Package Clips And Pockets Patents (Class 232/33)
  • Patent number: 8919638
    Abstract: A mailbox display sleeve may include an inside layer and an outside layer joined at a crease. The outside layer may be made of a clear plastic material. An attachment component may attach the inside layer to an outside surface of a mail box. An insert may fit in between the inside layer and the outside layer of the display sleeve, and may thereby be displayed from the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Paul McCormick
  • Patent number: 7694447
    Abstract: A storage device for storing rolled documents includes a tube pivotally mounted to a housing and advanceable between retracted and extended positions relative to a roof of the housing. The roof covers an open end of the tube in the retracted position. In the extended position, the open end of the tube is advanced away from the roof to permit rolled construction drawings to be inserted into and removed from the tube. A floor extends across at least a portion of the tube to prevent the rolled documents from falling out of the tube. Clamps mounted on the housing enable mounting of the storage device on a post, such as a T-post. The storage device may include a display panel having a pocket formed by a sheet of transparent flexible plastic into which a building permit may be positioned and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Vent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay B. Rutler, Spencer B. Hawerlander, Tony Robert Plunkett
  • Patent number: 7607569
    Abstract: A securable storage container comprising: a hollow housing having a front wall, a back wall, side walls, a top and a bottom for defining a first compartment and a second compartment; a first door rotatably connected to the housing and providing access to the first compartment, the first door being reversibly movable between an open position and a closed position; a second door rotatably connected to the housing and providing access to the second compartment, the second door being lockable to the housing; two opposing trap doors, each trap door being rotatably coupled to one of the side walls of the housing for dividing the first compartment from the second compartment; and a deployment means for moving the trap doors between a closed position in which the first compartment is separated from the second compartment and an open position in which the first compartment is in communication with the second compartment; wherein opening the first door forces the deployment means to move the trap doors to the closed po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Jack Van Rossum
  • Patent number: 7246738
    Abstract: A package receptacle system including a container having an interior storage compartment, a lower floor within the container for supporting a package placed in the compartment, and sidewalls extending upward from the floor to define an access to the compartment. An upper lid is pivotally attached to the container for closing the access when in a closed position. A feature hangs from the lid for inhibiting rain from entering the compartment when the lid is in a non-closed position. Raised features are present on the floor of the container for supporting a package placed within the compartment above any moisture that might be present on the floor. A feature is included for indicating a recipient's address, and/or a package within the compartment ready for pickup, and/or receipt of a package within the compartment from a delivery service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Wiliam Phillip Jonas
  • Patent number: 6808108
    Abstract: An improved mailbox is provided which includes a security subassembly. The security subassembly includes an elongated sleeve which is fixed into position relative to a mailbox. It further includes a security door which is locked into position relative to the elongated sleeve. A mail slot is provided in the security door which allows for a mail carrier to deposit mail within the central cavity of the mailbox. A locking mechanism is provided to allow the security door to be moved between a normally closed condition and an open condition to allow the authorized user to remove mail from the central cavity of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventors: Steven A. Turnbow, Kristy M. Turnbow
  • Patent number: 6722561
    Abstract: A curbside mailbox wherein the outgoing mail compartment is located under the incoming mail compartment behind a single carrier service door. The incoming mail, when inserted, drops behind the outgoing mail compartment and falls into a deep mail storage area, to be retrieved by the owner through a locking rear access door. The rear access door retains a mechanical key lock and acts like a hasp fitting over a flange that is built into a upper rear wall. This feature allows the owner to double lock for added security or single lock placing a combination lock on the flange if the owner desires not to carry a key or give access to key for someone authorized to remove mail. The locking mailbox further includes a channel on top for a highly visible address display, a mounting channel on lower front to allow for quick and easy engagement, and a post cover assembly for safe and attractive installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventors: Eva M. Thomas, William J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6698651
    Abstract: A tray and track assembly for a typical rural mailbox has a track frame attached to the mailbox bottom with longitudinal rails for receiving and guiding a pair of track members on the bottom of a tray. Two extension arms are pivotally attached to the sidewalls of the tray, and attached to the inside of the hinged mailbox front door. When the front door is opened the extension arms pull the tray forward on the track frame until stop members on the track frame and tray halt the forward movement of the tray. A part of the tray is then beyond the interior of the mailbox. The extension arms push the tray back into the mailbox when the front door is closed. Ridges elevate the mail above condensation that forms on the tray bottom, and drain holes in the tray allow such liquids to drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Jack R Green
  • Patent number: 6375071
    Abstract: A mailbox includes a housing for receiving and storing mail, the housing having a first upper opening through which mail can be deposited and retrieved, and a second lower opening through which mail can be retrieved; a mailbox door mounted to the housing for movement between a first door position in covering relation to the first opening and a second door position out of the covering relation; and a lockable door movable between a first locked position in covering relation to the second opening and a second unlocked position out of the covering relation to permit access to the housing. A mail support is movably mounted within the housing for movement between a first mail support position for supporting mail adjacent the first opening and a second position for supplying mail to a lower portion of the housing adjacent the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Duk M. Kim
  • Patent number: 6347736
    Abstract: A nestable mailbox (10) having a tapered body (12) with an open first end (24) and a second end (30). The tapering of the body (12) is such that the first end (24) circumscribes a greater surface area than that circumscribed by the second end (30). A door (26) for the mailbox (10) is connected to the body (12) at the first end (24). The mailbox can then be nested with other like mailboxes by inserting the second end (30) of one mailbox into the first end (24) of another mailbox. The door of each mailbox in the nested arrangement can point downwardly frontwardly or downwardly rearwardly. The nestable mailbox may additionally, if desired, carry another door (76) at the second end (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: R.W.L. Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Lackey, Robert C. Beckman, Gregory A. Harris
  • Patent number: 6299061
    Abstract: A security mailbox for preventing theft of mail from one's mailbox. The security mailbox includes a container having side walls, a top wall, front and back walls, and a bottom wall and including a compartment inside thereof, and a slot extending in the front wall near the top wall for depositing mail into the container, and an opening in a side wall thereof, and also includes a flag member pivotally mounted to the container, a door member lockingly attached over the opening, and further includes a door member being pivotally mounted inside the container proximate to the slot and having at least one door member which swingingly closes access to the compartment through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Mary L. Henson
  • Patent number: 5988495
    Abstract: A nestable mailbox (10) having a tapered body (12) with an open first end (24) and a second end (30). The tapering of the body (12) is such that the first end (24) circumscribes a greater surface area than that circumscribed by the second end (30). A door (26) for the mailbox (10) is connected to the body (12) at the first end (24). The mailbox can then be nested with other like mailboxes by inserting the second end (30) of one mailbox into the first end (24) of another mailbox. The door of each mailbox in the nested arrangement can point downwardly frontwardly or downwardly rearwardly. The nestable mailbox may additionally, if desired, carry another door (76) at the second end (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: R.W.L. Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Lackey, Robert C. Beckman, Gregory A. Harris
  • Patent number: 5915618
    Abstract: An anti-theft mailbox insert secured in a conventional mailbox for limiting access to delivered mail. The security box has an inclined front door that pivots open horizontally for retrieving delivered mail. When the door is closed, a gap between the door and the top panel of the insert allows mail to be delivered into the security box. The bottom portion of the door possesses a safety clasp that may be locked for securing the door closed. Outgoing mail is placed within the mailbox, resting above the top panel of the security box, for outgoing mail pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Gaudet Sheet Metal, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan P. Gaudet
  • Patent number: 5818336
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling and monitoring pickup of packages deposited in a system of drop boxes, wherein each such drop box is adapted to receive a plurality of packages through a door, includes a drop sensor which is adapted to sense the deposit of a package through the door, means for communicating a plurality of signals indicative of the deposit of such package through the door, and a power supply which is operatively coupled to the drop sensor and communicating means for providing a source of power thereto. The drop sensor generally comprises means for passively detecting the passage of packages, and means for generating the plurality of signals indicative of the deposit of such packages through the door. Such plurality of signals include a signal to indicate that the drop box is approaching a "full box" condition, a signal to indicate that the drop box is at such "full box" condition, and a "pickup" signal to indicate that the courier has completed his daily rounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Skywire, LLP
    Inventors: Steve Varga, Thomas H. Jones, Robert M. Cowling
  • Patent number: 5573178
    Abstract: A mail, newspaper and parcel delivery system (10) for receiving postal service mail delivered, and to be delivered, by a governmental postal authority and for receiving direct delivery items and packages. The delivery system (10) includes a postal service mail receptacle (26) for receiving postal service mail, and a housing (12) defining a mail receptacle compartment (24) for receiving and housing the postal service mail receptacle (26). The housing (12) also defines a direct delivery compartment (58) for receiving direct delivery items and a package delivery compartment (76) for receiving large packages. In one embodiment the delivery system (10') includes an incoming mail receptacle (26') and an outgoing mail receptacle (98), both housed in the mail receptacle compartment (24').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas C. Worden
  • Patent number: 5526979
    Abstract: A security mailbox with an outgoing mail pocket. Incoming mail is deposited through a hinged upper door, thereby dropping to and being contained in the bottom of the box. The upper door cooperates with an internal wedge to form a physical block that prohibits access to deposited mail from the upper door. Deposited incoming mail is instead accessible only at the back of the box through a locked access door. An outgoing mail pocket is formed on the inside of the upper door. The mail pocket is formed below the upper door such that mail being thrown into the box does not get caught on the outgoing mail pocket. The substantially rectangular box is made of heavy steel and stands upright directly on the ground, used preferably in rural settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: Billy L. Mann
  • Patent number: 5492272
    Abstract: A mail slot receiving device for capturing and retaining mail positioned through a mail slot. The inventive device includes a mounting assembly securable beneath a mail slot. A flexible receiving assembly is coupled to the mounting assembly for receiving mail positioned through the mail slot. The receiving assembly will flexibly deform to retain mail therewithin during movement of the device such as occurs when the device is secured to a garage door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Brian R. Fewer
  • Patent number: 5465902
    Abstract: A multi-functional mailbox having a mail housing. The mail housing has a recessed flat bottom and an arched top. A mail housing lid is hingedly secured to the open first end of the mail housing. The device has a newspaper housing dimensioned to be received within a recessed bottom of the mail housing. A newspaper housing lid is hingedly secured to the newspaper housing. A sliding indicator means is secured within the newspaper housing lid. The sliding indicator means has a first position indicating the presence of mail and a second position indicating the absence of mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Terry E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 5425501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved sliding hooded mail carrier tray for a conventional rural mailbox structure. The rural type mailbox has a rectangular bottom panel, a back panel extending from one end of the rectangular bottom panel, a U-shaped roof portion extending from opposite sides of the bottom panel and a swinging pivotal door at another end. The improvement consists of a transparent hooded mail carrier having a slightly smaller cross sectional configuration compared to a cross-sectional configuration of the mailbox. The hooded mail carrier comprises a rectangular bottom wall, a back wall extending from the back end of the rectangular bottom wall and a U-shaped hood portion extending from opposite sides of the rectangular bottom wall defining an enclosure with the front end of the hooded mail carrier having an opening for receipt of mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Inventor: Michael J. Wesorick
  • Patent number: 5368226
    Abstract: A new and improved mail slot pouch apparatus is provided for use with a door that has a mail slot therein. The apparatus includes a planar frame element for framing an interior opening of the mail slot. The planar frame element includes a plurality of frame apertures. Screws are employed for attaching the planar frame element through the frame apertures onto the door. A pouch assembly is attached to the door by the planar frame element. The pouch assembly includes a first opening which includes a pair of tubular edges which include a pair of rigid rods inserted into the tubular edges. The pouch assembly also includes a second opening which permits mail to be removed from the pouch assembly. The pouch assembly further includes a plurality of pouch apertures that are placed in registration with the frame apertures in the planar frame element for installation of the pouch assembly and the planar frame element onto the door by the fastening assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Luisa M. Franceschino
  • Patent number: 5366147
    Abstract: A delivery tube includes a body portion defining an interior space or cavity for receiving a first delivered item; a hanger having at least one position and being integrally molded in one piece with the body for receiving a second delivered item other than in the interior cavity or space; and a mount integrally formed in one piece with the body whereby the receptacle is mounted to a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Flashes Publishers, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Morgan, Jack E. Hendricks, Kurt Post
  • Patent number: 5323959
    Abstract: This invention is a combination mailbox indicia display and depository that is adapted to be mounted on the top, curved dome portion of a mailbox. The depository has two inwardly and upwardly disposed sides that are made from a material having a memory so that the upper edges of such side portions can be spread apart to insert informational material and to hold the same securely in place. Indicia display is in the form of elongated panels and are preferably removably mounted on the depository so that seasonal symbols and other message indicia can be displayed as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: William M. Draper
  • Patent number: 4785960
    Abstract: A security bag comprising a pouch with an open mouth. A strap passes through a sleeve disposed around the mouth. One end of the strap is secured to the pouch so that pulling the opposing free end of the strap gathers together the mouth to close the pouch. A clamp arrangement locks the strap to maintain the pouch in the closed position. An anchor is provided on the free end of the strap for insertion into a mailbox to be locked within the mailbox with the strap passing through a slit along the side edge of the mailbox. The mailman can place mail and the like in the pouch, seal the pouch with the clamp arrangement and depend the pouch from the locked mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Inventor: Brice Belisle
  • Patent number: 4714192
    Abstract: A conventional rural mailbox has a slidable tray insert therein molded from a plastic material exhibiting natural flexural characteristics with a generally rectangular configuration defined by a bottom wall with a pair of side walls and an end wall extending upwardly therefrom. The bottom wall has a handle inclined upwardly therefrom and spaced from the side walls and end wall. The handle is operatively connected to the bottom wall by a flexible live hinge permitting relative movement therebetween. Each of the side walls include a flexible finger element thereon for centrally locating the tray insert within the mailbox and limiting relative sliding movement therebetween. The end wall has a rearwardly inclined resilient semicircular member thereon for moving the tray insert partially out of the mailbox to expose the handle when the mailbox is opened and for maintaining the tray insert in a level position when it is fully extended from the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: EZ Mail Corporation
    Inventors: Albert L. Harlow, Jr., Arthur M. Felske
  • Patent number: 4600143
    Abstract: A conventional rural mailbox has a slidable tray insert therein molded from a plastic material exhibiting natural flexural characteristics with a generally rectangular configuration defined by a bottom wall with a pair of side walls and an end wall extending upwardly therefrom. The bottom wall has a handle inclined upwardly therefrom and spaced from the side walls and end wall. The handle is operatively connected to the bottom wall by a flexible live hinge permitting relative movement therebetween. Each of the side walls include a flexible finger element thereon for centrally locating the tray insert within the mailbox and limiting relative sliding movement therebetween. The end wall has a rearwardly inclined resilient semicircular member thereon for moving the tray insert partially out of the mailbox to expose the handle when the mailbox is opened and for maintaining the tray insert in a level position when it is fully extended from the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Inventors: Albert L. Harlow, Jr., Arthur M. Felske
  • Patent number: 4488677
    Abstract: A mailbox with a hinged access door includes a door-operating handle having an indicator plate or flag which can be moved between alternative positions when opening and closing the door to indicate respectively that mail is to be collected from the box or the mail has been collected and/or delivered. The handle is positioned to rest on the lower portion of the mail delivery vehicle window opening to support the mailbox door when in open position. Also, the interior of the mailbox includes a mail holder to retain outgoing mail in a conveniently accessible position so that the mail delivery person may make a quick and easy pickup of the mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Inventor: Arnold R. Guest, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4362267
    Abstract: A tray for mail boxes, especially those of the rural type, wherein the tray rests upon the mail box bottom and receives mail and other contents placed within the mail box. The tray includes finger grasping means adjacent the mail box door whereby the tray may be partially pulled from the box making the contents readily accessible and eliminating the necessity to reach deeply into the mail box cavity. Means are defined on the tray for holding letters to be picked up in a convenient position, and for supporting coins to pay postage due.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Inventor: Homer A. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 4361271
    Abstract: A kit for a traditional rural mail box into which mail is usually delivered through an opening in the front of the box, to convert such a mail box into one having two separate compartments, one of which is secured by a lock and into which mail may be placed through a slot and the other of which is open in the usual way, for reception of newspapers, periodicals and other mail whose contents is not of such value as to require secure delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Inventors: Jay L. Hester, Irving P. Banks
  • Patent number: 4359185
    Abstract: A mailbox of ornamental design of architectural nature, specifically colonial, having design components of functional utility such as translucent windows, a roof and door which isolates the ambient environment from mail contained inside the mailbox, a pouch for receiving mail, the mailbox capacity extending from normal size letters to large packages, the exterior design to be personalized in accordance with the users personal preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Inventor: Geoffrey Castro
  • Patent number: 4333603
    Abstract: A mailbox is provided with a lockable letter-mail compartment within in the form of a rectangular box having at least four sides and a hinged door with a key operated mechanism for locking it in the closed position, secured to the floor, side or roof of a mailbox for use in motorized delivery routes, or in the form of a shelf secured between side walls of the mailbox and a hinged door with a lock. The compartment has a slot for receiving letter mail without opening the door of the compartment. The slot is preferably in the locked door of the compartment. The height of the lockable compartment is sufficient to permit mail to be extracted through the hinged door, but of a height significantly less than the height of the mailbox to permit mail other than letters to be placed in the mailbox outside of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Raymond A. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4121758
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatus for facilitating the removal of mail from a mailbox, particularly the relatively small individual mailbox units which comprise large banks or clusters of such units in post offices, apartment buildings, office buildings, and the like. In one basic embodiment of the invention, a movable bar-like slide disposed within the confines of the mailbox unit is fitted with a handle at the anterior end thereof so that the slide may be readily grasped and withdrawn from the mailbox unit. A lateral bar-like scoop member formed on the posterior end of the slide engages mail in the mailbox unit and withdraws the mail from the unit on forward movement of the slide. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the movable slide is disposed on the floor of a box-like insert or liner which is fitted into the mailbox unit, the movable slide being adapted to move within a groove formed in said floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Inventor: Emerson Bonner