Dec. 10, 1946. T. HANSEN 2,412,332 CONTAINER Filed July 27, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet> 1 Z5 - @@5 Dec. 10, 1946. T. HANSEN` 2,412,332 CONTAINER Filed July 27, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 O l/ïfrinav nl ’I 4 L~\ z l ___________-______„ ì 1 1 Patented Dec. l0, 1946 2,412,332 UNITED sTA'rEs 'Pri'rlzlwy OFFICE. „y Thorwald Hansen, Duluth,~ Minn., assignor of one -Y half to Ole Gisvold, Minneapolis, Minn. - \, ApplicatloxrJuly 27, 1945, Serial No. .607.445 1ov calmav (ci. eos-37) 2 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 flies; _ 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 l 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 terial. 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 tainer. ' 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. ' l 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 asiassa 3 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 ments. ` 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 structure 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 and '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 guide `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 screw. 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 _ I 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 cover. 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 ananas 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 l l 1 ` l 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. ’ THORWALD HANSEN.