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Publication numberUS1333686 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 16, 1920
Filing dateJan 25, 1918
Publication numberUS 1333686 A, US 1333686A, US-A-1333686, US1333686 A, US1333686A
InventorsFrank D. Spotswood
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1333686 A
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1,333,686, Patented Mar. 16, 1920.



Specification of Letters Patent. l Patented klar. 16, 1920.

ppm-ation inea January 25, isi-s. seran No. 213,717.

To all Iwhom it may concern Beit known that I, FRANK D. Sro'rswoon,` a citizen of the United States, residing at Lexington, in the county of Fayettev and State of Kentucky, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Indicator'-k Qards, of which the following is a specifica.. tion.

This invention relates to indicator cards and has as its object to .provide an indicator card which maybe pioduced at a very small amounts of money paid out during.

the day or week so that the user at the end f ot" any selected period may be apprised of the. amount which he has kspent-during thev dav.

'lhe card embodying the presen-t invention, in the preferred embodiment thereof, consists of two facing sheets which constitute the front and back of the device, and indicator disks which are rotatably mounted between these, sheets and which bear indicia designed, in the rotation of the disks, to be brought opposite. sight 4openings formed in one of the said sheets. and it is one aim of the invention to utilize fthe, pivots for the disks as the sole means for securing together 'the said sheets and the disks in assembled re.1at ionso that the employment of filler or spacing members, corner i'fasteniiigs and the like, is entirely obviated.

In the, accompanying draw ings Figure 1 is a perspective view ot' one embodiment ot' theh invention. the card shown in the said figure being designed for use in the registration oi amounts of money spent dnriiig a day or other selected period;

Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectional view on the line 2 2 of Fig. 1; i

Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view on the line'3--3 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 is a plan view of one of the rotary disks of the card:

ciently rigid to provide against bending or erumpling when placed in ones pocket. The facing and backing sheets 1 and 2 are formed in each endYeach withI a .finger notch and these notches are indicated respectively, by the numerals' 3 and 4 and the notches in the two sheets are located directly opposite each other inthe assembled relation of the sheets and are preferably relatively deep as shown in the draavings. While the exact shape ot' Athese notches is imn'iateiial, I prefer to make them substantially semi-circular. each cut on an arc of a circle whose center is at the end edge of the` sheet. The result is that the. end W'alls of the notch form substantially right angles with the line of the end of the sheet, as shown. The facing sheet 1 in Fig.- 1 is formed near its upper edge and at opposite sides of its inidlength with sight openings one indicated by the numeral 5 and the other by the numeral (l. which openings serve a purpose to be presently explained, and it is preferable that the face of the. sheet 1 have printed thereon adjacent to the opening 5, the word Dollars as indicated bythe numeral 7. and adjacent the opening 6 the word Ce-nts, as indicated by the numeral 8. Any suitable advertising matter may also be printed upon this `laee .of the sheet, and. of course, theV backing sheet 2 may have printed upon its faee any desired advertising matter.

y'In that form of thel invention shown. the

disks which are arranged between the facing and backing sheets. are indicated one by the numeral 14- and the other by the nuineial 15. These disks are disposed edge to edge and slightly spaced from each other and in a single plane between the said sheets 1 and 2. and eyelet rivets or any other suitable fastening elements 16 are passed loosely through the centers of the. disks and engaged with the said sheets 1 and 2, thus securing the sheets and disks together in their assembled relation and' at the same time providing pivots about which the disks may be rotated, 'the rivets 16 being clamped with sufficient firmness to cause the opposing faces of the sheets 1 and 2 to exert a slight friction against the opposite. faces of the disks 14 and.` 15` so as to hold the disks against accidental rotation and yet permit of the disks being rotated manually when the. finger is engaged with the periplieries thereof in the fin .r notches 3 and 4. By reference now to' titi: drawings it will he noted that the superposed sheets are wider than the diameter ot' the disks and somewhat longer than twice such diameter. As a result no part of either disk projects beyond any edge of the sheets. Also it may be observed that while the peripheral portions of the disks 14 and 15 extend into the finger notchesl 3 and 4, nevertheless the peripheries of the disks are spaced inwardly a considerable distance from the end edges of the facing sheets 1 and so that when the card is carried in ones pocket there is no likelihood of the peripheries of the disks being engaged either by the walls ot' the pocket or by the other articles within the pocket which will be likely to accidentally rotate the disks and thus disturb their adjusted positions. The disk 14 has printed upon its obverse face next adjacent the facing sheet 1, an annular series of circles 16 within which are printed numerals running consecutively in the series in numerical order from l to 19, the circular space between the numeral spaces 1 and 19 being left blank so as to constitute a zero space. The disk 15 has printed upon its corresponding obverse face an annular series of circles 17 in which are printed numbers arranged, of course, in an annular series and beginning' with the number 5 and terminating with the number 95, each succeeding number in the series being greater by ve then the number preceding it. There is also a blank circle 18 left between the numbers 5 and 95 to constitute a zero space as in the case of the disk 14. l Referring now to Fig. 1 of the drawings it will be observed that the disks 14 and 15 are so arranged between the sheets 1 and 2 of the card that in the rotation of the disks, the numbers upon the disk 14 will be brought successively into position opposite the sight opening 5 and the numbers upon the disk 15 will be brought successively opposite the sight opening 6. Consequently, the numbers upon the disk 14 indicate dollars and the numbers upon the disk 15 indicate cents.

At the beginning of the day or other selectwill be rotated to indicate the totals spent so that at the end of the period the user of the card may be apprised of the exact amount which he has spent during the period. The object of this card is to induce economy and it, therefore, possesses value in this respect as well as an advertising medium.

The rear facing sheet will have printed thereon the names of six or more consecutive months and the Saturday dates in eaclr of said months, so that the user of the card may write in the spaces provided opposite the said Saturday dates the total amount spent during the week endingonsuch date and then at the end of the six months may total the amount spent during said period, this arrangement being shown in Fig. 6 of the drawings.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as'neW is:

An article of the class described comprising two disks disposed edge to edge, a ring of figures on lone disk designating dollars and a ring of figures on the other disk deS- ignating cents, facing sheets between which. said disks are pivoted, the front sheet having sight openings to respectively expose a single figure in each ring and both sheets having edge notches exposing the peripheries'of the disks for permitting them to be turned manually,'legends on the reverse of the back sheet indicating periods of time, and opposite each legend a space for entering the total amount registered by the disks within any such' eriod.

ln testimony W iereof I afiix my signature. FRANK D. SPOTSWOOD. [1.. s.]

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