US 1637884 A
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Aug. 2 1927 A, w. WALKER SAFETY ENVELOPE Filed Aug. 24. 1925 INVENTOR. A. N. JM/rif?, Wwf
Patented ug. 2, 1927.
muren STATES PATENT OFFICE.
ARTHUR W. WALKER, or ooNWAY, MISSOURI, A'ssIGNoR or ONE-FOURTH 'r N. FINN, on CONWAY, ARKANSAS.
CI-IRLEY SAFETY ENVELOPE.
'Application led August 24, 1926. Serial No. 131,201.
My invention, in its broad aspect, has reference to improvements in envelopes; and more particularly it is myl purposeto provide an envelope especially adapted to facilitate the transmission of money, both paper money and coin, as wellas checks, vouchers, and the like. My envelope is unique in that it cannot be tampered with or opened Without leaving evidence that cannot be eradicated, andthis major advantage is accomplished without mutilation of the contents. Furthermore, my envelope is simple in construction and can be easily manufactured by ordinary cutting and folding machines at V small cost, and there are no metallic parts,
conventional form of pay envelope, the flap' of which'is utilized for my purposes in retaining` the container or pocket in the en-` velope as well as forming a closure for'the pocket; third. the folding scheme of my envelope is simple and can be accomplished in a short time by one having no special skill, and fourth, while the envelope itself is mu tilated beyond repair in the process of open ing (so that it cannot again be sealed up or used over again) there is no way in which the contents of the envelope can be injured during the operation.
The particular elements of my envelop-e employed to accomplish the above and other equally important objects and advantages will be hereinafter more fully described in detail, and defined in the claims appended hereunto and forming part of this specification.
In the accompanying drawings wherein is illustrated the preferred embodiments of my invention Figures 1` 2 and 3 are perspective views showing different stages in the process of making up my envelope and inclosing therewithin its contents.
In the drawings wherein like characters of reference are used to designate like `or sim-r` ilar parts throughout the several views:.-
The numeral (1) designates the body or ybackof my envelope which is shown as rec tangular,`(2) and (Il) are the two side' flaps, and (3) and (5)k are the two end fiaps, Thus the form of the blank from which, my envelope is made up resembles substantially a c Greek cross, and it may be readily stamped out ofy paper stock by any onevof a number of paper cutting and` stamping machines.
The sideflaps (2) and (4l) as well as the gated transverse slot (8) whichlis disposed l midway ofits length, and the flaps or exten sions and (et) have circular (or otherv ywise shaped) openings (9) and (10) respectively which are z idaptedv to register with each other and with the slotl (8)y when the flaps vare folded down upon the envelope when it is made up. The flap (5)-shown crinkled in Figure lf-is in itsfirst form made up flat like the other flaps. Flaps (3) and (4L) have gummed edges as shown at (11) and (12) respectively.
In making up my envelope, currency, that is, coin, is placed in the pocketL (6) which is then folded down upcn the l'rody. Paper money, checks and the like are spread outA on the body (1) over the pocket (6), and on top of the same is placed a remittance slip. or the like, designated The flap (2) is then folded down upon the body and the end (1-1) of the remittance slip (13) is in serted through the slot (8). Flap (5) is now placed upon its end upon the free end of the remittance slip and the two are folded or rolled up together with the flap (5) on the outside after the manner shown at (15) in Figure 3. Flap (3) is ynow folded down on fiap vand pasted thereto with the opening (9)V registering with the rolled member (15), whereupon flap (il) is folded down and sealed upon flap with its opening (10) in registry with opening (9), and Sealing wax or other sealing substance is run into and around the Openings to lirmly hold the flaps (3) and (5)` and rolled portion (15)' together. Thus, a tripleseal is affected; .fir-st, by the guinmed portions of iaps and (4); second, by the rolled portion (l5), and;` third, by the sealing Wax. To openthe envelope a knife is run along the line indicated at the intersection of iaps (3), (4) and (2), and the body (1) to roll (l5). The contents can then be counted, but not removed Without breaking the seal` and tearing out slit (8). 'The-envelope cannot otherwise be eiectively opened, and it is manifest that any tamper ingi'vith it will be immediately evident.
While in the foregoing there has been illustrated and described such combination and' arrangement of elementsas constitute the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is` nevertheless desired to emphasize the faot that interpretation of the invention should only be conclusive When made in the light of the `subjoined claims.
Having described my invention and its objects with ysuch attention to detail `as Will thoroughly acquaint one skilled in the art withl its construction and advantages, I claini:-'
1, Anenvelope comprising-a body, a pluralitylofflaps or extensions on the body, certain of which have guniined edges, a pocket member" attached to the-body, the iaps or i extensions being folded one above the others upon the body and abovethe pocket member,
one of the said flapsbeing rolled with tho contents ofthe envelope, and means-for sealing certain olf the flaps or extensions to each other and to the rolled portion. f
Q1 lin envelope comprising a body, an extension orglap on each of the sides of the Y body and foldable one abovethe others upon tents of the envelope, and sealing substance r placed in the registering openings and adhering to said rolled portion and ftlie iiaps containing the openings whereby to hold said flaps and rolled portion together.
the body one above the others, certain of the i rlaps having registering openings, another of the flaps having a slotv therein through 3. An envelope comprising a quadrangu-- Whicha portion of the contentsof the" enve" lope is received, another of the flaps being rolled with the contents of the envelope, and sea-ling substance placed insaid registering openings and adhering to the 4rolled portion and tothe flaps having said openings to hold said "flaps and rolled portion together.
1i, An' envelope comprising a rectangular` body, aplura'lity of flaps or extensionson the body and" arranged respectively on each edge thereof and foldable upon the body one; above the others, a poclretmember attached to the body beneath the flaps, certain ofthe fiaps having registering openings, another or the flaps having a slot therein through which a portion of the contents of the envelope is received, another of the flaps forining arolled portion in conjunction With a poi-tion of said contents, and sealing means placed in said openings and adhering to said roiledf portion `and to the flaps having the openings t0 hold said flaps and'rolled po`rtiontogether.`
In testimony whereof, I afhii my signature ARTHUR vv. WALKER."