US 1205355 A
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W. F. KENNEDY.
APPLICATION FILED JAN.14. 1914'.
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Specification of Letters Patent.
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Application filed January 14, 1914. Serial No. 812,086.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that 1, WILLIAM P. KENN DY, a citizen of the United States, and a residentof New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Correspondence-Pads, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to correspondence pads.
During the course of business in commercial houses and among professional and traveling men, a large proportion of the correspondence consists of communications requiring but very few words and which may as quickly be written by hand as dictated and typed. fUsually a communlcation of this character is an answer to a letter which is best attended to at the moment the letter is read. In such case, a stenographer may not always be at' hand or may be engaged on a matter which is too important to be interrupted. To. write the communication upon the usual letter-head or on an ordinary postal' oard is not feasible on account of the absence of. a record or copy ofthe letter which must be kept in all well regulated establishments.
To fill the want above indicated, I provide a correspondence pad of compact form containing easily detachable mailable sheets or leaveswith" condensed letter-heads on one side and post card insignia on the other. Between these Inailable sheets are bound record sheets upon which the copy may be recorded preferably through a carbonsheet bound between the mailable and record sheets.
In one embodiment of my invention. the
mailable sheet may constitute an extension of the flap of an envelop which may'foldj into the envelopto constitute a sealed letter or the envelop portion may be torn awav and the mailable sheet used as a post card, or may be mailed otherwise as an inclosure.
The various objects and advantages will more fully appear from the detailed descrip-, tion and the features of novelty will be par:
ticularly pointed out in the claims.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a plan view of one embodiment of my invention. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal view showing the carbon and record sheets disposed between the mail-. able sheets. Fig. 3 illustrates the manner in which the mailable sheet is inserted in the pocket of the envelop.
Referring in detail-to the drawings, in this form, the mailable sheet 20 has integral therewith an envelop portion 21, of which three of the flaps 22, 23, 24, may have the surface at their adjacent overlapping edges gummed in the usual manner. At the junction of sheet 20 with envelop portion 21, perforations are provided along the line BB to permit of ready detachment. When the communication is written, the sheet 20 can be folded under the flaps 22, 23, 24, as shown in Fig. 11. The adjacent gummed portions of the flaps 23 and 24 may then be moistened and pasted together for attachment, including flap "22 but not being attached to sheet 20 which now forms the fourth flap of the envelop. This sheet 20 although free from flaps 2-2, 23, and 24 cannot be readily removed without detachment of other parts. It is thus clear that the communicationin this form is substantially as concealed or confidential as in an ordinary sealed envelop. Upon opening this envelop part 20 is free to be detached alongperforated line B-B from its other members.
In case of a short note which is not of a confidential nature, it may be desirable to use portion 20 as a post card, not requiring two cent postage. The portion 20 may have the post card insignia printed on the reverse side thereof and when detached along perforated line BB may serve for use in this manner.
Whenever it is desirable to use the mailable portion 20 for inclosure under other cover than the envelop 21 and its attached parts, the perforations along line B-B provlde a ready means for detachment. In this form of pad, the carbon and record sheets are inserted between the mailable sheets as in the other forms or they may be omitted and .a single carbon sheet used.
As an incentive or excuse for using this time savlng device for prompt and brief communications it is lntended in all of the embodiments of the invention to have printed upon the face of the mailable sheets some qualifying phrase as shown in Fig. 1 to indicate their utility and purpose. f
I have described in the preferred embodiment of the invention the mailable sheets only as perforated and detachable from the stub. It will be understood, however, that the record sheets may also be perforated so as to be readily detachable from the stub for the purpose of filing.
It will be seen from the foregoing that I have Provided a correspondence pad which may be used for writing in longhand short communications which may be as quickly written in that-manner as taken down stenographically and typed. This, not only facilitates the progress of business in offices, but serves to relieve the business man or professional man from the mental strain arising through accumulation of Work. Furthermore, it will afford, in many cases, a ready meahsof escape from the embarrassment of more lengthy communications. Thus, it is a much simpler matter and more economical to answer a communication as soon as it is read than to permit a large number of these to accumulate and to later dictate them to the stenographer and to subsequently be in attendance to sign them.
This correspondence device is provided with condensed letter-head data and some short statement indicating that the device is for brief immediate communication. Provision is made for keeping the record of the communication which may be very important, and if it is desired, an envelop may be associated withthe correspondence sheet for the convenience of. those who desire the advantages of a portable and complete means of communication as well as those who desire to effect the seclusion of their correspondence from office employees or other associates. A further advantage is that communication by such means may be considered to be more indicative of personal attention than that now conducted wit machine-like formality.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent i 1. A correspondence pad rectangular in shape comprising a plurality of easily de tachable mailable sheets, each having an envelop portion integral therewith and adapted to be inserted between the flaps of the envelop and the body thereof, and record sheets between the mailable sheets bound in pad between the mailable sheets, and carbon sheets between the mailable and record sheets, said carbon and record sheets being equal in' length to the mailable sheets, their free lateral edges being adjacent the inner lateral'end of the envelop portion, the combind thickness of said carbon and record sheets approximating the thickness of the flaps of the envelop portion so as to make thethickness of the pad uniform throughout.
3. Acorrespondence' pad comprising a plurality of easily detachable mailable sheets and record sheets interposed therebetween, an envelop pocket connected with each mailable sheet and readily detachable therefrom, said mailable sheet being adaptedto be inserted within the pocket without detaching the same therefrom to close the envelop and serve as a confidential communication.
4. A' correspondence pad comprising duplicate mailable and record sheets, each mailing sheet having an envelop pocket extending therefrom and integral ,therewith and adapted to receive the mailable sheet therein without detachment therefrom, there being a weakened portion between the mailable sheet and the body of the envelop pocket whereby the sheet may be detached from the envelop for the purpose of filing.
Signed 'at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, this 12th day of January, A. D. 1914.
l WM. P. KENNEDY. Witnesses:
FRANK M. ASHLEY, MINNIE S. MILLER.