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Publication numberUS1593210 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 20, 1926
Filing dateDec 26, 1924
Priority dateDec 26, 1924
Publication numberUS 1593210 A, US 1593210A, US-A-1593210, US1593210 A, US1593210A
InventorsHarmon P Elliott
Original AssigneeHarmon P Elliott
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Stencil and stencil-filing system
US 1593210 A
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July 20, 1926 H. P; ELLIOTT STENCIL AND STENCIL FILING SYSTEM F'i led Dec. 26, 1924 Patented July 20, 19.26.



Application filed. December 26, 1924.

This invention relates to systems and apparatus for printing and maintaining records-by the use of stencils.

For the printing of addresses and the like, the se )a'rate addresses are contained on 'separa e stencils which stencils when not in hse for printing, are filedin order in trays. 'When the stencils are used for printing, the contents of a tray are run through a stencil printing machine in the same order in which they are disposed in the tray and then returned, still in the same order, to the tray. The stencil printing machine usually includes spaced rails along which the stencils are guided for printing and the rails have ooposing grooves in which the opposite edges t the stencils slide. I

in addition to hearing the printing char acters, the stencils may also serve as record cards on which may be listed the various transactions from time to time with the person's and concerns Whose names and addresses are borne by the stencils. For this purpose, as well as forother purposes, the stencils are maintained in classified order in their trays and the stencils are grouped or segregated into easily identified and tabulated classes, as by towns, and the like.

lieretotore, the segregation of classes has been accomplished by attaching a tab, properly marked to indicate the class, to the last stencil of a class; or by inserting an identifying marker between the stencils of two independent but juxtaposed classes, which tab 'or marker is adapted to protrude above the stencils and thereby occupy an easily visible position.

hen a series of such classified tabulated stencils is to be run through a stencil printing machine, the tabulated classification must be destroyed since the attached tabs, or identifying markers, protrude beyond the boundaries of the stencils and must be do tached or removed from position between the stencils in order to permit the stencils to be run through the printing machine in uninterrupted progression. After the stencils have been run off and replaced .in the trays, the divisions between the classes must be again-located and marked by the replaced .tabs or markers. This present method is highly undesirableasthe process requires considerable time and may be incorrectly carried out. f v. [An object of th s nvention is the pro.

Serial No. 758,100.

vision of a stencil and a class-indicating marker associated therewith and so constructed and arranged that it may have a portion adapted to be raised above, or be protuberant beyond, the stencil and bear a visible identification legend upon such protuherant portion and also so constructed and arranged that it can be positioned within the series of stencils to be nonprotuberant, and be passed through the stencil printing machine in such relation along with the stencil.

The marker is also so arranged and con structed that it can be identified readily amongst the stencils and restored to a protuberant and class-indicating position with-- out disturbing its relation amongst the stenoils. The marker, also, may be so con SU'UCtcd and arranged as to arrest the printing action of the stencil printing machine, when moved into printing position therein, so that the machine may operate effectively only with the stencils.

Fig. l is a plan view of a stencil used in connection with the invention.

, Fig. 2 is a section along line 22 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a plan view of a marker embodying the invention.

Fig. i is a perspective view 01' a tray of classified stencils with interposed markers arranged in position to identity and separate the classes.

Fig. 5 is an enlarged view illustrating the relative position of a marker and a stencil in the class-identifying position of the marker.

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a series of classified stencils with the markers arranged in non-protuberant relation with the stencils and in position to be run through a stencil I printing machine.

Fig. 7 is a perspective detail of the stencil track of a stencil printing machine and illustrating some stencils and a marker therein.

A. stencil associated with this invention comprises a rectangular frame 10 having a rectangular window 12 in the lower portion thereof and an inset ledge l-i surroundthe window. A sheet 16 of stencil paper is attached to said ledge to cover the windew; and said sheet is adapted to bear the imprinting characters. The stencil is provided with a relatively large blank area '18 disposed above the window which is adapted to be used for various record purposes.

The stencils are adapted to be contained in single rows and in classified order in a suitable tray 20, as illustrated in F1 l; and are adaptec to be removed. in such order, trom the tray and passed through the stencil printing machine and restored to the tray in the same. order. The printing machine usually is so arranged that the initial order of the stencils is not altered during their passage through the machine.

The particular classes in which the sten cils may be grouped and filed in the trays may vary with ditterent users but each clas. group is required to be identified and Segre gated from an adjacent class-grow.p by an identifying marker. In accordance with this invention, the marker is such that it need not be removed from its position between the stencils when the stencils are run through the printing machine.

To this end the stencils 10 of rectangular rather than of square shape, and have a width or horizontal dimension greater than the height or vertical dimension 24-. The marker is adapted to have approximately the same dimensions as the stencils with which it is associated and, for convenience, a stencil may be employed as the marker. The marker is provided with means, especially on the edge, by which it may be distinguished readily from the stencils and, for this purpose, the marker may have a distinguishing color which is difierent from the color of the. stencils.

lVhen thestencils and interposed markers are arranged in classified order in trays the markers are disposed to rest upon their short edges a in Fig. e. As thus arranged, the markers protrude above the stencils and thereby make evident the class groups of the stencils. The markers may bear a classidentifying legend 26 upon the protuberant narrow ed portions so that the classgronp adjacent any particular marl-reimay be ascertained readily.

Vhen the stencils are to he run through a stencil printing machine. tie markers are turned upon their long edges, while being maintained in position amongst the stenoils, whereby tobring their l.e.., and short dimensions into line with the (rm-responding: dimensions of the. stencils. s thus arranged the, corresponding dime ions ot tiie stencils and the markers are in register and all may be passedthrough the printing machine.

Since the markers are ditiierent in color, or are otherwise arranged, the ma lr r a b readily identified from the sten 1s andca-n be reversed in posi ring their side edges, and class'dde. tit ving legends. above the stencils and without removing the niarkers from position between the stencils.

If desired, the marker may be provided with perforation 28 or be otherwisc'arranged. to control. the printing machine so that the marker may be passed through the machine without effecting the usual printing operation.

I claim:

1. The method of filing and using stencils grouped in indicated classes, which consists in filing rectangular stencils in class-groups with their long edges horizontally disposed, indicatingsuch groups by rectangular marlc ers having approximately the dimensions of the stencils and bearing edge-characteristics which identify them among the stencils, said markers having their long edges vertically disposed and thereby being protuberant above the stencils and bearing group-indicating legends on their protuberant portions, rotating the markers to. positions in which the long and short dimensions register with the corresponding dimensions of the stencils while maintaining the markers in their positions between the stencil groups, running the stencils and markers in succession through a stencil. printing machine, and thereafter restoring the markers to their original upright and g1oup-indicating positions.

2. A series of rectangular stencils. adapted to be tiled in juxtaposed order in classes, and a series of rectangular markers interposed between the stencils to indicate the class-groups, said markers having dimensions corresponding tov those of the stencils, and having identifying characteristics on their edges which distinguish them from the stencils, and also having: spaces adjacent the short edges adapted to receive legends iden tirying the class-group of stencils, which legends are adapted to be disposed above the tops of the stencils when the markers are disposed within the stencils with their long dimensions overlying the short dimensions of the stencils.

3. A rectangular stencil and a rectangular marker having corresponding dimensions, said. marker having a characteristic which distinguishes it from said stencil and also having a space for a legend adjacent its shorter edge, which legend will be visible when the stencil and marker are juxtaposed with the long dimension of one overlying the short dimension of the other. 7

i. A stencil and a marker therefor, both said stencil and said marker having its length greater than its height,- and said marker having a space along its shorter edge adapted to bear a legend which is visible when the long dimension of one overlies the short dimension oftlie other with the lower edges of b'o'th at the same level.

5. A stencil and a marker therefor, both said stencil and said marker having its length greater than its height, and said markerhavinga space along its, shorter edge adapted to bear a legend and also, hav'iriga characteristic which distinguishes it from said stencil, said legend being visible when the long dimension of one overlies the short dimension of the other with the lower edges of both at the same level.

6. A marker for a file of rectangular stencils classified in groups comprising a rectangular sheet having dimensions corre sponding with those of the stencils and having an edge-characteristic which distinguishes it from the stencils and also having a space adjacent a short edge which is adapted to receive alegend indicating a classgroup.

In testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3045905 *May 21, 1959Jul 24, 1962Tarasuk George JPunch card
U.S. Classification40/380, D19/90, 40/342, 40/649, 40/360, D06/300
International ClassificationB42F17/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42F17/00
European ClassificationB42F17/00