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Aug- 13, 1963
F. P. cuRTlss ETAL
3,100,595
CANTALOUPE CONTAINERS
Filed Feb. 27, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTORS
FLoYD P. Cum-n55 6r‘
EDWARD F Ram-H
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BY
ATTog M EYs
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United States Patent 0
3,,ldiL595
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Patented Aug. 13, I963
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In the drawing:
3,109,595
CANTALOIJPE (IQNTAINERS
Floyd P. Uurtiss, Temple City, and Edward F. Keith,
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the container which
Downey, €alit‘., ‘assignors to Continental Can Company,
is the subject of this invention and shows generally the
details thereof.
Inc, New York, NFL, a corporation of New York
Filed Feb. 27, 1961, Ser. No. 91,867
8 Claims. (til. 22£*-27)
scale taken along the line 2-—2 of FIGURE 1 and shows
the speci?c details of construction of the container in
FIGURE 2 is a horizontal sectional view on a large
cluding the relationship of cantaloupes disposed therein.
This invention relates in general to new and useful im~
FIGURE 3 is an enlarged transverse sectional view'
provements in containers, and more particularly to a novel 10 taken along the line 3-—‘3 of FIGURE 1 and shows further
combined display and shipping container for cantaloupe
the details of construction of the container.
and other large items of produce.
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged longitudinal sectional view
Large items of produce, such as cantaloupe, honeydew
taken along the line 4—4 of FIGURE 1 and also shows
melons, etc., are customarily shipped in wooden crates
details of construction of the container.
due to the weights of such items. However, wooden 15
FIGURE 5 is a plan view of the blank from which the
crates are relatively expensive and must be opened before
container is formed.
the item-s of produce can be inspected, as is usually the
Reference is now made to the drawings in detail where
case in the selling of the produce. It is therefore the pri
in the container is generally referred to by the numeral
mary object of this invention to provide a novel paper
6. The container 6 is formed from a blank generally
board container for large items of produce, particularly
referred to by the numeral 7. The blank 7 is illustrated
cantaloupes, which container is relatively inexpensive as
in FIGURE 5, and it is believed that the structural de
compared to wooden crates and at the same time is of
tails of the container 6 may be best understood by first con
su?icient strength to properly protect the cantaloupe dur
ing shipment.
sidering the details of the blank 7.
The blank 7 is formed of a sheet of paperboard or like
Another object of this invention is to provide a novel 25 paper product and is generally rectangular in outline, as is
container for shipping and displaying large items of pro
best shown in FIGURE 5. The blank 7 is provided with
duce, such as cantaloupes, the containers including two
a pair of longitudinally extending fold lines 3, 9 which are
container sections which are disposed in side-by-side rela
disposed adjacent, but spaced inwardly or" the side edges
tion and are connected together by a common top wall or
of the blank 7 to separate the blank 7' into a central wall
cover panel, the container sections and the cover panel
portion and outer ?ap portions, the wall portion being
being integrally connected and the cover panel serving
generally referred to by the numeral 10, and the outer ?ap
to rigidly connect together the two container sections.
portions being generally referred to by the numerals 11
Another object of this invention is to provide a novel
‘and 12.
container for shipping large items of produce, the con
The central wall portion 10 is divided into a plurality
35
tainer being formed from a single sheet of material and
of individual walls by a plurality of fold lines which ex
being readily folded to de?ne two separate container sec
tend transversely of the blank '7 between the fold lines 8
tions, the two container sections being disposed in side
and 9. These fold lines include outermost fold lines 13,
by-side relation and having a common cover panel, the
14 which set o? ‘at the opposite ends of the central wall
cover panel serving to connect together upper edges or 40 portion :10 side walls 15, ‘16. Fold lines l7, 18 are spaced
outer side walls of the two container sections, and the
inwardly of the fold lines 13, 14, respectively, and the area
cover panel having depending end ?aps which extend
of the central wall portion 10 between the fold lines It?)
across the complete ends of the two container sections
and I7 is in the form of a bottom wall ‘19 while the area
and secure together the ends of the container sections.
of the central wall portion 10 between the fold lines 14
A further object of this invention is to provide a novel 4.5 and 18 is in the form of ‘a bottom wall 20. The central
blank for forming a large container for receiving large
wall portion 10 is further divided by a pair of fold lines
items of produce, such as cantaloupe, the blank being rec
21, 22 which are disposed ‘adjacent the fold lines 17 and
tangular in outline and formed of a sheet of paperboard or
18, respectively. The portion of the central wall portion
like paper product, and the blank being divided into walls
10 between the fold lines '17 and 21 is in the form of a
and flaps by a plurality of fold lines and slits without the 50 side Wall 23, whereas the portion of the central wall por
loss of any material whatsoever, the blank being foldable
tion 10 between the fold lines 18 and 22 is in the form
to de?ne two separate container sections connected to—
of a side wall 24. The portion of the central wall portion
gether by a single top wall panel.
10 between the fold lines 21 and 22 is in the form of a
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
top wall or cover panel 25.
.
novel container for large items of produce, the container 55
The outer ?ap portion 11 is divided into a plurality
including two container sections connected together by
of individual end ?aps by a plurality of transverse slits
a cover panel, the cover panel having enlarged openings
which are aligned with the fold lines of the central wall
therein aligned with the two container sections, and the
portion 10. These slits include a pair of outer slits
individual openings being formed by folding ‘a pair of
26, 27 which set oit a pair of end flaps 28, 29 hingedly
?aps out of the cover panel with the ?aps extending along 60 connected to the side walls 15, 16, respectively. A pair
the respective side walls of the respective container sec
or slits 3t), 31 are disposedinwardly of the slits 26, 2'7,
tion and forming cushions for items of produce disposed
respectively, and are aligned with the fold lines 17, 18,
within the container sections.
respectively. The portion of the router ?ap portion iii
With the above, ‘and other objects in view that will
between the slits 26 and 30‘ is in the form of an end
hereinafter appear, the nature of the invention will be 65 panel 32 on the end of the bottom wall ‘19, whereas the
more clearly understood by reference to the following
portion of the outer ?ap portion 11 between the slits 27
detailed description, the ‘appended claims and the several
and 31 is in the form of an end ?ap 33 on one end of
views illustrated in the accompanying drawing.
the bottom wall 20. The ‘outer ilap portion 11 is also
provided with a pair of slits 34-, 35 which are aligned
adhesive securement of the end ?ap 36 to the end ?aps
with the fold lines 21, 22‘, respectively, and de?ne op~
32 and 33 and the adhesive securement of the end ?ap
posite ends of an end flap as which is disposed at one
65 to the end ?aps 45 and 419 results in a rigid container
end of the central panel 25. The portion of the outer
construction. However, if desired, although not neces
?ap portion 11 between the slits 3G, 34 is in the form of Ul sary, the overlapping portions or" the end flaps 2S and
an end ?ap 37 on the side wall 23 while the portion of
37 could be secured to each other and to the end flap
the outer ?ap portion ‘11 ‘between the slits 31, 35 is in
32‘; the overlapping portions of the end ?aps 33 and 219
the ‘form of an end ?ap 38 on the end of the side wall 24.
may be secured together and these end flaps may be se
The outer ?ap portion 12 is provided with a plurality
cured to the end ?ap 33; the overlapping portions of
of slits identical to the slits formed in the outer ?ap
the end flaps 44’ and 46 may be secured together and
portion 11.
ese slits include slits 59, all, ill, 42, 4.3
these end ?aps secured to the end ‘flap 4:5; and the over
and 44- which correspond to the slits 2s, 3d, 34, 35, Ill
lapping portions of the end ?aps 4'8 and till may ‘be se
and 27, respectively. These slits in the outer ?ap por
cured together and these end ?aps secured to the end
tion 12 set oil end ?aps which include an end ?ap 44’
?ap 49. Further, the abutting faces of the side walls
on the side wall 15 corresponding to the end ?ap 22; an 15 15 and 16 may also be adhesively secured together.
end ?ap 45 on the bottom wall 1? corresponding to the end
After the blank ‘7 has ‘been folded in the above de
?ap 32; an end ?ap as on the side wall 23 correspond
scribed manner and the various portions thereof secured
ing to the end ?ap 37; an end ?ap 47 on the cover panel
together, preferably by adhesive, although staples could
25 corresponding to the end flap 36; an end ?ap
on
he used, the ‘flaps 56, 57, 61 and 62 are folded inwardly
the side Wall 24 corresponding to the end flap 33; an
to the positions illustrated in FlGURES 1, 2, 3 and 4.
end ?ap 49‘ on the bottom wall
corresponding to the
This results in the formation of openings so and '67 in
end ?ap 33; and an end ?ap 59 on the side wall 16 cor
the cover panel 25 through which items of produce, such
responding to the end ?ap 29.
as cantaloupes 76‘ illustrated in FIGURE 2, may. be
The cover panel ‘25 is provided with two pairs of
placed, and viewed. At this time it is pointed out that
opposed ‘Ct-shaped cuts 51 with the C-shaped cuts of 25 in the formation of the container 6, there is actually
each pair being connected together ‘by fold lines 52‘ and
formed two container ‘sections, generally referred to by
53, which are in parallel relation, the fold line 52 be
the numerals ‘68, 69, over which the cover panel 25 ex
ing disposed adjacent the fold line 21, with’ the fold
tends.
line 53 being disposed adjacent the center of the cover
Reiorence is now made to FIGURE 3 in papticular,
panel 25'. The iC-shaped cuts Sll are further connected
wherein it is shown that the ?aps 56 and 57 diverge down
together by a zig-Zag out 54 to- de?ne a generally ‘(l-shaped
wardly and are wedged into the corners of the container
flap 56 connected to the cover panel 25 along the fold
section 68 along the side edges of ohe bot-tom wall ‘19
line 52 and a generally T-shaped i?ap 57 connected to
thereof. in a similar manner, the flaps 61 and 62 diverge
the cover panel 25 along the fold line
The other
pair of ‘C-shaped cuts 51 are connected together by two
downwardly and are wedged into the side corners of the
container section 69 along the side edges of she bottom
wall Ztl thereof. The flaps 56, 5'7, 61 and 62 will be en
gaged ‘by anticles of produce packed within the container
6 and will havein effect a wedging action on the produce
parallel fold lines 58, 53* with the fold line 59 being dis-t
posed adjacent the fold line 22, and the fold line
be
ing disposed adjacent the fold line 53'. The IQ-shaped
cuts 51 connected together by the vfold lines 53,59 are
also connected together by a Z-shaped out line do which
de?nes a T-shaped ?ap or connected to the cover panel
25 along the fold line 58 and a ‘(l-shaped ?ap 62 con
nected to the cover panel 25 along the fold line 5h.
The bottom wall =19 is provided with a plurality of
oval-outline ventilation openings 63. Similar ventila
tion openings ‘64 are formed in the bottom wall 28*.
In the forming of the container 6 from the ‘blank. 7,
the blank 7 is folded along the fold line 13 until the side
Wall 15 is disposed normal to the plane or“ the bottom
Wall 19. The side Wall 15 and the bottom wall 19 are
then folded as a unit along the fold line 17 until the side
walls 15 and 23 are in parallel relation. The walls l5,
l9 and 23 are then folded along the fold line 21 until
a
as t 'e'll as a cushioning ‘action thereon.
Although the container 6' has not been illustrated as
being provided with suitable hand holes to :?acilitate the
handling thereof, if desired, the ends of the container 6
maybe provided with hand holes as desired;
It will be readily apparent ‘from FIGURES 1 and 2
that the container ti provides adequate protection [for the
articles or" produce packed ‘therein, such as the cantaloupes
7t), and at .the same time, the contalonpes 7% may be read
ily viewed through the openings 66 and 67 ‘to determine
the size and quality thereof. Due to the speci?c con
struotion of the container 6, the cantaloupes 7% or other
produce may ‘be readily shipped or stored within the
container 6, the container 6 having iamplevstnengthto
permit the stacking of numerous ?lled’ containers one
upon the other. On the other hand, it will be readily ap
the lbottom wall 119 is disposed parallel to the cover panel
25. The side walls 16 and 24‘ and the bottom wall 23 55 parent ‘that the container 6 is formed ?roln ‘a minimum of
ntatenial in [that [the blank 7 is of a rectangular out-line and
are ‘folded in the same manner asdescribed above with
I ' ore is no loss of material.
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respect to the side walls 15 and 23 and the ‘bottom wall
From :t'ne foregoing, it will be seen that novel and ad
19. The folding of these latter walls may be done
vantageous provision has been made for carrying out the
after the ?elding of the Walls ‘l5, l9 and 23, or simul
desired end. However, attention is again directed to the
taneously therewith.
?a-ct ‘that variations may ‘be made in the example con
I The end ?aps 28, 37, 38, 29, 44', 46, 48 and 5h are
tainer disclosed herein without departing i‘rorn the spirit
then folded inwardly into overlapping relation with re
and scope of the invention, as de?ned in the appended
spective ones of each other. Next, the end ?ap 32 is
claims.
'
folded up in ‘face-to-face relation with respect to the
What is claimed as new:
'
end ?aps 28, 37, while the end ?ap
is folded up 65
l. A one~piece container for cantaloupe ‘and the like
into face-tosface relation with respect to the end flaps
comprising
of container sections disposed in side
44', 46. In a similar manner, the end ?ap 33 is ?elded
by-side relation, each container section including a'b'ot
up into face.-to-face relationwith respect to the end flaps
torn wall, an inner side wall, an outer side Wall, and ?aps
3'8, 29'and the end ?ap 419 is folded up into face-to-face
connected to opposite ends of each side wall, a full Width
70
relation with respect to the end ?aps 4d and Ell.
' .
end flap secured to each end Olf each of said bottom walls,
The end ?aps 47 and 4% are provided with adhesive
each inner side Wallbeing formed from abutting free end
coatings v65 and these are folded down into face-to-~face
panels and having adjacent upper free edges, a cover
. engagement with the end ?aps 32 and 33 on
hand
panel overlying said container sections at said‘ upper free
and the end ?aps 45 and 49‘ on the other hand. The
edges and being integrally connected to upper edges of p
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said outer side walls, and end ?aps at opposite ends of
said cover panel and extending the full width thereof,
said cover panel end ?aps, said side wall end flaps and
said bottom wall end ?aps being permanently secured
together, the container being ‘a combined shipping and
display container, and said cover panel {having ‘a pair of
than the heights of said inner and outer side walls and
sloping into corners be?ned by respective ones of said
bottom wall and said inner and outer side walls to provide
resilient cushions ‘for cantaloupe and the like contained
in said container.
6. A blank :for forming a two compartment container,
said blank comprising a rectangular sheet having a pair of
‘article passing openings with each of said openings being
aligned with :a respective one of said container sections,
each article passing opening being of an extent corre
sponding to a major portion of ‘the area of the respective
container section and being of a width less than the re
longitudinal ‘fold lines extending the full length of said
sheet and set inwardly from opposite edges of said blank
and dividing said blank into a central wall forming portion
and outer flap portions, a plurality of transverse fold lines
spective container section with each opening having side
extending between said longitudinal fold lines and dividing
edges spaced from said inner ‘and outer side walls of the
said central wall forming portions into indv-idual con
respective container ‘section, and each article passing open
tainer Wall panels including a central top wall panel having
ing resulting in [the formation of two depending panels 15 a container section bottom wall panel and a pair of side
extending generally the ‘full length of the respective anticle
wall panels on each side thereof, one side wall panel of
passing ‘opening with said depending panels being wider
said pair of side wall panels being disposed on opposite
than the heights of said inner and outer side walls and
sides of a respective one of said bottom wall panels, said
sloping into abutting contact with corners de?ned by re
blank being symmetrical about ‘a transverse center line
spective ones of said bottom wall land said inner and outer 20 thereof and said central top wall panel being of a width
side walls to provide resilient cushions for cantaloupe
twice that of said bottom wall panels, all of said side wall
and the like contained in said container.
panels being of the same width, and slits across said outer
2. The container of claim 1 wherein the combined
?ap portions in alignment with each of said transverse
maximum widths of each pair of said elongated panels
fold lines dividing each outer ?ap portion into a plurality
being greater than the width of the respective article 25 of end ?aps wherein each of said wall panels has a ?ap
passing opening.
at each end thereof, said top wall panel having a pair of
3. The container of claim 2 wherein one elongated
elongated openings therein, each of said openings having
panel of each pair of elongated panels is of a U-shape and
an extent corresponding to a major portion of the extent
the other elongated panel is of a T—shape.
of said bottom wall panels and having a width less than
4. A one-piece container for cantaloupe and the like 30 the width of a respective bottom wall panel, and each
comprising a pair of container sections disposed in side
opening being formed by a pair of elongated ?aps foldable
out of the plane of said top wall panel, each of said elon
by~side relation, each container section including ‘a bot
gated ?aps having a maximum width in excess of the
widths of said side wall panels whereby in an erected con
disposed in back?re-back abutting engagement and having 35 tainer each of said elongated ?aps forms a sloping cushion
extending generally the full length of the respective open
adjacent upper ‘free edges, a cover panel overlying said
ing and has a free edge thereof wedged in a corner de?ned
container sections and being integrally connected to up
per edges of said outer side walls and having a centnal
by one ‘of said side wall panels and one of said bottom wall
tom wall, an inner side wall, an outer side wall, said
inner side walls being de?ned by :a pair of end panels
panels.
portion abutting said end panel free edges, end ?aps con
nected to opposite ends of each side wall, ‘an end ?ap 40
7. The container blank of claim 6 wherein said elon
gated ?aps of‘each pair are in internesting relation and
secured ‘to ‘each end of each of said bottom walls, end
?ap ‘at opposite ends of said cover panel and extending
the combined width of each pair of said elongated ?aps
is greater than the width of the respective opening.
the full width thereof, means permanently securing all
8. A one-piece container for cantaloupe- and the like
of said end flaps together to form ‘a rigid assembly, and
said cover panel having {a pair of article passing openings 4:5 comprising a pair of container sections disposed in side
with each of said openings being aligned
a respective
by-side relation, each container section including a bottom
one of said container sections and having an extent cor
Wall, an inner side wall, an outer side wall, said inner
responding to a major portion of but less than the areas
side walls being de?ned by a pair of end panels disposed in
of the respective container section.
back-to-back engagement and having adjacent upper free
5. A one-piece container for cantaloupe and the like 50 edges, a cover panel overlying said container sections and
comprising a pair of containerrsections disposed in side
being integrally connected to upper edges of said outer
by-side relation, each container section including a bottom
side walls and having a central portion abutting said end
wall, an inner side wall, an outer side wall, said inner side
panel free edges, end ?aps connected to opposite ends
walls being de?ned by a pair of end panels disposed in
back-to-back engagement md having adjacent upper free 55 of each sidewall, an end ?ap secured to each end of
each of said bottom walls, end flaps at opposite ends of
edges, 21 cover panel overlying said container sections and
said cover panel and extending the full width thereof,
being integrally connected to upper edges of said outer
means permanently securing all of said end ?aps together
side walls and having a central portion abutting said end
to form a rigid assembly, and said cover panel having a
panel free edges, end ?aps connected to opposite ends of
pair of article passing openings with each of said open
each side wall, an end flap secured to each end of each of
ings being aligned with a respective one of said container
said bottom walls, end ?aps at opposite ends of said cover
sections and :having an extent corresponding to a major
panel ‘and extending the full width thereof, means perina
nently securing all of said end ?aps together to form a
portion of the areas of the respective container section,
rigid assembly, and said cover panel having a pair of
each article passing opening being of .a width less than
article passing openings with each of said openings being 65 the respective container section with each opening having
_ aligned with a respective one of said container sections
‘side edges spaced from said inner and outer side walls of
and having an extent corresponding to a major portion
the respective container section, and each article passing
of the areas of the respective container section,'each article
opening resulting inthe ‘formation of two depending panels
passing opening being of a width less than the respective
extending generally the full length of ‘the respective article
container section with each opening having side edges
passing opening with said depending panels sloping into
spaced from said inner and outer side walls of the respec
the interior of the respective container section in diverging
tive container section, and each article passing opening
relation [to provide resilent cushions for cantaloupe and
resulting in the formation of two depending panels ex
the like contained in said container.
tending generally the ‘full length. of the respective article
passing opening with said depending panels being wider
(References on following page)
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