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June~6,.1950
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A. F. LISTMAN .
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2,510,591
BOTTLE CARRIER
Filed June 14, 1949
INVEN TOR.
ALBERT E LISTMAIV
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2,510,591
Patented June 6, 1950
UNITED .
TAT ES PAT EN T 10F FliCE
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2,510,591
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BOTTLE CARRIER
Application
Albert ‘F.‘June
vListman,
14, 1M9,
Rochester,
Serial NN.
0. 99,010
3Claims.
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(01. 224-45)
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.rier amdj'particularlyto a knock-down type of bot
'and’a carrying handle 12. Each of these parts'is
preferably made of plastic material.
tle "carrier.
The "bottle carriers in ordinary use'are made of
tangular-shaped ?at piece of plastic material
The present“inventionirelates to a bottle‘ car
vThe base ‘is in the form of a generally rec
cardboard. ‘.They are intended to be ‘used only 5 which is ‘formed with depending portions [ff-that
‘serve as feet or rests for supporting the carrier
once and discarded. Because of the nature of
when it is placed upon any horizontal surface.
the material from which they are : made they
"The base is also formed along its longitudinal
will not stand rough v‘handling. Moreover, while
sides with upwardly projecting walls or ridges
they may bev shipped folded and ?at, they ‘have to
bebentgup ‘into shape for .use. ,'It is normally 10 l5 and 'along its endswith upwardly projecting
walls or ridges 16. ‘The walls or ridges I5 and
the job of the delivery man to ltake the folded
it serve to strengthen the base and also as ‘limit
carriers, bend them upinto operative shape, and
‘stops against movement of the bottles in the
then ‘place the bottles in them. .Thisall takes
considerable time, land, while the material, .from
which theseicarriers-are made, is cheap, there is
carrier.
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The handle l2 of the carrier is of generally
inverted U-shape. 'At its upper end it is provided
considerable cost entailed in getting them ready
with a ?nger receiving slot 20 to facilitate ‘car
for-use and in “placing .bottles in them; .and this
rying the device. The legs 21 Of the‘ handle
cost usually more ‘than-offsets ‘the cheapness ~ of
terminate at their lower ends in hook portions
the’ carrier.
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Qne object ofwthe presentd-nvention-is to pro‘ 20 22. They are also formed intermediatetheir
ends with shoulders 23.
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,vide..~a .iknock-down type-of :bottle =carrier which
The base It) is provided with two sets'oi' rec
may be {made of E-plastic :or similar material ' and
tangular slots. Each set comprises an elongated
.which can be-usedwrepeatedlm-in~fact, inde?nite
ly.
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rectangular slot 25 and a short rectangular :slot
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'-26_-arranged in tandem with the. slot 25 and sep
Another: obj ect-of “the invention'is to ‘providea
bottle carrier thati'canfbe =very fquickly'assembled
for use "and
Lsave much assembly time as
arated from the slot 25 by a narrow strip 2‘! of
plastic integral with the base.
compared with conventional "typesof "bottle car
riers.
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"A further ‘object of (the ‘invention is ‘to pro
passed'therethrough including the hooked por
30 tion 22 of the leg. Each slot;26 is long enough‘ to
have a hooked portioni22 of the .leg ‘passed there
‘through.
:vide ‘ a bottle carrier which maybe supplied "to
the ‘ultimate consumer ‘for ‘repeated use, ‘and
which will ithereioreeliminate the present-day
requirements ffOI' the deliveryman to assemble
thel-carrier- and ‘place the "bottles therein. With
Thelegs 2! of the handle I 2 being made of plas
tic material are su?iciently ?exible that by
35 squeezing ‘them together by hand, they vmay __be
bowed or sprunginwardly toward one another
su?iciently .to passthe lower endsof the legs, in
cluding the hooked portions 22, through the elon
my‘new carrier thev customerwill do these ' things
himself or'herself.
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A still ‘further object of the invention is to
provide “alibottleycarrier which will be attractive
infappearance,ieconoinical to use, and durable.
'7 Other objects of the. invention willbe apparent
Each slot '25
is vlong enough to have a leg :2! of, handle 12
lgated slots 25 .of .base 10. After passage down
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wardly oi‘ the legs and hook portions‘22 through
the slots .2 5... the legs can be bowed or sprung out
wardly slightly to permit passage of the ‘hook
hereinafter ‘from the , speci?cation ‘and ‘from. the
portions¢22 of the.legs.upwardlythrough-the slots
recitalof'the appended claims. .
.26- of the base. Then the-handle. is released per
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45 zmitting'the legs 21 to snap=back to .normal iposi
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Fig. 1 is aperspective ,view of .an assembled
‘bottlecarrier madeiaccording'to one embodiment
of this'invention;
Fig. 2 is a;side1elevationai view ‘of the handle
of the carrier;
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Fig. 3 is a plan ‘view 'of‘the‘base plate .of the
carrier;
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Fig. 4 is-aplanlview- o'f-the'retainerlpart of the
tion and causing the hook ,iportions 22 to engage
‘over the bridging parts v2!! .0: the .base thus :se
curely locking the handle l2 to the base. :iI-The
base is-preferably provided with dependingridges
50 .28rextendingalongside of each pair of slots '25 and
26 at both sidesfthereof. ‘These strengthen vthe
base ‘and serve ‘ to prevent canting of the handle
afterithas been-secured inthe base. '
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The retainer ‘ll-is a ?at,pieceofplastic-haw
-' Fig.- 5 isya vertical‘longitudinal sectional view 55 ing an aelongated'central slot 30 formed there”
through-the assembled carrier; and
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in. This slot is ‘adapted to receive "the-handle
carrier;
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.Fig. :6 is "a . fragmentary . sectional view =.on the
line 6-‘-—.6:ofFig..5.
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12:50 that the'iretainer v‘Ii may'berpressed down
over the handle to ’ seat against vthe 'shou1ders'23,
.tormed on the handle. ‘The nimensions of the,
The carrier illustrated in the drawings com
prises a base portion‘ ID, a retainer portion H, 60 slot 30 are such as to provide a snug tight ?t of
2,510,591
the retainer II on the handle. The retainer. is
provided with a plurality, six in the embodiment
shown, of holes 3| through which the upper
ends of the bottles that are carried by the de
vice may project. The bases of the bottles are
adapted to rest upon the base portion II] or the
carrier.
The base portion In of the carrier may be cut
out as denoted at 35 to lighten the weight of the
other slots through which the hooks may be
passed to lock the handle releasably to the base
portion, and said retainer portion has a central
slot therein to permit it to be slipped over the
handle member and seated against-the shoulders
of the handle member.
2. A carrier comprising a base portion consist
ing of one piece of material, a retainer portion
consisting of one ?at piece of material, and a.
10 handle member consisting of one flat piece of
carrier.
material, said handle member being of generally
To disassemble the carrier, the retainer II is
inverted U-shape and slightly resilient and hav
?rst slipped up over the top of the handle I2.
ing hooks at the lower ends of its legs and shoul
The legs 2| of the handle are then pressed slightly
ders formed intermediate the ends of the legs,
outwardly and downwardly to disengage the hook
said hooks projecting flaterally away from the
portions 22 of the legs from the slots 26. Then
outside of the legs and said shoulders being
the legs 2| are sprung inwardly toward one an
formed at the outsides of the legs, said base por
other so that the bottoms of the legs including
tion having two pairs of longitudinally aligned
the hook portions 22 may be drawn upwardly
slots, the two slots of each pair being arranged in
through the slots 25.
The retainer H and the handle l2 are ?at 20 tandem, the adjacent slots of the two pairs being
long enough to have the lower ends of the legs
strips of plastic and the base H1 is also substan
of the handle portion, including the hooks there
tially ?at. When the carrier is disassembled, as
of, passed therethrough when the legs are ?exed
described, it can be shipped or carried ?at by
toward one another, the outside slots of the two
placing the three parts one above the other.
For use, the carrier can quickly be assembled 26 pairs being long enough to have the hooks passed
therethrough when the legs are ?exed apart, said
by hooking the leg portions in the base, as already
hooks being adapted to engage releasably over
described, and shoving the retainer down on the
the base portion to secure the handle to the base
handle. The bottles may be placed on the base
portion, and said retainer having a central longi
It] before the retainer H is shoved down on the
handle, in which case the retainer will be shoved 30 tudinal slot therein to permit it to be slipped over
the handle member and seated against said shoul
over the necks of the bottles, or the carrier may
ders.
,be assembled and then the bottles placed in it by
3. A carrier comprising a base portion con
passing them down through the holes 3| in the
sisting of one piece of material, a retainer portion
retainer.
For strength the handle may be provided, as 35 consisting of one flat piece of material, and a
handle member consisting of one?at piece of
shown, with a depending teat 24.
material, said handle member being of generally
Being made of plastic, the carrier is durable
inverted U-shape and slightly resilient andhav
and may be used repeatedly. Due to the inherent
ing hooks at the lower ends of its legs and shoul
characteristics of the plastic material, the carrier
will be attractive in appearance over its whole 40 ders formed intermediate the ends of the legs,
said hooks projecting laterally away from the
life. The plastic material may be made in dif
outsides of the legs and said shoulders being
ferent colors, and each soft drink manufacturer
formed at the outsides of the legs, said base por
may employ a di?erent color or different com
tion having two pairsv of. longitudinally aligned
bination of colors to designate his product.
Thus, the handle may be made of one color and 45 slots, the two slots of each pair being arranged
in tandem, the adjacent slots of the two pairs
the base and retainer of a different color, or
being long enough to have the lower ends of the
handle, base and retainer may be made of three
legs of the handle portion, including the hooks
di?’erent colors, if desired.
thereof, passed therethrough when the legs are
While the invention has been described in con
?exed toward one another, the outside slots of
nection with a particular embodiment thereof
the two pairs being long enough to have the hooks
and a particular use therefor, it will be under
passed therethrough when the legs are ?exed
stood that it is capable of various modi?cations,
apart, said hooks being adapted to engage re
and uses, and this application is intended to
leasably over the base portion to secure the han
‘cover any variations, uses, or adaptations of the
dle to the base portion, and said retainer having
invention following, in general, the principles of
a central longitudinal slot therein to permit it to
the invention and including such departures from
be slipped. over the handle member and seated
‘the present disclosure as come withinaknown or
against said shoulders, said base portion having
customary practice in the art to which the inven
feet formed on the underside thereof and ridges
tion pertains and as may be applied to the essen
'tial features hereinbefore set forth and as fall 60 also formed on the undersidev thereof alongside
the slots therein to prevent canting ofv the han
‘within the scope of the invention or the limits of
dle after it has been secured to the base portion.
the appended claims.
' ALBERT F. LISTMAN.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim is:
REFERENCES crrnn
' 1. A carrier comprising a, base portion consist
ing of one piece of material, a retainer portion 65
The followingreferences are of record in the
consisting of one flat piece of material, and a
file of this patent:
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‘handle member consisting of one ?at piece of ma
UNITED
STATES
PATENTS
terial, said handle member being of general in
verted U-shape and slightly resilient and having
hook portions at the lower ends of its legs and 7 0
shoulders formed intermediate the ends of the
legs, said base portion having slots through which
the lower ends of the legs including the hook por
tions may be passed when the legs are ?exed and
Number I
2,020,870
2,333,757
2,365,914
2,460,530
Name
,Date
I Benoit ___________ __ Nov. 12, 193.5
Whitaker _________ __ Nov. 9,1943
Stigler ___________ __ Dec. 26, 1944
Petyak ____________ __ Feb. 1, 1949
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