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US2875803A
US2875803A US709935A US70993558A US2875803A US 2875803 A US2875803 A US 2875803A US 709935 A US709935 A US 709935A US 70993558 A US70993558 A US 70993558A US 2875803 A US2875803 A US 2875803A
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March 3, 1959 v o. GREENE ET AL 2,875,803
KEY CONTAINER Filed Jan. 2o, 195s INVENTORS. OSCAR GREENE ROBERT S. GREENE ATTORNEYS United taies Pater KEY CONTAINER OscarGreene and Robert S. Greene,`New York, N. Y. Application Januaryztl, 1958, Serial No. 709,935
6 Claims. (Cl. 150--40) This invention relates to improvements in key containers and in particular to a novel and improved key container in folding booklet form having means for identifying the keys stored therein.
One common problem in storing keys in the home or oiiice is that a large number of keys accumulate and nd their ways to various drawers and other receptacles, being then difficult to ind and identify. As aresult, when a particular key" is sought, it is invariably difficult to locate. Often, a large collection of keys are nally discovered, and thereis no way of determining which of the collectionis the key being sought.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a key receptacle infoldable booklet form which inappearance is similar to a large wallet or bill-fold, and whichis in flat compact `form for convenientstorage in a drawer or other easily-accessible placein the home or office.
*Another object of the invention is the provision of a key container having means for quickly and removably attaching a large number of keys thereinwith the keys mounted in flat, side-by-siderelationship,and with means for identifyingeach key'at `a glance.
A` further object ofthe invention is `thelprovision` of a key container of the character described vwhich `is fof a simple nature, so that it can be economically manufactured.
Additional objects `and advantages of the invention will become apparent during the course of the following specification `when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, inwhich:
Fig. l is an inside plan view` of the 4keycontainer shown in open condition With'a plurality ofkeys mounted therein;
Fig. 2 is a section taken `along line 2-2 of Fig. 1, and on a slightlyenlarged scale;
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the `key container, shown in folded position -for storage; and
Fig. 4 is an enlarged perspective view ofone of the key tags used to identify the keys and to mount the keys in the container, with a portion of thetransparent window thereofbroken away torreveal the paper `slip contained therein.
Referring indetail to the drawings, there is shown in Fig. l a key container made-in accordancewith the i11- vention. 'Ihe container has a body portion 10 made of flexible sheet material which is preferably a ilexible thermo-plastic material.
As shown i`n"`Fig. 2; thefbodylportion l'10' is formed of two-sheets 12and 14 of plastic material secured together y inthe `form of a two-ply sheet. The body portion lis fortified by apair of stiifening sheets `16 which rare preferably made of cardboard or other `rigid material. The nstiifening `sheets are sized to reinforce a .pair A.of cver panels 20 `an`d""2`2, being suiieiently nnfow to fo'm therebetween "a 'central panel ""2`4 which has no stilfening insert and is therefore adapted to serve as a hinge to permit the cover panels to be brought to the open position of Fig. 1 and the closed position of Fig. 3.
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When the stiffening-sheets 16 are insertedbetweenthe flexible sheets 12 and 14, the thermo-plastid sheets 12 and 14 "are heat sealed together along a sealing line 26 extending continuously around the periphery of the body portion 10, and also along sealing lines 28land 30 which form the inner edges of the respective cover panels 20 and 22 and seal the stilfening sheets 16 withinsaid cover panels. The sealing lines 28 and Si) also `define the flexible central panel 24.
'A pair of strips 32vand 34 of-thermo-plastic material are also secured to the lower end of the respective-cover panels 20 and 22 to` formupwardly-openingpocketsfor the reception ofthe keys mounted inthe container. The plastic strips 32 `and 34 overliethe lower surface of `the inner `cover panel wallsyand aresecured thereto Yat their side and bottom edges by thelines ofheat sealing26, 28 and 30.
'The innersurfaces vof the cover panels 20 and `22 have secured along their upper edges respective rows of male snap-fastener Velements 36. :In the preferred embodiment shownin Fig. 1, each cover panel VA20`and 22 is shown with a row of four such-'malewsnap-fastenerVelements 36. The latter are `adapted to retain lkey tags 38 in mounted position.
Each key tag 38 is of elongated rectangular form,-1and is also preferably formed of a strip of thermo-plastic material. A sheet of transparent plasticSS is secured to the front surface of each key tagv 38, as byheat sealing, at its side and bottom edges,leaving a top edge opening for the reception of a paper slip 40. `T-hebottom end of each key tag 38 contains -a pair ofspaced-apertures 42 and 44rin which are inserted apair of respective split metal loops 46 and 43. At its top` end, each key tag 38 has mounted afemale snap fastener element S0 adapted to be removably secured to one .of `the 4male snap fastener elements 36 of the .containerl cover panels.
The split metal loops 46 and 48 form meansV formattaching a pair of keys 52 and 52 to each keyftag. `To identify each key, the paper slip 40 is divided into two half-sections 40a and A4Gbv by a central longitudinal line S4. The function of the particularkey may then be Written or printed on the` paper slip 4l) inthe half-section located above the corresponding metal loops 46, 48. For example, in Fig. l, the key tag 38 at the extreme left-hand side of the key container is labelled garage door in its left-hand half-section 40a and back door in its right-hand-half-section 4Gb, indicating that the left-hand key 52 will fit the garage door while the righthand key 52 Will t the back door.
In use, keys are mounted upon the split metal `loops 46, 4S of the key tags 38 in the usual manner, and the half-sections 40a and r4Gb of the paper slips 40 marked to provide an identification for each lkey. The keytag 38 is then mounted ilat against the inner surface ofthe cover panel 20 or 22 by attaching its female snap fastener element S0 to one of the cover-panel male snap fasteners 36. The lower portion of thekeys 52 and52` may then be inserted in the pocket formed 'by the plastic strip 32, in the manner shown in Fig. 1, to prevent the keys from moving about and to insure that the keys and key tag are maintained flat against the Vinner surface of the respective cover panel. In this flatly-mounted position, the 'container maybe folded closed to the Vposition shown in Fig. 3, in which folded position it'may be placed in a cabinet, drawer,'o`r the like. y
The container may also 'be provided with aexible closure flap "62`fo`rmed integrally with one of the cover panelsQas for 'ergample the cover-panel 22. At its "free end, the closureflap 62 carries fastening means such as a snap"fa`steri`erelement 64 which is "adapted'to engage with a corresponding snap fastener element 66 on the outer surface of the opposite cover panel 20, to hold said cover panels releasably in folded position. The flexible central panel 24 is made wide enough to permit the cover panels and 22 to be folded parallel with each other and still provide room for the keys mounted thereon.
The key container illustrated herein is made to receive eight key tags 38 and sixteen keys carried thereby, which should be suicient to store all of the keys used in most homes and offices. ed only upon the cover panel 20, but it is to be understood that four additional key tags may be mounted on the cover panel 22, as indicated by the key tag 33' shown in phantom. For clarity of illustration, some of the keys are removed from the key tags illustrated in Fig. l. This situation may, however, actually occur when it is desired to use a key and leave the key tag mounted in the container. In such an instance the key may be easily removed from the split metal loop 46 or 48, or the metal loop itself may be removed from the key tag 38. Normally, however, when it is desired to use a key, the cover panels 20 and 22 are opened, the key quickly identified and the particular key tag 38 removed from its snap fastener mounting 36. After use, the key tag is simply remounted on the cover panel.
The key container of the invention provides means for storing all of the keys normally used at home or office in one convenient place where they can be readily found. In addition, each key is labelled so that it can be easily identified at a glance. The key container holds a large number of keys, and yet is of small and compact size so that it can be conveniently kept in a drawer or the like,
taking up a minimum of space. In a commercial embodiment, for example, the cover panels were each four inches wide by six inches high, while the central panel was 1% inch wide.
It will be appreciated that in the event that the con tainer body portion is made of a material other than thermoplastic material, for example, leather or the like, the wall sheets will be attached together by stitching rather than heat sealing.
While a preferred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described herein, it is obvious that numerous additions, changes and omissions may be made Without departing from the spirit and scope of the inven tion.
What is claimed is:
1. A key container comprising a pair of cover panels hingedly connected to a central panel, a plurality of fastening means extending transversely across the inner suface of each cover panel, a plurality of key tags for attachment to said cover panels with said key tags extending transversely across said cover panels in spaced relation to each other, each of said key tags having means for attaching at least one key, fastening means for co operating with the fastening means on said cover panels for removable and replacable individual attachment of said key tags thereto, and key-identifyng means on each key tag, said key-identifying means being positioned to face outwardly from the cover panels in the mounted position of said key tags.
2. A key container comprising a pair of cover panels hingedly connected to a central panel, a row of fastening elements extending transversely across the upper inner surface of each cover panel, a plurality of key tags for removable and replaceable individual-attachment to said cover panels, each of said key tags having means for mounting at least one key at the lower end thereof and a fastening element at the upper end thereof for co-v operating with one of thefastening elements of said cover panels whereby the key tags may be removably and replaceably mounted iiat against the inner surfaces of said cover panels, said plurality of key tags when attached to said cover panels being disposed transversely across each of said cover panels, each cover panel having at In Fig. 1, key tags are shown mount-` its lower end a planar pocket for receiving the keys carried by the key tags mounted on said cover panel, and key-identifying means on the outer face of each key tag, said key-identifying means being exposed to view when said key tags are mounted on said cover panels.
3. A key container comprising a pair of rigid cover panels connected together by a flexible central panel and foldable at said central panel from an open, extended position to a closed position, a row of fastening elements extending across the upper inner surface of each cover panel and an upwardly-opening pocket extending across the lower inner surface of each cover panel, a plurality of flat key tags for removable attachment to said cover panels, each of said key tags having means for mounting a pair of keys with the keys depending from the lower end thereof, a fastening element at the upper end thereof sized and adapted to cooperate with a fastening element of a cover panel for mounting the key tag fiat against the inner surface of said cover panel, and means for identifying the keys carried thereby, the pocket on each cover panel being sized and positioned to receive the keys carried by the key tags mounted on said cover panel. y
4. A key container according to claim 3 in which the key identifying means on each key tag comprises a transparent strip covering the face of said key tag and having a top open end forming a pocket, and a paper slip insertible within said pocket and adapted to receive written indicia identifying both keys carried by said key tag.
5. A key container comprising a pair of cover panels hingedly connected to a central panel, a plurality of snap fastener elements extending transversely across the inner surface of each cover panel, a plurality of key tags for attachment to said cover panels, each of said key tags having means for attaching at least one key and a snap fastener element adapted to cooperate with one of the snap fastener elements on said cover panels for re movablepand replaceable individual attachment of said key tags thereto, said plurality of key tags when attached to said cover panels being disposed transversely across each of said cover panels.
6. A key container comprising a pair of cover panels hingedly connected to a central panel, a row of snap fastening elements extending transversely across the upper inner surface of each cover panel, a plurality of key tags for removable and replaceable individual attachment to said cover panels, each of said key tags having means for mounting at least one key at the lower end thereof and a snap fastening element at the upper end thereof for cooperatingwith one of thelsnap fastening elements of said cover panels whereby the key tags may be removably and replaceably mounted at against the inner surfaces of said coverpanels, said plurality of key tags whenV attached to said cover panels being dis.
posed transversely across each of said cover panels, each cover panel having at its lower end a planar pocket for receiving the keys carried by the key tags mounted on said cover panel, and key-identifying means on the outer face of each key tag, said key-identifying means being exposed to view when said key tags are mounted on said cover panels.
References Cited in the tile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,621,831 Colvin Mar. 22, 1927 1,760,469 Bock May 27, 1930 2,159,322 Drummond May 23, 1939 2,203,830 Leue June 11, 1940 2,631,631 Vogel Mar. 17, 1953 l2,7745405 Griselle Dec. 18, 1956
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US3120041A (en) * 1958-08-11 1964-02-04 Voss Walter Christian Money carrier
US3294137A (en) * 1964-02-04 1966-12-27 David B Rubenstein Key case
US3267980A (en) * 1964-11-18 1966-08-23 Edward B Lane Billfold and checkbook combination
JPS4846015U (en) * 1971-09-30 1973-06-16
JPS5492472A (en) * 1977-12-28 1979-07-21 Shichirou Fukuda Small article container
JPS5630086U (en) * 1979-08-16 1981-03-23
US4306433A (en) * 1980-02-08 1981-12-22 Kelly Samuel T Key case with detachable key holders
US4512168A (en) * 1981-03-09 1985-04-23 Reitze Frederick T Key holder
US20080210577A1 (en) * 2004-03-12 2008-09-04 Master Lock Company Llc Safety lock box and key organization unit
US20050199628A1 (en) * 2004-03-12 2005-09-15 Master Lock Company Key storage and organization unit
US20050279655A1 (en) * 2004-06-16 2005-12-22 Chen Sabrina P Holder for SIM card
US7360380B2 (en) 2004-11-01 2008-04-22 Master Lock Company Llc Lock box
US20060162403A1 (en) * 2004-11-01 2006-07-27 Handel Mark V Lock box
WO2010007737A1 (en) * 2008-07-18 2010-01-21 Kimura Kenshi Key case operable by one hand
JP5466158B2 (en) * 2008-07-18 2014-04-09 謙志 木村 Key case for one hand
US20130112574A1 (en) * 2011-11-03 2013-05-09 Michael Aprea Combination card and key holder
US9016095B2 (en) 2012-11-09 2015-04-28 Master Lock Company Llc Multiple user lockbox
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