US 1603592 A
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Oct. 19 1926. 7 1,603,592
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FRANK GLASNER, O13 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
GREETING CAR-D AND THE LIKE.
Application filed July 30, 1923.
My invention relates to improvements in greeting cards and the like, and it consists in the combinations, constructions, and arrangements herein described and claimed.
An object of my invention is to provide a greeting card of the character described upon which a verse or greeting is inscribed and in which an image or likeness of some person mentioned in the inscription may be revealed by manually drawing a slide when the reading of the inscription has been completed.
A further object of my invention is to provide a device of the character described that is applicable for use for holidays, any ceremonial occasion, an anniversary, or celebrations.
A further object of my invention is to provide a. device of the character described in which. the identity of the image employed is kept secret until after the inscription has been read.
A further object of my invention is to provide a device of the character described which is simple in construction, which is light in weight, which may be readily mailed, and which is thoroughly practical for the purpose intended.
Other objects and advantages will appear in the following specification, and the novel features of the invention will be particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming part of this application, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation of an em bodiment of my invention,
Figure 2 is a fragmentary view of the structure illustrated in Figure 1 with the slide extended,
Figure 3 is a sectional View along the line 33 of Figure 1, and
Figure 4: is a view of the slide entirely extracted from the casing.
In carrying out my invention, I make use of a cardboard casing 1. This casing 1 is constructed of a back board 2 bent back upon itself, as shown at 3, upon two of its sides and one end wall. A front wall 4: is glued at 5 directly to the upper surface of the bent portions 3 which serve to separate the adjacent faces of the front wall 4 and the back wall 2.
The thickness of the material or stock employed in the back wall 2 is sufficient to permit the insertion of a slide member 6 within Serial No. 654,749.
the casing. The remaining end wall of the casing l'is open for the greater parts of its length, but is partially closed by means of bent portions 7 of the back wall 2 which are formed in precisely the same manner as the portions 3. The purpose of these portions 7 is to limit the movement of the slide member (3 away from the casing 1.
From an inspection of Figure 4 it will be noted that the slide member 6 is provided with shoulders 8 which are arranged to abut the inner edge of the bent portions 7, as shown in Figure 2, when the slide 6 is extended from the casing.
The front wall 4 of the casing 1 is provided with an opening 9 therethrough having a transparent window 10 of such material as celluloid, glassine, or the like. This window 10 is secured to the back of the wall 4; by means of a cementitious material such as glue.
The slide 6 is of a thinner material than the back wall 2 of the casing l and therefore is free to move within the casing 1 and is limited only by the engagement of the shoulders 8 with the stops 7. The slide 6 is provided with a mirror 11 glued or otherwise fixed to the upper surface of the slide so that the mirror 11 is in exact registration with the opening 9 when the slide is fully extended, i. e., when the shoulders 8 are in engagement with the stops 7. When the slide is moved entirely within the casing, the mirror 11 is entirely out of registration with the opening 9 and is therefore invisible? A recess 12 is cut in the open end 13 of the casing 1 so that the operator may engage the slide 6 with the thumb and forefinger in the manner necessary to withdraw the slide when the device is in operation.
A verse, such as the Verse 14, is inscribed upon the face of the front wall 4 so that it may be read by the person receiving the greeting card. The reading of this Verse it is thought will be self-explanatory to one receiving the card as to the nature in which the device is to be manipulated.
From the foregoing description of the various parts of the device, the operation thereof may be readily understood. Let us assume that a device, such as the card shown in Figure 1, is received through the mail or other medium by the person to whom the card is sent. The greeting card will have much the same appearance as the ordinary card, that is, there will be a verse 14 therewho it is that is wishing; him well.
upon. Atter the person receiving the card has read the inscription comprising the verse 14, he will have been instructed to pull the slide slowly so that the opening; will reveal The recipient of the card will then manually draw the slide 6 to an extended position from the casing so that the shoulders 8 contact the stop member 7 and still gazingat the card will see his own reflection in the mirror 11 which will have been moved into registration with the opening 9. This suddenand unexpected movement of the mirror 1]. before the eyes of the recipient will constitute a pleasing surprise and the card will have fulfilled its unique function.
Obviously, verses to take the place of the verse 1 1:, relating to Christmas, New Years, Valentine Day, and patriotic holidays, may be used and the mirror 11 may be replaced by a photograph which is relevant to the particular holiday described in the verse.
A further modification which I deem to be well within the spirit and scope o1" my invention is the employment of the device for advertising purposes, in which case the verse 14 would describesome unique or unexpected function or device and the photograph which would replace the mirror 11, would illustrate that device. It is apparent that such modifications are clearly consistent with the spirit of my invention and that on the outer side of the casing for enclosing a portrait. In this case of course, the device would be constructed somewhat larger than 4 the ordinary type of greeting card soa to meet the portrait requirements.
A device of the character described comprising a casing having an aperture through its front wall, a slide member disposed within said casing and arranged to be manually drawn for a portion of its length exterior of the casing, whereby the body portion of the slide member may move within the casingn means for preventing the entire removal of the slide member from the casing, a mirror carried by said slide member so as to register with said aperture when said slide member is partially withdrawn from said .RSlHQ as tar as said stopping means will iiern'lit, and an inscription of legends upon the front wall of said casing adjacent to said aperture pertaining to the reflected image ot the person looking into the mirror when said slide member is partially withdrawn.