigarette holding compartment is first displaced, and then by illusively closing the case and manipulating the same, the other of said compartments can be withdrawnthus perplexing one as to where the cigarettes have disappeared.
The detail construction entering into my invention will be presently described, and then specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In the drawings: Figure l is a perspective view of the cigarette case or box, illustrating the compartments partiallywithdrawn, there# from, Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view of the casing or box, Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view of the same, Fig. 4 is a longi tudinal sectional view of the casing with both compartments withdrawn, and Fig. 5 is a similar view illustrating the outer' or empty compartment withdrawn from the casing.
To put my invention into-practice, I provide a casing l made of card board, leather or similar durable material. This casing can be readily used for advertisement purposes if so desired.
In the casing l is slidably mounted an louter or empty com artment 2, having an elongated opening 3 ormed in its top. This compartment is closed at its outer end and is provided with a tab or handle 4 to facilitate the withdrawal of the compartment from the casing l, while at the inner end is located a depending rim 5 for engaging a rib 6, carried by the casing l, said rim and rib preventing the entire removal of the outer or em ty compartment 2.
Sli ably mounted in the outer or empty compartment 2 is a cigarette holding compartment 7 conforming in shape to the compartment 2, with the exception that it is slightly smaller and is adapted to slide in said compartment. The rear end of the compartment 7 is provided with a piece of rubber or similar material 8 for frictionally engaging the bottom of the casing l, while the top of the compartment 7 is cut away, as at 9, providing an opening conforming in size 1 to the opening 3 of the compartment 2.
In forming the open-ings 3 and 9 of the compartments 2 and 7 respectively, I allow sufiicient material at each end of said compartments, whereby when the compartment 7 fits within the compartment 2, it will be impossible to detect at first glance the arrangement of the compartments, and to further deceive one as to the arrangement of the compartments, I make the compartments of a similarmaterial and a similar color.
The manner of practicing legerdemain with my cigarette case or box is as follows: Assuming that cigarettes have been placed in the inner compartment 7, the tab or handle 4 is pulled outwardly before displaying the cigarettes, as when offering a person one. After the manipulator of the cigarette case is positive that the cigarettes have been seen, the manipulator closes the case and by exerting a slight pressure upon the rear side of the casing l, as indicated in Fig. 5, the inner compartment will be pressed downwardly causing the piece of rubber 8 to frictionally engage the bottom of the casing l, and hold the inner compartment, while the outer or empty compartment is withdrawn from the casing l, thus mystifying the person to' be favored with a cigarette, as to how the cigarettes have disappeared. It is obvious that the majority of persons not aware that a trick is to be played, will unconsciously reach for the cigarette and consequently be fooled.'
The cigarette case requires very little practice on the part of a person to artfully manipulate the same, and while I have herein described the case or box as particularly designed for cigarettes, it is obvious that it can be used for various articles.
Having fully described my invention, what l claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is1- l. A cigarette box consisting of a flexible casing having a rib at the front end thereof an outer compartment slidably-mounted in said casing and having an elongated opening formed in the top thereof, a depending rim carried by the rear end of said compartment for engaging said rib, a handle carried by the outer end of said compartment, a ilexible 'cigarette holding compartment slidablymounted within said outer compartment and having an opening corresponding in size to and registering with the opening in said outer compartment, and a strip of resilient material carried by one end of said cigarette holding compartment in such position as to be capable of being pressed against the casing, substantially as and for the purpose described.
2. A flexible cigarette box embodying a casing having a rib at the front end thereof, an outer compartment slidably-mounted therein and having an elongated-opening formed in the top thereof, a flexible cigarette holding compartment slidably arranged within said outer compartment and having an opening in its top corresponding in size to and registering with the opening in the top of said outer compartment, means carried by said cigarette holding compartment in such position as to be capable of beingpressed into frictional engagement with said casing, and means carried by said outer compartment for engagement with the rib of the casing to limit the outward movement of said outer compartment.
3. A box embodying a flexible casing, an outer compartment slidably mounted therein, a flexible inner compartment slidably arranged within said outer compartment, said compartments having registering openings in the top thereof, means for limiting the outward movement of said outer compartment, and means carried by 'the inner compartment and located in such position as to be capable of being pressed into frictional engagement with said casing whereby the outer compartment may be withdrawn independently of the inner compartment.
In testimony whereof l aflix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
MAx H. SRoLoviTz, C. A. RINZIEHAUSEN.