Suiter Swantz IP takes a look back at past inventions and inventors with our Patent of the Day.  

On this day in 1916, Myron A. Gilman was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,191,688 for a FOLDING LUNCH-BOX.

An excerpt from the patent states:

My invention relates to improvements in lunch-boxes of the folding type, and consists of an exterior collapsible shell and an interior folding box which is removable, both being of peculiar construction, as hereinafter set forth. The shell is preferably made of fiber-board or equivalent material, and the box which is contained within said shell is preferably made of sheet-metal, for reasons which will presently appear.

The primary object of my invention is to produce a lunch-box which not only can be folded into a small compass when empty, but is capable of being kept clean and in a sanitary condition, such lunch-box being strong and durable, convenient, and comparatively inexpensive, and presenting and outward appearance that is more pleasing than would be possible, at least without too much expense, if it were constructed entirely out of metal. This lunch-box can be easily and quickly opened out or expanded, and as easily and quickly folded or collapsed.

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