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Publication numberUS2804201 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date27 Aug 1957
Filing date23 Oct 1956
Priority date23 Oct 1956
Publication numberUS 2804201 A, US 2804201A, US-A-2804201, US2804201 A, US2804201A
InventorsStory F Chappell
Original AssigneeStory F Chappell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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A118* 27, 1957 s. F. CHAPPELL 2,804,201

FOLDER Filed oct..25, 195e ATTOR 6 nited States Patent iO 2,804,201 FOLDER Story F. Chappell, Riverside, Conn. Application October 23, 1956, Serial No. 617,768 8 Claims. (Cl. 206-47) This invention relates to improvements in folders in combination with container covers and more particularly to folders attached to covers having removable can opening tools or keys fastened thereto.

The packers of many products which are destined for retail sale, such as candy and shortening, prefer to package their goods in cans that are easily opened by tearing a cover fastening strip from the can or otherwise removing the cover. A strip tearing key or removing tool is usually furnished with each can and attached to the can cover.

Manufacturers of merchandise packed in such cans often desire to stimulate sales by offering a small item as a give away premium. The problem of how to get the premium to the retail purchaser or to put into the hands of the purchaser some other article useful with the packaged product, is complicated at times by the fact that the contents of the can are liquid, oily or sticky. Due to the nature of the can contents it is not practical to place the premium in such a can. As a result some manufacturers have been forced to rely on retailers to give the purchaser the premium when a ysale is made. Frequently the retailers forget the premiums and the full eect of the give away campaign is not achieved.

Other manufacturers have attempted to distribute premiums by having the retail purchaser write for the article enclosing a can label with the request. However, this has not been fully effective as there is an inertia on the part of the average person not to write for a give away.

The present invention permits la manufacturer to securely attach a folder containing the premium article to the cover of a can and thereby put the give away into the hands of each retail purchaser.

An object of the present invention is to provide a folder within which a give away premium may be placed.

A further object is to provide a folder adapted to fit around a can opening tool attached to a can cover.

Another object is to provide a folder which provides convenient access means for lifting the folder away from the container cover.

Although in the accompanying drawings preferred embodiments of the present invention are shown and described in this specification, it is to be understood that these are not intended to be either exhaustive or limiting of the invention, but, on the contrary, are chosen for the purpose of illustrating the invention in order that others skilled in the art may so fully understand the invention, its principles and the application thereof, that they may embody it and adapt it in numerous forms, each as may be best suited to the requirements of its particular use.

In the drawings:

Figure l is a top plan view of a folder fitted about a can opening tool attached to a can cover;

Figure 2 is a fragmentary side view of a typical can showing the can fastening strip;

Figure 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of a folder fitted about a can opening tool, said tool being attached to a can cover;

Figure 4 is a plan view of a folder opened up to show the location of a premium package attached to the folder;

Figure 5 is a vertical sectional view showing the reaction of the folder sheets when the can opening tool is raised away from the can cover;

Figure 6 is a vertical sectional view showing how a ice chordal edge of the folder may be used as a convenient access means to lift the folder away from the can cover;

Figure 7 is a plan view showing a folder rotated in relation to the can opening tool;

Figure 8 is an opened up plan View of a multi-sheet folder with a modified lower folder sheet.

Referring to Figures 1, 2 -and 3, a folder 10 is shown with a can 12. A can opening tool or key 14 is removably attached at 16 to a can cover 18. The tool 14 is advantageously of the key type with a shank 20 and a loop 22.

The tool 14 is intended to serve primarily as a severing means for removing a tearing strip 24 which integrally unites the cover 18 to the can 12. However, I advantageously use the tool 14 as a fastening means for holding the folder 10 in a fixed position on the can cover 18.

A llange 26 around the perimeter of the cover 18 forms a recess 28 which serves as a receptacle for the folder 10.

The folder 10 shown in Figures l, 3 and 4 is multi-sheet. An upper folder sheet 30 and a lower folder sheet 32 are advantageously joined at a chordal edge 34. An opening 36 in the upper sheet 30 is preferably smaller than an opening 38 in the lower folder sheet 32. The upper opening 36 is suflcient to accommodate the loop 22 of tool 14.

To apply a folder to a can'cover the folder 10 is first placed in the recess 2S and one edge of the upper opening 36 is slipped under the loop 22, the opposite edge of the opening 36 being above the tool 14. The folder l0 is then adjusted so that it is within the perimeter of the cover flange 26. The tool 14 and the cover flange 26 hold the folder 10 in position until its removal is desired.

A premium package 40 is placed between the upper sheet 30 and lower sheet 32 of the folder 10. In Figure 4 the premium 40 is shown securely attached to the lower sheet 32. If it is desired the premium 40 may be attached to the upper sheet 30, or when there are more than two sheets it may be positioned between any two of them. However, I have found it preferable to attach it to a single lower sheet 32. This favorable location insures that the user who opens the folder 10 will see the premium package 40.

Figure 5 shows the movement of the upper sheet 30 when the tool 14 is lifted away from the cover 18. The tool 14 is lifted when it is to be used for removing the metal tearing strip 24. When the tool 14 is lifted at its loop 22 the upper sheet 30 also is raised. The lower sheet 32 due to its substantially larger opening 38 tends to remain in place against the cover 18.

The raising of the upper sheet 30 while the lower sheet 32 remains in place reveals the presence of the premium 40. This insures that the can user will see the give away or other item which is to be brought to the attention of the user.

It'is possible that the purchaser of the can may not wish to remove the cover 18, but will want first to use the premium 40. If the tool 14 is removed from the cover 18 so that the folder 10 may be removed there is danger that the tool 14 will be misplaced or lost. To prevent this the present invention allows the folder 10 to be removed from the can 12 without detaching the tool 14.

Referring to Figure 6, a folder is shown being lifted at its chordal edge 34. When the folder 10 is lifted at its chordal edge 34 the opposite folder end 42 tends to push against the cover flange 26. By rotating the folder 10 about the tool 14, as shown in Figure 7, the upper sheet opening 36 may be positioned at a substantial angle to the tool loop 22 and the folder 10 may be slipped from beneath the loop 22 while the tool 14 remains in place.

Locating the premium 40 near the chordal edge 34 tends to raise said edge to an elevation near to the top of the `cover llange 26 thereby advantageously providing greater access to the folder.

A modification of the can cover folder 10 is shownin Figure 8. In cutting the lower folder sheet 32a, ear like flaps 44 are provided. The flaps 44 may be as numerous as desired. The flaps 44 are folded over and secured to the lower sheet 32a to form a desired number of envelope portions. If desired a different premium may be placed in each envelope.

While the illustrated embodiment of the present invention shows the can opening tool on the top can cover, it is obvious that the folder will lwork equally well .where the tool is attached to the bottom of the can. Cover as used in this specification includes boththe top and bottom closures of a can. Y l

`The above described embodiments of the illustrated label are obviously not the limits of the present invention. To anyone skilled in the art, modifications undoubtedly will occur which cannot be practiced without violating the scope and spirit of the following claims.

I claim:

l. ln combination a folder, a container having a removable cover, and a cover' removingtool; one end of said tool being secured to said cover, a flange around the perimeter of said cover forming having at least one upper Sheet and one lower sheet and being contained in the cover-recess, said upper sheet having a slotted opening suicient to accommodate the unattached end of said tool, said upper sheet being positioned around said tool whereby a portion of the upper sheet is beneath the unattached end of said tool, said lowersheet having a substantially larger opening therein than the slot in said upper sheet, and said lower sheet being positioned about said tool.

2. In combination a folder, a container having an integrally attached cover and a cover removing tool as defined in claim l, wherein said lower sheet is provided with at least one envelope portion.

3. ln combination a folder, a container having a removable cover, a cover removing tool and a premium package; one end of said tool being secured to said cover, a flange around the perimeter of said cover forming a recess, said folder substantially conforming to the outline of said cover and having at least oneupper sheet and one lower sheet, said folder being contained in the cover recess, said upper sheet having a slotted opening sufficient to accommodate the unattached end ofsaid tool, said upper sheet being positioned around said tool whereby a portion of the upper sheet is beneath the unattached end of said tool, said lower sheet having a substantially larger opening therein than the slot in said upper sheet and said lower sheet being positioned about said tool, and said premium package being positioned between the sheets of said folder.

4. ln combination a folder, a container having a removable cover, acover removing tool and a premium package as defined in claim 1y wherein said lower sheet is provided with at least one envelope portion capable of holding said premium package.

5. In combination a folder, a container having a removable cover and cover removing tool and premium package; one end of said tool being secured to said cover, a ange around the perimeter of said cover forming a recess, said folder substantially conforming to the outline of said cover and having at least one upper sheet and one lower sheensaid folder being contained in the cover recess, said upper sheet having a slotted `opening sufcient to accommodate the unattached end of said tool, said upper sheet being positioned around said tool whereby a portion of the upper sheet is beneath the unattached end of said tool, said lower sheet having a substantially larger opening therein than the slot in said upper sheet, said lower sheet being positioned about said tool, said premium package being positioned between the sheets of said folder, said upper sheet being substantially raised when said tool is lifted outwardly from the cover, and vsaid lower sheet remaining substantially in position whereby the raising of the upper sheet reveals the premium pack` Nage. i t V t A a recess, said folder.

stantially conforming to the ing being located at a` point 6. In combination a folder, a container having a removable cover and cover removing tool; one end of said tool being secured to said cover, a flange around the perimeter of said cover forming a recess, said folder suboutline of said cover and having at least one upper sheet and one lower sheet, said folder being Vcontained in the cover recess, `said upper sheet having a slotted opening sufficient to accommodate the unattached end of said tool, the slotted openaway from the afxed end of beyond the unattached end of said tool, said upper sheet being positioned around said tool whereby a portion of said sheet is beneath the unaixed end portion of said tool and one edge of said folder is above said tool, said lower sheet having a substantially larger opening therein than the slotted opening in said upper sheet and said lower sheet being positioned about said tool, and said folder having a chordal edge joining said upper and lower `sheets whereby means is provided for lifting a portion of the folder permitting the folder to be rotated and the portion of said folder under the unafiixcd portion of the tool` removed therefrom.

7. ln combination a folder, a container having a removable coverand cover removing tool; one end of said tool being secured to said cover, a ange around the perimeter ofV said cover forming a recess, said folder substantially conforming to ,the outline of said cover and having at least one upper sheet and one lower sheet, said sheets being joined at a chordal edge, said folder being contained in the cover recess, said upper sheet having a slotted opening-eccentrically located towards the edge of the upper sheet away from the chordal edge, said slotted opening being located at a point away from the affixed end of said tool but not beyond the unattached end of said tool, said upper sheet being positioned around said tool whereby a portion of said tool and one edge of said folder is above said tool, said lower sheet'having a substantially larger and semicircular opening therein than said tool but not the slotted opening in said upper sheet and said lower sheet being positioned about said tool, said chordal edge of the folder providing means whereby a portion of the folder may be raised,'and said lower sheet opening providing accommodation whereby the folder may be rotated and .the portion of said folder under the unafxed portion of the `tool removed therefrom. l

8. In combination a folder, a premium package, a container having a removable cover and a cover removing tool, one end of said tool being attached to said cover; a flange around `the perimeter of `said cover forming a recess, said folder substantially conforming to the outline of said cover and having at least one upper sheet and said folder being contained in the cover recess, the upper sheet of said folder having a slotted opening sufficient to accommodate the unattached end of said tool, the lower sheet having an opening at least equal to the size of the opening in said upper sheet, said openings being located at a point away from the affixed end of said tool but not beyond the unaffixed end of saidtool, said folder being positioned around `said tool whereby a portion of said folder is beneath the unaixed end portion of said tool and `one end of said sheet openings are above said tool, said folder having a chordal edge where said sheets are joined together, said chordal edge `providing folder lifting means wherebysaid folder may be rotated and the portion of said folder beneath the unattached portion of said tool therefrom `and said premium package being positioned between the sheets of said folder.

` References Cited in -the tile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,114,465 VChatfield Apr. 19, 1938 2,120,403 Godfrey i-.- fune 14,1938 7 sept. 121939

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/232, 206/831
International ClassificationG09F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D17/26, Y10S206/831, G09F1/00
European ClassificationG09F1/00, B65D17/26