US 1957704 A
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May 8, 1934. P. E. DRACHMAN ENVELOPE Filed Oct. 23. 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 ATTORNEYS May 3 5934 P. E. DRACHMAN 1,957,704
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ATTORNEYS Patented May 8, 1934 ENVELOPE Pp E. Dracliman, Brooklyn, Y., assigner of one-half to Thomas F. Jennings, Brooklyn,
Application October 23, 1931, Serial N .570,551
An important object of the present invention is to provide an envelope of improved form designed for remailing.
Other objects of the invention will appear heremener.
In the drawings:
Fig. l is a plan view of a blank design for pro- 'ducing one form of my improved envelope; Fig. 2 a face vlew of an envelope formed from w said blank with the closure flap spread open;
, Fig. 3 a face view of said envelope sealed for initial sending;
Fig. 4 a face view of said envelope showing it with a portion of the closure flap torn ofi to disi i5 close the return address, and the stub of the iiap spread open;
Fig. 5 a face View of the envelope showing it sealed for remailing; l
Fig. 6 a plan view of a blank for' producing a modified form of the envelope;
Fig. 7 a face View of an open envelope formed from the blank of Fig. 6;
Fig. 8 a face View of the envelope of Fig. 6, showing it sealed Jfor initial sending;
Fig. 9 a faceview of said modied envelop showing part of the closure iiap tornl off to disclose the return address, and the stub of the nap partly sealed for remailing;
Fig. 10 a face view oi another modiiication oi the envelope showing it sealed for initial sending;
and Fig. 11 a section upon an enlarged scale taken on the line 11-11 of Fig. l0.
With reference to the form of the invention illustrated in Figs. l to 5 inclusive, the blank B for forming the envelope comprises a single sheet oi paper. The blank has a rectangular central Vportion 1 to form the back of the envelope body, a rectangular end portion 2 to form the front 40 of the envelope body, a rectangular opposite end portion 3 to form the closure ap, and trapezoidal portions 4 at opposite ends of the central portion to iorm the ends of the envelope body. Upon its opposite side margins the end portion 2 of y the blank has adhesive coatings 5 of the usual character. Upon its outer end marginthe ap portion 3 of the blank has an adhesive coating 6, and between said coating 6 and the central portion of the blank, and nearer the latter, the flap has a narrow strip of adhesive coating 7 extending clear across the ap. These coatings are all located on the same face of the blank upon areas which 'are directed inward in the completed envelope. Along the inner edge of the coating 6 the blank has a tear-oir line 8 and along the outer edge of the coating 7 the flap has a tear-off line 9. These lines are preferably ruled and weakened, although the weakening of the lines may be omitted if desired. The lines divide the flap into a stub portion 3e, a main portion 3b, @s and a sealing end margin' 3c. Upon the outer face of the flap is the printed instruction Open here, extending along the line 8. Upon the inner face of the ap is the printed instruction Tear oi here to remail, extending along the 55 line 9. Upon the outer face of the end portion 2 of the blank is printed or inscribed the return address 10.
The envelope is formed by folding the end flaps 4', along the lines 11, against the portion l1 70 Y of the blank and folding the portion 2 ofthe blank along the line l2 against the folded-in naps and sealing it thereto by means of the adhesive coatings 5. 'Thereby the body or pocket of the envelope is formed and the envelope is 75- prepared, as shown in Fig. 2, to receive contents for initial sending. For initial sending the stub or base portion 3a of the closure ap is not folded down but is allowed to remain upright and form an extension of the back 1 of the envelope body. 80 Thereby the depth and capacity of the envelope are increased to a desired degree. The envelope is closed by folding down the body of the ap along the line 9 and sealing it to the outer face oi the front 2 of the envelope body, by means of 85 the adhesive coating 6,-as shown in Fig. 3. The stub 3a and the intermediate portion 3b of the flap are both rectangular and they extend the entire width of the envelope body. When the portion 3b is folded down it overlies the entire 90 area of the opposed face of the stub so that enclosed matter has its opposite faces and its upper corners covered and protected by the stub and the ap portion 3E. y Prior to the sealing of the ilap a return stamp may be placed upon the en-v velope face alongside the address, in a position to be covered by the iiap. Or, a postal permit 13 may be stamped upon the blank in apposition to be covered by the portion 3b of the iiap. The folded-down portion of the flap is so proportioned as to entirely cover the return address 10 and dispose the sealing coating 6 below the address. The address of the sender is preferably placed upon the turned-down iiap.
Upon its receipt by. the sender the envelope 105 may be openedby severing the ap along the line 8 as directed by the printed instruction along said line. This frees the flap so that it may be swung upwardA for the removal of the envelope contents. When the flap is swung open it exposes 110 the printed instruction for tearing o!! the body oftheilap along theline9. Whentheiiaphasbeen severed the stub 3'l remains for resealing the envelope, ,its adhesive coating '7 having been reserved for reseallng. Whena reply has been inserted into the envelope the stub is folded down along the line Maud sealed to the upper margin of the envelope face bearing the return address. The stub terminates above the address and leaves it exposed for re-mailing.
It will be seen that the envelope just described is a particularly convenient one. It can be conveniently used for both sending and returning. The closure nap serves to cover both the return address and the return stamp and the stub of the nap serves to increase the capacity ofthe envelope for initial sending, when greater capacity is usually needed to accommodate a circular, a letter of instruction, or the like, and also serves as a closure ap for remailing.
The form of my invention illustrated in Figs. 6 to 9 inclusive, is similar to that just described except that the proportions of the closure iiap are somewhat altered and it is folded differently for initial sealing. The flap in this: case is approximately equal in depth to the envelope and it is folded down to sealing position along the line 14 at the upper edge of the pocket.
The envelope shown in Figs.- 10 and 11 is similar to the second form just described except that the depth oi the flap is slightly greater than that oi the envelope and the end margin 3c of the iiap is folded around the lower edge of the envelope and sealed to the back of the envelope. The tear-01T line 8 is disposed approximately at the lower edge of the envelope so that the ilap may be conveniently severed by inserting a knife under it and drawing the knife edge along the edge oi' the envelope.
What I claim is:
An envelope for mailing and re-mailing comprising a body forming an upwardly opening envelope pocket; a closure flap for the pocket carried by the envelope body and including a rectangular stub portion adjoining the mouth of the pocket and extending the full horizontal width of the pocket, an intermediate portion foldable downward over said stub and-over a face of the envelope body and formed to extend over the entire area of one face of the stub and also cover a return address space on said face of the envelope body, and an outer end margin, the ilap being weakened along straight parallel horizontal lines separating the stub and said end margin from the intermediate portion and enabling the l latter to be severed from the stub and margin; a sealing strip of adhesive on said iiap margin along the adjacent weakened line; and a sealing strip of adhesive on the stub along the weakened line separating the stub from the intermediate portion of the flap, whereby the envelope may oe initially mailed with the stub upstanding and with the intermediate portion of the ilap folded down and sealed to cover a return address and to also overlie the upstanding stub and combine therewith to increase the capacity of the envelope and entirely cover the opposite faces of any portion of the envelope contents disposed between the stub and the adjacent portion of the flap, and whereby the envelope may also be re-mailed with the intermediate portion torn off to disclose the return address and with the stub folded down and sealed to the envelope body to close the pocket.
PHILLIP E. DRACHMAN.