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Sept. 6, 1938.
F. J. REDCLIFFE
2,129,102
MATCH BOOK
Filed Feb. 19, 1938
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2,129,102
Patented Sept.‘ 6, 1938 Q
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
2,129,102
MATCH BOOK
Frederick J. Redcli?fe, New York, N. Y.
Application February 19, 1938, Serial No. 191,358
5 Claims. (Cl. 40-126)
This invention relates to an improvement in
match packages of the type commonly referred
to as match “books”, and has for its object the
provision of a book of this character which can
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be readily opened or closed with one‘hand and
which by reason of its construction, may be pro
vided with advertising means tending to im
measurably increase the advertising value of the
book.
In match books of the character constructed at
the present time, the face portion of the cover flap
and the back of the covering are generally em
ployed as areas within which printed advertising
matter may be produced. Since the cover flap is
movable and is usually folded back when a match
is being removed from a book, the advertising
value of the face of the cover ?ap of a match book
of this conventional construction is decreased
considerably since the cover flap and other sur
2 O faces upon which the advertising matter is printed
are generally inconveniently located while the
match book is being used.
silhouetteoutline is in ?xed position and always
visible; it never projects beyond the normal cover
outline; it requires no abnormal manner of use of
the book, and does not expose the heads of the
matches while the book is in closed position.
In the accompanying drawing wherein an em
bodiment of the invention is shown, Fig. 1 is a
perspective view of a match book made in ac
cordance with the invention; Fig. 2 is a front
view of a similar match book also embodying the 10
invention; and Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the
book of Fig. 1.
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The book includes the usual comb-like section
of matches indicated at I and the matches are
enclosed in a covering strip composed of any 1!!
suitable ?exible material such as cardboard or
the like. The covering strip 2 is transversely
folded at 3 to produce an upturned, cover-retain
ing ?ap 4. A staple or other equivalent fastening
element 5 extends through the retaining ?ap 4, 20
through the lower end portion of the match comb
and through the back 6 of the covering. The
covering is also transversely folded at l and 8
to provide a top panel 9 which may be coated or
otherwise treated to produce an abrasive 'match- 25
The primary object of this invention therefore
_is to provide a match book of such construction
25 that‘ a considerable portion of the advertising ' striking surface Ill, upon'which matches taken
matter printed or displayed on it, and particularly
the comb I may be ignited. The transverse
a silhouette outline of the principal article to be from
fold 8 in the covering produces a downwardly ex
advertised, will be arranged and disposed in a tending movable cover ?ap H which co-operates
?xed position to constantly confront the observer, with the panel 9 in extending over and protect- 30
30 or user of the match book at all times, whether
the book is lying upon a table or whether he is ing the heads I2 of the matches of the comb.
It will be seen that the retaining ?ap 4 is of
removing a match from the book, or striking the
match so removed. In other words, the principal greater length than the cover ?ap H and that its
object or article advertised on the book will be upwardly extending portion I3 is preferably of
less width than the remainder of the covering 35
35 located in a. prominent, ?xed position and be
effectively presented to the user of the book at all and of less width than the match comb. Said up
times. I am aware that prior to this invention wardly extending portion I3 constitutes a tab
e?orts have been made to utilize portions of the member and is shaped to de?ne in outline or sil
covering of match books as advertising media, houette, any article sought to be advertised. The
by
cutting or shaping portions of said covering to portion l3 forming such a projecting ornamental 40
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tab, may be colored to clearly and effectively rep
outline or de?ne in silhouette, an article to be
resent in outline and pictorially, any article to be
advertised. In such prior uses however, the por
tions of the covering so utilized were either parts advertised. If the coloring of this tab portion i3
is arranged to contrast with a colored background
of the movable cover ?ap or were foldable exten
composed in whole or in part of the matches as 45
sions
on
the
body
of
the
covering
intended
to
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swing in or out of display position when the well as the cover ?ap l I, a very effective advertis
cover flap was moved. In the ?rst instance the ing medium is provided, since the silhouetted
article advertised will stand out in well-de?ned
advertising element or silhouette was a movable
member, visible for display only when the cover relationship to the rest of the book. The value of
using the upwardly extending portion of the re- 50
50 member was closed; in the second instance the ad
vertising elements constituted extensions on the taining ?ap 8 as a means for showing in silhou
covering tending to greatly increase the over-all‘ ‘ ette an article to be advertised, is due also to the
size of the covering and the inconvenience in fact that this portion of the covering remains
stationary and is in clear view of the match book
using the match book. With the structure form
user
both while he is engaged in taking a match 55
ing the subject matter of this invention, the
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from the package and while the match book is
?ap to hold the same in closed position and dis
lying upon a table or other support.
The cover ?ap l I engages behind the upper end
portion of the tab-like extension l3 and is there
posed in ?xed relation to the match comb re
gardless of whether the cover ?ap is opened or
by retained in closed position. The striking sur
face IIJ, being located at the top of the book is in
3. An article of the character described, com
prising a match book having a comb-like section
such. a position that it requires that the cover
of matches, a. covering therefor comprising a
?ap be closed before a match is ignited, and
even if a match is ignited upon the surface while
10 the cover ?ap is open, the body of the covering
will be interposed between the ?ame and the
heads of the matches in the book.
In the structure of Fig. 2, a modi?cation is sug
gested wherein the tab-like portion 13, instead of
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being formed integrally with the retaining flap 3,
closed.
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single section of flexible material transversely
folded to divide it into a back,v a movable cover
?ap and a retaining ?ap, the cover ?ap being of 10
a length less than half the length of the back,
said retaining ?ap being formed with an upward
extension constituting the major portion of the
front wall of the book and adapted to engage the
free end of the cover ?ap to hold the cover ?ap 15
consists of a separate piece of material having its
in closed position, said upward extension consti
lower end extended behind the normally-shaped
tuting a silhouette outline of an article to be ad
vertised, overlying the front of the match comb
retaining flap as indicated at M in dotted lines,
said portion l4 so extending behind the retaining
20 ?ap being held in place by the staple 5.
What I claim is:
1. An article of the character described, com
prising a match book having a covering composed
of a single strip of ?exible material transversely
25 folded to form it into a back, a cover ?ap and a
retaining ?ap, the cover flap being of a length less
than half the length of the back, the retaining
?ap having an upward extension constituting the
major'portion of the front wall of the book and
30 formed with a pro?le representation of an article
to be advertised, the cover ?ap having a free end
adapted to be engaged in back of the free end of
said pro?lerepresentation to hold the cover in
closed position, said pro?le representation being
35 disposed in ?xed position relative to the matches
in the book and visible whether the cover ?ap is
open or closed.
2. An article of the character described, com
prising a match book having a comb-like section
40 of matches, a covering therefor comprising a sin
and disposed in ?xed relationship thereto, said
relationship ‘being unchanged whether the cover 20
?ap is open or closed, the free end of the silhou
ette outline being located below the heads of the
matches in the comb.
4. An article of the character described, com
prising a match book having a relatively short
cover ?ap, a relatively long retaining ?ap be
hind which the end of the cover ?ap is tucked to
hold the cover ?ap in closed position and consti
tutingthe major portion of the front side of the
match book, the retaining ?ap having a portion
formed to simulate in silhouette, an article to be
advertised, said portion being in ?xed relation to
the matches in the book.
5. An article of the character described, com
prising a match book having a relatively short
cover ?ap, a relatively long retaining flap occu
pying the major portion of the front side of the
match book and behind which the end of the
cover ?ap is tucked to hold the cover ?ap in
closed position, the retaining ?ap including a
gle section of ?exible material transversely folded
?xed part shaped to simulate in silhouette an ar
to divide it into a back, a movable cover ?ap and
a retaining flap, the cover ?ap being of a length
less than half the length of the back, said re
ticle to be advertised, the free end of the sil
houette being located below and in proximity of
45 taining flap being formed with an upward exten
sion constituting a silhouette outline of an article
to be advertised and constituting the major por
tion of the front wall of the book, said upward
extension overlying the front of the match comb
and adapted to engage the free end of the cover
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the heads of the matches in the book whereby the 2
matches are available for grasping to remove
them from the book, said silhouette portion? being
visible for display purposes whether the cover
flap is open or closed.
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FREDERICK J. REDCLIFF'E.
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