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April 17, 1962
R. E. DE PAUL'
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3,029,999
BOTTLE CARRIER
Filed June 2, 1960
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April 17, 1962
R. E. DE PAUL
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BOTTLE CARRIER
Filed June 2, 1960
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April 17, 1962
R. E. DE PAUL
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BOTTLE CARRIER
Filed June 2, 1960
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Patented Apr. 17, 1962
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cut and crease scored to provide a central top panel 10,
side wall panels 11 and 12 and two rectangular bottom
sections 13 and 14 designed to be joined in overlapping‘
BOTTLE CARRIER
Richard E. De Paul, Norristown, Pa., assignor to Con
tainer Corporation of America, Chicago, 11]., a corpo
ration of Delaware
relation to form a composite bottom panel. The carton
or carrier as shown is constructed to hold cylindrical.
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bottles, and while the invention is particularly suitable
Filed June 2, 1960, Ser. No. 33,540
5 Claims. (Cl. 229-40)
for bottles it is contemplated that the invention may also
be employed to advantage for carrying ?lled cylindrical
The present invention relates to paperboard cartons,
cans as well as other cylindrical articles with or without
and more particularly to cartons, of open end, wrap 10 a reduced size neck portion typical of bottles.
around style designed to carry two rows of bottles.
The top panel is die cut to provide two rows of open
One, object of the invention is to provide an improved
ings 15, 15, through which the necks of bottles 16, 16
form of open end carrier for bottles in which the carrier
may extend. See FIG. 1'. The top 10, includes two slop
has central retaining members located on the bottom
ing panels 10a, 10a, de?ned from the main portion 10
panel at the open ends, combined with supplemental 15 by fold lines l7, l7 and from the side wall panels by
retaining members arranged in the carrier to engage the
fold lines 18, 18. These portions 10a generally conform
end bottles at points spaced from the central retaining
to the slope of the rounded shouldersof the bottles.
members and adjacent the side walls.
The bottom sections 12 and 13 are secured in over
A further object of the invention is to provide an effi
lapping relation in any convenient manner, as by means
cient form of wrap-around paperboard carrier con~ 20 of adhesive applied to the edge portion of either section.
structed in such a manner that bottles or similar cylin
In order to enclose the bottles within the carrier :1 con—'
drical articles will be held within the carrier with a maxi
‘venient procedure is to group the bottles on a support
mum degree of snugness of ?t which will tend to keep
and bring the center panel 10 down so that the bottle
the bottles or similar articles in ?xed position relative to
necks are received within the die cut openings 15. The
25 sides and bottom sections are then brought down and
the bottom and side walls.
Additional and more speci?c objects and advantages
adhesive is applied to one bottom section. The group
of the present invention will become apparent as the de
of bottles may then be moved onto a support in the form
scription proceeds.
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of a thin blade and the bottom sections are then brought
in the drawings'
up beneath the blade into overlapping relation. The top,
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of the carrier loaded 30 sides and bottom sections, including the sloping portions
with bottles;
10a, 1611 will be wrapped snugly about the bottle group
FIG. 2 is an end view on a somewhat larger scale,
and held until the adhesive has set. The package is then
showing the supplemental retaining members as well as‘
slid endwise off the blade support. The particular wrap
a central retaining member;
ping and gluing method is immaterial except that the '
FIG. 3 is a horizontal sectional view, taken along line 35 method employed is preferably such that the bottles will
3-—3 of FIG. 2, showing the central and supplemental
be held in snug engagement by the carrier walls. Prior
retaining members;
to the wrapping of the bottles it is preferable to separate
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view showing the
them by a suitable partition member as shown at 20.
construction of the lower portion of the carrier;
At each open end of the carrier there is formed a
FIG. 5 is a plan view of the blank from which this 40 relatively rigid, upstanding retaining member indicated
form of the carrier is preferably constructed;
as a whole at 21. This form of retaining member is
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of the lower
disclosed and claimed in the pending application of Fran
portion of a carrier illustrating a modi?ed form of sup
cis A. Chidsey, Jr., Serial No. 791,298, ?led Feb. 5, 1959,
plemental retaining member at each of'the corners of the
such application being assigned to the assignee of the
45 present application.
bottom panel;
The retaining member, as shown
in FIG. 5, is formed from two sets of triangular portions
provided at the corners of the bottom sections. The
triangular portions on bottom section 13 are indicated
KG. 7 is a fragmentary detail, sectional view taken on
line ‘7—7 of FIG. 6, looking in the direction of the arrows;
FIG. 8 is a fragmentary plan view on a reduced scale
showing a form of blank from which this modi?ed form
at 22 and 23 and those on bottom section 14 are in
50 dicated at 24 and 25. The portions 23 and 25 are severed
of carrier may be made;
FIG. 9 is a vertical sectional view taken along line 9—9
from their bottom sections along respective slits 26, 26
of FIG. 10, showing another modi?ed form of the inven
and 27, 27. The portions 23 and 25 are hingedly carried
tion in which bottle engaging and retaining edges are pro
on the respective portions 22 and 24 along fold lines
vided by cutting curved slits in the bottom forming sec
tions;
28, 28 and 29, 29, and portions 22 and 24 are hingedly
55 carried on their bottom sections along respective fold
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FIG. 10 is a horizontal sectional view taken along line
lli—]lti of FIG. 9; and
HG. 11 is a plan view on a reduced scale showing a
lines 38), 30 and 31, 31.
The portions forming the retaining members remain
form of blank from which this modi?ed form of carrier
may be made.
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The present invention provides supplemental bottle re
taining means designed to cooperate with a rigid, upstand-v
ing retaining member formed centrally. at each open end
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in the planes of their bottom sections until the blank
has been wrapped around the group of bottles. These
portions may then be brought to their operative position
by applying upward pressure on the underlying portions,
these being in the present instance portions 22 and 23.
» .As these portions are lifted to their upright position with
of the carrier. By providing supplemental retaining struc
the bottles in place, as indicated in FIG. 3, the portions
ture as herein disclosed the ability of the carrier to retain 65 22 and 23 will assume positions ?atwise against the re
bottles is enhanced. In certain instancestby employing
spective portions 25 and 24. The portion 25 will be
supplemental retaining means it is feasible to provide
satisfactory carriers by utilizing lighter grades of folding
held from inward swinging by reason of its contact with
the adjacent end bottle. See FIG. 3. By applying ad
paperboard than would otherwise be desirable, and, by so
hesive on the margin of one of the bottom sections, such
70 as section 13, the triangular portions 22 and 23 will of
doing, de?nite economies may be realized.
Referring to the form of the invention shown in FIGS.
course receive adhesive'on‘their surfaces which will be
lito 5, a rectangular blank as shown in FIG. 5 is die . in contact with portions 24 and 25. Thus, the two sets
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of triangular portions may readily be secured in raised
position, and in such position the retaining member
formed by these portions will remain in ?rm contact with
the end bottles of each row.
The supplemental retaining means in this form of the
invention comprises tabs 33 and 34 on the respective bot
tom sections 13 and 14. These tabs may be of any desired
contour and are herein shown as rectangular and formed
by slitting along three sides and impressing a fold line
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blank will be wrapped snugly about the bottle group and
secured in such condition. By forming a displaceable
portion in the bottom sections‘for each bottle, other por
tions of the bottom sections may be held in raised position
relative to the bottoms of the bottles. The edges of these
raised portions may then serve as retaining members
where they engage the vertical sides of the bottles.
Referring to the drawings, FIG. 10 shows bottles in
place on the composite bottom of the carrier and, along
on the fourth side, such fold line's being indicated at 35 10 the hinge lines between the bottom sections 13b and 14b
and their respective attached side walls 11b and 12b,
and 36. The tabs are formed to swing outwardly at an
angle of approximately 45° to the carrier side wall panels
there are formed slits 50, 50, preferably of arcuate shape,
in bottom section 13b, and slits 51, 51 in bottom section
and the location of the fold lines is along a line tangent
14b. These slits provide downwardly displaceable, rela
to the surface of the bottle to be engaged.
In the assembly procedure the tabs 33 and 34 are 15 tively rigid tongue portions 52, 52 on bottom section
13b and tongue portions 53, 53 on bottom section 14b.
preferably folded to bottle engagingcondition just before
At the ends of the sections and in between the tongue
the individual bottom sections 13 and 14 are swung up
portions are areas of the bottom sections, indicated at
into position beneath the bottles. After both bottom sec'
tions are in their overlapped relation and for a short
5411 and 54b, and 55a and 55b, which, being joined di
rectly to the side walls, will remain in position as the
interval prior to raising the central retaining members
tongues are being downwardly displaced. The top and
21 into position, the tabs 33 and 34 may be the sole
sloping panels of the carrier and also the side walls are
retaining members engaging the bottles and may thus
preferably so proportioned relative to the height of
serve to hold the bottle group in snug relation preparatory
to the upward folding of the portions forming the central
bottles to be enclosed that the lower edges of the side
25 walls will not extend down even with the bottom surfaces
retaining members.
The supplemental retaining members remain in bottle
of the bottles. Thus, when the carrier is secured about
engaging relation until the bottles are removed from the
the bottle group, the hinge lines between the side walls
carrier and serve to reinforce the retention provided by
and bottom walls are slightly above the bottoms of the
the central, upstanding members. The supplemental re
bottles. This creates a gap or space at the slits 50 and
taining members also provide a margin of safety, tending 30 51 and the edges of the stock adjacent the side walls will
to prevent bottles from accidental escape from the car
be in lateral contacting relation to the bottle sides. Each
rier open ‘ends in the possible event that one of the cen
bottle will thus be engaged by the curved concave edges
tral retaining members is not properly glued.
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of the areas adjacent the side walls. Since the bottles
In the embodiment of the invention illustrated in FIGS.
are ?rmly held by the side walls against transverse shift
6, 7 and 8, the construction of the carrier is the same as 35 ing, the curved edges embracing each bottle will resist
in the ?rst described embodiment except for the supple
shifting of the bottles in a direction axially of the carrier
mental retaining members indicated as a whole at 41,
through its open ends.
41 and 42, 42, provided jointly by the respective side
panels and bottom sections 11a, 13a and 12a, 14a.
In order to resist the tendency of the slits to tear due
to spreading apart of the paperboard stock on each side
The retaining members 41 and 42 are identical, except 40 of the slit, each slit is preferably formed with inwardly
reversed on opposite edges of the blank. A detailed de
curved end portions the general direction of which is
scription of one of the retaining members will su?ice.
radially of the curvature of the slits.
Referring to members 41, each comprises two hingedly
By having the effective length of the side walls such
connected sections 43 and 44, joined along the crease
that the lower edges of these walls will not normally ex
line 45. Section 43 is cut from side wall 12a and hinged 45 tend down to a line in register with the bottoms of the
thereto along crease line 46, and section 44 is cut from
bottles it is obvious that the snug Wrapping of the walls
the bottom forming section 13a and is hinged thereto
of the carrier around a group of bottles will spread the
along crease line 47. The section 43 is preferably cut
stock on each side of the slits 50 and 51 so that the con
along a curved lineto conform to the bottle curvature
cave outer edge portions formed by the slit will embrace
and the location of the curved edge is preferably such 50 the bottles a small distance above the lower ends of the
that it will engage an end bottle which also will be en
bottles and thus hold the bottles in place.
gaged by the central retaining member 21a.
From the foregoing description of the several embodi
The supplemental retaining members 41 and 42 are
ments of the invention, it should be evident to those
preferably formed of equal length measured at right
skilled in the art that various changes may be made with
angles to the hinge line between the bottom section and 55 out departing from the spirit or scope of this invention
its attached side wall. Thus, when the member is in
as de?ned by the appended claims.
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bottle engaging position the section 43 will be approxi
I claim:
mately parallel with the bottom and section 44 will be
1. An open end carrier formed from foldable paper
approximately parallel with the side wall.
board and adapted to enclose two rows of bottles or simi
The retaining members 41 and 42 may be folded in 60 lar articles, such rows being aligned with the axis of the
ward to their bottle engaging positions simultaneously
with the folding of the bottom sections against the bot
toms of the bottles. However, if desired, the inward
folding of these members may be left until the central
carrier through its open ends, said carrier comprising top,
side and bottom walls hingedly interconnected along
parallel hinge lines and adapted to engage the contained
bottles snugly to resist lateral shifting, the length of the
retaining members are erected. In such event, the sec-> 65 carrier between its open ends being approximately equal
tions 43 and 44 are subjected to some degree of temporary
deformation but this does not detract appreciably from
the ability of the members to serve as supplemental
to the length of the bottle rows, a retaining member com
prising two portions located at the open end of the car
rier and formed from wall portions cut from adjacent
areas of the bottom and a side wall, such portions being
In the embodiment of the invention illustrated in FIGS. 70 hinged to their respective walls and to each other along
9, 10 and 11, the construction of the carrier is substan
hinge lines which are parallel to said ?rst mentioned
tially the same as in the ?rst two described embodiments,
hinge lines and being foldable inwardly of the carrier to
except that the supplemental retaining members have
engage edgewise against the outer, vertical surface of a
no upwardly foldable parts. In this construction par
bottle at the open end of the carrier.
ticular advantage is taken of the fact that the carrier 75
2. An open end paperboard carrier adapted to enclose
retention means.
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two rows of bottles or similar articles, such rows being
aligned with the axis of the carrier through its open ends,
said carrier comprising hingedly connected top, side and
bottom wall panels adapted to engage the bottles snugly
to resist lateral shifting, the length of the carrier between
its open ends being approximately equal to the length
of the bottle rows, central retaining members formed
from overlapping portions of the bottom wall and dis
posed adjacent respective outer ends of the carrier sub
stantially midway between the carrier side walls, pairs 10
of side retaining members formed from the bottom wall
and comprising narrow panel portions hinged to the bot
tom wall along hinge lines located respectively between
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inwardly of the side walls and substantially parallel to
the hinge lines between the bottom and side walls, said
panel portions being adapted to be folded to raised posi
tion to present edge contact with the adjacent vertical
surfaces of end bottles in the rows to resist outward dis
placement of the bottles at the open ends of the carrier,
and means for holding the respective side retaining mem
bers relatively rigidly in their raised positions.
4. An open end carrier according to claim 3, in which
the means for holding each of the side retaining mem
bers in raised position comprises pairs of secondary
panels each cut from a ‘side wall adjacent the respective,
upwardly raised retaining members and integrally joined
the central retaining members and the side walls and sub
to the latter along a fold line.
stantially parallel to the hinge lines between the bottom 15
5 . An open end carrier according to claim 4, in which
and side walls to present an edge contact with the adja
each secondary panel has a concave, bottle-engaging edge
cent vertical surfaces of end bottles in the rows to resist
extending from a point adjacent the upper end of its
outward displacement of the bottles at the ends of the
companion raised retaining member to the point where
carrier, and means for holding the respective side retain
the secondary panel meets the plane of the side wall from
ing members in raised position.
20 which it is cut.
3. An open end paperboard carrier adapted to enclose
two rows of bottles or similar articles, such rows being
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
aligned with the axis of the carrier through its open ends,
UNITED STATES PATENTS
said carrier comprising hingedly connected top, side and
bottom wall panels adapted to engage the bottles snugly 25 2,222,211
2,333,560
to resist lateral shifting, the length of the carrier between
2,851,210
its open ends being approximately equal to the length of
2,872,036
the bottle rows, pairs of side retaining members formed
2,877,894
from the bottom wall and comprising narrow panel por
tions hinged to the bottom wall along hinge lines spaced 30
2,922,561
2,965,410
Arneson _____________ .... Nov. 19, 1940
Gray _____ __' _________ .... Nov. 2, 1943
Kramer et a1 ___________ .._ Sept. 9, 1958
Forrer ________________ _.. Feb. 3,
Forrer ______________ .._. Mar. 17,
Currivan _____________ __ Jan. 26,
Hughes ______________ .... Dec. 20,
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