Nov. 5, 1946'. _ G. P. RUFLE MATCH AND CIGARETTE CONTAINER Filed Dec. 10, 1943 2,410,684 _ ‘ Patented Nov. 5, 1946 2,410,684 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE . 2,410,684 MATCH AND CIGARETTE CONTAINER Gaylord- P_. Ruiie, Canton, Ohio Application December 10, 1943, Serial No. 513,673 2 Claims._ (01. 206-48) 1 2 The invention relates to containers for a pack age of cigarettes or cigars and a book of matches, and in particular to a container of this character formed from a single sheet of card board or sim ilar material. ' The invention has for its object the provision of a one-piece container for a standard size cig arette package and a standard size match book, integral closure ?aps being formed upon the con Referring now to Figs. 1-4 of the drawing, in which like numbers refer to similar parts, the container is formed from a single blank indi cated generally at A, of light weight cardboard or similar sheet material, scored along the lines a to form a rear wall ID, a front wall I! and side walls l2 and i2’, the rear wall It! being provided with a side ?ap l3 adapted to be glued or pasted along the inside of the side wall 12’. The rear wall it may be provided with upper tainer for the cigarette package and the match 10 and lower end closure ?aps Ill and I5 respec book, so that either may be opened independently tively, forming top and bottom walls of the cig of the other. ' arette compartment, and provided with the ex Another object is to provide a container of tension?aps l6 and I1 respectively adapted to this kind in which one side wall is provided with ~ire-entrant cutouts to compensate for the rela 15 extend within the assembled box between. the front wall l l and the package of cigarettes assem tively smaller size‘of the ordinary paper match book and at the same time forming ‘an entrance bled therein. for the closure flaps of the cigarette container, as If desired, relatively small ?aps !8 may be well as convenient means for easily opening the formed at the lower ends of the side wall l2 and upper of these closure ?aps when it is desired 20 ?ap l3 for folding within the bottom of the con to remove a cigarette from the container. tain'er, within the bottom wall Ill. A further object is the provision of a container The front wall I I has re-entrant cutouts l9 and of this character which may be dispensed in a 20 formed in its upper and lower edges respec folded or collapsed condition, with the match tively. The relatively short flap 2| extends book attached thereto, and which may be easily 25 downward from the lower re-entrant cutout and and readily assembled about the package of cig is adapted to be bent upward as shown in Figs. 1-3 inclusive, to provide means for attaching a A still further object is to provide a container book of paper matches 22, as by the usual wire of simple construction which may be manufac staple 23. The usual striking surface indicated tured and sold for a low price and which provides 30 at S may be provided upon the ?ap 2|. a maximum area which may be utilized for ad A relatively long ?ap 24 extends upward from vertising. the upper re~entrant cutout l9 and is adapted The above objects, together with others which to be bent forwardly and down to provide a cover will be readily understood from the drawing and for the match book, the free edge thereof being 35 the following description of a preferred embodi detachably engaged in back of the ?ange 2|, as ment of the invention, may be attained by con in usual practice. structing the container in themanner illustrated The device provides a maximum area for ad— in the accompanying drawing, in which vertising matter, or the like, upon the top, bot Figure 1 is a perspective view of the container tom, side and rear walls of the cigarette con arettes. ‘ ‘ showing the flaps of the cigarette compartment 40 tainer, as well as upon both surfaces of the match and match book in open position; Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the container with the match book closed and the upper flap of the cigarette compartment partially opened; book cover ?ap 24. The container may be dispensed in folded or "collapsed condition and is especially adapted to be given away with a package of cigarettes at Fig. 3 a similar view showing the container in‘ 45 tobacco stores, cigar stands and the like. The closed position; Fig. 4 a plan view of ‘the blank from which the container may be easily assembled for use by closing the lower flap, inserting a, package of cigarettes and closing the upper ?ap as shown container is formed; Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 1 of a slight mod-y i?cation of the invention in which the standard 50 in Fig. 3. The cigarettes and matches are thus both en match book may be detachably connected to the container; and _ Fig. 6 a perspective view, with parts broken away, showing the type of container illustrated in Fig. 5 with the match bookassembled thereon. ‘ closed in the same container and are easily and quickly accessible. It will be seen that the re entrant cutouts l9 and 20, in the upper and lower edges of the front wall I I, provide for quick and 2,410,684 easy insertion or withdrawal of the flaps l6 and I1 upon the top and bottom walls respectively. In Figs. 5 and 6 is shown a slight modi?cation of the container in which the match book is not formed as an integral part of the cigarette con tainer but may be detachably connected thereto. In this form of the invention all of the parts of the container are identically the same as illus and lower edges of the front wall to permit easy insertion and withdrawal of said extension flaps, the front wall being provided with an integral relatively short ?ap at the lower re-entrant cut out, said short flap being folded upward, a match book attached to said short flap, and an integral relatively long ?ap formed on the front wall at said upper re-entrant cutout and folded down trated in- Figs. 1-4, with the exception that the ward for engagement behind the short ?ap form ?aps 2i and 24, forming the match book cover, 10 ing a cover for the match book. are not provided at the lower and upper edges 2. A cigarette container formed from a single respectively of the front wall II. The same blank, said blank being divided to provide a front reference numerals are used throughout Figs. 5 and 6 to indicate similar parts above described with ‘relation to Figs. 1-4 inclusive. Any standard match book folder may be at tached by inserting the back wall 25 of the folder between the front wall ll of the container and wall, a rear wall, an intermediate side wall be tween the front wall and rear wall, a second in termediate side wall at the outer edge of the front wall, a side ?ap at the outer edge of the rear wall for attachment to said last named in termediate side wall to maintain the container the cigarette package and then bending the upper in assembly, extended ?aps at the upper and portion of said back wall 25 downward and insert 20 lower ends of the rear wall, to form top and ing the upper edge thereof beneath upturned bottom end closing walls, extension flaps at the flap 26,.at the lower end of the match book pro ends of said end closing walls, extension ?aps at vided with the usual striking surface S, thus the lower ends of said ?rst named intermediate providing a removable cover 27 for the match side wall and said side ?ap for folding within book as in usual and well-known practice. I claim: ' _ I 1. A cigarette container formed from a single blank, said blank being divided to provide a front wall, a rear wall and intermediate side walls, one of said walls being provided with a flap for attachment to another of said walls to maintain the container in assembly, said rear wall being provided with extended flaps at op said bottom end closing wall, re-entrant cutouts at the upper and lower edges of the front wall to permit any insertion and Withdrawal of said ex tension flaps, the front wall being provided with. an integral, relatively short ?ap at the lower re-entrant cutout, said short ?ap being folded upward, a match book attached to said short flap, and an‘ integral, relatively long ?ap formed on the front wall at said upper re-entrant cutout posite ends to form top and bottom end closing and folded downward for engagement behind thev walls, extension flaps at the ends of said end 35 short flap forming a cover for the match book. closing walls, and re-entrant cutouts atthe upper GAYLORD P. RUFLE.