US 1201419 A
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APPLICATION FlLED AUGAI,l 1915.
1,201,419. Patented 001.17, 1916.
Hna/ L Aaan ganoA N.E.MANN& Co.,
BLHNK AVE CITY.
GRIDLEY AiDAMS, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Oct. '17, 1916.
Application led August 11, 1915. Serial No. 44,866.
To all whom t may concern Be it known that I, GRIDLEY ADAMS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented new and useful Improvements in Envelops, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof. y
The purpose of this invention is to prof vide an improved form of envelop, particularly designed and adapted to be returned to the original sender.
It consists in the elements and features of construction shown and described, as indicated in the claims.
In the drawings: Figure 1 is a plan view of the blank from which the envelop in question is formed. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the envelop' as completed ready for use and .before sealing. Fig. 3 is an elevation of the address side lof the envelop when closed and sealed. Fig. 4 is a section at the line, 4 4, on Fig. 3.' Fig. 5 is an elevation of the envelop after having been sealed and opened.
The envelop which constitutes this invention is designed to have closed ends and one longitudinal edge open and adapted to be f sealed, and when constructed so as to serve all the purposes for which it is designed, has a flap extending from each of the sides, (front and back) at the edge which is open and adapted to be sealed. In carrying out these purposes the blank, A, comprises the body area, formin the two sides, 1 and 2, ofthe envelop, an projecting from the end portion of one of said parts, as for example, the part, 1, two narrow flaps, 3 and 4,4perforated at the lines'forming the ends of the body or folding line of the flap, and gummed upon the back or outer surface for, adhering to the innersurfa'ce of the opposite side, 2,
of the 'body for closing the envelop at the ends. From the two opposite longitudinal edges of the front and back, 1 and 2, portions, 5 and 6, extend which yare to form flaps extending from the open edge of the envelop when 1t has been folded to close the ends; One of these flaps, 5, has printed upon its inner surface the address to which the envelop is to be returned, and upon the opposite surface it may have any form of communication, as, for example, instructions as to the manner of use of the envelop or any other communication to be responded to or acted upon by then person to whom the en# .velop is sent out and by whom it is to be returned to the person whose address is printed upon said inner surface of said Hap, 5. The said flap, 5, is gummed around its margin on the outer surface so that it may be folded down upon the outer surface of the body of the envelop and gummed thereto concealing the communication printed uponthe outer surface of the flap and expose the address printed upon the inner (which then becomes the outer) surface of that flap, 5. The paper is preferably perforated along the line of folding, 6a, of the flap, 6, at the open edge of the envelop. Said flap, 6, is designed to ybe tucked into the envelop and the envelop is to be closed and sealed by the adhesion of the outer surface of the flap to the inner surface of the opposite side .of the envelop body, and for that purpose either the flap, 6, is gummed upon rits outer surface along the fold and perforated line, as indicated at 10; or the inner surface of the opposite side, l, is gummed as shownv at 10, and both ofthese areas may be gummed without objection and with the advantage of adapting the envelop to be sealed with both Haps, 5 and 6, turned in or with only the flap, 6, turned in, or with the flap, 6,y detached and the Hap, 5, turned out,
or with both aps detached.l This ap, 6, may be wide enough to` contain a considerable communication which may be lin rei sponse toor in compliance with the suggestions of the communication which may be printed upon the outer side of the flap, 5, and concealed when the flap is folded down to expose the address as above described.
' Such communication is indicated at l1 on the outer surface of the flap, 6, by the opening address and lines ruled for writing, and on the opposite surface of 'the flap by the ruled lines and conclusion for signature.
The modes of use of such an envelop are various. 5 and 6, it becomes an unsealed letter to a person whose address may be placed on the space on the side, 1, which will be covered by the flap, 5, when it is folded out and gummed down as described, said flap then covering also the stamp applied in the upper right-hand corner marked Stamp. This envelop is particularly intended, among other things, to be used for sending out to parties from whom responses are desired by By tucking in both of the flaps,
the original sender, for the sake of which he upon the return of the envelop to him, and for which purpose instructionswith regard to such return without postage are desirably printed upon the 'outer surface of the flap,"
' tion which the original sender desired to receive from the person to whom the envelop was sent out. The envelop is also particularly designed to be preserved in connection with the communication which may be contained upon its flap, so that when filed it shall constitute a complete record, not onlyT of the correspondence which passed between the parties, but also of the place and dates of mailing and receiving as indicated by the post-marks which the envelop will receive in passing through mail. For this purpose the end flaps, 3. and 4, are perforated as described atthe folding line and the folding line at the iap, 6, is perforated, the intention lbeingthat when theenvelop is received, it
shall be opened by rupture at all ythree of said perforated lines, so that lying flat the communication on the flap, 6, will be exposed and may be read upon both sides by turning up the free edge ofthe flap to read the side which will be facing 'down or toward the body member, 1, of the envelop. I do not limit myself, however, to the particular manner of `use of the envelop, but claim its construction as described, adapting it for-use in any ofthe Ways above indicated. To facilitate opening as described, the gum securing the narrow iaps, 3 and 4, stops a little short of the folding line, 6, so that' a cutter can be introduced easily to sever the flap, 6,at that line.
of said envelop side to permit sealing the Hap over said face of the envelop.
2. An envelop open at one edge and having one side extended from said edge to form a'foldable Hap dimensioned for tucking into the envelop through l'said open edge, adhesive being applied on one of the two surfaces which face each other along the margin of lthe opening when said flap is so disposed within the envelop, said adhesive covering only an area closely adjacent said margin to 1avoid sealing down the entire area of the 3. An envelop open at one edge and having both sides extended from said edge to form foldable flaps, one of said flaps being dimensioned to approximately cover one side of the envelop and having adhesive applied to that surface which is continuous with the outer face ofthe envelop side 'from which the Hap extends to permit sealing said flap over such outer face ofthe envelop, the vother flap being dimensioned for tucking into the envelop through said open edge, and adhesive being applied on one of the two surfaces 4which face each other along the margin of theopening when said last-mentioned flap .is tucked into thev envelop, said adhesive covering only an area closely adjacent said margin to avoid sealing down the entire area of said Hap.
4l. An envelop having at two opposite edges folded flaps gummed onto one side of the body for closing the envelop at said two ledges, the envelop being open at one edge and having one side extended from said open edge to form a flap foldable at the line of said edge and dimensioned for tucking into the envelop throughsaid open edge, an adhesive area being provided at one of the surfaces which face each other along the margin of the opening when said flap is so tucked in,`the adhesive covering only an area closely adjacent said margin to avoid sealing down the entire area of the flap, and all three flaps being perforated at their vfolded lines to permit opening the envelop at three edges, and unfolding it to flat form togive access to the unsealed area of the flap which ,y
was tucked in as described.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Chicago, Illinois, this 12th day of July, 1915.
CHAS. S. BURTON, LUCY I. STONE.