This application claims priority to provisional application S. No. 60/285,723 filed Apr. 23, 2001.
 1. Field of the Invention
 This invention relates to a souvenir type of container that can be used to store and carry various memorabilia. The container is box-shaped and opens up to reveal a drawer and book advantageously attached to sleeve for the drawer.
 2. Description of the Prior Art
 Tourists visiting a new site typically must carry with them a guide book, a map, brochures, booklets and other literature descriptive of the site, its surrounding and other information that makes such a visit a useful and rewarding experience. These materials generally provide the tourists with assistance as to where to go (tourist spots), how to get there (transportation services), where to eat (famous restaurants), etc. Also, tourists from different countries carry currency and may also purchase small souvenirs at a variety of stores.
 Moreover, at virtually every site, tourists are physically assaulted by numerous vendors of trinkets and other paraphernalia. These items are frequently bought as a souvenir, gifts for others and so on. By the end of the day, it is not unusual to see a tourist dragging his feet toward his, hotel, trailing behind him guide books and other articles, that he had with im in the morning, augmented by other articles bought during the day.
 It would be convenient for a person to have all this information in a convenient small portable container that is easy to carry and can be accessed quickly and efficiently.
 Moreover, such a container could also serve as a means of saving the various memorabilia saved during the trip.
 In view of the above, it is an objective of the present invention to provide a box-shaped container that can be used to store and carry small items, including maps, books, etc.
 A further objective is to provide a container that is decorated with various indicia associating the container with a particular physical location, company, product, etc.
 A further objective is to provide a container with internal storage means, such as a drawer that could be used for smaller articles.
 Other objectives and advantages of the invention shall become apparent from the following description.
 Briefly, a container constructed in accordance with this invention a top portion and a bottom, the top portion being pivotally separable from said bottom, and cooperating with the bottom to form an enclosure; and an inside component disposed in said enclosure and attached to one of said top and bottom. The top portion includes a top face disposed in parallel and opposite the bottom when said container is closed and a plurality of side faces are disposed between said top face and said bottom. The top portion is pivotably attached to said bottom.
 In another aspect of the invention, the container further includes a panel having one side attached to the top face and an opposed edge attached to the bottom to allow the top portion to pivot with respect to the bottom and to close over the inner component. The inner component comprises a book, a sleeve sized to accept a thin article and/or an opening with a drawer disposed in the opening. The top portion and the bottom have outer surfaces with texture and are sized and to resemble, when closed, a conventional brick.
 In another aspect of the invention, a souvenir container disclosed with a top portion having a top face and at least three side faces; a bottom attached to said top portion and pivotable with respect to the top portion between an open position, and a closed position. In the closed position, the bottom and top portion define an enclosure. An inner component is attached to the bottom portion, which is completely disposed in said enclosure. The inner component may include a structure and a book, said structure being shaped to hold articles. The structure may be shaped to form a sleeve. The structure may also be constructed and arranged to accept a selectively removable drawer.
 The top portion may further comprise a panel having a first fold line by which the panel is pivotably connected to top face and a second fold line by which the panel is pivotably connected to the bottom. The panel is arranged and constructed to allow the top portion to rotate toward and away from the bottom between the first and second positions without interference with said inner component.
 In another aspect of the invention, a souvenir container includes a bottom formed of a substantially flat rectangular member, a top portion formed of a top face, four side members, at least one of which side members is pivotably connected to the bottom to allow the top portion to rotate with respect to said bottom between an open and closed position; and an inner component attached to the bottom. The inner component includes a structure adapted to hold articles. The inner component further including a book attached to the structure.
 The structure includes a first section and a second section, the first section defining a sleeve for holding flat articles and the second section defining a lateral opening. A drawer is provided that may be selectively inserted and removed through said lateral opening.
 The top portion and bottom have a stylized or treated texture, and/or are designed to have the appearance of a conventional brick. Lettering is added to the top face to customize the container for a particular site, geographic area, etc.
 Although the disclosure hereof is detailed to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, the physical embodiments herein disclosed merely exemplify the invention therefore the invention may be embodied in other specific types of structures as well.
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 Small souvenirs such as keychains or postcards bought in Times Square can be stored in the pull-out drawer
 Alternatively, the container may be used to provide promotional literature, reports and other materials regarding a certain company, industry, market, and so on. Top face then bears a logo identifying the contents of the container. In this embodiment, only book
 The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Furthermore, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.