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April 19, 1938.
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J. v. HORR
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2,114,492
COLLAPSIBLE CARDBOARD COUNTER BASKETv
Filed June 26, 1957
2 Sheets-Sheet l
April 19, 1938.
J. v. HORR
2,114,492
COLLAPSIBLE/CARDBOARD COUNTER BASKET
Filed June 26, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet ‘2
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INVENTOR
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26 John V.' Hor'r
Patented Apr. 19, 1938
2,114,492
UNlTED
PATENT OFFl€E
2,114,492
COLLAPSIBLE CARDBOARD COUNTER
BASKET
John V. Horr, Hastings on Hudson, N. Y., assignor
te Einson-Freeman Co., Inc., Long Island City,
N. Y., a corporation of Delaware
Application June 26, 1937, Serial No. 150,535
4 Claims.
My present invention relates generally to col
lapsible cardboard devices, and has particular
reference to a counter basket or the like.
A general object of the invention is to pro
vide a simple yet staunch collapsible counter
basket composed of a minimum number of ?at
cardboard elements or thelike, inexpensive to
manufacture, and adapted to be collapsed and
set up with enhanced facility.
'10
While I have herein illustrated and shall here
inafter describe the invention in connection with
a basket of the type which is designed to be used
5
' Figure 6 is a cross-sectional plan View of the
device when set up;
Figure '7 is a view similar to Figure 6, showing
a slight modi?cation; and
Figure 8 is a cross-sectional view taken sub» 5
stantially along the line 8—8 of Figure 5, show
ing the manner in which the device is collapsible.
The present device is composed solely of the
two blanks illustrated in Figures 3 and 4. These
blanks are preferably of cardboard or similar 10
bendable sheet material. The blank of Figure 3
is cut out and scored to de?ne three hingedly
baskets or containers intended for analogous pur
connected panels lb, 1 l, and I2, the medial panel
being extended upwardly to form a display por
tion £3. The lines l4 and I5 designate the fold 15
lines along which the panels are hinged, and it
will be observed that these hinged lines pref;
poses.
erably converge downwardly.
by storekeepers on counters or the like, to ac
commodate merchandise such as packages or
15 cans, nevertheless it will be understood that the
broader phases of my invention are applicable to
One of the features of my invention lies in
20 providing a collapsible device which is composed
of only two blanks of flat cardboard or its equiv
alent.
Another feature of the invention lies in a con
’ struction which requires only two pasting opera
25 tions to secure the two cardboard blanks together
during the manufacture of the basket.
A third feature of the invention lies in the
special and novel construction of the bottom
wall of the basket, whereby the same is of rein
forced and unusually strong character.
‘
At the ends of the panels l0 and I2 extensions
H5 and H are provided, adapted to be used for
gluing purposes.
Hinged to the bottom edge It of the panel
H is an L-shaped panel l9 having a relatively
wide portion near the hinge line it and a rela~
tively narrow portion 20. In Figure 3, the nar~ 25
row portion 25.! is disposed toward the right, and
the length of this portion is made substantially
equal to the desired ultimate depth, from front
to back, of the basket.
Hinged to the panel l9 along the oblique line e: 0
2! is the small flap 22 whose purpose will be
A further feature ofthe invention lies in con
necting and arranging the parts in such a way
that the device may be collapsed in substantial
presently described. Hinged to the longer por
tion of the panel l9, along the line 23, is the
ly ?at condition, whereby it may be easily stored,
triangular panel 24.
35 packed, and shipped; the device being at the same
time readily set up into a position where it is
ready for use, without requiring the user to per
form any cumbersome or tedious manipulations
relating to the interengaging of flaps or the like.
I achieve the foregoing objects, and such other
objects as may hereinafter appear or be pointed
out, in the manner illustratively exempli?ed in
the accompanying drawings, wherein—
Figure l is a perspective view of a collapsible
’ cardboard counter basket of the present char
acter in set-up condition;
Figure 2 is an enlarged cross-sectional view
taken substantially along the line 2-~2 of Fig
50
(Cl. 229-41)
ure 1;
Figure 3 is a plan view of one of the blanks
entering into the present construction;
Figure 4 is a plan view of the other blank enter
ing into the present construction;
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure l,.show
ing the device in partially collapsed condition;
The blank of Figure 4 is, generically, of simi
lar construction, comprising the three hingedly
connected panels 25, 26, and 21. The lines 28
and 29 converge upwardly in Figure 4 and rep
resent the .lines along which the panels are
hinged.
40
At the free ends of the panels 25 and 2? are
the extension flaps 3i! and 3! adapted to coop
erate ultimately with the flaps l5 and ll of Fig
ure 3 to hold the two blanks together.
Hinged to the inner edge 32 of the medial
panel 26 is the L-shaped panel 33 having the
narrow portion 34, the hinged triangular ?ap 35.
and the relatively small ?ap 36. The flap 3&3 is
hinged along the oblique line 31, and the triangu
lar panel 35 is hinged along the line 38. ' It will
be observed that the narrow portion 34 is directed
toward the left in Figure ll.
In manufacturing the device, the blanks of
Figures 3 and 4 are ?rst out out, shaped, and
scored in the manner described. The ?aps I6 55
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and I‘! are then bent rearwardly, as shown most
clearly in Figures 1, 5, and 6, and they are ad
hesively secured to the flaps 30 and 3!, respec
tively. During this assembly, the
L-shaped
panels 19 and 33 are interlocked or interengaged
as shown most clearly in Figures 5 and 6, where
by the edges 39 and 40 are brought into substan
tial alignment. The resultant structure com
prises a peripheral wall comprising hingedly con
10 nected panels, six in number, these panels being
those hereto-fore referred to by the reference
numerals ill, ll, i2, 25, 26, and 21. The wall
panels ill, l i, and it constitute a rear portion, and
the panels 25, 26, and 27 constitute a front por
15 tion, of the peripheral wall. The panel I0 is ulti
mately arranged in hingedly connected relation
to the panel 25, the hinge line being designated by
the reference numeral 1H. Similarly, the pane-l
I2 is ultimately in hinged relation to the panel
2?, along the hinge line 42.
It is to be especially noted that the narrowed
portions 2i? and 34 of the interlocking L-shaped
panels are disposed on the upper or interior side
of. the basket.
This permits the basket to be
25 collapsed and set up by pushing the bottom wall
of the basket upwardly, as shown in Figure 5.
When the box is completely collapsed, the pan
els 25, 26, and 2"! are disposed in a substantially
single plane, and are brought into superposition
with respect to the panels Hi, i I and I2, similarly
disposed in substantially a single plane. In be
tween are the panels l9 and 33, also in superposed
relationship. The entire device is thus substan
tially flat and may be easily stacked, shipped, or
stored in this condition. It is to be noted that
neither of Figures 5 and 8 shows the device in
completely collapsed condition, but anyone skilled
in the art will readily appreciate the manner in
which the partial collapsing, indicated in Figures
40 5 and 8, may be rendered complete to bring the
parts into the flat relationship hereinbefore men
tioned.
'
When the collapsed basket reaches its place of
use, it may be opened up into the position of Fig
ures 1 and 2 by merely withdrawing the front wall
panel 25 from the rear wall panel I i, and pressing
downwardly upon the L-shaped panels 19 and 33.
No further manipulations are necessary to bring
the basket into fully set-up condition.
The bottom wall is of uniquely reinforced and
strong character.
The triangular panels 212 and
35 are so shaped that they bear lightly against
the side wall panels l2, 2?, ill, and 25; and the
triangular panels 2d and 35 assume an outwardly
55 upward inclination when the device is set up.
This imparts to the score lines 23 and 38 a rein
forcing ability which helps to brace the entire
structure and to rigidify the bottom wall.
When the device is set up, the small ?aps 22
and 36 turn inwardly, bearing against the wall
panels Ill and 2?, respectively, these small flaps
serving to impart a more workmanlike- ?nish to
the structure. They are concealed beneath the
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triangular panels 35 and 25, respectively, when
the device is used.
The unusually rugged character of the basket
will be apparent to those skilled in the art. The
bottom wall consists of two plies which, though
not physically connected by hinging or other
wise, are nevertheless ?rmly interlocked by virtue
of their L-shaped construction. A slight upward
pressure on the bottom results in expeditiously
collapsing the device, as shown in Figure 5. On
75 the other hand, it would require an inordinate
amount of downward pressure on the bottom to
displace the bottom wall.
In Figure 7 I have illustrated a slight modi?ca
tion in which the L-shaped bottom wall panel 33'
has a small slot 43 at the inner end of the nar
rowed portion 34'. The L-shaped panel 19' has
a similar slot 44 at the inner end of the narrowed
portion 20'. The slots 43 and 44 interengage or
interlock with each other, and this serves further
to strengther the bottom of the basket, without 10
in the least impairing the ease with which the
basket may be manufactured, set up, or collapsed.
The other parts of Figure 7 are identical with
the parts hereinbefore described, and the same
reference numerals are, therefore, applied there
to.
In the illustrated embodiment, the parts are
so shaped that the peripheral wall becomes grad~
ually greater in height as it approaches the me
dial rear panel I I which serves as a display panel. 20
It will be understood that this feature is not nec
essarily present. Also, the manner in which the
two blanks of Figures 3 and 4 are adhesively
secured together is something which may be
varied to suit differing requirements.
In general, it will be understood that changes
in the details, herein described and illustrated for
25_
the purpose of explaining the nature of my in
vention, may be made by those skilled in the art
without departing from the spirit and scope of 30
the invention as expressed in the appended
claims. It is, therefore, intended that these de
tails be interpreted as illustrative, and not in a
limiting sense.
Having thus described my invention, and illus 35
trated its use, what I claim as new and desire
to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a collapsible cardboard counter basket,
a peripheral wall comprising six hingedly con
nected panels, the basket being collapsible by 40
superposing the front group of three upon the
rear group of three, and a bottom wall compris
ing a pair of interlocked L-shaped panels one
of which is hinged to the bottom edge of the
front wall panel, the other of which is hinged 45
to the bottom edge of the rear wall panel, each
of said L-shaped panels carrying a lateral tri
angular panel adapted to bear against the side
Wall panels when the basket is set up and ex
tending from the front to the rear of the basket. 50
2. In a collapsible cardboard counter basket,
a peripheral wall comprising six hingedly con
nected panels, the basket being collapsible by
superposing the front group of three upon the
rear group of three, and a bottom wall com
55
prising a pair of interlocked L-shaped panels
one of which is hinged to the bottom edge of
the front wall panel, the other of which is
hinged to the bottom edge of the rear wall panel,
each of said L-shaped panels carrying a lateral 60
triangular panel adapted to bear against the side
wall panels when the basket is set up, each of said
triangular panels being hinged along its entire
length to its corresponding L-shaped panel and
being of a size which disposes the triangular 65
panel in an outward, upward inclination each
running from the front to the rear of the basket
when the basket is set up.
3. In a collapsible cardboard counter basket,
a peripheral wall comprising six hingedly con
nected panels, the basket being collapsible by
superposing the front group of three upon the
rear group of three, and a bottom wall compris
ing a pair of interlocked L-shaped panels one of
which is hinged to the bottom edge of the front
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wall panel, the other of which is hinged to the
bottom edge of the rear wall panel, the front
group of three wall panels and the L-shaped
panel hinged thereto being formed of an in
wall comprising a pair of interlocked L-shaped
tegral blank, the rear group of three wall panels
Panels hinged to said front and rear portions, 5
and the L-shaped panel hinged thereto being
formed of a second integral blank, and each
L-shaped panel having hinged thereto along one
side a triangular panel extending from the front
10 to the rear of the basket when it is open, and on
its other side a flap extending along the length
of the adjacent lateral peripheral panel.
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4. In a collapsible cardboard counter basket,
a peripheral Wall comprising hingedly con
nected front and rear portions, and a bottom
respectively, said panels each having one leg of
the L of a length extending from the front to
the rear of the basket, and. triangular ?aps car
ried by said L-shaped panels and also extending
from the front to the rear of the basket.
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JOHN V. KORE.
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