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June 21, 17938.
c, E_ GRAY’
Filed Oct. 14, 1937
Patented June 21, 1938
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,
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
Figure 2 is a cross-section drawing along the
tainer by the manufacturers of ready-made cig
packing and cigarette package-wrapping appa
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
removal from receptacle of empty match pack
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
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.
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