US 2153504 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 4, 1939. w. A. DIDIER I POSTAL ENVELOPE Filed Oct. 14 1935 .INVENTOR.
Patented Apr. 4, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in postal envelopes, and one of the objects thereof is the provision of an envelope a front portion of which is utilized for displaying the name and address of an original addressee and constitutes a separable part of the envelope which is subsequently used as a. postal reply card bearing the name and address of the original addressor or that of a secondary addressee, and other indicia,
m if desired. Further objects and advantages of the invention appear in the following description.
An illustrative embodiment of the invention is shown in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a sheet shaped to form an envelope, upon which is displayed the name and address of an original addressee; and
Fig. 2 is an elevation of the reverse face of the sheet, and upon which is displayed the name and address of a secondary addressee.
The invention consists of a mailing envelope preferably formed of a paper sheet shaped to provide a front face I and foldable flaps 2, 3, 4 and 5 to form the back of the envelope. The rectangular portion of the sheet that forms the front face I 2:; of the envelope has a severable portion 6 distinguished by a surrounding line of scorings or perforations l mad-e in the sheet 50 that said portion 6 may readily be removed from the envelope and then used as a reply post card. The
5 front face i of the envelope preferably has imprinted thereon the name and address 8 of the original sender at a place thereon exclusive of the separable portion 6, and there is also placed on the front face of the envelope at a point spaced :13 from the separable portion 6 a postage stamp 9 in payment for delivery of the envelope to the original addressee whose name and address H] is placed on the front of the severable portion 6. The back surface of the severable portion. 6
4c of the severable portion 6 of the envelope has imprinted thereon the name and address of the original sender or that of a secondary addressee.
In use, the flaps are folded rearwardly and attached to each other in the usual manner to 4 5 form the back of the envelope, and in the envelope is placed advertising literature or other matter intended for delivery to the original addressee. Should the original addressee upon receipt of the envelope desire to make reply, it is only neces- 50 sary for said addressee to detach the separable portion 6 of the envelope and'place it in the mail, whereupon the reply card or portion 6, through the regular operation of the mail service is delivered to the original sender or secondary ad- 55 dressee.
The structure thus constituted provides an envelope with a separable portion the front face I of which is utilized for the name and address of an original addressee as indicated by it), and the back of which portion is preaddressed with the 5 name and address of the original sender or that of a secondary addressee as indicated by H. ,Thus, that portion 6 of the envelope which is separable from the body of the envelope is rendered useful in a dual capacity, in that it serves as a. space for the display of the name and address of the original addressee on its outer face, .and its back surface affords a place for display of the name and address of the original sender or a secondary addressee to Whom the reply post card 1 is returned. In this manner the first sender of the envelope to an original addressee, designated on the front of the severable portion 6, upon. return of the reply post card to the secondary addressee appearing on the reverse face of the severable portion, is afforded a dependable record with respect to the identity of the original addressee without requirement of further clerical effort.
A valuable feature of the invention is the arrangement wherein the secondary addressee and postage indicia are confined to the back 6' of the severable portion of the envelope and is completely concealed during transmission of the envelope through the mail to the original addressee, and that upon removal of the severable portion 6 from the front of the envelope, the name of thesender, postage stamp and cancellation thereof that is ordinarily applied during the first transmission through the mail are left to be discarded with the remainder of the envelope. Thus, the reply post card when severed is free from post markings incidental to previous use and is then properly mailable as a fresh instrument to be delivered to the secondary addressee. In this manner confusion with respect to the original and secondary addressees in handling of the envelope and the reply post card in the mail is completely obviated.
1. A mailing device consisting of an envelope having at the front thereof a space of sufficient size to be used as a return post-card located where the original address ordinarily is placed, 50 said space being surrounded by a perforated line made in the envelope front and having proper indicia on both the front and back of the part surrounded by said perforated line.
2. A mailing device consisting of an envelope, 55
envelope having thereon within the surrounding line of perforations mailing indieia for return delivery of the post card, and the front of said portion affording space within said surrounding v line for applying an original address.
WILLIAM A. DIDIER.