US 1459702 A
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AEQJUZ Patented alune i9, i923.
CHARLES MILTONCOTT, OF ROANOKE, VIRGINIA.
CHECK BOOK `AND TEE f:LIKE
Application led Aprili?, 19,21. Serial No. 459,216.
To all 'whom t may concern.'
Be it known that l, CiiAnnri-t lvl. Corr, citizen of the United States, residing at Roanoke, in the county oiliRoanoke and State of Viriginia, have invented certain,`
new and useful Improvements in Check Books and the like, ot which the following isv a specification, reference being hadtherein to the accompanying drawings.
This invention relates to check books and the like and it has 'for its object to Secure check book stubs in such manner that they;
may be moved to a position where they will not interfere with writing upon the succeeding stubs. llVhile the invention is particularly applicable to check books it also has a wide range ofruseliulness in conjunction with receipt books, books of promissory notes and like articles wherein detachable portions are associated with stubs which remain as evidence ot' the contents of the parts detached.
The invention further contemplates the provision oi a blotter so associated with the checks and stubs that it may be folded over into engagement with the stubs and checks just written upon, without interference with the stubs previously written upon.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the detailed description which follows.
The igure shown in the accompanying drawing is a plan view ot a check book with the blotter-cover thrown to open position, the dotted lines representing' the position to which the stubs written upon may be thrown.
The check book of the present invention is very similar to check books in common use in that it comprises leaves divided into stubportions 5 and check portions 6, the check portions 6 being rendered readily separable from each other and from the stub portionsy by the perforations 7 and 8. The leaves which are as a whole designated 9 may be provided with a backing l0 of cardboard or other suitable material, said leaves being secured to each other and to the backing l0 by obliquely disposed staples ll, located at the upper left hand corner of the stub portions 5. If desired a cover l2, the inner face ot which may be formed ot such material as to constitute a blotter, may be secured to the backing l0 by a web 13 of any suitable flexible fabric, this method of constitutingk a hinge construction likewise being common in the manufacture of check books.
The device of the present invention differs lfrom known constructions `principally 1n theloca'tion and` direction ot the fastenings ll. Tt will be observed that the stubs i are attached to each other and to the backing, it the backing is eniployed, only at the upper left hand corner and along a coinparatively short distance. This permits the stubs that havebeen written upon to be 'folded back to the'dotted line position 5 `at which time the stubs that have been writtenupon lie entirely out of the way ol the stubs yet to be written upon.
Tn most check books, the stubs are Secured to eachother entirely throughout their lejlt hand edges, and they constantly tend to spring back into position to cover 'the stubs that have yet to be written upon. This is exceedingly annoying to the person who is attempting to write upon the succeeding stubs. Tn an endeavor to obviate the foregoing objections, it has been proposed to attach the stubs only, together, along their upper'edges. Whilethis somewhat reduces the objectionable tendency of the stubs to spring back into place, the structure of the present invention vreduces this objection much more effectively. Tt will be observed that in the present construction the attachment of the stubs by the staples ll is along a very short line. The tendency of' the stubs to spring back into place is caused by the fact that a very considerable amount of 1naterial has been folded along a somewhat lengthy line. If the tendency of the material folded to spring back to its original position is suiiicient to overcome the weight of the thrown back stubs then the stubs will tend to spring back into place. It upon the other hand the "amount of material folded is very small in proportion to the weight of the thrown back stubs then manifestly the weight of thesethrown'back stubs will be suilicient to hold them in their thrown back position. i This is accomplished by the construction oi the present invention where the length or the line ot attachment is very short in comparison with the weight of tage oi the present construction resides in the fact that the cover 12 is made slightly shorter than the leaves 9 and thus theV left hand edge of the Coverr will clear they stubs in their thrown back position and the blotter constituted by the inner face ofthe cover may be folded down over the stubs and the checks Written upon to blotthem, without interference by these thrown back stubs.
While I have chosen to illustrate a check book having a plurality or' checks to the page, it is maniiest that the principles in'- volved are applicable'to check books having only one check to the page. The principle of action remains thesame irrespective oi' the number of cheeks to the page.
A further advantage of the present construction is that the backs of the used stubs are caused to lie substantially lat so that they may be utilized for the carrying of memoranda, balances, etc., in the way cominonly resorted to by many persons.
Ihile I have 4described a construction wherein the staples or equivalent fastening devices are disposed at the upper left hand corners of the stub, it is manifest that they might be disposed in some other corner7` as Jfor example, at the lower `left hand corner,
`and stubstantially all oi" the advantages refolded back to give accessito the unused stubl portions and a combined cove-r and blotter ot a lengthjto cover the exposed portions of the unused stubs andchecks but lying inwardly of the usedl stubs when thelatter are y thrown back.
In testimony whereof I hereunto ailiX` my signature.
CHARLES MILTON GOTT;