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Oct. 30, 1962
R. L. HlME ETAL
3,061,092
BOTTLE CAP HOLDING CARDS
Filed May 2, 1960
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Inventors
Robert L. Hz'me
Eugene F Lau Z‘erbac/z
BLz/ their Attorney
United States
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3,061,092
BOTTLE CAP HOLDING CARDS
Robert L. Hime, Trotwood, and Eugene F. Lauterbach,
Dayton, Ohio, assignors to A. Kimball Company,
Brooklyn, N.Y., ‘a corporation of New York
Filed May 2, 1960, Ser. No. 26,173
2 Claims. (Cl. 206--79)
This invention relates generally to improvements in
cards for holding articles having an open cavity. More
particularly the invention is directed to a card having
means for attaching used bottle caps and the like thereto
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Patented Oct. 30, 1962
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The card 2 is made from any suitable sheet material
such as paperboard which is relatively stiff but resiliently
?exible and may be of any desired shape or size, and
could be incorporated as part of a panel or carton. The
card, only a portion of which is shown, may be provided
with one or any other convenient number of tabs 4, the
number depending on the use to which the card is in
tended. Each tab is de?ned by a circular slit 6 which
terminates short of a complete circle in two parallel slits
8 forming a land connecting the tab to the card. The
size of this circular portion is slightly larger than the
inside dimension of an article such as a used bottle cap
to provide a convenient means for collection and storage.
C to be attached. It should be understood that the slit
It has been contemplated that among other uses, the
6 could be irregular or of any suitable shape.
invention will be particularly useful in connection with 15 To attach a cap or other article to the card the tab 4
advertising promotions in which the collection of a cer
is pressed into the cavity of the cap. The act of pressing
tain number of bottle caps of a certain brand will
causes the tab to ?ex or bend concavely thus reducing its
entitle a consumer to a prize or premium. In this con
size su?iciently to enter the cavity. Since the tab mate
nection the card must serve two purposes. First, it
rial is relatively stiif it tends to return to its ?at condition
must be useful for storing the caps during collection, 20 thus also tending to increase in size exerting a gripping
requiring that convenient means be provided for securely
force against the wall of the cavity con?ning the edges of
attaching the caps to the card. Second, it must facilitate
the tab. As illustrated in FIGS. 2 and '3, the edges of
counting by the promotion operators, that is, quick
the bottle cap are precrimped forming a lip 10 which
visual inspection showing the card to be ?lled to capacity
acts as a retainer holding the tab in the cap cavity.
will indicate that a predetermined number of caps have
It should be obvious that the tendency of the tab to ex
been collected. Since some time might elapse during
pand in size would serve to hold other articles having
collection, the attaching means must be secure to avoid
substantially straight sided cavities even without a re
dislodgment of the caps during rough and repetitive
handling. Furthermore, the cards and their attaching
means must be adapted to be manufactured inexpen
sively in large quantities.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention
to provide a card which will meet the above require
ments. To this end the card is particularly adapted for
mass manufacture and is provided with a plurality of
cuts which form shaped tabs each adapted to attach a
bottle cap or similar article. The major portion of each
tab is de?ned by a circular portion which is slightly
larger in diameter than the ‘inside or cavity of the cap.
The circular portion terminates in two substantially par
allel cuts which form a single land connecting the tab
to the card. The card material is resiliently stiff but ?ex
ible so that when pressed into the bottle cap the tab
?exes concavely reducing its size to fit the cap. Since
the tab tends to return to its ?at condition its size also
tends to increase thus exerting a gripping force against
the inside wall of the cap. While the preferred embodi
ment of the invention is shown as directed to the attach
ing of bottle caps, it should be obvious to those skilled
in the art that the concept involved lends itself to at
taching any other similar articles.
The above and other objects of the invention together
with novel details of construction will be more fully set
forth in the following speci?cation and claims.
In the drawings,
‘FIG. ,1 is a plan view of a portion of a card embodying
the present invention and showing the card partially ?lled
taining lip.
FIGS. 4 and 5 illustrate one modi?cation of the in
vention in which the diameter of the circular slit 12
de?ning the tab 4 is sufficiently large and shaped to ac
commodate the body of the bottle cap to give added
support. FIGS. 6 and 7 illustrate another modi?cation
which provides for a second opposed tab 14- to be cut
from the tab 4 and connected to the card as shown.
This tab may be suitably bent to retain the cap or other
article against movement normal to the card as seen in
FIG. 7. It should be obvious from the foregoing that a
number of modi?cations may be utilized in combina
tion with the basic concept of providing a tab which is
pressed into the cavity of an article and which by its
tendency to return to ?at condition exerts a gripping
force against the wall of the cavity.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim as
new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United
States is:
1. The combination with a bottle cap or the like; of
a holding card of stif?y ?exible material having a cut
out portion forming a solid tab including a generally
circular body portion terminating short of a complete
circle in a neck portion connecting said body portion to
said card, said body portion being displaced from the
plane of said card to provide an opening in said card
and located within the internal cavity of said cap, and
said cap being located in said opening.
2. The combination with a bottle cap or the like; of
a holding card of stii-Hy ?exible material having a cut out
portion forming a main tab including a solid body por
with bottle caps;
FIG. 2 is a section on line l1—II of FIG. 1;
60 tion having opposed arcuate sides terminating at one
FIG. 3 is a section on line III-III of FIG. 1;
end in a neck portion connecting said body portion to
FIG. 4 is a plan view of a portion of a card illustrating
said card and terminating at the other end in a cut-out
a modi?cation of the invention;
connected to said card and extending inwardly of said
FIG. 5 is a section on line V—V of FIG. 4;
body portion of said main tab to form an auxiliary tab,
FIG. 6 is a plan view of another modi?cation of the 65 said body portion of said main tab being displaced from
invention; and
the plane of said card to provide an opening in said
FIG. 7 is a section on line VII-VII of FIG. 6.
card and located within the internal cavity of said cap,
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and said cap being located in said opening with said
auxiliary tab engaging the rim of said cap.
1,115,860
1,119,681
Owen _______________ -_ Nov. 3, 1914
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2’279 ’471
Laycock ____________ __ Apr. 14, 1942
18,317
Great Britain ________________ __ 1912
Re. 20,899‘
Scholl _______________ __ Oct. 25, 1938
Wiebusch _____________ __ July 2, 1929
FOREIGN PATENTS
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