US 1792075 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
s. COOPER 1,792,075
TAG WITH ATTACHED STRING AND METHOD OF ATTACHING Feb. 10, 1931.
Filed Oct. 2, 1929 NVENTOR ADM/[7W I l J 2 BY 6 Patented Feb. 10, 1931 uni-m); ,srA-Ti:
PATE T OFFICE siMo COOPER, OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR To THE coorRR TEA PAOKRT 00., INc., or BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, .A coRPORATIoN on NEW YORK' Application filed October 2, 1929. Serial No. 396,643. I
This invention relates to fastening a tag to a string. It is particularly applicable to tags for individual tea bags but may be used for other purposes."
Individual tea bags are well known in the art. They consist essentially of a small fabric bag (containing an individual portion of tea leaves) which may be suspended in a teacup by means of a length of string which has one end attached to the bag and the other end attached .to a tag. I11 packing these bags for sale a number of the bags are loosely thrown together in a box or carton, and the tags tangle up with the lengths of string,
15 thus annoying the consumer when he attempts to withdraw one bag from the box. Each tea bag is used only once and is then thrown away. Accordingly, it is very important from a commercial standpoint that the bags may be rapidly manufactured at very low cost. A considerable item of manufacturing expense is in attaching the tags to the lengths of string; and with this class of commercial articles, the minimizing of every phase of manufacturing cost is of the greatest importance.
An object of the present invention is to provide a fastening between a tag and length of string which will obviate tangling of the 0 tags with the lengths of string when a numher of the tags with strings attached are thrown together.
Another object of the invention is to pro vide a tag with attached string and/or method of attaching the tag to the string which enables the fastening to be rapidly accomplished at very small cost.
Another object of the invention is to provide a tag and string assembly and/or method of making the same which permits the use of relatively low grade stock for the 7 tag. 7
I Fig".- 4 is an edge view of the tag in the .condition shown in Fig. 3.
similar to Fig. 6, but showing a slightly modified form of the invention. 1
Fig. 8 is a plan view of a strip of metal which is to be formed into a clamp for clamping the string to the tag. Fig. 9 is an edge View of the finished clamp per se. Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the finished clamp per se. r A tag 1 is pierced at 2 by a punch or piercing tool which introduces the end portion 3 of a piece of string 1- through the tag as shown in Fig. 1. A relatively thin strip of sheet metal 5 (shown in Fig. 8)i is fed through the slot 2 in the tag, preferably by its pointedend 6. The strip of metal 5 is initially soplaced through the slot 2 as-to bebeneath the string, and the strip is thenbentintov U-shaped form as shown in Fig. '6 so as to embrace the end portion of the string and clamp it against both faces of. the tag. Preferably, the ends of the strip 5 are driven into the surfaces of the tag as shown in Fig. 6, so as to eliminate any crevices in which strings might catch when the tea bags are thrown together in packing. 4
- In the alternative form shown in Fig. 7,
the strip of metal 5 is made of such length string, and leaves no crevices or the like which would cause tangling.
. In making the tag assembly, string 4- may be drawn from a ball or reel and cut off in appropriate lengths. Similarly, the metal strips 5 may be cut from a continuous strip of sheet metal. The invention provides a construction (particularly in Fig. in which the string, extends directly away from the tag and is a continuation of the edge of the tag. With the constructions used heretofore, the string has left the tag in such manner as to leave a V-shaped space in which other pieces of string freely catch when the tea bags are thrown together in packing.
The string may be so arranged that the tip of it extends little or no distance beyond the metal clamp 5, thus eliminating the usual frayed end which is unattractive and contributes to tangling of the tags. The U-shaped clamp embraces such a large surface of the tag that a low quality of tag stock canbe used without danger of the tag being torn from the string. The clamp 5 is preferably made of metal which can be readily bent to form and which does not easily rust or corrode. Aluminum and tin plate may be used for this purpose.
It is realized that the present invention may be embodied in forms other than those particularly disclosed, and hence the present disclosure is to be considered as illustrative in compliance with the patent laws, and is not to be considered as limiting.
lVhat I claim is:
1. The method of fastening a tag to a string which comprises passing the string and a sheet metal strip through the tag and clamping the string against both sides of the tag by bending the strip into U-shaped form.
2. The method of fastening a tag to a string which comprises punching a hole in the tag and carrying the end of the string through the punched hole, passing a sheet metal strip through the hole, and then clamping the string against both sides of the tag by bending the strip into U-shaped form.
3. The method of fastening a string to a tag which comprises passing the string and a metal strip through-the tag adjacent an edge of the tag, bending the strip into U- shaped form to clamp the string against the faces of the tag, and clinching the ends of the strip over the edge of the tag.
4. In combination, a tag, a string lying against one face of the tag and having its end portion passing through the tag and doubled back against the opposite face of the tag, and means passing through the tag and clamping the string against both faces of the tag. 1
5. In combination; a tag having a perforation adjacent its edge; a string having its end portion extending from the edge of the tag, through said perforation, and back toward the edge of the tag; and a U-shaped clamp passing through the perforation and clamping the string against both faces of the tag, said clamp having at least one end clinched over the edge of the tag.
6. In combination; a tag having a slotshaped perforation adjacent its edge; a U- SIMON COOPER.