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US4049190: Mailing and storage box

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) James L. O'Neill ·
Assignee(s) Merkert Enterprises, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks ·
Primary Examiner Davis T. Moorhead ·
Application Number US5744953
Filing date 11/26/1976
Issue date 09/20/1977
Predicted expiration date 11/26/1996
U.S. Classifications 206/611  · 229/37R  ·
International Classifications B65D 554  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 22914 BE;14 BW;14 BA;51 TC;37 R ·
22 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

An end-loading, top-opening box for mailing and storing checks or the like is formed from a single blank including integral extensions which are wrapped about the box to define a surrounding protective mailing sleeve. Assembly of the integral box and wrapper requires only one straight line gluing operation by the box manufacturer and only one folding and gluing operation by the packager who receives the box and wrapper in a partly folded and glued condition from the manufacturer. The packager end loads the checks into the open ended package and then needs only to fold and glue the end flaps. No right angle or times folding or gluing operations are required. The user opens the package by tearing the single glued flap of the wrapper and then unwrapping the wrapper and tearing it along a perforated weakened line at the juncture of the wrapper and the box tray. There are no required glue connections between the box lid and tray and the box can be top-opened easily and without destroying the box.

Independent Claims | See all claims (22)

  1. 1. A blank for a container comprising:a tray portion including a series of serially connected flaps and panels including, in sequence a lid front flap, a lid panel, a rear panel, a tray panel and a tray front flap, each of said panels having end flaps extending therefrom at opposite ends thereof, said flaps and panels being foldable to define an end-loadable, top-opening box configuration;said blank further including a wrapper extension extending from and defining a continuation of the tray portion, said wrapper extension including, serially, a wrapper top panel, a wrapper rear panel, a wrapper bottom panel and a wrapper front panel;at least one of said wrapper panels having a tear-strip formed therein; andthe juncture between the tray portion and wrapper extension being weakened to facilitate tearing of the wrapper extension from the tray portion.
  2. 11. A blank for a container comprising:a tray portion including a series of serially connected flaps and panels including, in sequence, a lower tray front panel, a bottom tray panel, a rear tray panel, a lid panel and a lid front flap, each of said panels having end flaps extending therefrom at opposite ends thereof, said flaps and panels being foldable to define an end-loadable, top-opening box configuration;said blank further including a wrapper extension extending from and defining a continuation of the lid front flap, said wrapper extension including, serially, a lower front wrapper panel, a bottom wrapper panel, a rear wrapper panel, a top wrapper panel and an upper front wrapper panel, the upper front wrapper panel including, at its outer end, a marginal tear strip which will overlie a portion of the lower front wrapper panel when the container is assembled;the lower front wrapper panel having a tear strip formed therein at a location which is registerable with the marginal tear strip portion of the upper front wrapper panel when the blank is assembled. andthe juncture between the lid front panel and the bottom wrapper panel being weakened to facilitate tearing therealong.
  3. 15. A package assembly comprising:an inner box portion including a series of serially connected flaps and panels including, in sequence, a lid front flap, a lid panel, a rear panel, a tray panel and a tray front flap, each of said panels having end flaps extending therefrom at opposite ends thereof to define an open-ended configuration;a wrapper extension extending from and defining a continuation of the inner box portion, said wrapper extension including, serially, a wrapper top panel overlying the lid panel of the inner box, a wrapper rear panel overlying the rear panel of the inner box, a wrapper bottom panel overlying the tray panel of the inner box, a wrapper front panel overlying the tray front flap of the inner box, the outer marginal edge of the wrapper extension overlying another portion of the wrapper extension and being adhesively attached to the wrapper top panel;at least one of said wrapper panels having a tear strip formed therein; andthe juncture between the box portion and the wrapper extension being weakened to facilitate tearing of the wrapper extension from the inner box.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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