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April 2, 1963
B. H. LARSEN
3,083,825
CAN CARTON
Filed April-l0, 1961
2 Sheets-?nest 1
IN VENTOR.
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April 2, 1963
3,083,825
B. H. LARSEN
CAN CARTON
Filed April 10, 1951
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
INVENTOR.
BE/V H LARSE/V
BY
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3,d83,825
Patented Apr. 2, 1963
2
of my invention taken from a position similar to that of
line 5-5 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 8 is a horizontal cross-sectional view of a third
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Ben E. Larsen, 2421 W. 21st St, Minneapolis, Minn.
Filed Apr. it), 1%1, Ser. No. 102,026
8 Claims. (Cl. 236-65)
This invention relates to can cartons. More particularly
it relates to cardboard cartons designed to securely hold
a plurality of cans together in small compass for purposes
of display and to facilitate handling of the cam .
in recent years packaging of a plurality of cans of
canned goods has become prevalent. Such packaging
facilitates display of the goods because it aids in stacking
the goods in a stabilized manner. It also facilitates han—
dling of the goods by the retailer and the ultimate con
sumer and it increases sales of the goods because of its
form of my invention taken along a line corresponding
to line 5-5 of FIG. 2; and
FIG. 9 is a plan view of the cardboard blank from
which the embodiment shown in FTGS. 1-5 is formed, the
blank being shown on a somewhat smaller scale.
The first and preferred form of my invention is shown
in FIGS. 1-5 and FIG. 9. The blank A shown in FIG. 9
has been cut from a single sheet of cardboard of the type
conventionally used in manufacturing cartons of this type
and, as shown, is comprised of a single elongated sheet 6
of cardboard. This sheet 6 includes a pair of ovoid seg
15 ments 7 and d which are spaced longitudinally of the sheet
and are connected by one of a pair 9 and 1a of narrow
elongated segments which are disposed at opposite ends
of the ovoid segment 8.
the sale of packaged units containing a plurality of cans.
Each of the elongated segmens 9 and it} has a pair
In addition, modern packaging facilitates connecting goods
of different but complementary natures together in order 20 of lateral extension elements which extend laterally from
opposite sides of the elongated segments. The pair of
to enable the retailer to offer them to the customer simul
lateral extensions 11 and 12 of segment 9 become strut
taneously in a simple compact package. Modern methods
elements when the carton is assembled as do the exten
of merchandising have adopted the use of such packages
ready adaptability to sales promotion programs involving
and in doing so a problem of proper design of cartons for
holding such cans has arisen. All cartons within my
knowledge have at least one and generally two sides of
such width that much of the art work on the labels on
the cans is covered. Modern art work is very expensive
and, if covered, much of its advertising value is lost. A
well designed label has little display appeal if only a por
tion of the art work is displayed and hence it is impera
tivc that, if possible, a carton for holding a plurality of
sions 13 and 14 which are carried by the segment 1d‘.
it will be noted that the segments 11 and 14.1 extend later
ally somewhat farther than their associated lateral exten
sions l2 ‘and 13. At opposite ends of the sheet ‘6 there is
a pair of sealing tabs 15 and is which extend outwardly
beyond the ovoid segments 7 and the elongated segment 19.
As shown in FIG. 9, the sheet ‘6 is scored along a pair
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such cans be designed in such a manner as to cause all or
the bulk of the art work to be readily viewable by the
of transversely spaced parallel lines extending along the
sides of the elongated segments 9 and Ill} and along the
ends of the two pairs of oppositely disposed arcuate slits
formed in the ovoid segments 7 and 8. For the purposes
prospective purchaser. My invention is designed toward 35 of reference the pair of transversely spaced parallel lines
have been identi?ed by the numerals 17 and 13. The
accomplishing this purpose.
It is a general object of my invention to provide a novel
and improved can carton of simple and inexpensive con
?rst pair of slits have been identified by the numerals l9
and it} while the second pair of slits are identi?ed as 21
and 22. It should be noted that each of these slits 194.32
A more speci?c object is to provide a novel and im 40 terminates at its opposite ends along one of the lines 17,
18, the scoring along the lines 17 and 18 together with
proved can carton of simple and inexpensive construction
struction, manufacture, assembly, and operation.
designed to more adequately and fully display the art
the slits forming locking tabs identi?ed by the numerals
work of the labels on the cans held within the carton
23, 2d, 25, and 26. These locking tabs, as will be more
adequately described hereinafter, serve to lock he cans
within the carton after it has been assembled.
Reference to PEG. 9 also shows that the sheet 6 is scored
transversely at each end of the narrow elongated segments
where they are connected to the ovoid segments 7 and 8.
without seriously reducing the strength of the carton.
Another object .is to provide a novel and improved can
carton formed from a single sheet of cardboard and having
adequate strength and can holding properties in addition
to improved can display features inherent therein.
Another object is to provide a novel and improved can
carton designed to require less material without serious
loss of strength, to be lighter in weight, and inexpensive
to manufacture and assemble, and to more fully display
Thus, there are four transverse scorings 27, 28, 29, and 30.
These transverse scorings enables the sheet 6 to be easily
formed into a sleeve member when the sealing tabs 15
‘and 16 are glued together, the ovoid segments and narrow
the cans contained therein than was possible with can
elongated segments then extending at right angles to each
similar parts throughout the several views, and in which:
will be noted that the lateral extensions overlap each
other.
cartons heretofore known.
When the blank A has been formed into the sleeve
Another object is to provide a novel and improved can 55
member indicated by the numeral 3-1 the narrow elon
carton having increased strength while at the same time
gated segments 9 and 1%) become upright side panels and
providing maximum display for the art work on the labels
the ovoid segments 7 and 8 become top and bottom
of the cans held within the carton.
panels respectively. The lateral extensions 1144 are
These and other objects and advantages of my inven—
tion will more fully appear from the following descrip 60 then bent inwardly toward each other as best shown in
FIG. 5 to become strut elements and are secured to
tion, made in connection with the accompanying drawings,
gether by glue 32 or by some other suitable means. It
wherein like reference characters refer to the same or
FIG.
MG.
FIG.
FIG.
1 is a perspective view of one of my can cartons;
2 is an end elevational view of the same;
3 is a side elevational view of the empty carton;
4 is a top plan view of my can carton;
FIG. 5 is a horizontal sectional view taken along line
5--5 of PEG. 2;
PEG. 6 is a side elevational View of one of my can 70
cartons with a pair of cans shown locked therein;
FIG. 7 is a horizontal sectional view of a second form
other, particularly the longer extensions '11 and 14 and
that the extension 14‘ is also glued to the associated ex
tension l-13 while extensions 411 and 12 are glued to each
other in addition to being ?xedly secured
pair of extensions. Reference to vFIG. 5
each pair of the strut elements 11, 12,
gether with their associated side panels
to the opposite
will show that
13 and 14 to
9 and ill, re
spectively form a pair of generally triangularly shaped
geometric constructions which are connected at their
apex
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It will be noted that the dimension of the side panels
9 and 10 taken longitudinally of the sleeve ‘member 31 is
less than half of the corresponding dimensions of‘the top
and bottom panels7 and {8. These side panels and ‘1t?
and top and bottom. panels 7 and‘ 8 cooperate to secure
a pair of cans such as 33, 34 together in’ upright sideaby
side relation while aligned longitudinally of the sleeve
member. (This is accomplished by merely forcing the
cans inwardly from opposite ends of the sleeve‘ member
31, thereby bending the locking tabs 24, 26, 23, 25 in
wardly toward the strut elements so as to slip into the
recessed ends of the cans to positively lock them within
the sleeve member. The cans 33, '34 are of the conven
tional type having a slightly upwardly extending bead
33a and 34a at their upper ends and slightly downwardly
extending beads 33b and 34b at their lower ends, the
locking tabs slipping into the recessed ends and bearing
against these beads to hold the cans tightly against the
abutting strut elements.
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gether or positively secured to each other by some other
means.
The embodiment shown in FIG. 8 likewise depends
upon the pressure of the cans to ‘hold the strut elements
together in registering and abutting relation. It will be
noted, however, that in the embodiment shown in FIG.
8 each of the strut elements 4447 are of equal length
and that they abut and are held in this relation by the
cans. Here again, {have found that the pressure exerted
by the cans and the friction betweenthe surfaces of the
strut elements is suf?cient to provide adequate rigidity to
the sleeve member soathat it will function in a highly
satisfactory manner. It will be understood, of course,
that the blanks from which the construction shown in
FIGS. 7 and 8 are identical to that shown in FIG. 9
except that the length of the lateral extensions from the
narrow elongated segments 9 and 10 are equal in the
embodiment shown in FIG. 8.
a I have found in practice that a can carton manufac
The side panels 9‘ and 10- have upright outer edge por 20 tured in accordance with my disclosure made herein func
tions in ahighly satisfactory manner insofar as strength
tions 9a, 9b and 11011, 1012. As shown, these upright
and rigidity is concerned. The main advantage of my
outer edge portions are spaced longitudinally of the sleeve
carton, however, lies in the fact that the major portions
and extend in vertical planes coplanar with the base line
of the cans such as the cans 33 and 34 are displayed to
of the locking tabs ‘which is de?ned :by the parallel lines
17 and 18. It will be noted that the locking tabs when 25 the prospective purchaser. Reference to FIGS. 5, 7 and
8 will readily show that well over two-thirds of the sur
bent inwardly terminate immediately adjacent a vertical
plane extending through the longitudinal centers of the
side panels 9‘ and 10 as indicated in FIG. 5, this plane
being indicated by the transverse broken line 35.
-It should be noted by reference to FIG. ‘5 where the
strut elements Ill-14- are secured to each other as shown,
the strut elements 11 and 13 together constitute a di
face area of the cans is displayed to the prospective pur
chaser and consequently the full value of the art work
on the labels of the cans is retained and presented in the
most desirable manner to the prospective purchaser. I
have found that retailers prefer such a can carton be
cause of the fact that it provides the maximum and most
desirable display of the goods without sacri?cing
strength in the structure which holds the cans together
ly opposed side edge portions 90 and 1012 while the strut
and consequently sale of these packaged goods is in
elements 12 and 14 together constitute a diagonally ex
creased as a result of the improved manner of display of
tending strut member connecting the diagonally opposed
the goods themselves.
sideredge‘ portions 9b and 10a. Consequently the entire
It will, of course, be understood that various changes
structure is provided with a‘ pair of crossed diagonally
extending strut members which greatly enhance the 40 may be made in the form, details, arrangement and pro
portions‘ of the parts without ‘departing’ from the scope
strength of the sleeve member 31. It will also be noted
agonally extending strut member between the diagonal
that when the extensions 11 and 14 are connected as
shown they become concavely shaped with their con
cavity facing away from the concavity de?ned by the op
positely disposed pair of extensions 12 andv '13, the cans
33 and 34’ abutting against opposite sides of these strut
elements in snug tight ?tting relation. Reference to FIG.
3 shows that each of the sidev panels '9 and 10 is con
nected to the top panel7 by a pair of tie members’ such
as are indicated in ‘FIG. 3 by the numerals 36v and 37.
Similarly, each of the side panels 9'and .10 are connected
to the bottom panel '8 by a pair of correspondingly v‘shaped
generally triangular tie members 38 and 36, these tie
members in each instance extending‘ laterally outwardly
from the upright side edge portions of the side panel and
constituting a web between the _side ‘edge’por'tions and
the top or bottom panel as the case may be.
FIG. 7 illustrates a second’forrh of my invention which
I- have found also functions in a satisfactory manner.
‘ of my invention which consists of the matter shown and
described herein and set forth in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
a
l. A multiple can carton comprising a sleeve member
having opposed upright side panels and top and bottom
panels, a plurality of cans received snugly between said
panels in upright side by side relation and aligned longi
tudinally of said sleeve member, locking means carried
by said panels constructed’ and arranged to engage and
50 ?xedly secure said cans within said sleeve in such rela
tion, said side panels each having parallel upright outer
edge portions spaced longitudinally of said sleeve member
and terminating inwardly of the outer end portionof said
top and bottom panels, and a plurality of strut elements
one each of which is connected to one each of said side
panel edge portions and extends inwardly towards the
other, each of said strut elements being ?xedly secured
to the strut element ‘connected to the other edge portion
The main distinction in construction between this can 60 of its associated side panel and to the remaining strut ele
ments ‘at a point intermediate said side panels to provide
carton and that shown in FIGS. 1-5 is that the strut ele-'
strength and rigidity to said ‘sleeve member.
ment 4t) merely overlaps the strut element 41' and‘ the
2. The structure ‘de?ned in claim 1 wherein each of said
strut elements 42 and ‘43 merely register with ahd abut
strut elements secured to one of said side panels extends
against its associated strut elements 40; 41 respectively.
beyond and is rigidly secured to a strut element connected
In this embodiment the cans which are illustrated by
to the opposite side panel.
broken lines in FIG. 7 are held in place in exactly the
a 3. A multiple can carton comprising a sleeve member
same manner as in the construction shown in FIGS. l-S,
having opposed upright side panels and top and bottom
the only difference in cohstruction being that the strut
panels adapted to snugly receive a pair of cans arranged
elements are not-glued to each other. On the contrary,
the pressure of the cans is relied upon to ‘hold the strut 70 in upright side by side relation therebetween, locking
elements together, thereby providing su?icient‘ rigidity _ means carried by said top and bottom-panels constructed
and arranged to engage the ends of such a pair of cans
and strength to the carton to prevent its twisting, tearing,
and ?xedly secure the same within said sleeve, said side
etc. It will be noted that the same geometric con?gura
panels each having upright outer edge portions spaced
tions are provided so that most of the strength is fur
nished even though the strut elements are not glued to 75 longitudinally of said sleeve member and terminating in
aosasss
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wardly of the outer end portions of said top and bottom
panels, and a plurality of strut elements one each of
which is connected to one each of said side panel edge
portions and extends inwardly toward the others and is
?xedly secured to the strut element connected to the other
edge portion of its associated side panel at a point inter
mediate said side panels to provide strength and rigidity
to said sleeve member, each of ‘said side edge portions
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connected to one of said side panels extending in over
lapping relation with those of the opposite side panel and
being secured together therewith ‘between said cans inter
mediate said side panels to provide strength and rigidity
to said sleeve member.
7. A multiple can carton blank form comprising a
single elongated sheet of cardboard having ‘a pair of
longitudinally extending ovoid segments spaced longitu
having one of said strut elements connected thereto.
dinally of said sheet and a pair of spaced relatively nar
4. A multiple can carton comprising a sleeve member 10 row elongated segments connected to opposite ends of
having opposed upright side panels and top and bottom
one of said ovoid segments, one of said narrow elongated
panels adapted to snugly receive a pair of cans arranged
segments being disposed between and connecting said
in upright side by side relation there ietween, locking
ovoid segments, each of said narrow elongated segments
means carried by said top and bottom panels constructed
and arranged to engage ‘and ?xedly secure such a pair of
cans within said sleeve, a pair of cans so locked within
said sleeve in longitudinally aligned relation, said side
panels each having parallel upright outer edge portions
having a pair of rectangular lateral extensions each of
which extend outwardly from opposite sides of said nar
row elongated segment a distance greater than one half
the distance between the ends of one of said ovoid seg
ments and each of which has its longest dimension extend
spaced longitudinally of said sleeve member and terminat
ing longitudinally of a straight line connecting said ovoid
ing inwardly of the ‘outer end portions of said top and 20 segments, each of said ovoid segments having a pair of
bottom panels and a plurality of rigid strut elements one
oppositely disposed arcuate slits formed therein, each of
each of which is connected to one each of said side panel
slits terminating at its ends along a line coincidental
edge portions and extends inwardly to the strut element
to a line extending along one of the sides of one of said
connected to the other edge portion of its associated side
narrow elongated segments.
panel, said strut elements being secured together between 25
8. A multiple can car-ton comprising a sleeve member
said cans and providing strength and rigidity to said sleeve
having opposed upright side panels and top and bottom
member.
5. A multiple can carton comprising a sleeve member
having a pair of opposed side panels with upper and lower
panels adapted to snugly receive a plurality of cans ar~
ranged in upright side ‘by side relation therebetween, lock
ing means carried by said top and bottom panels con
portions of equal ‘width and top and bottom panels 30 structed and arranged to engage and ?xedly secure such
adapted to snugly receive a pair of cans arranged in up
cans within said sleeve, a plurality of cans so locked With
right side by side relation therebetween, locking tabs
in said sleeve, said side panels each having upright outer
edge portions spaced longitudinaly of said sleeve mem
gage and ?xedly secure such a pair of cans therebetween,
ber ‘and terminating inwardly of the outer ends of said
each of said side panels having upright side edge portions 35 top and bottom panels, and a plurality of rectangular strut
each diagonally opposed relative to one of the side edges
elements one each of which is connected to one of ‘said
of the other side panel, and a rigid strut member secured
upright outer edge portions of one of said side panels and
to and extending diagonally from one of said side edge
extends inwardly towards and is secured to the strut ele
portions across the interior of said sleeve member to
ment connected to the other upright outer edge portion
carried by said top and bottom panels and adapted to en
the diagonally opposed upright side edge portion of the 40 of said side panel at a point between said cans and inter
opposite side panel and ‘being secured thereto to provide
mediate said side panels to provide strength and rigidity
strength and rigidity to said sleeve member.
6. A multiple can carton comprising a sleeve member
to said sleeve member, said strut elements and said side
panel connected thereto de?ning a generally triangularly
having a pair of opposed upright generally rectangular
shaped geometric construction.
side panels and top and bottom panels adapted to snugly 45
receive a pair of cans arranged in upright side by side
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longitudinally aligned relation therebetween, locking
UNITED STATES PATENTS
means carried by said panels constructed and arranged to
engage and ?xedly secure such a pair of cans in such
relation within said sleeve, a pair of cans so locked
Within said ‘sleeve, said side panels each having ‘a pair of
parallel upright outer edge portions spaced longitudinally
of said sleeve member, and a plurality of strut elements
one each of which is connected to one of said upright
outer edge portions of one of said side panels and extends 55
inwardly toward the other side panel, said strut element
2,554,190
Hennessey ___________ __ May 22, 1951
2,814,385
2,823,797
Stone ______________ __ Nov. 26, 1957
Amatel _____________ __ Feb. 18, 1958
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Woeber et .al __________ __ Apr. 14, 1959
Guyer ______________ __ May 26, 1959
Hennessey __________ .. July 26, 1960
2,974,851
Struble ______________ __ Mar. 14, 1961
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