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Publication numberUS1038652 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 17, 1912
Filing dateMar 28, 1912
Priority dateMar 28, 1912
Publication numberUS 1038652 A, US 1038652A, US-A-1038652, US1038652 A, US1038652A
InventorsClarence K Reese
Original AssigneeReese & Crittenden Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined mailing-card and frame.
US 1038652 A
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Patented Sept. 17, 1912.


' CLARENCE K. REESE, F CLEVELAND, OHIO, ASSIGNOB, TO THE REESE & CBITTENDEN .A plurality of retaining members are also and extensive, at; the present time, I have 'and preserved, together with the advertisthe reverse side of said card, cut to form a 00., or CLEVELAND, OHIO,



1 ,038,652. I Specification of To all whom'z't mag concern: Be it known that I, CLARnNoEK. REESE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combined Mailing-Cards and Frames, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in a combined mailing card and frame, and has for its object the provision of a card which may be sent through the mail, and affords an article of such novelty and interest that it will be converted into a picture frame ing matter, which preferably is associated therewith. In order to attain these advantages, the card'must be inexpensive to manufacture, and attractive, when employed for its'converted use. To attain cheapness of manufacture, the picture frame is partially cut in the form of a mat with a removable portion to serve for the mailing address.

cut from the body of the card in such position as will best hold the size or'shape of picture to be mounted thereon.

The preferred embodiment of my invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a view of the obverse side of the mailing card, and Fig. 2 is a view of mat or frame, with a therein.

The same characters of reference are employed in both figures of the drawings to indicate similar parts.

The mailingcard, of course, may be made of any desired size and shape, and may be differently cut to form a mat or frame for various pictures. However, since its employment with post cards is most popular post' card mounted chosen to show, and describe a mailing card adapted for the display of picture postals.

In the drawings, the mailing card a is gether with the desired ornamental and advertising matter. A fairly good grade of card board or bristol board is desirable for forming the body of the mailing card, so that it may be cut, as will later be described, to present sharp, well defined edges, and

Letters P ent Patented Sept. 17, 1912.

Application filed March 28,1912. Serial No. 686,786.

iretaining parts of suflicient flexibility and i toughness to insure the retention of the cut- 1 out portion and the subsequent mounting of gthe post card or .picture.

tions (1, a of the obverseand reverse sides gof the mailing card, may well be" used re- The lower porspectively, for advertising matter and further ornamentation than the figures of, a four-leaf clover and a rabbits foot, as now shown upon the card.

In,Fig. I there is shown an oval c which .is cut entirely through the card, except at the four points 0'. These are left uncut for retaining the oval in place, while adjacent :to said uncut portion 0 there are out four V-shapcd points 03. Upon the obverse side 1 of the oval there are printed or lithographed, suitable lines for writing a mailmg address thereon, while dotted lines are likewise impressed across the uncut portion 0, to indicate that the oval is to be completel cut out for forming the mat .or picture rame. Upon the reverse side of said oval instructions are printed to this efiect: With a sharp knife, cut dotted lines upon the other side of the card, and remove this central portion. Then slightly bend out the V-shaped points and insert the post card or other picture, which you desire to have framed. By following these directions, a novel and inexpensive frame is thus formed, which will hold pictures of somewhat varying sizes, inasmuch as the points cl arev so positioned that two or more of them may be used for retaining a card having either the approximate width or length for which theframe is desi the retaining points d is preferable to a cornerwise mounting for the post card, and also insures the advantage of retaining the sections a intact, for holding the removable oval c in place until the article has been sent through the 'mail. of course many ornamental shapes for partially cutting the mat, may be adopted for making thesnnple and inexpensive picture frame herein specifically disclosed.

Accordingl I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, the following 1. A" mailing card, comprising a cardboard body, partially cut to form a mat or frame opening but leaving integral connecting parts, and a plurality of retaining part-s thereon adjacent to the partially cut open 'ing, substantially as set forth.

ing cut therein, aremovable integral ad- 2. In a combined mailing card and frame,

I the combination with a card-board body ing a card-board sheet having a mat-openhaving a mat-opening partially cut therein, and retaining parts provided adjacent thereto in line with'the horizontal and vertical axes of the card, of a picture mounted beneath said retaining parts, substantially asset forth.

3. A convertible mailing card, compris' ing a cardboard body having a mat-opening partially cut centrally thereof to leave a plurallty of'integral portions, and a plurahty of mtegral-picture-supporting omts cut adjacent to said integral parts, su stantially as set forth.

5. A convertible mailing card, comprising a card-board sheet centrally cut through by a plurality of separate curved lines which together define a mat-opening and integral points out peripherally about said opening to form retaining partsfor a picture, substantially as set forth.

6. A combined mailing card and picture frame, comprising a card-board body having a mat-openingpartially cut therein to leave integral portions for holding the partially tainlng points cut substantially in line with the horizontal and vertical axes of the card for holding a picture in position before the v mat-opening, substantially as set forth.

In testimony whereof I do novv' aifix my signature in the presence of two witnesses. CLARENCE K. REESE. [n.s] \Vitnesses:



cut-away section in place, and re-'

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U.S. Classification40/124.1, 229/92.8, 40/777
Cooperative ClassificationG09F1/00