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US2486907A
US2486907A US683440A US68344046A US2486907A US 2486907 A US2486907 A US 2486907A US 683440 A US683440 A US 683440A US 68344046 A US68344046 A US 68344046A US 2486907 A US2486907 A US 2486907A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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Nov. 1 1949 w. E. AMBERG arm.

HOLDER FOR-PAPER curs Filed July 13, 1946 Patented Nov. 1, 1949 HOLDERFOR PAPER CUPS Walter E. Amberg, Beverly Shores, Ind., and Bernard F. Alm, Elgin, lll assignors by mesne assignments, to Lily-Tulip. Cup Corporation. New York, N. id, as corporationv of Delaware Application July 13, 1946, SerialNo. 683,440

3 Claims.

This invention relates to cup holders for paper cups and more particularly to cup holders having means for automatically grippin the paper cup When it is received within the holder.

The principal object of this invention is toprovide an improved gripping means. in the. cup holder for automatically gripping a, paper cup when it is received within the holder. By reason of the improved gripping means, the cup holder may be. placed over the top paper cup of an inverted stack of cups for positively grippin the top paper cup to pick it up from. the inverted stack. The improved gripping means also serves to retain the paper cup in the holder in a positive and eficient manner.

In accordance with this invention the improved gripping means may comprise a resilient annular pickup member made from a resilient plastic material such as Tygon or rubber composition, or other suitable resilient material, and the resilient annular pickup member. resembling a Washer in appearance may be provided with slits terminating in holes, which together form a plurality of inwardly extending fingers. Upon reception of a conical paper cup in the pickup holder the fingers are displaced and the portion of the member immediately beyond the fingers or holes is distorted and stretched by the paper cup for automatically gripping the paper cup. The fingers and the portion immediately beyond the fingers form respectively primary and secondary grippers and the fingers prevent the distorted and stretch portion of the secondary gripper of the member from reversingits position and causing accidental release of the cup.

A further object of this invention. is to provide the resilient annular pickup member or Washer with a thickened edge to facilitate securing the resilient washer Within the holder. The thickened edge, in accordance with one form of this invention, may be provided with a groove for receiving an internal flange in the holder for the purpose of securing the resilient washer in the holder. In accordance with another form of the invention, the thickened edge off the resilient Washer is adapted to be received in an internal annular groove in. the holder for securing purposes. In a further modification the thickened edge of the resilient washer may be adhesively secured within the holder.

Further objects of this invention reside in the details of construction of the various forms of.

pick-up holders.

Other objects and. advantages will become apparent to those skilled. in the. art upon. reference:

2.. to the accompanying speciflcation-,. claims;v and drawing, in which:

Fig. 1 is an elevational. view. showing a cup holder applied to: aninverted stack of paper P Fig. 2 is an enlarged sectionaltviewthroughone form of the cup holder;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view similar to, Fig; 2' but showing a. paper cup? received. within the: cup holder;

Fig; 41 is a. plan view of the resilient annular pickup member or washer with the: thickened edge utilizedin Figs. 2 and3;

Fig. 5 is. an enlarged sectional view" through a. portion of the cupholder and through the resilient annular pickup member'or washerbetween the slits;

Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 5 but with the section; being; taken along. the slits;

Fig. '7 is an enlarged" partial sectional view of a modified. form. of cup holder and resilient annular pickup memb er or washer; and

Fig.1. 8; is a sectional view of still another form of cup. holder and resilient annular-pickup membEIOPWaShBIL.

The cup holder is generallydesignated at Ill and is adapted: to receive a paper cup, such as a conical. paper cup ligand as shown in Fig. I the paper cups'maybe included in an inverted stack In order to receive a paper cup in the cup holder from. an inverted stack of cups all that-is necessary is to place the cup holder over the top papercup of the inverted stack and the gripping means in. the cup holder will. automatically grip the top cup'of the inverted stack and retain. the cupwithin: the. holder: this Way when. the holder is removed from the stack, the. top paper cup is removed therewith and is positively retained. in the holderz. lfhisprovides a simple means for insertingpaper cups incup holders.

The cup holder Ifi, as shown in 2 and 3, comprises a. baseportion [Aland a receptacle portion'. !-5. The receptacle portion. I5 is reduced in; diameter: at It. to. be telescopically-received. in the base portion Hi. In this way the base. portion [:4 and receptacle portion. 1 5 are secured togetherforming a throat therebetween and the securing may be done either by a; tight fit, by welding as'in the, case-v of metal. cup holders, or may be adhesively secured together as: in. the. case: of plastic holders. The receptacle portion I51 is also pro.- videdwithan inturned flange if!" for securing im the throat of the holder a resilient annular pickup member or washer 20.

The resilient annular pickup member 20 resembles a washer in appearance and is preferably made of a suitable resilient plastic material such as Tygon, rubber composition or other suitable resilient material and it forms the automatic gripping means for retaining a paper cup within the holder.

The resilient annular pickup member or washer 20 is provided with an internal opening 2| and a plurality of slits 22 leading therefrom. The slits terminate in holes 23 in order to provide a plurality of resilient grippers for the paper cup. The edge of the resilient annular pickup member or washer 20 is thickened as at 24 to fit against the side walls of the cup holder and the thickened portion is provided with a circumferential groove 25 for receiving the inturned flange I! of the holder ID. The resilient washer 23 is inserted in the cup holder In with the thickened edge 24 engaging the side walls of the holder l 0 and with the circumferential groove 25 receiving the inturned flange I! whereby the resilient annular pickup member or washer 23 is firmly secured in place within the holder l0 and it assumes the position shown in Fig. 2.

When a paper cup is received in the receptacle portion I5, the resilient washer is displaced by the paper cup and is internally forced downwardly, as shown in Figs. 3, 5 and 6. The fingers or portions of the resilient washer between the slits 22, grip the side walls of the paper cup and therefore form what may be termed primary grippers. The gripping action of the primary grippers depends primarily upon the resiliency of the displaced fingers between the slits 22. The portion of the resilient washer immediately beyond the fingers and holes 23 is distorted by the reception of the paper cup and the tendency is to stretch the resilient washer at that portion. The portion of the resilient washer immediatel beyond the holes 23 in resisting this stretching tendency, therefore, form what may be termed a secondary gripper for the paper cup. The fingers prevent the distorted and stretched portion of the member from reversing its position and accidental release of the cup. The primary gripping action is more clearly illustrated in Fig. 6, while the joint primary and secondary gripping actions are more clearly illustrated in Fig. 5. Because of these gripping actions the paper cup I l is positively retained within the holder l0 until such time as the paper cup is forcefully extracted therefrom.

While the resilient annular pickup member or washer 23 having the circumferential groove in the thicknened edge thereof is particularly adaptable for use with a metal cup holder formed of two pieces with one of the pieces provided with an inturned flange as shown in Figs. 2-6, it may be utilized with other types of cups such, for example, as plastic cups provided with a molded internal flange.

Fig. 7 shows a modified arrangement for securing a resilient annular pickup member or washer in a one-piece cup formed of plastic or cast from metal. In Fig. '7 the cup holder is generally shown at IDA and includes a base portion and a receptacle portion 3i merging at 32 in a throat therebetween. The resilient annular pickup member or washer is designated at 33 and the central opening, the slits and holes, may be the same as those illustrated in Fig. 4 and, therefore, like reference characters have been utilized. In

Fig.7, however, the thickened edge 34 of the resilient washer 33 is of regular configuration and is received in an internal groove 35 formed in the holder IUA. The resilient washer 33 may be inserted in the holder IDA by deforming it and then allowing the thickened edge 34 thereof to expand into the internal groove 35, whereupon the resilient washer is firmly held in place. The gripping operation of the washer 33 of Fig. '7 is the same as that of the washer 20 previously ex-- plained and, therefore, a further description at this point is not considered necessary.

In Fig. 8 the resilient annular pickup member or washer is particularly adaptable for use in a one-piece cup holder which may be formed of metal by a spinning operation. Here the cup holder is generally designated at IOB and includes an integral base portion 40 and a receptacle portion 4| merging together at 42 in a throat therebetween. The resilient annular pickup member or washer is designated at 43 and includes the same central opening slits and holes as shown in Fig. 4. Here, however, the thickened edge 44 of the resilient washer 43 is of such configuration as to fit within the holder adjacent the point of merging of the base portion and the receptacle portion, and the thickened edge 44 is adhesively secured within the throat of the holder lilB by a suitable cement or glue. A suitable tool may be utilized for accurately locating the resilient washer 43 in place in the holder MB. The gripping action of the arrangement shown in Fig. 8 is substantially the same as those previously described, and, therefore, a further description at this point is not considered necessary.

While for purposes of illustration several forms of this invention have been disclosed, other forms thereof may become apparent to those skilled in the art upon reference to this disclosure and, therefore, this invention is to be limited only by the scope of the appended claims and prior art.

We claim as our invention:

1. A pickup holder for paper cups comprising,

' a base portion, a receptacle portion carried by the base portion, an internal flange in the holder, a resilient annular pickup member having a thickened edge provided with a groove for receiving the flange to secure the resilient annular pickup member in the holder, the inner portions of said resilient annular pickup member to be distorted by a paper cup when received in the receptacle portion for automatically gripping the same.

2. A pickup holder for paper cups comprising, a base portion, a receptacle portion, means for securing together the two portions, one of the portions being provided with an internal flange, a resilient annular pickup member having a thickened edge provided with a groove for receiving the flange to secure the resilient annular pickup member in the holder, the inner portions of said resilient annular pickup member to be distorted by a paper cup when received in the receptacle portion for automatically gripping the same.

3. A substantially hollow pickup holder for preformed conical paper cups comprising a base portion, a substantially conical cup receptacle portion joining the base portion, the juncture forming a throat between the base and receptacle portions, said receptacle portion receiving and supporting a preformed conical paper cup with the apexial end of the paper cup extendin into said throat, an internal flange in said throat,

a resilient annular pickup member located in said throat and having a thickened edge provided with a groove for receiving the flange to secure the resilient annular pickup member in the throat, the inner portion of said resilient annular pickup member to be distorted by paper cup when received in the receptacle portion for automatically gripping the same.

WALTER E. AMBERG.

BERNARD F. ALM.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 187,766 Merrill Feb. 27, 1877 791,097 Jericho May 30, 1905 Number Number Name Date Henckel Jan. 9, 1906 White June 27, 1916 Klin Sept. 4, 1917 Curtin Apr. 8, 1924 Green June 10, 1930 Gray May 1, 1934 Rubinoff June 8, 1943 Clifiord, Jr Sept. 14, 1943 Carew Nov. 2, 1943 FOREIGN PATENTS Country Date Great Britain Apr. 29, 1903 Great Britain Feb. 22, 1935

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US2552080A (en) * 1948-06-30 1951-05-08 Lily Tulip Cup Corp Pickup holder for rounded bottom paper cups
US2570954A (en) * 1950-01-31 1951-10-09 John C Kasman Coaster
US2666310A (en) * 1950-06-06 1954-01-19 Dixie Cup Co Holder for both flat bottom and conical paper cups
US2704444A (en) * 1950-04-07 1955-03-22 Dixie Cup Co Compensating holder for paper cups
US2729080A (en) * 1952-02-07 1956-01-03 Dixie Cup Co Paper cup holder
US2759299A (en) * 1955-01-10 1956-08-21 Paul A Bezzerides Positioning apparatus for hot caps and the like
US2785551A (en) * 1953-09-09 1957-03-19 Dixie Cup Co Cup holder
US4919375A (en) * 1989-04-05 1990-04-24 Environmental Water Technology, Inc. Support structure for a fluid container
DE4224701A1 (en) * 1992-07-25 1994-01-27 Euwe Eugen Wexler Gmbh Holder for drink container for use in vehicle - has circular gripping section with inwardly projecting deflectable flaps having radial extension of 20-30 per cent of inner holder radius
US6202970B1 (en) * 1999-08-27 2001-03-20 Ronald Dunbar Dripping object holder
US20090277812A1 (en) * 2008-05-08 2009-11-12 Driscoll Daniel G Stackable Drinking Vessels And Methods Of Use And Manufacture Thereof

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US1239277A (en) * 1916-11-20 1917-09-04 Germless Paper Cup Company Holder for paper cups.
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US2321519A (en) * 1941-05-05 1943-06-08 Rubinoff Mark Drip catching plate for individual portions of ice cream
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US1489698A (en) * 1921-01-27 1924-04-08 David F Curtin Clamp for liners for sanitary cups
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US2552080A (en) * 1948-06-30 1951-05-08 Lily Tulip Cup Corp Pickup holder for rounded bottom paper cups
US2570954A (en) * 1950-01-31 1951-10-09 John C Kasman Coaster
US2704444A (en) * 1950-04-07 1955-03-22 Dixie Cup Co Compensating holder for paper cups
US2666310A (en) * 1950-06-06 1954-01-19 Dixie Cup Co Holder for both flat bottom and conical paper cups
US2729080A (en) * 1952-02-07 1956-01-03 Dixie Cup Co Paper cup holder
US2785551A (en) * 1953-09-09 1957-03-19 Dixie Cup Co Cup holder
US2759299A (en) * 1955-01-10 1956-08-21 Paul A Bezzerides Positioning apparatus for hot caps and the like
US4919375A (en) * 1989-04-05 1990-04-24 Environmental Water Technology, Inc. Support structure for a fluid container
DE4224701A1 (en) * 1992-07-25 1994-01-27 Euwe Eugen Wexler Gmbh Holder for drink container for use in vehicle - has circular gripping section with inwardly projecting deflectable flaps having radial extension of 20-30 per cent of inner holder radius
US6202970B1 (en) * 1999-08-27 2001-03-20 Ronald Dunbar Dripping object holder
US20090277812A1 (en) * 2008-05-08 2009-11-12 Driscoll Daniel G Stackable Drinking Vessels And Methods Of Use And Manufacture Thereof

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