US 1381609 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
ADVANCE ORDER DEVICE.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 29. 1920.
Patented June 14, 1921.
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DIONYSIE WORONZOFF, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, DIONYSIE Wonorrzorr, a citizen of the United States, res1d1ng at New York, in the county and. State of New where meals are furnished to employees either free or for a small charge, and the object of the invention is to avoid waste of food which now occurs because as a rule it is impossible to predict the amount of particular foods or the number of dishes of each food that will be used, and as a consequence the unconsumed food must either be kept over or must be destroyed.
The present device may be used alone or with'the food order card patented by me on March 4:, 1919 No. 1,296,149. This food order card has been successfully used in restaurants where waiters are employed, but as the modern industrial restaurants are at present turning to the self-service plan the present order device, as set forth in this application, is designed to meet the requirements of this plan.
The invention will be first hereinafter described in connection with the accompanying drawings, which constitute part of this specification, and then more specifically defined in the claims at the end of the description. a a
In the accompanying drawings, wherein similar reference characters are used to designate corresponding parts throughout the several viewszv Figure 1 1s an elevation of a menu card deorder device, and I Fig. 2. is a plan view of a plurality of check strips alsoforming a part of the de vice.
As shown in the drawings, this invention includes the use of menu cards divided into separate parts and groups of parts, each part being designated by a distinctive letter is designated by a code number or indicia Specification of Letters Iatent. Patented J He 14, 1921 Application filed September 29, 1920. Serial No. 413,545.
which is different from every other code number or indicia and is capable of being combined with other code numbers or indicla to form a code by whcih the partlcular combination of food orders havmg said combined code numbers or indicia may be recognized. A separate code,-
or combination of code numbers or indicia, is preferably used for each group of parts of the menu, and letters as well as numbers may be used in either or any of the parts or groups to designate foods if desired. In connection with said menu cards strips of checksare employed, one strip to correspond with each possible combination of code numbers or indicia making up different codes, and in practice the persons tobe fed are furnished with the menus sometimes in advance of the preparation of the meal, for instance, on the previous day, and are asked to make their selections for the next day or meal, giving their selectionsin code combinations of code numbers. As each person announces his selections in this way a check for such tion of said check by him at the next meal time he may receive the foods desired. By
noting the number of checks removed and distributed in this way from each strip and separating the code combinations into their constituent code numbers or indicia the exact number of orders or dishes of each food to be prepared may bereadily determined and the preparation of extra orders or dishes, which would not be used, thus avoided. The checks of each strip are preferably serially numbered to facilitate the determination of thenumber of checks given out on the advance order for each meal.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, in Fig. 1 the menu card is designated 1 and is divided by a double transverse line 2 into an upper section or group 3 and a lower section or group 4:. The upper section or group 3 is further divided by single transverse lines 5 into parts 6eachdesignated by a different letter, those shown being A, B, and C, andarranged in a column 7 at the extremeleft of the card. In another column 8 arranged next to said'column 7 for the part indicia or letters there are arranged code numbers 9 designating the several articles of food written or printed'ina central column 10 of the card. The prices of thefoods', wherecharges are made therefor, may be indicated in a column 11' at the right of the card. i
The lower section or group 4: of the menu 5 is divided by single transverse lines 12 into section or group,
15 The letters indicatingthe parts of the upper group are shown colored red, while the letters' indicating the parts of thelower group are colored blue, but any other distinctive colors may be used if preferred. The letever, be diiferently colored from those indicating the parts of thefother group. If desired, the number of parts in eachgroup as well as the number'of groupson the menu may be varied to suit requirements. The
to agree with the letters indicating the parts of the respective groups if desire-d, or the code numbers may. be colored and said let ters printedinthe same color throughout thef men'u. f 1
The code or combination of code numbers must notbe a code number itself. and a code number must not be the sum ofother code numbers. With these restrictions, any numbersmay'b'e selected for use as code numbers. These rules apply to each group separately, so that thesame code numbers may be repeated in different groups, if desired, inasmuch as a separate code or combination of code numbers is designed'tobe employed for each group;
When the menu, is divided into two groups, as shown in the drawings, two codes orcomhinations of code numbersjare printed on the checks .130 of the several strips 14; illustrated in Fig. 2, said codes being suitably separated from one another .as by a dash as shown, and being arranged in the 50 order the group s occupy on the menu. As alreadystated, thechecks of each strip 14 are preferably serially numbered as at 15.
As illustrated'br'ead and butter are des'igf natedletters instead of numbers, but code numbers may be used therefor if desired. The menu also contain suitable-instructions as to the use of the advance order device as siw 'ested in the 'b'ottom of the card inlFig. 1.
' '65 and butter in thesecond group are deters for the parts of one group should, how-- ters Patent ofthe United States is,:-- code numbers or indicia may also be colored.
comprising the sums of certain ofthe code space 16 at the The three; strips or checks" illustrated by firstor top strip in Fig. 2, the first code "923 is the sum gramme numbers I (1). (2) and (20) which in the grou are plied'to soup, spaghetti and roast; beef, while the secondcode 21ab" on said first strip of checks is the sum ofth'e code numbers or indicia (20), (1),, (a) 'and (b) which the second group on the menu represent gingerbread, milk, bread and butter. A
Having thus "described'my invention, what I claim as new. anddesire to secure byLet 1. In an advance order device, thecombination with a menu having, articles: of food shown thereon and code indicia designating said respective foods, of checks bearingco'des indicia on the menu for the purpose specified. i L:
2. In an advance order device, thecjombination with a menu havinga plurality of groups of foods shownthereon code indicia designating. said res ective foods, of checks bearing plurality of codes" corresponding to the groups of foods on the' menll, each codeonsaid checks. comprising the sum of certain code indicia in a diflerentgrou on the menu for the purposes specified. I
3. In anadvance order device, thecombination with a menu having a plurality of groups of foods shown thereon and code indicia designating said respective foods, each 110 group having indiciafof a different color fromthej other 6r others, of checks bearing a plurality of codes c0rre onding to the groups of foods on the. menu, eachjcode on said checks comprising the sum ofcertain code indicia in a different group on the menu for the purposes specified; I
h In advance order device, the ombination with a menu having a pluralityofi groups of; foods shown thereonjand j ode 12 0 numbers designating said respective foods, 7
each group'bein'gsubdivided into parts having indicia-of a diiferent' color than those of another group, of checks bearing; a plurality of codes corresponding to the groups of foods on the menu, each code on the checks com I V prising the sum of certain code numbers 111 'a' different group on the'menu for the purpose specified.
5. In an advance order device, the combi-- nation with a menu having a plurality of groups of foods shown thereon and code numbers designating said respective foods and capable of being combined to form distinctive codes, of a plurality of sets of checks each bearing different codes constituting dif ferent combinations of the code numbers in the several groups on the menu for the purpose specified.
6. In an advance order device, the combination with a menu having difierent foods shownthereon and code numbers designating sald respective foods, said code numbers being capable of combination mto distinctive codes, of a plurality of sets of checks 16 each bearing different codes constituting different combinations of the code numbers on the menu for the purpose specified.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification.