US 2294567 A
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Patented Sept. 1, 1942 COMBINATION SEED ENVELOIE AND MARK Ida May Mooney, Oyster Bay, N. Y. Application March 27, 1941, Serial No. 385,490
(Cl. 20G-47) 1 Claim.
This invention relates to a combination seed envelope and marker. After a section of a garden has been sown With seed, it has been customary to mark the seeded area by putting the empty envelope in the cleft end of a stick and then pushing the other end of the stick in the ground. This method has several disadvantages. In the first place, the gardener has to hunt around for the requisite sticks. Secondly, the paper of the envelopes is apt to disintegrate, lose its shape, or accumulate dirt to such an extent that the printing thereon is not readily legible. Further, the use of a torn envelope as a label gives an untidy appearance to the flower bed.
The object of the present invention is to provide means for eliminating these disadvantages.
According to the present invention a substantial-ly permanent marker having the name of the seed printed thereon is attached to each seed envelope.
Usually the marker is glued onto the front of the envelope along one longitudinal margin, the printing on the envelope being offset laterally to provide a blank strip for the marker. In that way none of the printed matter on the envelope is concealed by the marker.
One advantage of a printed marker secured to the envelope is that it enables a' standard form of seed envelope to be used for all varieties of seed, the marker functioning as the label to indicate the character of seed in the envelope.
While a large range of materials may be used for making the markers, thin strips of wood have been found very satisfactory. It often happens that after a heavy rain so much mud and earth has been spattered onto the marker that it is rendered illegible, Wooden markers can be lil readily cleaned sufficiently to enable them to be read by running a finger over the surface. That is not ordinarily practicable when the markers used are made of paper, such as the discarded seed envelope.
Cleaning wooden markers suiciently to enable them to be easily read is facilitated by the fact that the type used in printing digs into the surface of the wood so that the ink is slightly below the surface of the marker as a whole. This facilitates cleaning the marker Without removing the printing.
A combination envelope and marker is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a front view of an envelope and its attached marker, and
Fig. 2 is a side view of the same.
It will be noted that the envelope I has printed thereon the trade-name and trade-mark symbol of the distributor of the seed, but no indication of the character of the seed. As a result, one set of envelopes only is required for the entire line cf seeds put on the market. The marker 2 is a thin pointed strip of wood with the name of the seed printed thereon. The marker is attached to the envelope by glue or any other suitable means.
The combination of a seed envelope having the printed matter thereon offset laterally to leave a blank space along one longitudinal margin, with a Wooden marker secured to the outside of the envelope and lying substantially Within the boundaries thereof in said blank space, said marker having printed thereon the name of the seed in the envelope.
IDA MAY MOONEY.