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Publication numberUS1562487 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1925
Filing dateMar 8, 1923
Priority dateMar 8, 1923
Publication numberUS 1562487 A, US 1562487A, US-A-1562487, US1562487 A, US1562487A
InventorsAnthony Stanley
Original AssigneeAnthony Stanley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Guide card for card indexes
US 1562487 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Nov. 24, 1925- 1,562,487

s. ANTHONY GUIDE CARD FOR CARD INDEXES Filed Marh 8, 1923 Inen'ror. STanley Anhony Patented hier. 24, 1925.



Application filed March S, 1923,

To f/U fio/wm if 11mg/ foncern:

Be it known that l', TANLEY N'ri-i'oNr, u citizen ot' the United States, nud resident olf lloston, county or' Suffolk, State of l Massachusetts, have invented an Improvenient in Guide Cords for Gerd Indexes, ot which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawing, is it pcciicntion, like characters on the drawing representing like parts.

This invention relates to guide tabs for use in connection with guide cards for card indexes or for use in connection with book leaves, folders, etc. and it has for one of its objects to provide nn improved guide tab which cnn be inexpensively made and which cnn be readily secured firmly to a card, len-F, sheet or folder.

The invention also has relation to guide cords 'for cord indexes and :mother object of the invention is to provide en improved 'lorin oi guide cord which hes n. folded upper edge iinsted oil' n raw edge thereby not nl v stii'teniug the upper edge of the cord but also providing en edge which will withstnnd the weer better' thun n rnw edge.

Still another object o'lf the invention is to provide nn improved form of guide card having the above-mentioned 'features und in which the lnce oi the card is smooth and free vl-roin shoulders with which the next adjacent card might engage ns the cords nrc inserted or withdrawn.

further object of the invention is to provide in strip forni material it'or tubs adapted for use on guide cords, book leaves, folders, ctc., which is so constructed that tubs ot' any desired length niny be secured by merely cutting the required length from 40 the strip und securing the tnb in place.

)L further object of the invention is to provide :i guide curd having nv tub formed troni :i strip oit sheet materiel doubled to provide u pocket for in iudenV element end having its free extremities enibedded in the substance of the card.

My in'iproved guide card comprises n card body having at least two loyers or plies et its upper portion and ai guide tab having un anchoring portion extending therefrom which is located between the plies, said anchoring portion having openings or inden ations and the plies bein@ united through seid openings or indentations. lVhile this anchoring portion muy Serial No. 623,664.

be mede in various ways without departing from the invention I lind it convenient to ineke it in the iorm of n plurality of anchoringv urms which nre spaced from each other and which ure made with necked por tions between their ends, the portions beyond the necks being wider than the necks. These anchoring` arms are inserted between the plies oi' the cord body and the latter are united on opposite sides of each necked portion of the zincl'ioring urms, the wider lower end of euch anchoring nrrn preventing it from being pulled out from between the plies. lVith this construction the i :anchoring nii-ms nre embedded in the substance of the card and also the plies of the card nre connected together with e face-tofece Contact immediately circumjncent the arms.

The body portion of the curd is preferably formed with it t'olded upper edge and this muy be secured either by folding n blank thereby to forni said folded upper edge or by foldingn strip of paper over said upper edge. In either cese the folded upper edge, whether of the blank or of the strip, will be formed with one or more slots in the line oli fold through which the anchoring niembers of the guide tnb can be inserted. so that the body oi the guide tab will project beyond the folded edge while the anchoring members nre confined. between the two plies. This makes n very simple guide cord which can be quickly und. inexpensively manufactured and in which the guide tub .is irmly and securely united to the card body.

lt also forms n manner of securing tabs to the body which leaves the fece ot the body smooth and free :from shoulders which ere apt to be engaged by en udjucent card es the cerdis inserted or remm'ed.

My invention also comprehends n tab member having openings along the edge thereof which overlies the edge of the card, sheet, leaf, etc., and en anchoring strip overlying the edge of the tab having the openings therein und the ndjicent portion of the card or sheet, said anchoring strip being united to the card or sheet through seid openings thereby unchoring the teh to the card or sheet.

In order to givx :in understanding ot' the invention l here illustrated in the drawings some embed ments thereof which will now be dcscried otter which the novel tentures will be pointed out in the appended claims.

Fig. l of the drawings is a perspective View of a guide card embodying my invention;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the guide tab;

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view showing the anchoring members of the guide tab inserted through the slots in the card but before the two portions of the card are adhesively united;

Fig. 4 is an enlarged sectional view on the line 4 4, Fig. Il;

Fig. 5 is an enlarged sectional View on the .line 5--5, Fig. l;

Fig. 6 is a view of a single ply card but having the folded edge;

Fig. 7 is a view showing a different embodiment of the invention; l

Fig. 8 is a section on the line 8--8, Fig. T;

Fig. 8a is a section on the-line www, Fig. 7;

Fig. 9 is a perspective view showing tab material in strip form;

Fig. l0 `is a view showing a perforated strip to be used with the tab material for securing the tab in place.

As stated above Vone feature of my present invention relates to a guidevcard having a folded upper edge. lfn the drawings I have illustrated a guide card at l and it is providedwith the folded upper edge 2. This folded upper edge can be secured either by taking a sheet of paper twice the size of the card and then folding said paper centrally io form-the folded edge 2 and to form a 'fard body having the two plies or layers E and il as shown .in Fig. l or by making the card with an extension which can be folded over against the body to form the folded edge. A card which is made with the two plies 3 and 4- will have a body ofdouble thickness. These plies will preferably be secured together in some suitable way, one convenient way being by uniting them by means of some adhesive. Anadvantage of this method is thatthe two layersmay be united throughout their entire extent.

If it is not desired to have the card of double thickness then the folded upper edge 2 may e obtained by taking ablanl of the shape shown in Fig. 6 which has the body portion l of a size of the card l and is formed with the extension 5 which may be folded back on the bodyalongithe dotted line 6 thereby forming the folded top edge 2 of theicard, the flap or extension 5 being-adhesively united to the body of the card.

Another-wayof providing a card having'a folded top edge is to take a card and fold a strip 14 over the edge as shown in Figs. 7 and Sn, said strip beingvprefcrably adhesively united to the card.

The advantage of the card having the folded top edge 2 is that it stitt'ens the edge folded edge 2 makes a more satisfactorTv card in many ways.

The guide tab is indicated generally at 7 i and it is provided with an anchoring portion which is 'received between the plies at the top edge of the guide card. This anchoring'portion will be provided with openings or indentations and the plies between which the anchoring portion is situated are unit-ed firmly through the openings or indentations. Such openings or indentations may be provided lfor in a variety of ways. one of which would be to form the anchoring portion ofthe tab with the plurality of separated arms or legs 8 thus leaving spaces 18 betweenthem. These tabs may be made of any suitable material although some relatively stiff transparent material such as cel luloidhas many advantages.

If the guide tab is of that character hav ing a pocket to receive a slip coiitaiiiing a name or some other data then such guide tab can be conveniently made by folding a piece of celluloid back on itself and then forming the anchoring members 8in one edge thereof. In thus folding the celluloid back on itself a pocket 9 between the two sides of the body of the tab may be formed which is open at each end and into which a slip of paper may be inserted bearing a name or any other desirable data, the latter being visible through the transparent celluloid.

As stated above the anchoring portion of each'tab may conveniently be in the form of separat-ed anchoring arms S and in the construction shown in Figs. 'l and t2 there are vthree such anchoring arms. Each anchoring` arm is preferably given a necked shape so that it will be narrower at a point l0 between its ends than it is at its lower end as shown at ll, the portion 1l of each auchoring member forming a foot portion.

The guide card is formed with one or more slots l2 in the line of fold b and through which the anchorin arms S may be insertedas shown in F E, and after these anchoring arms have thus been inserted through Vthe slots the plies between v-fhiel the arms are received will be secured together through the openings 18 and immediately circumjacent each of the arms 8 with a face-t-o-face Contact thereby firmly anchoring the tab to the card. llfhere the card `has the construction shown in Fig. l and isformed with the two plies and fl then the arms S will be inserted between these tivo plies and they will be secured together by adhesive or otherwise through the openings 1S.

Because et the necked construction ot the rnis the union of the two plies El and it at the points 1:3 each side ot the noch 10 o1 the arins prevents the 'toot portion '11 ol each arin troni being pulled, out t'roin the card. `Where the two plies 3 and t are united by ome adhesive the union ot the two plies at the points on each side ol' the necks l0 niay be accomplished by sulnnit-tinej the rard to transverse pressure between tn'o presser nieinbers-r one o t which should preferably be sott resilient inaterial so that it will contorni inore or less to the ditli'erent thicknesses due to the pressure et' the legs S. The employment ot such resilient presser nieiul'fers 'will torce the tivo plies tirinly together ach side ot' the neel; and in 'tact will canse a lirin union ot the portions ot' the plies immediately circuinjacent each oi the anchorinevl arnis.

assembling oit the card and tab and 'he union et the tivo plies` therefore involves simply inserting' the anchoring arins 8 into the slots 12 and then uniting' the tivo plies b r seine adhesive or otherwise so that Jdief.' will become united closely circulniacent cach anchoring' arin 8.

ln the construction shown the body portion el' the tab T is inclined lnu'lnrardly so as to malte it easier to read the indicatingy 'lin which is inserted into the pocket Beth 'faces oi the card having' the above c nstruction sniooth and 'tree yfrom shoulders that are apt to engage or he en- ;ag'cd by the adjacent card when it is in- 'crted or reinovwl, this being' the result of having' the attaching' portion ot the tabs situr-.ted entirely between the two plies ot the card.

There is another advantage reslilltiugi' troni the above cmistruction and that is hat by ha vingT the tab torined with a pluralityv ot anchoring' arnis that are inserted through individual lslots 1Q the bridge portions tti between the slots serve to tie the two plies together and prevent any danger ot their heine' separated by a pulling' strain on the tab T.

lVhen a card index is used and the cards are picked, over it is the conunon practise tor the operator to uiove the cards over by nieaus oit the tab and therefore, each tab is continually subjm'ted to a transverse pullingv action. The use et' the slots 12 and the interveifiing bridge portions 16 prevent any possibility ot such pulling' action separating the tivo plies at the point Where the tab is lsecured.

lihirtlun'nun'c these bridge portions 16 act as stopsto correctly position the tab When it is being assembled With the card. This operation ot assembling the tab involves merely inserting` the arms S into the slots as far as they Will go or until. the portions 17 of the tab engage the bridge portions 1G oit the card. This ensures the proper position 'of the tab.

In Figs. 7 and 8 l have shown va different embodiment of the invention whereby the folded top edge oit the card is secured by placing a binding;Y strip along said edge. InV

this construction a reinforcing or binding strip 14T oit paper or suitable material is tolded over the top edge ot the card 1 and adhesively united thereto thus producing' the folded edge. The strip 111 is provided with the slots 12 to receive the arnis 8 of the tab 7 and when the arins are inserted through the slots and then the binding` strip 1st applied to the edge of the card and adhesively united thereto the tab Will be iirinly secured .in place and the desired 'i'olded edge ot the card Will be produced.

TWhere this construction is employed and the tab is made of double thickness, shown in Fig. 2, the edge of the card 1 may be inserted between the tivo sections of the legs 8 or the may be placed entirely on one tace ot lthe card. In either case When the strip lst with its adhesive coating is cured in place said strip Will be joined to the card through the openings 8 in the edge ot the tab and thus the legs o1 the tab are situated between two plies which are united through the openings 18.

One advantage o1 this constriction o't t; b that it may be made in strip torni as shown at in Fig. 9 and tabs of different lengths may be provided by simply cutting; the appropriate length troni the strip. r1`he strip will be provided in one edge with a plurality ot' equally-spaced openings or indentations 18 thus forming equally-slmced anchoring` legis S and tl'iese anchoring legs will preterably be so shaped that they 'will be largest at the outer end. A strip ot tab material having' this construction can be cut into short lengths 'tor the purpose ot torniingr tabs tor various purposes and each tab can be cut ot a length suitable tor the requirements of its use.

ln connection with this strip tab material I propose to eniploy an anchoring strip 'l'or anchoring the tab to the card or sheet. (')ne way of constructiiur this anchoring strip is shown in Fig. l() wherein a strip 2l is provided With a row oiz slots 12 therein having' the saine spaced relation as the legs 8 of the tia-b strip 25. In using the tab n'laterial shown in Figs. 9 and 10 a length will be eut from the tab strip 25 suitable tor use as a tab and then appropriate length Will be cut trein the strip 24. The legs 8 oit the tab are 'then inserted through the slots 12 in the strip 2li and the latter is then folded about the edge ot the card or sheet and secured thereto preferably by means of some suitable adhesive. This forms a tab having the construction illustrated in Figs. 7 and 9 and if the length cut from the strip 2st is long enough to extend the full length of the rrd l then a card with a folded edge will be provided.

lVhile l have illustrated herein various forms of my invention l do not wish to be limited to the constructional features shown.

l claim.

l. A guide card for card indexes comprising a body having two layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having an anchoring arm situated between said layers, the sitter being united with a faee-to-face contact immediately circumjacent the anchoring arm.

2. A guide card comprising a body having two layers at its upper portion and a L ,uide tab having a plurality of separated anchoring arms situated between the two layers, the latter being united with a. faceto-face contact immediately circumjacent each arm.

3. A guide card comprising a body having two layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having `anchoring arms situated between the two layers, said anchoring arms having a necked construction and the two liyers being united with a face-to-face contact immediately circuinjacent each arm.

4, A guide card comprising a body having two layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having a plurality of anchoring rms situated between the two layers, each` arm having a necked portion intermedia-te its ends and a wider foot port-ion at its lower end and the two layers being united with a face-to-f-ace Contact imn'iediately cir- :umjacent each arm.

A guide card comprising a body having a folded top edge and formed with a slot in the line of fold and a guide tab having an anchoring portion inserted through l,aid slot, the two sections being united immediately circumjacent the arm.

6. A guide card for card indexes comprising a body having t-wo layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having an anchorlng portion situated between said layers and formed with openings therein the two layers being united iu said openings with a. tace-to-face contact.

7. A guide card for a card index comprising a body ha Ying two layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having an anchoring portion situated entirely between said layers, said anchoring portion having openings through which the layers are united, each face of the card being free from shoulders.

S. A guide card comprising a body having a folded top edge and having a plurality of slots in the line of fold, and a guide tab having anchoring arms inserted through said slots7 the two sections of the guide card being united immediately circumjacent the arms and the portions of the card between the slots constituting positioning stops to engage the tab between the arms and thus position said tab.

S). Tab material for guide tabs comprising a strip of material folded lengthwise back on itself and having one edg'e formed with uniformly-spaced indentations thereby providing uniformly-spaced anchoring arms. each of which is provided with ar neck portion and a foot portion at its end wider than the neck portion, whereby said strip may be cut into tabs of varying length.

1.0.. Tab material for guide tabs comprising a strip of material folded back on itself longitudinally and having in one edge uniformly-spaced indentations thereby forming uniformly-spaced anchoring arms between indentations, each of which is widest at its outer end, and a strip of paper provided along its central line with perforations having the same spaced relation as the anchoring arms and of a size to receive said arms7 whereby a tab of any desired length may be cut from the tab strip and a` suitable length out from the perforated strip and then the arms of the tab inserted through the perforations in the strip and the latter folded over the edge of a card or sheet and secured thereto.

ll. The method of making a tab for a card, leaf or sheet comprising forming a tab strip having uniformly-spaced indentations on one edge thus producing uniformlyspaced anchoring arms, each of which is widest at its outer end, providing a strip having a row of perforations which have the same spaced relation as said arms and which are of a size to receive said arms, cutting from the tab strip a tab of the desired length. cutting a suitable length from the perforated strip, inserting the anchoring arms of the tab through the perforations in the severed perforated length, folding said perforated strip with its assembled tab over the edge of the card or sheet and uniting said perforated strip to said sheet.

l2. A guide card for card indexes comprising a body having a plurality of layers at its upper portion and a guide tab extending beyond the edge of the card having an anchoring arm situated between certain of the layers7 the latter being united with a face-to-face contact ciroumjacent said arm.

13. A guide card for card indexes comprising a body having a plurality of layers at its upper portion and a guide tab having an anchoring portion situated between said layers said anchoring portion having openings through which the layers are united with a faee-to-face Contact.

114-. A guide card for card indexes comprising a body portion having a phiraiity of iayers at its` upper edge and a guide tab having an anchoring portion Situated between certain ot the layers, said anchoring portion having anchoring arins, each of which is wider at its end than at Sonie intermediate point7 the layers; between which the arme are situated being united with a ace-to-tace cont-:iet innnediateij,7 cireinnjacent each arin.

l5. The combina-'tion with a card or Sheet, of a guide tab having an anchoring portion Wnich overiies the edge of the cord or Sheet and which hae openings therein and an anchoring strip overlying the anchoring pon tion oi the tab and united to the card through seid openings.

16. The combination with a card or sheet, of a guide tab having en anchoring portion overlying the edge oitl said card and provided with openings and an edhesiveiycoated anchoring strip oreriyine Athe anchoring portion of the tab and the adjaeent portion o1 the card or sheet and United thereto through said openings.

17. An index device eoinprising a card, and a tab formed from a strip of Sheet niaie? 'd teriai doubled to provide a pocket for an index clement and having its ,tree extremities embedded in the substance of the card.

18. An index device comprising a card and a tab formed from sheet inateriai doubled to bring its end portions into 'taceto-fece contact, and to provide an openended index-receiving pocket at the fold, said contacting end portions being disposed eubstantiaiiy in the piane of the inain body of the card and concealed 'Within the thickness of the latter.

lf). An index device comprising a card having separated plies at one edge, and a tab consisting of a strip o thin Sheet ceiinioid bent intermediate its ends to forni an openlended pocket for the reception ot an index slip and to bring its end portiomy into face-to-iace contact with each other 'to forni attaching ineans, Said attaching mean` being disposed between the piies of the card, and ineens; :tor securing the attaching means and the respective plies in assembled rela tion.

lin testimony whereof, i have signed niv." naine to this specification.


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U.S. Classification40/360, 40/651
International ClassificationB42F19/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42F19/00
European ClassificationB42F19/00