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Publication numberUS2179269 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 7, 1939
Filing dateNov 24, 1936
Priority dateNov 24, 1936
Publication numberUS 2179269 A, US 2179269A, US-A-2179269, US2179269 A, US2179269A
InventorsOgden Jacob W
Original AssigneePitney Bowes Postage Meter Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable printing die
US 2179269 A
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Patented Nov. 7, 1939 7 2,179,268 ADJUSTABLE ram'rme ma Jacob W. Ogden, Springdale, Conn.. asslgnor to Pitney-Bowes Postage Meter 00., Stamford, Conn, a. co poration of Delaware Application November 24, 1936, Serial No. 112,465

7 Claims.

This invention relates to a device for use in printing a date and postmark with a combined indicia stamp impression upon mail matter by means of a metered mailing machine and it more particularly relates to a date and postmarking die which may be adjusted to omit the printing of either the date, or the postmark and date.

Among the postal regulations are rules which include the requirements for the used the date and postmark with regard to the several different classes of mail. For example, the requirement l'or first class mail is, that both the date and postmark be imprinted upon the mail matter; on third class mail it is required that the date be omitted; and on registered mail it is required that both the postmark and the date be omitted.

In the device of the present invention, means is provided whereby an operator may quickly adjust the deter die and postmark die by means of a key or the like, to move only the dater die or both the postmark and dater dies to a printing or a non-printing position.

One object of the invention therefore, is to provide means whereby a dater die and postmark die may be arranged in independently adjustable positions within a printing member.

Another object is to provide means whereby the dater and postmark dies are adapted to be posi- 'tively moved either individually or together to a printing position by means of a key or the like,

which is adapted to be manipulated from a position outside of the printing member.

lit is also an object to provide an adjustable dater and postmark die, wherein the postmark r die is adjustable within an indicia printing die 1 and wherein the dater die is adjustable within the postmark die.

With the above and other objects in view, which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangeihent of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that various changes in the precise embodimerit of the invention herein disclosed may be ade within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.

a preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein;

Fig. 1 is a plan view showing a portion of a printing drum within a drum casing, including an indicia stamp printing die also the postmark and dater dies;

Fig. 2. is a vertical sectional view taken along the line 2-2 of Fig. 1, showing both the postmark die and dater die in a printing position with relation to the indicia die;

Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken sub stantially on the line 33 of Fig. 2;

Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view similar to Fig. 3 with the postmark die in a printing position but with the dater die adjusted to a non-printing position below the surface of the postmark die;

} Fig. 5.is a vertical sectional view similar to Fig. 2 showing the position of the parts in agreement with the position indicated in Fig. 4;

Fig. 6 is a vertical sectional view similar to Figs. 3 and 4, but showing both the postmark and dater dies in a non-printing position below the surface of the indicia printing die;

Fig. 7 is a front elevational view looking in the direction of the arrow 1 of Fig. 1, showing the position of the key slot with a cap covering same, also an indicator plate with markings thereon to indicate the variouspositions of adjustment;

Fig. 8 is a fragmentary detailed perspective view showing a part of the postmark and dater die controlling cam member, also the key which is used to rotate said cam member;

Fig. 9 is a face view of a stamp impression which is adapted to be made when the'parts are in the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3; r

- Fig. 10 is a fragmentary portion of the stamp impression shown in Fig. 9 showing the impression of the postmark as received when the parts are in the position shown in Figs. 4 and 5, and,

Fig. 11 is a view similar to Fig. 10 showing anv impression as received when the parts are in the position shown in the position of Fig. 6.

Referring to Fig. 1 of the drawing a printing drum to is'rotatably mounted within a casing It, said drum being adapted to be' driven through one revolution upon each cycle of printing operation to cause an impression to be made upon pieces of mail matter when the latter are moved between the printing dr and an impression roll, (not shown).

The printing surface of said printing drum includes an indicia printing die ll which is engraved on a plate it, said plate being secured to the printing drum by means of screws 2t. Forming a part of the indicia die is the usual configuration of a border and design, also a section as indicated at 2| wherein the value printing type wheels 22 are exposed in a printing position, and further includes a postmark and dater printing section as indicated generally at 23.

Included in said latter section is a sleeve 24, which is slidably mounted within the die plate I8 and within the drum l5, and has on its upper surface an engraved type section for the printing of the postmark.

A dater type wheel assembly is provided, which comprises a number of wheels 25, each being rotatably mounted upon a shaft 26, which shaft is rigidly supported upon pins 21 carried by a yoke 28. Said yoke 28 is slidably mounted within the printing drum and is further arranged to permit the dater wheels to move therewith within a hollow interior portion 29 of the sleeve 24.

A cam member is provided which is adapted to move the postmark and dater dies from a nonprinting to a printing position when rotated and is further adapted to provide stops to limit the positions of the postmark and dater dies in their several adjusted positions. Said cam member preferably comprisrs a cam portion 3| of substantially rectangular cross-section and forms a part of a rotatable structure which has journals 32 and 3|] rotatably mounted within a bore 33 in the printing drum I5. A slot 34 is provided within one end of said head as best shown in Fig. 8, which is adapted to have engaged therewith, one end of a key 35. By means of said key the cam member is adapted to be rotated. Detents 36 are also provided in the journal 32 which are adapted to be engaged by yieldable balls 31, positioned within the printing drum iii to retain the cam member in a fixed adjusted position.

The cam portion 3| of said cam member has one surface 38 upon which the lower end of the yoke 28 will rest when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. 5 and a similar surface 38 upon which both the yoke 28 and sleeve 24 will be adapted to rest when in the position of Fig. 6. Also forming a part of said cam.member are two end portions 40-40 upon either one of which the yoke member 28 will rest when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. 3; At each end of the surface 38 are projecting lugs 4|-4| which also form a part of the cam structure and are adapted to be engaged by the lower end of the sleeve 24 when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. 5.

Whenthe cam member 3| is moved to the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3, with one end 40 in engagement with the sleeve 24 and the yoke 28, the printing surfaces of each of the die portions of the postmarking and the dater wheels are positioned in exact alignment with the indicia printing die surface I? to thus provide for the printing of the postmark and date during a printing operation. When in this position a pointer 42, which forms a part of the key 35, will be pointed in one of the two directions indicated as the 1st or 4th class positions on an indicator plate 41 shown in Fig. '7, there being two positions indicated for the 1st and 4th class mail.

Upon rotation of the cam member through 90 degrees in a counter-clockwise direction from the position of Figs. 2 and 3, the surface 39 thereof will be uppermost as shown in Fig. 6,- or in position to permit both the postmark and dater dies to be moved below the printing surface.

It will be noted that the camming action of the member 3| functions to move the postmark and dater dies to the printing position of Figs. 2 and 3 when one of the end portions 40 engages the yoke 28 and sleeve 24. A positive camming action therefore results when the member 3| is rotated to the positions in which the key pointer 42 registers with the 1st and 4th class mail points or when the high points of the cam,

the ends 40-40, are moved to an actuating position.

When the key 35 is moved to the 3rd class mail position or the position wherein the parts are to be positioned as in Fig. 4, it is necessary to manually depress the dater die inward to a non-printing position. The postmark die will remain in a printing position due to the engagement of the lugs 4|4| with the lower surface thereof as shown in Fig. 5.

When the key 36 is moved to the registered mail position, or the position wherein the parts are to be positioned as in Fig. 6, both the dater and postmark dies are manually depressed inward to a non-printing position.

By means of a spring pressed ball structure 43, which is adapted to engage with one of two detents 44-44, the sleeve 24 is maintained in an adjusted position, and in a like manner (not shown) the yoke 28 may also be maintained in an adjusted position.

When an adjustment of the position of the postmark or dater is to be made, the operator will insert the key 35 within openings 45, 46 in the indicator plate 4! and casing l6 respectively to engage the end thereof with the slot 34 in the head of the cam member 3|, then rotate same until the pointer 42 thereon is opposite the desired position on the indicator plate. It will be noted that the key can only be inserted in one position due to the provision of a projection 48 on the key which engages with a mating slot 49 inthe head 32.

After adjusting the key to the desired position, the position of the postmark and dater dies are checked and if it is desired to print .a stamp impression on 3rd class the dater die is pressed below the printing surface. If it is desired to print a stamp impression on registered mail, both the postmark and dater dies are depressed below the printing surface.

By means of this arrangement, a quick adjustment can be made and it is obvious that considerable time is saved over the method of removing and inserting the desired type sections.

Having described this invention, what is claimed is:

1. In combination with a printing member having a relatively stationary indicia die printing surface; a sleeve having a postmark printing die surface and slidably positioned within said indicia die, dater type wheels, and a support for said type wheels slidably positioned within said sleeve.

2. In combination with a printing member having a relatively stationary indicia die printing surface; a sleeve having a postmark printing die surface and slidably positioned within said indicia die, dater type wheels, a support for said type wheels slidably positioned within said sleeve, and selective means adapted to control the adjustment of said sleeve and dater type wheels to permit their movement to a plurality of different positions.

3. In combination with a printing member having a relatively stationary indicia die printing surface; a manually adjustable printing die slidably mounted within the indicia die and movable to a printing or a non-printing position, and a second adjustable printing die slidably mounted within the first named adjustable printing die, whereby impressions may be made which include the indicia with or without the printed portion resulting from one or both adjustable dies. g

4.111 combination with a printing member having a relatively stationary indicia die printing surface; a manually adjustable printing die slidably mounted within the indicia die and movable to a printing or a non-printing position, a second adjustable printing die slidably mounted within the first named adjustable printing die,

and a manipulative member to control the positions of said adjustable members, whereby impressions may be taken which include the indicia with or without the printed portion resulting from the one or both adjustable dies.

5. In a device of the character described, an indicia printing member, a postmark die adjustable relative to said indicia printing member to a printing or non-printing position, and a dater die positioned within the postmark die and adjustable to a printing or a non-printing position relative to said postmark die.

6. In a device of the character described, an indicia printing member, a postmark die member adjustable relative to said indicia printing member to a printing or non-printing position, a dater die member positioned within the postmark die and adjustable relative to said postmark die member, and a selector having a cam portion arranged to contact the postmark die member and dater die member, said cam portion including a plurality of elevations arranged to support the combined postmark and dater die members in any one of a plurality of printing positions.

7. In a device of the character described including an indicia printing member, a postmark die member adjustable relative to said indicia printing member to a printing or non-printing position, and a dater die member positioned within the postmark die and adjustable to a printing or a non-printing position relative to said postmark die member, a rotatable cam member positioned below the postmark and dater die members to provide a seat therefor, manipulative means engageable with said cam member to rotate same, and an indicator member having a plurality of positions indicated thereon, whereby upon rotation of said cam member, the manipulative means upon movement past the several indications on the indicator member will cause a different printing arrangement of the postmark and dater members to be had according to the indications represented.

JACOB W. OGDEN.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification101/110, 101/91
International ClassificationB41K3/00, B41K3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB41K3/123
European ClassificationB41K3/12B4