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Dec. 10, 1946.
Filed July 27, 1945
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Dec. 10, 1946.
Filed July 27, 1945
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Patented Dec. l0, 1946
UNITED sTA'rEs 'Pri'rlzlwy OFFICE. „y
Thorwald Hansen, Duluth,~ Minn., assignor of one
half to Ole Gisvold, Minneapolis, Minn.
ApplicatloxrJuly 27, 1945, Serial No. .607.445
1ov calmav (ci. eos-37)
My present invention relates to containers, and I ' v Referring to the drawings of which there are
more particularly to small divided or sectional j two sheets:
. containers, the compartments `of which may be
Fig. 1 is a perspective'view of a preferred `em
separately and selectively opened and closed with'
bodiment of my invention, indicating one way
ease and by the use of the one hand in which the 5. in which it- is adapted to be held for effective
container is held.
one-handed operation and depicting a size suit
~ '
Although there are various uses' to which a
able for use as a container for iish lures such as
container ofthe type disclosed might well be
adapted, certain characteristics and features lend
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the container
it well to the piscatorial field without in'any way 10 shown in Fig. 1 drawn to a larger scale and hav
limiting its adaptations ' to many and widely
ing parts broken'away to show details _of theI
varied arts and without departing from -the spirit
construction ;
Figs. 3 and 4 are respectively plan and side
and scope of the invention. For example, and
as will be more fully pointed out, the sectional `
sectional views- of the container'shown in Fig. 2
or divided construction, together with other fac 15 with the sections taken substantially on lines
3-3 and 4-4 of Fig. 2;
tors, make feasible its manufacture from a thin,v
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a part of the con
' light, transparent plastic material admirably
suited to use as a pocket size fly box in which
tainerl shown in Figs. 1 to '4 inclusive;
Fig. 6 is a top plan view-ofv a container em
fishermen carry a selected assortment of lures.
In such an adaptation,_ the sectional construction',
transparency, strength of construction from light'
bodying my invention and illustrating a modifi
cation of the container structure;
material, andthe capability of easy and selective
opening of the sections with but one hand areß
structure shown in Fig. 6 with the section taken
Fig. 'I is an end sectional view'of the container
Y substantially on aline 1--1 of Fig. 6;
- Fig. 8 is a side elevational view of the container
salient features. »
It is a general lobject of my present invention 25
to provide a sectional- container, the dividing
partitions of which serve as reinforcements to
shown in Fig. 6; and
Fig. 9 is an end sectional View similar to Fig. 7
but'illustrating another modified type of construc
rigidify the structure and make feasible its con- »
struction from relatively thin, light weightlma 30 'tion for aj container embodying my. invention.
In this specification the term “oval” is em
ployed in its broad sense-'rather than any strict
For another object- the invention comprehends
the provision of a container having _a curved
outer contour encompassed by an endless closure
strip which is slidable to open and close the con
or mathematical sense--to describe those non
circular closed curvilinear ñgures of which the
ellipse, the side elevation of a football, and the
35 end elevation of a partially flattened cylinder, are
common examples.`
Referred to Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive of the draw
a container adapted to be made wholly or in part
ings, the container therein depicted is illustrated
of molded or fabricated transparent material.
The invention has for a further object the 40 as being of a size and construction particularly
Another object of my invention is to provide
suited to the carrying o_f assorted nies by fisher
provision of _a sectional container- adapted to be
held in one hand, and the compartments of which
may be selectively opened by movements of the
men for ready access’while fishing. Although a
one hand in which it is held.
various materials, the disclosed embodiment is
container of the _type shown might be made of
l _
As an additionalobject my invention contem
45 preferably constructed of a transparent plastic
material with the parts cemented together. Sev- _
' plates the provision of a sectional container espe
eral features which are -attributable to the dis
closed-construction, particularly when made of
a transparent plastic, are that itis light, strong,
cially suited to use by fishermen for carrying and
making readily accessible under adverse circum
stances an assortment of lures, such as flies or
the like.
50 durable, will iloat if it is dropped into the water, `
_ Other objects and advantages of the invention
the contents may be scrutinized without opening
will be apparent from the following description
the container, the closure element or cover is
and the accompanying drawings, in which similar .
easily manipulated by one-hand operation for
characters of reference indicate similar parts
selective opening, and it does not involve any
throughout the several views.
55 complex' or mechanical parts which are -subject
to rwear or may get out of order and thereby
compartments of each row may be opened singly
cause unexpected dinlculties.
In the disclosed embodiment the container IU -
and separately.
has substantially oval shaped ends I2 and I3
which in the fabricated construction are ilat or
As depicted in Fig. 1, a container of the type
disclosed, when made in the proper size, may be
held in one hand with the thumb and fingers
plane and are disposed in spaced parallel rela
gripping opposite sidesof the container along the
tionship with their longitudinal axes lying in a
opposite edges of the intermediate longitudinalk
common plane. By preference the ends `VI2 and
partition I3. With the container thus held the
I3 and the intermediate partition It are suin
hand very well may be moved, while and by
ciently thick to _provide substantial rigidity to ,10 squeezing the container, in a manner such that
the structure. Extending laterally in relatively
the thumb moves in one direction along one side
spaced relationship and spaced inwardly from
while the ñngertips move in the opposite direc
the ends of the intermediate partition are lateral
tion along the other side; and this relative move
ment of the thumb and fingers carries with it
partitioning elements I5, I6, I ‘I and I8. Oppo
the flexible` belt-like outer cover to move that
site ends of the partitioning elements I5, I6, I1
cover to a position in which a desired one of the
and I8 are cemented to the ends I2 and I3 of.
openings 24 or 25 therein is aligned with a select-the container and to the intermediate partition
ed opening 20 so as to provide access to the de- f
I4. The other edges of the partitioning elements
sired compartment of the container. Collapse of
are desirably flush with the opposite longitudinal
edges of the intermediate partition I4 at their 20 the container by the squeeze of the relatively
moving thumb and fingers effectively is prevented
positions of abutment therewith. Thus, the lat
by the intermediate longitudinal partition It
eral partitioning elements determine the rela
which in turn derives adequate lateral support
tive spacing of the ends I2 and I3 with respect
from the cross partitions I5, I6, Il and I8. Thus,
. to the intermediate partition I4 and brace those
25 its generally oval shape not only makes the con
parts of the container structure, as well as coact
ing with the intermediate partition to divide the
space between the container ends into compart
tainer easy to carry in the pocket and easy to
grip in the hand, but also stabilizes the position
of the stationary parts of the container while the
belt-like outer cover moves under linger manip- >
In the preferred construction the ends I2 and
I3 are of the same size and shape while the 30 ulation.
intermediate partition is similar in shape _but
smaller than the ends by a uniform marginal
amount. An inner covering wall I9 encompasses
the intermediate longitudinal partition I4, ex
tends across-the lateral partitioning elements,
and extends laterally between the ends I2 and
If the container is constructed entirely of
transparent plastic material, as is particularly
desirable when it is utilized as a, ily box, any
desired fly may be pre-selected with `the box ,v
closed and then obtained without difficulty by the 'K
described one-handed loperation of the box.
The general structure and operation of the
forms shown in Figs. 6, 7 and 8 are quite similar
to those of the described form which is illus
or other suitable means to the intermediate par
in Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive. However, the
tition, the lateral partitioning elements, and the 40 trated
of this modified form is adapted to the
inner surfaces of the container ends. In align
integral molding of two similar and opposite
ment with each of the compartments separated
halves 26 and 21 which part at a longitudinal
by the intermediate partition and lateral parti
central plane along the intermediate partition I4
tioning elements, the inner covering wall has an
and are secured together by fastening means
access opening 20, all of which openings are de
such as cross screws 28 at opposite ends of the
sirably in one face of the container.
container. Considering the structure of the
At the outer edges of the outer surface of the
halves 26 and 21 of the container housing in more
inner covering wall I9, flange or edge strips 22
detail, ends 29 and 30 are molded integrally with
overlie the inner covering wall adjacent the ends
the projecting halves of the inner covering wall
I2 and I3 and extend inwardly a short distance
I9. The ends 29 and 30 may be bowed outwardly
insubstantially ilush relationship to the edges
'they desirably have at their. outer edge ad
of the ends and are secured by cementing to both
jacent the inner wall I9 an integrally formed
the ends and the inner covering wall. 'I'hese
peripheral ñange 32 recessed at 33 to serve as a
edge or ilange strips 22, togetherwith the outer
`for one edge of the flexible belt-like outer
surface of the inner covering wall I9, define a
cover 23. The inner surfaces of the inner wall
relatively shallow channel in which a ñexible
I3 are grooved to provide shoulders 34 which abut
belt-like outer cover 23 is mounted for longitudi
and retain the intermediate partition I4 when
nal sliding movement relative to the ends and
the two halves are secured together. The lateral
the inner covering wall.
I3 with its opposite edges abutting‘those ends.
This inner covering wall is secured by cementing
For selectively opening single compartments of 60 partitioning elements I5, I6, I'I and I8>are inte
grally formed with their respective ends and
the container ne at a time, two laterally and lon
gitudinallyjrêced openings 24 and 25 are pro
vided in th belt-like outer cover 23. The open-`
ing 24 is disposed for successive alignment with "
the openings 20 on one side of the longitudinal
partition I4 while the opening 25 is disposed for
successive alignment with the openings 20 on the`
other side of the longitudinal partition. With
the preferred longitudinal separation of the open- ` -
ings 24 and 25, they are at relatively opposite 1on
gitudinal positions with respect to the inner cov
ering wall I9 of the container. All of the open-`
ings 26 are closed when the openings 24 and 25 in .
halves of the inner wall and abut the interme
diate partition when assembled. When adapted
to be secured together by fastening means such
as the illustrated cross screws 28, each of the
halves has an end portion 35 of increased section
through which extends a lateral opening 36 for
the accommodation of the screw. One of the
halves of each associated pair has one end of the
opening threaded as at 31 while the other half is
countersunk to accommodate the head of the
Although either of the forms thus far described
the belt-like cover are at opposite ends, and the 75 is adapted to be carried in a pocket, it is-also
Within the purview of the invention to provide _
2,412,852 _
ing wall closing the space between said partitions
means by which the container may be connected
to a suitable cord and hung around the neck of
and ends, >on one side thereof to form compart
ments and having openings therein on the other
side of the partitions for access to the compart- -
the user. As shown in Figs. 6 and 48, an integrally `
formed projecting lug 39 at one end of each of the
halves has a transverse opening- 40 therethrough
for the accommodation of the cord.
The belt -like outer cover utilized with the form
of container shown in Figs. 6 to 8 inclusive is de
ments, and a flexible and endless outer belt-like '
cover encompassing said inner covering‘wall and
extending laterally between said ends,~-said outer
belt-like cover being slidable around the inner
sirably similar to that shown in Fig. 5. Likewise,
covering wall and having spaced' openings there
aligned with each of the compartments and bear
the openings in the inner covering wall to open
a relation similar 4to that described with respect -
said compartments for access whenthe outer ’
cover is moved.
the access openings 20 in the inner wall I9 are 10 in adapted singly and selectively to align with
to the openings 24 and 25 in the belt-like outer
2. A- container comprising, in combination,
In the assembly of the container shown in Figs. 15 substantially oval shaped ends and an interme
diate partition disposed in substantially parallel
6 to 8 inclusive, the belt-like outer cover and in
termediate partition are placed in position on
one of the halves after which the other half is
relationship to one another with their longitudi
nal axes in a“ common plane, said intermediate
partition being smaller .than said ends by a
placed and secured in position relative thereto.
Like the form shown in Figs. 6 to à inclusive, 20 uniform marginal amount and dividing the space
between said ends into two sections, lateral par
that shown in Fig. 9 is adapted to the integral
titioning means substantially perpendicular to
molding of some of the parts.` In this form, how
said longitudinal axes and to said intermediate
ever, the inner covering wall I9 is integrally
partition disposed between th'e ends of said in
molded with the longitudinal intermediate parti
l tion I4 and also the lateral partitioning elements 25 termediate partition for dividing at least one of
said sections into compartments, said partition
I5 and I6. Thus, the ends of the compartments
-ing means having edges ñush with opposite edges
open outwardly and oppositely and are covered
Aof the Aintermediate partition, an inner covering _
by separately molded ends 42 and 43. The inner
wall circumscribing the edges of the intermedi
edges of the ends 42 and 43 are peripherally re
cessed to provide shoulders 44 against which the 30 atepartition and partitioning means and extend
outer edges oi’. the inner wall I9 are heldin the ' ing between said ends to cover said sections, said
inner covering wall having spaced openings there- .
assembly and which are sufiiciently large to pro
in providing access to each of the sections and
vide recesses for guiding the belt-like outer cover
compartments separated by the partitioning
The ends 42 and 43 are held in assembled 35 means and intermediate partition, and a ilexible
and endless belt-like cover encompassing and
slidable around said inner covering wall, said belt
like cover extending laterally between the ends
relation. relative to the integrally >formed inner
covering wall and partitions in a manner similar
to that described with respect to the form shown
in Figs. 6 to 8 inclusive. In this form the molded
and having spaced openings therein adapted to
ends desirably include partitioning elements such 40 align with the openings in the inner covering
wall as the endless belt-like cover is moved rela-l
as 4.5 which align with and abut the outer ends
of the lateral partitioning elements such as I5
tive to the inner covering wall.
and I6 in the assembly in order to complete the
separation of the compartments.
3. A container comprising, in combination,
housing means including substantially oval
. i
My concept of an ideal ily box is one which 45 shaped ends and transversely disposed partition-_
ing means including Aan oval shaped longitudinal
partitioning element deñning two rows of com
may be carried in the pocket or suspended from
partments, and aninner covering wall-encom
the neck, may be opened and closed with one
passing said compartments peripherally of the
hand, enables the identiilcation of a to-be-se
lected ily with the box closed, exposes one com 50 longitudinal partitioning element laterally be
tween said ends and having >therein access open
partment only-at a time, iloats if dropped into
ings for each of the defined compartments, an`
the water, is sufficiently strong that Ait will not
endless belt-like outer cover encircling and slid
break if the angler'falls on it, and is free from
able relative to the inner covering wall longi
metal parts or springs to get out of order. The
55 tudinally of said ends, said belt-like outer cover
present invention provides such' a ñy box.
having longitudinally and laterally displaced
Having thus illustrated and described my in
openings therein adapted selectively to align with
vention, what I claim asnew and desire to se
`the openings in the inner covering wall during
cure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
movement'of the belt-like outer cover.
1. A container comprising, in combination,
is not too large, is light in weight, conveniently '
substantially oval shaped ends, a substantially
oval shaped intermediate partition smaller than
said ends by a uniform marginal amount the
longitudinal axes of said ends and intermediate
partition being parallel and lying inv a plane,
cross partitions spaced apart yandV spaced inward
ly from the ends of said intermediate partition,
said -cross partitions extending -from the inter
mediate partition to the ends in substantially
4. A container comprising, in combinationhousing means including substantially oval
shaped ends and transversely disposed partition
ing means including an oval shaped longitudinal
partitioning element defining two rows of com
65 partments, and aninner covering wall encom
passing said compartments lperipherally of the
longitudinal partitioning element laterally be
tween said ends and having therein access open- .
>ings lfor each'of the deñned compartments, .an
parallel relationship to one another and sub
stantially perpendicular to said longitudinal axes, 70 endless belt-like outer cover encircling and slid
-able relative to the inner covering wall longi
the edges of said cross partitions being sub-1
tudinally of said ends, said Àbelt-like outer cover
4stantially flush with the edges of said interme-.
having longitudinally _and laterally displaced
diate partition, an inner'covering' wall vcircum
openings therein' adapted selectively to align with
scribing the edges of ysaid partitions and extend
ing laterally between said ends, said inner cover 76 the openings in the inner covering wall during
movement of the belt-like outer cover, said con
tainer being of a size adapted to be gripped in` `
one hand with one of said'ends adjacent the
palm of the hand and the lingers and'thumb
gripping opposite surfaces of the outer cover in
termediate part including integrallyïmolded walls` deñning rows of separate compartments on oppo
site sides of a longitudinal partition and open
substantial alignment with the longitudinal par
titioning element.
of oppositely disposed and similar end covers of
substantially oval shape and a seetionalized in
ing outwardly in opposite directions, rows of ac- l
cess apertures in said intermediate-part opening
into said separate compartments on opposite
sides of-said longitudinal partition, means hold
ing said end covers against opposite sides of the
5. A sectionalized container adapted to be made
of transparent sheet plastic material and coxnprising substantially oval shaped end pieces and
an intermediate partition disposed in parallel re
lationship, lateral partitions 'cemented at oppo»
intermediate part to cover the outwardly opening
ends of said compartments, said end covers hav
ing outer edge ñanges deñning a channel with
said intermediate part, and a ñexible belt-like
site ends to one of the end pieces and theinter-`
mediate partition and having edges flush with op
posite edges of the- intermediate partition, an in
ner covering wall encompassing and cemented to
the intermediate and lateralpartitions and ex- ‘
tending laterally between said ends and cemented
thereto, said inner covering wall _having access
cover encircling the intermediate part and slida
ble in said channel longitudinally of the ends,
said belt-like cover being adapted to cover all of
said access apertures at one time and having
openings therein adapted` to align with said aper
openings therein on opposite sides of each of said 20 tures during movement oi’ the cover.
8. A fly box or other multi-compartment con»
circling and slidable relative to the inner cover-'
tainer, capable of one-hand manipulation to open
ing wall longitudinally of the end pieces, said out
and close its compartments, comprising: a pair
er cover normally covering allof the openings in
of spaced apart aligned oval end walls, an inner
the inner covering wall and having laterally 'and 25 side wall extending around and between the op
longitudinally spaced vopenings therein adapted
posed peripheries of said end walls, an interme
singly to align with the openings in the inner cov
diate oval wall lying between the end, walls and
ering wall during movement of the outer cover.
circumscribed by the inner side wall, a plurality
6. A sectionalized container comprising a pair
of cross walls extending between the intermediate
of moulded and oppositely'disposed side portions 30 wall and each end wall to denne a plurality of
each including an oval ~shaped end, an integral
compartments, openings in said inner wall
oval shaped shell projecting laterally outwardly
through which access may be had to the several
from one side of the end,- said end having an outer
compartments, and an outer side wall in the form
1 ilange adjacent the outer surface of the shell,
l of a belt lying between the end walls and mova
spaced partitions intermediate _the ends of said 35 ble around and in immediate proximity to the
partitions, and a ñexiblebelt-like outer «cover en
shelland perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of
inner side wall, said outer side wall having open
said end, ~said shell having access openings' there
ings that are carried into and out of registry with
in disposed in a row and on opposite sides of each ,
said access openings when the outer side wall
of said partitions, an intermediate longitudinal
moves circumferentially with'respect to the in-`
partition, means holding'said side portions to 40 ner side wall under squeezing pressure that tends
gether in oppositely disposed relation against the
to liatten said side walls but is resisted by said
intermediate partition to deñne two rows of com- `
intermediate wall and said cross walls.
partments between said vvends and on opposite
' 9. An article as specified in claim 8in which
sides- of the longitudinal partition, said shells and
the recited elements are formed of a substan~
said outer flanges deñning a channel, and a'iiex
ible belt-like cover slidable in said channel rela
tive to the shells and having openings therein
45 tially transparent plastic material.
n adapted selectively to align with said access open
ings upon movement lof the beltil'ike cover.
7. A sectionalized container comprising a pair 50
10. An article as specified in claim 8 in which
the end walls and the inner side wall deñne a
shallow endless channel in which the outer side
wall lies and moves.
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