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June 21, 17938. I > c, E_ GRAY’ 2,121,500 COMBINATION CONTAINER FOR CIGARETTES AND- MATCHES Filed Oct. 14, 1937 2,121,500 Patented June 21, 1938 “ ‘ UNITED ‘STATES PATE'H' OFFICE 2,121,500 COMBINATION CONTAINER FOR OIGA- ‘ RETTES AND‘ MATCHES Clarence Elmer Gray, St. Petersburg, Fla. Application October 14, 1937, Serial No. 169,039 i Claim. (Cl. 206-48) 'The object of my invention is a combination be eliminated by carrying one’s supply of cig container for cigarettes and matches that is arettes in these containers. practical from every viewpoint, i. e., so inex pensive of manufacture, in one or more forms, as to make possible its use as an original con line 2M2, Fig. 1, showing arrangement of cig arettes, even to the extent that it will not be necessary for an entire new set-up of cigarette tainer is especially designed to accommodate 10 ratus; and still a container that can equally well be made and used as an accessory for cigarette smokers, and manufactured in such varying de gree of expensiveness and attractiveness as to satisfy the most fastidious individual. Further, a ‘container, while it is a combina tion container for cigarettes and matches and can rightfully be called so by any manufacturer or dealer using same, in which the matches may be placed at any time after manufacture of said 20 container, and by any person through whose hands it passes or ultimately comes to use. Still further, a combination ‘cigarette and match container, with or without its comple ment of matches that is symmetric of lines and 25 surfaces. With or without said matches in this container, there is no bulge, protrusion, offset, or irregular line of, or on, any of the eight edges and six sides of said container to interfere in any way with the packing of the cigarettes, wrapping of the complete unit, handling in or out of cartons, or the stacking on stock shelves, 3 counters, or in or on racks, in any position. With said container’s complement of matches and twenty or more cigarettes, it will nicely fit 3 into any average pocket in men’s shirts, trousers, vests and coats, and also any women’s purses and handbags, without the amount of bulge occasioned by the presence of a package of twenty cigarettes as in general and common 4 Figure 2 is a cross-section drawing along the tainer by the manufacturers of ready-made cig packing and cigarette package-wrapping appa 15 Figure l is a drawing of the bottom of above mentioned cigarette and match container, and use today. And still further, a combination cigarette and match container that will better protect its con tents of both cigarettes and matches from ordi 45 nary depreciation, wear and tear, and such other elements of destruction as would, within rea sonable limits, bend, break, crumble, crumple, dampen, or in any other manner make, or cause contents of said containers to be made useless, 50 between the time they are packaged in said con tainers and such time as may reasonably be ex arettes and a package of matches. This con twenty cigarettes and a package of matches com monly known as “book” or “paper” matches, and can be made of any material from card board to gold-plated metals. In the bottom of this container and from the outside, is an indentation of such varying depth as to‘ form a receptable for the wedge-shaped “book matches”. Said indentation, extending into that part of container which encloses the cigarettes, thereby displaces one row or layer of cigarettes for such distance, longitudinally in said row or layer of cigarettes, as to permit said indentation to be of suf?cient size, within said indentation itself, as to fully enclose a package of “book matches” without any part or portion of said matches and/or their respective con tainer extending outward from, or protruding 25 upward above the plane of the outside surface of the bottom of said cigarette container. Said indentation can be of varying widths, up to the width of the whole container, so as to accommo date, as to number of matches, different sized 30 packages of matches. No additional flap or cover will be required to hold the package of matches in its receptacle as it can either be so held by adhesive, or a strap or clip I can be incorporated across the. bottom of receptacle, Fig. 1, or a portion or portions of the bottom of receptacle can be cut and raised to accomplish the same thing, under which the cover of said “book matches” can be inserted and drawn un der until the matches and their container are 40 in proper position in their receptacle. The two side walls 2 and end walls 3 and 4 of indentation forming the match receptacle, are sloping or rounding for distinct reasons, i. e., (1) to conform to shape of those cigarettes within the container that will be packed ad joining end walls 3 and 4; (2) side walls 2--to better facilitate the opening and closing of match package cover, 5, Fig. 2; (3) end wall 3—to per mit match package cover 5 to bend back farther 50 from heads of matches thereby affording more pected will be required for said contents to be room in which to grasp an individual match for used by ultimate consumers. It is also obvious that the annoyance of continually having to detaching from assembly; (4) end wall 4—to fa cilitate the entering of match package cover 5 under strap l in bottom of receptacle, and the 55 bacco crumbsin one’s pockets and/or purses will 2 2,121,500 removal from receptacle of empty match pack ages. Due to the fact that “book matches”, together with their containers, are wedge-shaped as men tion-ed above, and that the indentation in the bottom of above-mentioned combination contain er, which forms the receptacle for said matches, is therefore of varying depths, it follows that the space occupied within that part of the cig 10 arette container that embraces said match re ceptacle indentation is v of varying thickness, hence, the space occupied by the shallow portion of the match receptacle does not fully occupy, or take up, the space, 6, Fig. 2, made available by 15 a certain number of cigarettes, in the bottom row or layer of cigarettes, that are totally dis placed by the presence of match receptacle in dentation. It then follows that a certain num ber of cigarettes may drop down a certain dis tance until they come to rest on the shallow por tion of the match receptacle, hence, there is an unevenness of, or depression, in the top row or layer of cigarettes, throughout their entire length, which in turn amounts to an unoccupied space, for the Width of a certain number of cig arettes, between the top row of cigarettes and the inside surface of the cover of the whole con ‘so tainer. In order to hold those cigarettes up in the top row or layer of cigarettes that would natu rally drop down as above-stated and hence cause an unevenness in the top row or layer of cig arettes (a matter of appearance only), a piece of cardboard stock ‘I the same width as the length of the bottom of the match receptacle, and the same length as the inside width of the cigarette container, with ends turned down a distance equal to the thickness of a cigarette, also equal to the greatest depth of the match receptacle, is shown in Fig. 2. In all probability this piece of cardboard, or any other means to accomplish the same result, would not be used in practice, as there is so little to be gained by so doing, even in the appearance of the pack age when opened. Although Fig. 2 shows the bottom of the match receptacle diverging from the medial plane of the cigarette box it should be understood that the showing in Fig. 2 is exaggerated to illustrate the tapering formation of the match receptacle and that in the actual construction the degree of slope away from the medial plane is only slight. In view of the above-mentioned and described invention, I claim: A cigarette box, generally rectangular in shape, having an open top and lid therefor, said box be ing of such depth as to accommodate two rows or layers of cigarettes, and said box having a por tion of its bottom deformed upwardly to form within the con?nes of the box an externally ac cessible receptacle for receiving and accommo dating a conventional package of “book” or “pa per” matches, the bottom of said receptacle being located substantially in the medial plane of said cigarette box in such position that the upper layer of cigarettes will be maintained substan tially ?ush with the top edges of the cigarette 30 box, said receptacle bottom sloping somewhat so that when a conventional package of matches is housed in said receptacle the front or outer sur face of said package of matches will be substan tially ?ush with the outer surface of the bottom of the cigarette box. CLARENCE ELMER GRAY.