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Патент USA US3096934

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July 9, 1963
Filed 0G12. 11, 1960
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United States Patent O
`lames R. Young, 913 Forsythe Ave., Toledo 5, Ohio
Filed 0st. 11, 1960, Ser. No. 61,987
1 Claim. (Cl. 229--52)
This invention relates to milk cartons.
One `object of this invention is to provide a milk carton
having :a handle attached -to one side 1thereof to assist the
user in pouring milk `from the carton land to prevent slip~
page and possible dropping of -the carton.
Another object lis yto provide a milk carton of the `fore
going character wherein the handle is secured at its upper
land lower ends 4to the canton and has foldable portions
Patented July 9, 1963
the user tears the adjacent part of the overlapping portion
30 :away from the upst-anding portion 32, as is known
to those familiar with .this type of milk carton.
The foldable handle 14 consists of top and ‘bottom
tabs or upper `and lower attachment por-tions 38 and 40
respectively »secured as by adhesives to the rear top
wall 36 and the bottom wall 22 respectively, and an in
termediate portion 42 extending upward from the bot
tom -tab 40 ata fold or hinge line 43 therebetween, and
a reversely-bent connecting portion 44 interconnecting
scription of the accompanying drawing, wherein:
the yupper end of the intermedi-ate portion 42 and the
lower end of the top tab 38 at fold lines or hinge lines
46 and 48 therebetween.
In the use .of the invention, when the carton 10` is
packed in crates or in showcases or the like, or stored in
refrigerators, 'the handle unit 14 is maintained in its
folded position shown in FIGURES l `and 2 with its in
termediate portion 42 folded fiat against the rear wall ‘18
of the carton unit 12. The upper part 58 of the inter
mediate handle portion `42 is then folded darete-face
with the reversely-bent portion 44 at ‘the hinge line 46.
FIGURE l is ia side elevation of a milk carton equipped
with a foldable handle, according to one form of the
The intermediate handle portion 42 is normally main
tained in this position either by .the natural adhesion of
enabling the handle .to be folded flat against the carton,
so that .the handleequipped carton »of the present inven
tion occupies substantially the same space as conven
tional cartons not equipped with such handles.
Other objects :and `advantages of 4the invention will be
come :apparent during the course `of the following de
invention, with the handle in its folded position;
the waxed surfaces or by the use of an adhesive, prefer
FIGURE 2 is a rea-r elevation of the handle-equipped 25 ably la pressure-sensitive adhesive. Such adhesives are
well-known to those skilled in industry and available
carton lof FIGURE l, with the handle folded;
FIGURE 3 is ka side elevation similar to FIGURE '1,
under various brand names on the open market.
but with ‘the handle in its unfolded position; and
To pour milk from ‘the carton 10, the user exposes the
FIGURE 4 »is a fragmentary side `elevation of a modi
spout portion or Vfront .top wall 34 in the usual way by
fication of the invention, lshowing in solid lines the handle
in its folded position .and in dotted lines the handle in its
unfolded position.
tearing away a forward part of the overlap portion 3G
land by thereafter pulling the front top wall 34 upward
tinto lan 'approximately vertical position by a finger,
H-itherto, milk cantons of waxed cardboard have come
into common use and have -found ready acceptance with
fork or by other suitable means.
every .time a carton of milk was «to be used. The present
invention eliminates these disadvantages by providing
After pouring, the user may leave the handle unit 1'4
in its unfolded position of FIGURE 3, or he may fold it
By .the use of a fork
or other suitable tool, or by the finger nails, the user
the buying public. In the use of such cartons, however, 35 then pulls the intermediate handle portion 4t2 from its
particularly in ,the two-quart sizes, the manipulation of
face-ito-race yfolded position of FIGURE 1 to its unfolded
position of FIGURE 3. During such unfolding, the
the carton rfor pouring has been difhcult because of the
handle portions 38 and 50 straighten out :at their hinge
bulk of :the carton, particularly for persons with small
lines 48 .and 46, thereby providing .a space 52 between
hands lor `short iinger-s. As a result, accidents have fre
quently occurred by ,the dropping of the carton as a 40 the rear carton wall 18 and the intermediate handle por
tion `42 for insertion of the finger. The carton unit 12 is
result of its slipping from the grasp of the iingers, and
then conveniently held between the thumb ‘and lingers
accuracy of pouring has been difficult even when such
while the backs of the fingers or the back of the palm
slippage has not occurred. Separate holders have pre
rest against the intermediate handle portion 42. Pour
viously `been provided 4for receiving such cartons, but
ing can «then be carried out precisely, without spilling the
have not come into general acceptance by the public be
milk and without danger of slippage or dropping of the
cause of the inconvenience of having to look for a holder
a milk carton with a “built-in” folding handle which
when not in `use folds flatly against :the side of the carton 50 again into its folded position of FIGUREl l by pushing
the intermediate handle portion 42 into face«to-face en
so as to occupy substantially no more space than a
gagement with the carton «rear wall 18 by reversing the
carton not equipped with such .a handle.
foregoing procedure.
Referring to the drawings in detail, FIGURES 1 to 3
inclusive show a handle~equipped milk carton, generally
designated lit, according to one `form of the invention, as
consisting generally of a receptacle unit 12 and a foldable
handle unit 14 secured thereto. The receptacle unit 12
is of vertically-elongated box-shaped form with front and
The modified handle~equipped carton, generally desig
F nated 60, shown in FIGURE 4 includes a carton unit 62
similar in all respects to the carton unit 12 of FIGURES
1 to 3 inclusive and consequently having its component
parts designated with the same reference numerals. The
handle unit 64, however, is of slightly different construc
rear walls 16 and 18 interconnected by lateral walls 20
`and by a bottom wall 22. The walls i6, 18 and 20 are 60 tion in that it has top and bottom tabs 66 and 68 secured
respectively to the top rear wall 36 and bottom wall 22
interconnected at their upper ends by a »top structure,
of the carton unit 62 and hinge lines 70 and 72 respec
generally designated 24. The top structure 24 consists
tively, connecting them respectively to overlapping upper
of slantin-g lateral upper top walls 26 and 28 integral with
and lower intermediate portions ’74 and 76. These are
the lateral walls 20 and interconnected by the overlap
portion 30 `of the top wall 28 extending around the up~ 65 connected in 'overlapping relationship by a flexible con
standing portion 32 ofthe top wall 26.
necting band 78. The connecting band 78 has an upper
Disposed beneath lthe lateral upper top walls 26 and >28
part 80 connected at a hinge line or fold line 82 to a reand integral with the `front and rear walls 16 and 18
versely-bent part 84, the upper end of which is connected
respectively are front and rear slanting lower top walls
at a hinge or fold line 86 with the upper end of the lower
34 and 36 respectively. The lower top wall 34 is movable 70 portion 88 of the connecting band 78. The overlapping
from its »slanting position shown in FIGURES l and 3
or reversely-bent portion 84 in the modification 60 of
to a vertical pouring spout position (not shown) after
FIGURE 4 is thus located remote from both the upper
and lower fold lines yor hinge lines 70 and 712` »respectively
of the handle unit 64.
elongated vertically-disposed closed receptacle having a
In the use of the modified handle-equipped milk car
ton 60 of FIGURE 4, the same general procedure as that
described above is followed as in the use of the handle 5
equipped milk carton 10` of FIGURES 1 to 3 inclusive.
This procedure moves the intermediate handle portion
74 >from its solid-line folded position to its dotted-line
unfolded position shown in FIGURE 4. An adhesive
may also be used to secure the intermediate handle p’or
tion 74 temporarily in its folded position, or the adhesive
properties of the coating wax of the carton may be re
bottom wall, side walls and a top wall,
said top wall including an upper top Wall portion and
a lower top wall portion disposed below sai'd upper
top Wall portion and deñning a recess beneath said
upper top Wall portion;
and an elongated vertically-disposed `foldable handle struc
ture lraving at its lower end a lower attachment portion
secured to said bottom wall,
said handle structure having an intermediate portion
hingedly connected at its lower en'd to said lower
attachment portion,
lied on for this purpose as described above. The handle
said handle structure also having an upper attachment
unit 64 of the carton ‘60` may be restored to its folded
portion secured to said lower top wall portion within
position by reversing the foregoing procedure, causing
said recess,
said handle structure also having a foldable connect
the component parts to hinge or pivot around the hinge
lines 70, `82., 86 and J72.
While the present invention has been described in con
nection with a milk carton, it is equally adaptable for
use with other types of containers of whatever cross 20
section, whether rectangular or circular, and for solids as
ing portion bent reversely to said intermediate por
tion and hingedly connected at its upper end to the
upper end of said intermediate portion and hingedly
connected at its lower end to said upper attach
ment portion,
The invention, for example, may be
said connecting portion in the folded position of said
used in connection with cereal containers to aid the user
in pouring corn flakes or other cereals from the container.
handle structu-re lying beneath said upper top wall
portion within said recess and swingable out of said
recess into an extended position approximately
well as liquids.
The present invention is especially useful in containers
which are bulky and heavy so as to be diñicult to hold
aligned with said upper attachment portion, whereby
in the fingers. This is especially true where the container
has been coated with a slippery waterprooiing material
inthe folded position of said handle structure said
upper attachment portion and connecting portion lie
such as wax lor plastic which renders it easy to slip ont
within said recess within the contines of said side
of the fingers.
To hold the handle temporarily in its folded position,
walls, said lower attachment portion lies beneath
said bottom wall, and only said intermediate portion
a suitable adhesive, such as a conventional pressure
lies outside the contines of said side walls of said re
sensitive adhesive, may be applied either to the inside of
the handle, or to the adjacent portion of the container,
ceptacie, namely in a position disposed flat against
or to both.
In the `operation of the invention, instead of inserting
the «hand between the Ihandle and the carton, as described
above, the user may grasp the handle directly in his iin->
gers without grasping the container.
What I claim is;
A handle-equipped closed container, comprising an
one of said side walls.
References Cited in the file of this patent
Anand ______________ __ Nev. 7, 1922
Goldschmidt _________ __ Apr, 1, 1941
Lang _________ ________ sept.> 12, 1950
Krueger _______ __» ____ __ oct. 22, 1957
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