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NOV.._ 9, 1937.
- J, WELSH
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2,098,477‘:
DISPENSING DEVICE
Filed Sept. 7, 1935
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Patented Nov. 9, 1937
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,098,477
DISPENSING DEVICE
John Welsh, St. Paul, Minn.
Application September 7, 1935, Serial No; 395597
8 Claims.
(01. 206-57)
This invention relates to new and useful im
provements in dispensing devices, and more par
ticularly to a holder for dispensing paper towels,
napkins, toilet paper, and various other articles,
‘"5? which may be dispensed from a package.
An object‘ of the invention is to provide a sim
ple and inexpensive dispensing device which
readily/lends itself for use to dispense paper
‘ 1 towels, and the like, which may be sold to the
li? public, loaded with towels, and ready for use,
each unit comprising a dispensing holder in
which the towels are originally packed, and from
whichthey may be dispensed, one at a time, un
I til ‘the last towel has been used, after which the
1‘5‘ empty holder may be discarded and a fresh
holder and supply of towels substituted therefor.
A further object is to provide a towel dis
pensing device which presents the utmost in
simplicity, sanitation, and convenience, in that
20 the towels are dispensed-directly from the con
tainer or holder in which they are sold, and
which holder ‘is so constructed that it may read-~
iliy
suspended vfrom a hook, or any other suit
able-supporting means, without the attendant
25 having ‘to actually ,touch the towels with his
hands», the cost of the holder being such that
it? may be thrown away or discarded, when
emptied, and a new unit, including holder and
towels, substituted therefor.
Other‘ objects of the invention reside in the
speci?c construction of the holder, whereby a
package of ‘paper‘towels may be supported there
and dispensed therefrom, said holder having
meansv therein for retaining the package of
'35 paper towels in proper position until the last
an
towel has ‘been dispensed; in the novel manner
of {constructing the holder, whereby it may be
manufactured at small cost; in the provision of
corrugated means within the holder for retaining
the- towels-or other sheet material in place there
in; ‘in-the general construction of the holder and
arrangement of the towels therein, whereby 'the
holder and towels cooperate to provide a com
7 plete unit which may be sold to the public; ready
3&6 for immediate use, and which provides a very
neat and practical dispensing devicefrom which
the towels may be conveniently dispensed, one
atila time: and, in the simple and inexpensive
construction of ‘the holder itself, ‘which is made
J50 from a blank ‘of sheet material folded to’ provide
*a suitable holder, ‘and the ends of which blank
are secured together in spaced relation by suit
able 'U-sha'ped elements, whereby a dispensing
opening is provided between said ends through
t55v which thetowels are dispensed.
objects" of the invention will appear
from the following description and accompany
lng drawings and will be pointed out in the an
nexed claims.
60 In the accompanying drawings there has been
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disclosed a structure designed to- carry out the
various objects of the invention, but it is to be
understood that the invention is not con?ned
to the exact features shown as various changes
may be made within the scope of the claims
which follow.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the
novel manner of packaging the towels, whereby
they are contained within the holder from which 10
the towels may readily be dispensed, one at a
time;
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Figure 2 is an enlarged end view of the device
showing the means provided within the holder
for retaining the towels in position therein;
Figure 3 is an ‘exterior view of the holder
showing the dispensing opening therein;
Figure 4 is a view showing the holder with its
ends detached from one another and opened
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up as a ?at sheet;
Figure 5 is a detail sectional view on the line
54-45 of Figure 4, showing a means by which the
holder may be suspended from a suitable nail
or hook secured in a wall; and
Figure 6 is a view showing a modi?ed con
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struction wherein the holder is rectangular in
con?guration.
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The novel dispensing package herein disclosed,
is shown comprising a holder, generally indi
catedby the numeral I, which is formed from a 30
blank 2 of sheet material, such as heavy paper
or cardboard, having its opposite end portions
folded inwardly to provide loops 3 and 4 adapt
ed to receive suitable staples or U-shaped ele
ments 5, each of which is shown provided with
a long leg 6 and a relatively shorter leg 1.
These legs are adapted to be inserted into the
loops 3 and ,4, \as shown in Figure 2, thereby to
secure the ends of the blank 2 together in spaced
relation, whereby a suitable dispensing opening
8 is, provided in the holder l. The inwardly fold
ed end portions of the blank 2 may be secured
in position againstthe body of the blank by any
suitable means applicable for the purpose, and in
the present instance, I have shown them secured 45
by-small wire staples or fasteners [6.
A suitable wire element 9 is shown having its
terminals ll projecting through a suitable aper
ture provided in a wall of the holder l, as shown
in Figure 5. The terminals H of the element 9 50
are bent into contact with the wall of the holder
whereby the element 9 cannot readily become
detached from the holder, as will readily be un
derstood by reference to Figures 4 and 5. The
element 9 provides a loop, whereby the holder,‘
may readily be suspended from a hook or nail
~lc2- provided in a wall l3, as "best shown in Fig
ure 2.
The marginal edges I4 and I5 of the ends 3 and
4 of the blank 2, are bent inwardly substantially 60
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as shown in Figure 2, and are adapted to be en
gaged by the paper towels, as clearly illustrated in
Figure 1. The ends of the paper towels are pref
erably interfolded, as best illustrated in Figure 2,
whereby when a towel is withdrawn from the
package through the dispensing opening 8, an
other towel will be partially withdrawn from the
holder through the dispensing opening, as shown‘,
provided with suitable loops, said blank being
folded around a package of sheet paper with its
looped ends spaced apart to provide a dispensing
opening, and wire elements insertable in said
loops, thereby to secure together said ends in
spaced relation.
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2. In a device of the class described, a blank
of sheet material having its opposite marginal
for example, in Figure 2.
edges folded upon itself and secured in place to
Strips of corrugated material l8, preferablyIof-i ‘ provide suitable loops, said blank being adapted
paper, are secured to the inner face of the blank » to be folded around a package of sheet paper, and 10
2, as best shown in Figure 4, whereby when the means inserted in said loops to retain the ends of
blank is folded into the cylindrical form‘ shown said blank in spaced relation, whereby a dispens
in Figures 1 and 2, the ends of the towels will ing opening is provided therebetween through
15 engage the corrugations of said strips, whereby‘
which the sheets may be dispensed, one at a time. 15
the towels are positively retained in proper posi
3. In a device of the class described, a blankof
tion within the holder, even until the last towel sheet material having its opposite marginal edges
has been dispensed therefrom. Figure 2 clearly folded upon itself and secured in place to provide
illustrates how the ends of the towels are seated suitable loops, said blank being adapted to. be
20 in the corrugations of the strips Hi.
folded around a, package of sheet paper with its 20
In Figure 6, there is illustrated a slightly modi
loopedv ends spaced apart to provide a dispensing
?ed construction wherein the container is made opening, and U-shaped elements having legs in
rectangular ‘in con?guration, and has a dispens
serted in said loops, thereby to secure said spaced
ing opening 20 in one of its walls, through which ends in position and whereby said blank of ma
25 the towels 2| may be dispensed in substantially
terial provides a dispensing holder for the sheet
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the same manner as shown and described in the
previous ?gures. In the form shown in Figure 6,
the side edges of the dispensing opening 20 are
de?ned by the edges of the walls 22 and 23, and
30 suitable
U-shaped elements 24 are inserted
through loops 25 in the edges of said walls, thereby
to reinforce these edges and retain them in proper
spaced relation.
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The ends of the U-shaped elements 24 are
35 shaped as shown in Figure 6, whereby they pro
ject inwardlynover the open ends of the holder,
thereby to prevent endwise movement of the
towels in the holder. If desired, the U-shaped
elements 5, shown in Figure 5, may be similarly
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shaped.
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The holder illustrated in Figure 6 is, shown pro
vided with a tongue 26 having an opening 21.
therein adapted to receive a hook or nail I2, as
shown, for example, in Figure .2, whereby the
45 holder may be conveniently supported on a wall.
In the form of holder shown in Figure 6, the
package of towels or other sheet paper to be dis
pensed, is placed in the holder with its sheets dis
posed in flatwise relation, whereas, in the holder
50 l , the towels conform to the curvature of the wall
of the holder, as clearly illustrated in Figure 2.
The device herein disclosed, provides the ut
most in simplicity and is economical to manufac
ture, whereby the container may be discarded
55 when the last towel has been used. The device
readily lends itself for use in public places, such
as schools, hotels, and wash rooms, and provides
a very simple and inexpensive towel dispensing
device. The holder is preferably supplied to the
60 user in the form shown in Figure 1, whereby the
towels need not be handled, which is desirable
from a sanitary point of view.
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In the foregoing, I have referred more particu
larly to. a device for dispensing paper towels, but
65 it is to be understood that by slightly modifying
the size of the device, it may readily be used for
dispensing various other articles in sheet form
as, for example, paper napkins and toilet paper,
without departing from the scope of the invention.
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I claim as my invention:
1. In a. device of the class described, a blank of
sheet material having its opposite marginal edges
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paper-
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4. In a device of the class described, a blank
of sheet material folded around a package of
paper towels with its ends. spaced apart to pro
vide a dispensing opening for the towels, wire ele 30
ments securing together said spaced ends and co
operating with said folded blank to provide a
holder for the towels, and said wire elements hav
ing'offset portions engaging the towels at the open
ends of the holder, thereby to retain them therein. 85
5. In a device of the class described, a blank of
sheet material folded around a package of paper
towels with its ends spaced apart to provide a dis
pensing opening for the towels, means for securing
together said spaced ends andcooperating with 40
said folded blank to provide a holder for the
towels, and ‘corrugated means adjacent the open
ends of the holder for retaining the towels in
proper position therein.
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6. In a device of the class described, a holder 45
comprising a body formed of sheet material,
U-shaped elements connecting together the ends
of said sheet material in spaced relation whereby
a dispensing opening is provided between said
ends, said holder being adapted to support a pack
age of paper towels, inwardly projecting corruga 50
tions at the ends of the holder adapted to be en—
gaged by the towels, ‘whereby they are retained in
proper position‘ within the holder, andmeans by
which the holder may be ‘suspended from a wall
to facilitate withdrawing the towels therefrom.
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7. As an article of manufacture, a cylindrical
holder having means for supporting it ona Wall, a
plurality of paper towels supported in the holder,
corrugated means at the ends of the holder for re .60
taining the towels inposition therein, and said
holder having a dispensing opening through
which the'towels may be dispensed,_one at a time.
8. As an article of manufacture, a paper holder
having a, plurality of paper towels therein, a ?exi 1.65
ble corrugated strip adjacent each end of. the
holder for retaining the towels in position therein,
said holder having a dispensing opening through
which the towels may be dispensed from the hold
er, one at time.
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John
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