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May 11 1926. 1,583,867
c. 1.. BENEDICT MAILING FOLDER Filed Jan. 4, 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Snucwl'oz Patented May 11, 1926.
UNITED STATES CHARLES L; BENEDICT, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA.
Application filed January 4, 1924. Serial No. 684,408.
venient means for opening without'cutting or tearing any part of the folder.
A nother object of my invention is that the same folder may be used in replying to the original sender, for enclosing checks or money, the return address being alreadyplaccd thereon. A still further object. of my invention is to provide a folder which in addition to bang used as circular, mailing matter, may also be used as first class mail, suitable sealing means being employed to render it perfectly secure and private.
A still further object'of the invention is to provide a folder having a slitted tag which automatically projects when the device is folded, and by means of which the folder may be held for opening.
With the above and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, my invention consists in the novel features herein set forth, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and more particu-' larly pointed out in the appended claims.
Referring to the drawings,
Fig. 1 is a plan-view of my improved mailing folder in its unfolded state.
Fig. 2 shows the manner in which the device is folded for circular use.
Figs. 3 and 4 are rear and front views respectively of the folder ready for mailing.
Fig. 5 is a view of the folder after it has been opened, showing the remaining pocket for enclosing money or checks in replying to the original sender.
Fig. 6 shows the mode in which the device is folded for returning.
fig. 7 shows the devic folded and sealed for returning.
In Figs. Sand 9, I have shown the manner of folding when the device is to be used for first class mail, and
Figs. 10 and,11 are detail views of the Slit'i ed tag used in opening.
in the drawings numerals of like character designate similar parts throughout the several views.
1 designates the main body portion of the folder which consists of three integral folding sections,-2, 3 and 4. On either side of the upper section 2, I provide wings or flaps 5.
On the upper side of the envelope portion 2, also integral therewith, is a sealing flap 6, the side edges of which are provided with a suitable gum 7 for sealing to the flaps 5 wlun folded. The upper edge ofthe flap 6 is provided with an alternative gummin flap 8 integral therewith and perforate along its inner edge as shown at 9, to enable it to be readily'folded or unfolded.
At substantially the central portion of the fold 2 along the inner edges of the portion 2 and the flap 6, I stamp or cut a tag 10, which when the flap 6 is folded down will automatically project in the position shown in Fig. 3.
The opposite edge 3 where the portions 2 and 3 unite at approximatelythe center thereof, is provided with an aperture 11, which when the portions are folded as shown in Figs. 3 and 4, serves to enable the receiver to grasp the opening tab 12, on the lower edge of the portion 4, said tab being provided on its outer surface with gum. The arrangement of the aperture 11 and the tab 12 is such that the tab does not project beyond the confines of the envelope.
The outer side of the portion 2 is used for receiving the outgoing address as will be seen from Fig. 4, and when the device is to be used as advertising, or circular mailing matter, the return address is printed on the inner side of portion 3, as shown in Fig. 1.
The operation of my folder is as follows. Assuming first that it is to be used for mail, entitled to the circular rate, the portions 3 and 4 are folded reversely into the envelope portion 2 as shown in Fig. 2, the wings 5 being bent over and the sealing flap 6 with the alternating flap 8 turned in, folded down and sealed to the wings 5, as will be seen from Figs. 3 and 4.
To open the envelope, the receiver holds the tag 10 between the fingers of one hand, and pulls out the tab 12 with the other, which leaves the device in the position shown in Fig. 5, with a pocket 13 adapted to receive checks or money to be returned to the original sender.
In order to return checks or money as stated, the pocket 13 is closed by unfolding and sealing the alternating flap 8.' The portion 3 having thereon the return address, is folded reversely on the portion 2, as shown the envelope portion, and the flap 6 with in Fig. 6 and the portion 4 is folded over the pocket portion and sealed y the giimmed tab 12, as will be seen from ig. 7.
This im roved'mailing folder may also be used for rst class matter as before stated,
in which case, the sections are folded as shown in Fig. 8. The prtions 3 and 4 are folded\twice upwardly rom the bottom, into the alternating flap 8 unfolded is sealed on all three edges as may be seen in Fig. 9.
This use of the device, of'course, renders the novel opening, means useless, and it is opened in the usual manner.
In Figs. wand 11, I have shown fragmental v1ewsof the unfolded and folded positions respectivel of the slited tag, 10, and
as will be noted t e words Hold here may to attract the resections, end flaps inte ml with one of said sections, a sealing flap a so integral with said section and having an alternating sealing .flap on one edge thereof, and means at the longitudinal extremities of the main body portion whereby said envelope may be pulled open without cutting.
2. A mailing folder comprising a plurality of foldable sections, end flaps integral with one of said sections, a sealing fla also integral with said section and-provide with an alternating sealing flap along its upper edge, the fold of said main sealing flap having a slitted tag thereon, the central fold of said section being provided with an aperture, and the ed e of the lower of said tsections being provided with a pulling tab, said folder bein adapted to be folded, sealed and opened wit out cutting.-
3. A mailing wherein said pulling tab is provided with a gummed surface. 1
4. A mailing folder as claimed in claim 2 wherein two of said sections are adapted to be folded reversely on the remaining section, said pulling tab registering with said aperture when folded, the end flaps being foldable over said sections, and the main sealing 00 flap folded and sealed along its side ed es folder as claimed in claim 2 to said end flaps, the alternating sealing ap being folded under, said slitted tag in the fold of said main sealing flap automatically projecting when said main sealing flap is folded.
5. A mailing folder as claimed in claim 2, wherein two of said sections are adaptedto be folded reversely on the remaining section, said pulling tab registering with said aperture when folded, the end flaps being foldable over said sections, and the main sealingflap folded and sealed along its side ed es to said end flaps, the alternatmg sealing ap being folded under, said slitted tag in the fold of said main sealing flap automatically projecting when said main sealing flap is folded said device bein adapted to be opened by holding said s itted tag in one hand and pulling said pulling tab with the other, said folder when'thus opened leaving a pocket adapted to be sealed by said alter-r nating sealing flap, and receive enclosures for returning to the original sender, one of said sections having the return address thereon and bein foldable back over the old address, and t e section having the pull ing tab being foldable down and adapted to be sealed over said ocket.
6. A mailing fol er, as claimed in claim 2 wherein the sections are adapted to be folded twice upward from the bottom, the end flaps fol ed thereon and the sealing flap and alternating sealing flap sealed.
In testimony whereof I aflixmy signature.
CHARLES L. BENEDICT.