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Publication numberUS972095 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 4, 1910
Filing dateApr 2, 1909
Priority dateApr 2, 1909
Publication numberUS 972095 A, US 972095A, US-A-972095, US972095 A, US972095A
InventorsThomas C Booth
Original AssigneeCons Fruit Jar Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Compressible tube.
US 972095 A
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T. G. BO0TH.



Patented Oct. 4, 1910.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented (lot. 4, 1910 Application filed April 2, 1909. Serial No. 487,553.

1'0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that Tnonas C. lloo'rii, a citizen of the United States, and residing at New Rochclle, in the county of "ustchester,

State of New York, have made a certain new ahd useful Invention in Compressible Tubes, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to compressible tubes, and particularly to devices of this nature adapted to contain paint, tooth paste, or other toilet preparations, Vaseline compounds, inks and the like.

The object of the invention is to provide a tube of the character referred to, and for the purpose stated,'which presents a clean bright surface, and to the surface of which labels may be efificientl applied, and wherein the contents of such tu e or container may be expelled when required for use by compressing such tube.

Other objects of the invention will appear more fully hereinafter.

The invention consists substantially in the construction, combination, location and relative arrangement of parts, all as will be more fully hereinafter set forth, as shown in .the accompanying drawing and finally pointed out in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawing-Figure 1 is a view in elevation of a compressible tube or container embodying the rinciples of my invention, a part being brol en out. Fig. 2 is a broken detail View in section on the line 2, 2, Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 1 showing a modified form of tube embraced within the spirit and scope of my invention.

Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 2 showing another modifiedttorm of my invention.

It is a common expedient to employ coinpressible tubes orcontalners for paints, toilet preparations, tooth paste, Vaseline compounds, inks and similar liquid, fluid or plastic substances.

As ordinarily constructed the tubes heretofore en'nloyed for this purpose have been formed ot a suitable soft metal or foil, by pressing the same into tubular shape, reduced at one end to form a nipple upon which is received a cap to close the end of the The other end of the metallic tube is collapsed or folded to pcru'miumtly close such end. The smooth polished unetzillic exterior surface of such tubes renders it diflicult to efliciently apply adlmsive printed ladoes not eflici'ently secure .the label tog-the bcls to such surface to indicate the naturo or character of the contents of such tubes. Moreover, if it be attempted to' cmboss the. tubes with the name of the manu'rafiiurer-oii dealer, the address or other matter, the curbossing fails to stand out with suflleicut clearness or boldness to be ell'ectivc. Again, the smooth metallic surface of the tube rapidly becomes dulled thereby iuiparLiug ,-a dingy soiled appearance which materially detracts from their solubility. Whrc it has been. attempted to'apply labels to such tubes it has been necessaryto employ labl-ls which are made to completely encircle the lt ube; with the-ends"of the label overlappingand secured'together, but, .as above stated, this tube and trouble and annoyance-is exocrienced'by reason of the labels slipping ol the tubes;

It is among the special purposes of the present invention to provide a.- compressible tube so constructed asto avoid the objections noted, wherein printed or other labels may be efficiently applied to the tubes and adhesively secured thereto, wherein the tubes present a bright clean appearance and wherein names,- letters or other matter elnbossed thereon will stand clearly and boldly.

In carrying out my invention I form the tube A in the usual manner by pressing the same into tubular-form by means of dies, or otherwise, and permanently close one end of. such tube by collapsing or folding the tube material at such end upon itself, as indicated at B. At its othc end the'.tube is reduced to form a nipple'C, adapted to receive in removable cap D, to close the same.

In. accordance with my invention I propose to corrugate'the body of the tube throughout its entire length in parallel. lines.

These corrugations may be arranged to extend longitudinally of the tube and the entire length thereof, as indicated at E, Figs.

1 and 2, or they may be In the form of parallel rings encircling the body of the tube, as shown at E, Fig. If desired the corrugations may be formed only in. the exterior surface of the tube as seen in Fig.

2, or they may be formed by suitably corru-. gating the entire transverse thickness of tube material, as shown at G, in Fig. 4, in which event both the interior and the exterior surface of the tube is corrugated.

The corrugations may be formed by suitably 'presslng or rolling the tubes in properly shaped diesjn a well known manner.

The corrugations, whet-her longitudinal or transverse, may be spaced apart as close or as far apart as may be deslred, or in any desired relative degree or relation.

A compressiblj'tube, corrugated as above described affords a surface to which an adhesive printed or other label may be eili ciently-applied without the necessity of the label completely encircling the tube and without the dan er of slipping off. More over, the reflection of thelightfrom the corrugated surface imparts a bri ht clean appearance which is a desirable teature in the marketing of the tubes containing the liquid, fluid or other form of substance. Again, in embossing or stamping or otherwise placing the name and address of the manufacturer or dealer, or other matter on the corrugated surface of the tube the embossed or stamped or otherwise produced lettering by reason of such corrugations, stand out oldly, clearly and prom nently.

In the case where the tubes are, corrugated both on the interior and exterior surfaces thereof, as above 'noted, the tubes are somewhat stiffened and hence are enabled the more readily to retain their cylindrical shape.

In order to ex el the contents of the tube for use it is on y necessary to remove the cap D, and to somewhat compress the body of the tube in the usual manner.

Having now set forth the object and nature of my invention and various constructions embodying the princi les thereof, what I claim as new and usefuf and of my own invention, and desire to secure by.L'etters Patent is:

A compressible integral cylindrical tube or container having the material at one end thereof collapsed upon itself, whereby said tube is permanently closed at such end, said. tube having a removable ca at the other end, the exterior surface the body of such tube being corrugated or grooved in parallel lines, the interior surface of said tube being free from corrugations.

. In' testimony whereof I have hereunto set, my hand in the. resence of the subscribing witnesses, on t is 29th day of March A. D. 1909. r

THOMAS C. BOOTH. Witnesses: g



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Cooperative ClassificationB65D35/12