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Publication numberUSRE21398 E
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 12, 1940
Filing dateDec 9, 1937
Publication numberUS RE21398 E, US RE21398E, US-E-RE21398, USRE21398 E, USRE21398E
InventorsNils Gustav Thor
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispensing unit fob paper sheets
US RE21398 E
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March 12, 1940. N, G. THOR DISPENSING UNIT FOR PAPER SHEETS Original Filed Dec. 9, 1937 V 2 Sheets-Sheet l 2! I I4 Nils usfav Thor BY I M.

ATTOR Ys March 12, 1940. N. G. THOR DISPENSING UNIT FOR PAPER SHEETS Orizinal Filed Dec. 9, 1937 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR N lls Gusrav Thor ATTOR Y5 Reissuecl Mar. 12, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Hamersley Manufacturing Company,

Gar-

field N. J., a corporation of New Jersey Original No. 2,142,808, dated January 3, 1939,

Serial No. 178,838, December 9, 1937.

Application for reissue March 3, 1939, Serial No.

14 Claims. .(Cl. 206-57) My present invention relates generally to dispensing devices, and has particular reference to a device for dispensing a stack of paper sheets or the like.

The present construction is designed primarily for use by retail dispensers of food commodities, such as delicatessen stores, the intention being that the user will have readily available a series of sheets of paper or the like, such as grease-proof paper, to be used in wrapping the commodities.

It is a primary object to provide a dispensing unitwhich is disposable in its entirety after all the sheets of an accommodated stack have been used up, whereby there will be no necessity for mounting a relatively permanent box or cabinet nor for periodically refilling the same.

With this primary object in view, it is a particular feature of my invention to provide an arrangement of parts which permits the container or box to be inexpensively manufactured of cardboard or equivalent material.

Nevertheless, certain features of my invention are not necessarily restricted to the employment of a disposable box of cardboard or the like, and certain advantageous features of the present construction may find wider applicability in connection with relatively permanent metal cabinets or boxes.

In the preferred embodiment herein illustrated and hereinafter to be described, a box of cardboard is so constructed that it may be manufactured sufiiciently inexpensively to permit its sale along with an accommodated stack of sheets without materially increasing the cost of the unit; and to permit the box subsequently to be disposed of in its entirety. Preferably, the box is composed of a single element of cardboard cut and folded to permit it to be set up into substantially rectangular form.

One of the features of the present construction lies in the arrangement of an outlet opening near the upper front edge of the box, together with means for accommodating a stack of sheets in an upwardly arched position so that the sheets may be drawn successively in an upwardly oblique forward direction through the outlet opening.

More particularly, my construction provides for a base having a rearwardly declining rear portion for supporting the stack in upwardly arched condition, and a yieldable follower adapted to press downwardly upon the stack. Where the box is made of cardboard the follower may constitute an integral portion of the top wall, and may advantageously be shaped to define a V cross-section. The present box is further characterized by a front wall provided with a recess narrower than the stack of sheets and exposing the front of the stack for the full depth of the latter. The front wall thus prevents intentional or accidental withdrawal of the sheets through the front wall, yet permits each successive sheet of the stack to be manually grasped for withdrawal purposes through the outlet opening.

Another important feature of my invention lies in the provision of a stack of sheets each of which is folded to define a Z cross-section, the sheets being nevertheless free of interengagement with one another. This'desirable objective is accomplished by constructing each sheet with the body of the 2 longer than the combined lengths of the 2 ends. A stack of sheets thus free of interengagement is relatively simple to manufacture, involving no unusually complicated machinery, and the stack itself is a compact rectangular unit.

The reason why I am enabled to employ sheets of this character is that the box is so constructed and arranged that the withdrawal of each sheet has a tendency automatically to bring about an interengagement of the sheet with the ensuing sheet, thereby positioning the next sheet in readily graspable position. This operation will be more fully set forth hereinafter.

I achieve the foregoing objects, and such other objects as may hereinafter appear or be pointed out, in the manner illustratively exemplified in the accompanying drawings, wherein- Figure l is a perspective view of a dispensing unit constructed in accordance with the present invention;

Figure 2 is a plan view thereof, with the stack of sheets omitted;

Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view taken substantially along the line 3-3 of Figure 1;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of one sheet of \the stack of sheets;

like initially shaped, cut, and scored substantially as shown in Figure 7. Referring to this figure, it will be observed that the body portion of the blank is divided by transverse score lines I5, H, I2, l3, l4 and I5 into a series of adjacent sections IE, I1, I8, I9, 28, 2| and 22. The sections Iii-25 are substantially rectangular, whereas the sections 2| and 22 are trapezoidal.

Extending laterally from the section I8 are the sections 23 and 24 connected to the section I8 at the score lines 25 and 26, respectively. The sections 23 and 24 carry the additional lateral flaps 21 and 28.

Extending laterally from the section |9 are the sections 29 and 33 connected to the section H! by the score lines 3| and 32.

Extending laterally from the section 20 are the sections 33 and 34 connected to the section 23 by the score lines 35 and 36.

Extending forwardly from the sections 33 and '34 are the front sections 31 and 38, these sections having the oblique edges 39 and 48 and being secured to the sections 33 and 34 along the score lines 4| and 42.

The sections 31 and 38 carry the triangular flaps 45 and 46.

Furthermore, the sections 31 and 38 carry the small lateral tabs 41 and 48 secured to the sections 31 and 38 along the score lines 49 and 50.

In setting up the box, the section 20 defines a substantially rectangular bottom and the section I9 is folded upwardly to define the back wall. The sections 29 and 30 are arranged in parallel relationship along the score lines 35 and 36, respectively, and the sections 33 and 34 are then bent upwardly to define the sides of the box.

The section I8 is then swung forwardly along the score line l2 so as to define a top wall, and the sections 23 and 24 are folded down over the sections 33 and 34. The attachment sections 28 and 21 are then turned inwardly beneath the bottom wall of the box and are adhesively or otherwise secured in this position.

As thus far described, the box comprises a bottom wall and a top wall, a back wall, and two sides; and whereas I have described one way of setting up a structure of this kind, it will be understood that my invention is not necessarily restricted to the particular method of. folding or assembly.

It shouldbe noted, however, that in accordance with my invention the top wall I8 is not as deep as the bottom wall 20, the forward edge of the top wall (defined by the score line H) lying slightly to the rear of the forward edge l4 of the bottom wall 20.

The sections l1 and I6 are then doubled upon themselves, as shown most clearly in Figures 3 and 5, to define a yieldable follower of substantially V cross-section, the apex of the V (defined by the score line I8) extending rearwardly. Because of the inherent resilience of cardboard or its equivalent this V-shaped follower extends rearwardly downwardly into the box and is adapted to exert a highly efiicient yieldable pressure in a downward and forward direction upon thestack of sheets accommodated in the box.

In completing the initial set-up of the box, the sections 2| and 22 are folded upwardly along the lines l4 and i5 so that the section 22 ultimately defines a rearwardly declining rear portion of a base, as shown most clearly in Figure 3; the section 2| defining a downwardly sloping front portion of the base.

The assembly is then completed by swinging ends by the reference numerals 56 and 51.

the sections 31 and 38 into alignment, the flaps 45 and 46 being positioned beneath the box and secured by adhesive means or otherwise. The sections 31 and 38 thereby define a front wall having a recess, this recess in theillustrated embodiment being substantially V-shaped, as shown most clearly in Figure 1.

The flaps 41 and 48 are then bent rearwardly into the plane of the top wall I8.

The result is that an outlet opening is defined immediately in front of the forward edge II of the top of the box, this outlet opening being of the full width of the box. In this connection, it should be observed that the recess in the front wall is of less width than the box.

It will be understood that the unit, during its assembly, is caused to accommodate a stack of sheets, this stack being designated generally by the reference numeral 53. The stack rests upon the base 2|22 and is yieldably pressed down by the follower |6--|1, the stack thus assuming an upwardly arching position, as shown most clearly in Figure 3. The forward face of the stack is partially exposed for its full depth through the recess in the front wall.

Preferably, when the box is constructed, the original blank is provided with an extension divided by the score line 60 into two additional panels BI and 62, whereby the panel El may be arranged at the forward portion of the top to seal the outlet opening, and the panel 62 may be arranged to cross the front wall to conceal the latter. A removable sticker or tab 63 holds the free edge of the panel 62 in position. Thus, the box may be manufactured, stacked, stored, and shipped in a completely sealed condition.

When it is ready for use, the sticker 63 is removed or mutilated, and the panels 62 and 6| are bodily severed from the box along the score lines 64, thus leaving the unit in the condition illus- It may be pointed out that the relative sizes of the sections shown in Figure 7 are not exactly in accord with the relativesizes of the corresponding sections shown in set-up condition in the other figures; nor are the other figures in entire accord. Thus, in Figure 3, the back wall I9 is somewhat longer, relative to the bottom wall 20, than the relationship between the sections l9 and 23 in Figures 1 and '7. These discrepancies arise because of the desire to illustrate the invention in a compact manner. The relative proportions of the parts are, therefore, not to be gauged too accurately from the drawings themselves.

Before describing the manner in which the device is used, reference will be had to Figures 4 and 6. In Figure 4, a single sheet of the stack 53 is designated by the reference numeral 54. This sheet has a cross-section conforming substantially to the letter Z. I have designated the body of the Z by the reference numeral 55 and the 2 It will be observed that the length of the body 55 is greater than the combined lengths of the 2 ends 56 and 51. As a result, a plurality of these sheets may be stacked, as shown in Figure 6, without any interengagement between the sheets.

Preferably, but not necessarily, there is a score line 58 near and parallel-to the free edge 59 position of the sheets will'induce a slight elevation of the edge 59.

It will also be observed that the sections 51 of the sheets are somewhat shorter than the sections 56; and that when the stack is accommodated in the box the sections 51 are arranged forwardly.

In use, the person desiring to withdraw a sheet from the unit has ready access to the uppermost sheet through the recess in the front wall. He merely grasps the elevated portion 51 (see Figure 3) and pulls the sheet upwards and forwardly through the outlet opening, as shown in Figure 5. This operation not only straightens out the sheet to destroy its 2 cross-section, but it also has the effect of causing a temporary interengagement between the portions 56 and 51 of the ensuing sheet. This temporary interengagement is shown most clearly in Figure 5. Accordingly, as the sheet is withdrawn from the unit it not only straightens itself out, ready for use in wrapping a commodity, but it also elevates the section 51 of the ensuing sheet to facilitate the subsequent grasp of the ensuing sheet when the operation is repeated.

As the sheets are withdrawn, the depth of the stack decreases and the yieldable follower continues to press down upon the decreasing stack to hold the remaining sheets in proper position.

Ultimately, after all the sheets have been withdrawn, the empty box may be discarded and another complete unit may be substituted.

Obviously, the various features of the present invention are not necessarily restricted to a box that is made of cardboard although, as hereinbefore stated, the invention is peculiarly adaptable for embodiment in a cardboard box.

Moreover, it will be understood that certain phases of the invention do not require that the sheets be of Z-shaped cross-section, nor that they necessarily be of greaseproof paper. The invention may find wider applicability in the dispensing of sheets of differing characteristics for various purposes. I

In general, it will be understood that changes in the details, herein described and illustrated for the purpose of explaining the nature of my invention, may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims. It is, therefore, intended thatthese details be interpreted as illustrative, and not in a limiting sense.

Having thus described my invention, and illustrated its use, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising a substantially rectangular cardboard box with an outlet opening near its upper front edge, a base for supporting said stack in upwardly arched position, and a yieldable follower adapted to press downwardly upon the stack, said follower extending obliquely downwardly from said outlet opening.

2. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising a substantially rectangular cardboard box with an outlet opening near its upper front edge, a base for supporting said stack in upwardly arched position, and a yieldable follower adapted to press downwardly upon the stack, said follower extending obliquely downwardly from said outlet opening, said box having a bottom wall, and said base comprising a rearwardly declining rear portion and a forward portion extending downwardly to the front edge of said bottom wall.

3. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising a substantially rectangular cardboard box with an outlet opening near its upper front edge, a base for supporting said stack in upwardly arched position, and a yieldable follower adapted to press downwardly upon the stack, said follower extending obliquely downwardly from said outlet opening, said box having a bottom wall, said base being an integral extension of said bottom wall.

4. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising an integral blank of cardboard cut and folded to define a set-up substantially rectangular box having top and bottom walls, side walls, and a rear wall, the bottom wall having a front extension doubled back to define an upwardly converging base upon which the stack is supported in upwardly arched position, the top wall having a front extension doubled back to definea yieldable rearwardly declining follower for the stack, whereby the sheets may be successively withdrawn in an upwardly oblique forward direction.

5. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising an integral blank of cardboard cut and folded todefine a set-up substantially rectangular box having top and bottom walls, side walls, and a rear wall, the bottom wall having a front extension doubled back to define a base upon which the stack is supported in upwardly arched position, the top wall having a front extension doubled back to define a yieldable rearwardly declining follower for the stack, whereby the sheets may be successively withdrawn in an upwardly oblique forward direction, said box having a front wall with a downwardly narrowing recess exposing the front of said stack for the full depth of the latter.

6. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising an integral blank of cardboard cut and folded to define a set-up substantially rectangular box having top and bottom walls, side walls, and a rear wall, the bottom wall having a front extension doubled back to define a base upon which the stack is supported in upwardly arched position, the topwall having a front extension doubled back to define a yieldable rearwardly declining follower for the stack, whereby the sheets may be successively withdrawn in an upwardly oblique forward direction, said box having a front wall with a downwardly narrowing recess exposing the front of said stack for the full depth of the latter, the widest portion of said recess being narrower than said stack to prevent forward movement of the stack or of any sheet thereof.

7. A disposable dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising an integral blank of cardboard cut and folded to define a set-up substantially rectangular box having top and bottom walls, side walls, and a rear wall, the bottom wall having a front extension doubled back to define a base upon which the stack is supported in upwardly arched position, the top wall having a front extension doubled back to define a yieldable rearwardly declining follower for the stack, the box being provided with an outlet opening in front of the forward edge of the top wall, whereby the sheets may be successively withdrawn in an upwardly oblique forward direction through said outlet opening.

8. A disposable dispensing unit as set forth in claim '7, said box having a front wall with a downwardly narrowing recess exposing the front of said stack for the full depth of the latter, the widest portion of said recess being narrower than said stack to prevent forward movement of the stack or of any sheet thereof, thereby compelling withdrawal of the sheets through said outlet opening.

9. As an element of a stack of paper sheets adapted to be assembled in a dispensing unit of the character described, a sheet folded to define a Z cross-section, the body of the Z being longer than the combined lengths of the 2 ends, and one 2 end being scored near and parallel to its free edge to induce an elevation of said Z end from the body of the Z.

10. A dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising a substantially rectangular box with an outlet opening near its upper front edge, an upwardly angled base for supporting said stack in upwardly arched position, a yieldable followeradapted to press downwardly upon the stack, said follower extending obliquely downwardly from said outlet opening, said box having a front wall with a recess narrower than the stack and exposing the front of the stack for the full depth of the latter.

11. A disposable dispensing unit as set forth in claim; '7, said box having a front wall with a recess exposing the front of said stack for the full depth of the latter, said recess being narrower than said stack to prevent forward movement of the stack or of any sheet thereof, thereby compelling withdrawal of the sheets through said outlet opening.

12. A disposable dispensing unit as set forth in claim 1, said follower having a V-shaped crosssection with the apex of the V directed rearwardly.

13. A disposable dispensing unit as set forth in claim 1, said box having a top Wall terminating at said opening, and said follower being an integral extension of said top wall.

14. A dispensing unit for a stack of paper sheets, comprising an elongated substantially rectangular box formed of paper board and having top and bottom, end, back and front walls, said top wall having the forward edge thereof spaced rearwardly from the front wall with an outlet opening therebetween extending lengthwise of the box, said front wall having a recess therein extending downwardly from the upper edge thereof and of appreciably less width at said upper edge than the length of the outlet opening, and a base arranged in the box over the bottom wall for supporting the stack in upwardly arched position, said base being formed by a paper board sheet of substantially inverted V-shape supported at opposite edges by the corners of the box and with the apex thereof extending parallel with said forward edge of the top wall and substantially therebeneath.

NILS GUSTAV THOR.

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