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Патент USA US2123723

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Patented July 12-, 1938
, 2,123,723
Emery G. Fun-er, Chicago, Ill.
Application March 20, 1931, ‘serial No. 132,061
‘6 Claims.
('01. 206-44)
This invention relates to improvements in con
tainers, particularly containers'used for holding
commodities, such as berries or other small
fruits, for example.
Flg. 8 is a side elevation of the frame shown
in Fig. 'I; and
Fig. 9 is a development of‘the receptacle or ,
' commodity-holding portion of the container.
In. the drawing, the invention is shown as be
_An object of the invention is to provide an im
proved container having transparent walls as ‘ing embodied in a box such as is suitable ‘for the sidewalls and bottoms, for example, whereby holding berries or ‘other fresh fruit or like com-r ,
a customer can readily determine the condition
of the contents- which are hidden by the upper
upper , ‘
frame portion indicated generally by the num-" >
eral III which extends around and de?nes the 10
A speci?cvobject of the invention is to provide 1 upper margin of the'boxr The member I0 is.
a box such as a berry box having transparent provided with legs vll depending therefrom and
walls formed of transparent or semi-transparent which may, if desired, be integral with themem
materials, such as f‘cellophane'f, waxed paper, orv ber III as shown in the drawing.‘ ‘The member
15 the like, and corner posts which may be formed ' l0 and legs ll may be formed of ‘any suitable 15'
sheet material such as‘ cardboard, for example,
of thin wood but preferably are formed of card
board or‘hea'vy paper, and- a wire'reenforcing and may be formed of a single piece of-material, ‘member which stiifensthe structure and defines ' the ends of which may abut as shown at If in
the lower corners of the containers and which Fig. for at any other suitable position.
The legs ll may be scored along their vertical
does not appreciably lessen the visibility of the
lower contents of the box. While the use-of
transparent materials in walls of containers has
heretofore been proposed, it is novel insofar as
I am aware to utilize a simple wire stiffening
member which coacts with the vertical corner
structure of the containers and also cooperates
with the transparent sheet material to provide
adequate visibility of .the lower contents for in
spection purposes.
Another object of the invention is to provide
a box‘ structure of the character mentioned hav
center line so as to fold readily as shown in- the
drawing whereby approximately one-half of each
leg overlaps a portion of the side wall ‘of the‘
container. The lower ends of the legs arepref
erably reduced in their horizontal dimensions as 25
shown for a purpose to be referred to later.
Where the container” is rectangular in cross sec
tion as shown, a similarly shaped lower wire
frame 13 is provided which is disposed substan
tially in’ the plane of the bottom of the container.
The frame" is provided for stiffening or reen
ing, integral transparent walls which are so, forcing purposes with loop formations M at its
corners which engage the reduced lower portions
tents and which will permit excess moisture to of the" legs to stiffen and support the same. ~ As
shown in Figs. 1 to 4, this loop formation is
drain from the box.
Other objects and advantages of the present . integral with the adjacent sides of the frame
formed as to provide for ventilation of the ‘con
invention will be apparent from a consideration
of the following speci?cation and accompany
ing, drawing, wherein
. Fig. 2~is a vertical section taken on line 2-2
commodates the lower ends of the legs as above
Disposed beneath the wire frame member I3
is a bottom member iii of- sheet material and
bodying the present improvements;
of Fig.
and provides an L-shaped recess 15 which ac
Fig.1 is a perspective view of ‘a container em
preferably transparent.
The bottom IG, as'
shown in Fig. 9, is provided with panelelike ex
Fig. 3 is a broken sectional view through an ' tensions I‘! at its several edges which are indi
45 upper side portion of the container illustrating
a loose cover attached to the container con
Fig. 4 is a top plan view of'a comer portion
of a‘ wire frame;
Fig. 5 is a broken horizontal section through
a container illustrating a ‘modi?ed construction;
Fig.‘ 6 is a side ‘elevation of the structure shown
in Fig. 5;
Fig. 7 is a
top ‘plan 'view of the comer por-v
tion of a modi?ed form of wire frame;
cated by dotted lines vI8, which panels, when the 45
same are folded upwardly, constitute the side
walls of the receptacle vportion of the container or box. The bottom I6 is disposed beneath the
frame B as described while the panels I‘! ex- .
tend upwardly on-the exterior of the frame and
are attached to the upper frame “I. The upper
edges of the panels may be folded over the upper
edges of the frame l0, after whicha reenforc-v >
ing marginal strip l9 may be positioned as shown
in Figs. 1 and 2 and theparts thus assembled.
secured together by staples 20 or other suitable
fastening means. It will be seen that the panels
II which constitute the side walls of the re
ported by said marginal member and constituting
ceptacle portion of the container overlap the ad
jacent portions of the respective legs H and
posed within said receptacle portion at the perim
eter of the transparent bottom thereof and pro
preferably-are not secured to said less so as to
provide a space through which air may circulate
vided with corner portions on the exterior of
to some extent and through which excess mois
ture which may tend to collect in the box may
10 escape.
It will be noted that the panels ll are of less
horizontal length than the sides of the frame
I 2 and that small openings II are provided at
the corners of the bottom l8 through which air
15 may enter for ventilation purposes and through
the bottom and side walls of the receptacle por
tion of the container, and a wire member dis
said receptacle engaging said legs.
2. A container comprising an upper marginal ‘
member of sheet material, corner legs depending
from said member, a transparent receptacle
member having side walls secured to said mar
ginal member and a bottom disposed within the
con?nes of said legs, and a reenforcing member
having a loop portion shaped in correspondence
with said bottom and disposed at the upper mar
which excess moisture may also escape from gin of said bottom and provided with portions
disposed outwardly of said receptacle member
the box.
The wire frame l3 in the form shown in Figs. a each in engagement with one of said legs.
3. A container comprising a supporting frame
1 to 4 preferably is of a single piece of material
'20 and may have its ends connected together as at of sheet material having an upper rectangular
marginal portion and depending corner legs, a
22 either by soldering, welding or any other suit
able manner.‘ The box shown is of economical receptacle portion of sheet material comprising
a rectangular bottom disposed adjacent the lower
construction and likewise sturdy since the angu
lar-shaped legs, reenforced and held in position ends of said legs‘and provided with side walls
by the wire frame l3, provide a rigid structure. secured to said upper marginal portion of the
In the modi?cation of the invention shownin frame, and a rectangular sti?ening member of
Figs. 5 and 6, the wire frame‘ indicated generally loop form shaped in correspondence with said bot
by the numeral Ila may be formed of» four tom and disposed within the receptacle portion at
the margin of the bottom and attached at the cor
pieces of wire shaped as shown in Fig. 5 and se
. 80
30 cured together as at 23 by welding, soldering ners thereof to the respective legs.
4. A container comprising a'supporting frame
or other approved means. Where this type
of construction is employed, the legs Ha are of sheet material comprising an upper rectangu
provided with openings lib through which the
lar marginal portion and depending corner legs
ends lib of the frame sections can be passed, after
35 which they are folded over into the position shown
in Fig. 5. In Figs. 5 and 6, the other parts of the
container are given reference characters corre
sponding to those used in Fig. I with the ex
a receptacle portion of sheet material comprising
a rectangular bottom disposed between the lower
ponent a.
In vFigs. 7 and 8, a wire frame 24 is shown
same may be formed of a single piece of wire.
The frame shown in Figs. 7 and 8 instead of hav
ing the interlocking arrangement shown in Fig.
4 is provided with substantially vertically dis
posed loop portions 25 and horizontal loop por
tions 26 which provide an L-shaped space 21 for
the respective legs.
5. A container comprising a frame of sheet ma
terial comprising an upper rectangular marginal
portion and depending corner legs of angular 45
shape in cross section de?ning the vertical cor
ners of the container, a receptacle portion of
sheet material comprising side walls secured to
accommodating the lower portions of the legs of
said marginal portions of the frame and a rec
the container.
tangular bottom each edge of which is integral 50
'Covers for the containers may be provided, if.
desired, in; which case, the same will be made
preferably of transparent material of the type
the bottom and provided with corner portions
which is'somewhat similar to the frame shown ' engaging and supporting the lower portions of
in Figs. 1 to 4 in that the side portions of the
portions of said legs and integral upwardly di
rected side walls secured to said marginal portion
of said frame, and a rectangular member disposed
within the receptable portion at the margin of
with one of said side walls, and a wire reenforc
ing member disposed within the receptacle at
the margin of said bottom and provided with loop
of which the bottom and side walls of the con
tainer are formed. The covers may be secured
to the one side of the upper portion of the con
tainer as beneath the reenforcing band or strip l8.
Such a cover 28 is shown in broken sectional view
like portions extending between contiguous edges
in Fig. 3.
marginal portion and depending corner legs of
Other constructions of the wire frames will
occur to those skilled in the art as well as various
modi?cations of the other speci?c features of the
invention above described and shown in the draw
ing and I, therefore, do not wish to be restricted
speci?cally to the embodiments of the invention
of adjacent side walls into engagement with the 55
respective legs.
6. A container comprising an upper frame of
sheet material comprising an upper rectangular
angular shape de?ning the vertical corners of the
containers, a lower rectangular wire frame hav
ing corner formations engaging said legs adja
cent the lower ends thereof, and a receptacle
member of sheet material comprising a rectangu- '
lar bottom disposed beneath said wire frame and
herein shown and described except as so limited
integral side wall panels overlapping adjacent
by the appended claims.
portions of said legs and extending to and con
nected with said upper frame.
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1. A container comprising an upper marginal
member of sheet material, corner legs depending
70 from said member, a transparent member sup
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