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Publication numberUS2377968 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 12, 1945
Filing dateJul 28, 1942
Publication numberUS 2377968 A, US 2377968A, US-A-2377968, US2377968 A, US2377968A
InventorsFrances B. Kichman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Foldable visual album
US 2377968 A
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June l2, 1945. F. B. RICHMAN 2,377,968

FOLDABLE VISUAL ALBUM Filed July 28, 1942 FJ'EJE.

INVENTOR. en/V056 5. file/4M4 ATTORNEY Patented June 12, 1945 UNITED STATES PATENT (OFFICE FOLDABLE VISUAL ALBUM Frances B. Richman, San Francisco, Calif. Application July 28, 1942, SerialNo. 452,565

6 Claims.

' a plurality of features which lends theinvention admirably to a multiplicity and widely diversified .number of commercial as well as educational and entertainment applications. A few of these applications of use of the invention will be alluded to hereinbut it is to be understood that the scope of the improvement is not to be limited to the specific uses herein mentioned.

j A primary objectof the present invention is to provide an improved visual album which is adapt- =edtbef0lded into a packet and which affords the visual dissemination of any desired .informa tion.

iAnother object of myinvention is to provide :andmproved visual album of the indicated nature which is additionally characterized by its simplicity of construction and its inexpensive costof production.

A still further object of the invention is to pro- .vide an album of the aforementioned character which affords the ready insertion therein and re- .di'tional sheets for augmenting the data contained or illustrated therein at anygiven time.

Another object of my present invention is "to ,provide an improvedfoldable, visualalbum of the indicated nature which affords a :basic :medium for any desired type of informative program whether it be advertising, educational, historical .or the like. I

. The foregoing and other objects are attained in a preferred embodimentof myinvention which is illustrated in the accompanying drawing. It'

.is to be understood that I am not to be limited .to the ,precise embodiment shown, nor to the preoisearrangement of the-several parts thereof, as .myinventiomas defined in the appended claims, can .be embodied in a plurality and variety of ,forms.

Referring to the drawing:

Figure 1 is a perspective development of a preferred embodiment -of the invention.

1 Figure 2 i .a .plan view of an embodiment of the present invention, as folded into a packet.

.Inits preferred form, the foldable visual album of my invention preferably comprises aplurality of main body panels, a plurality of transparent, flexible sheets each of which connects alternate main body panels; said. flexible sheets being acmoval therefrom .of an unlimited number of adr cordion'pleated andxsaid panels and sheetsbeing adapted to be folded into a packet, together with means for retaining the packet iin'a closed. position.

-In Figure 1 of .the drawing,.I ihave illustrated a .preferredembodiment of the invention wherein there is provided a series :of main body panels I I I which are preferably fabricated of 'a suitable cardboard or relatively stiff paper stock and which are adapted to receive delineations '2 'of any desired character for purposes of .pictorially,

graphically or otherwise visually depicting or disseminating information of any desired type. .In this embodiment, the main bodypanels III;preferably are connected together .in pairs through the medium of a plurality of separate .fiexible sheets, designated generally by the reference numeral II3, which preferably are fabricated of a transparent material, such as Cellophane although such sheets H3 can be fabricated of any other suitable foldable materiaLas desired. The sheets H3 constitute flexible joints or, in effect, .fold lines between ;adjacent panels =I II in each pair thereof. .A suitable'ad-hesive applied to the longitudinal extremities of each of the sheets I I3 may be utilized forfastening the transparent sheets to adjacent main body panels I I I and thus joining such main bodypanels together in pairs. The series of connected pairs of.main body panels III can be folded upon one another through the .media of the transparent sheets H3 into a packet II I, as illustrated in Figure 2 of the drawing. Preferably a cover is provided for attachment to one extremity of the connected main body panels III, such cover comprising a flap I I6 and con- ;nected panels III and I I8, as shown at the left v.of Figure 1. stitute the back and front, respectively, of the The panels I I1 and I I 8 may concoverandpreferably although not necessarily are cut somewhat larger than the main body panels .III of the album. In one form of construction, the series of main body panels III can be fastenedby any suitable means, such as an adhesive and through the medium of an end flap II9, to the back .of the back panel II! of the cover, as indicated in Figure 1. To hold the .packet.to-

Y gether in closedposition, a conventionalsnap fastener I2I can be providedto fasten the flap no to the top of the front panel .8 of the folded album, as indicated in Figure 20f the drawing. If desired, the backand front cover panels H1 and H8 can be omitted, as well as the flaps H6 and H9, and the opposite ends'of the panels III can constitutethefront and back ofthejfo'lded album and can be secured together by a suitable snap fastener. The transparent sheets I:I3 of the album are creased transversely at spaced intervals, or accordion pleated, to provid series 10f =connected transparent ipanels J24 :h-aving fold lines II 3' therebetween. Each of the transparent panels I24 can be utilized to carry any desired indicia which may supplement the indicia on the main body panels II I or which may be wholly unrelated thereto, as desired. It may be observed also that supplement media, in the form of cards, tickets, paper sheets or the like can be carried within the folds of the transparent sheets H3, when folded together, so that such sheets constitute, per se, holders or pockets as well as indicia-bearing media.

It is to be especially observed that in my improvement herein illustrated the main body panels are all adapted to receive delineations of any desired indicia on the obverse as well as the reverse thereof so that each foldable album provided in accordance with my invention affords illustrations, indicia or delineations which are visible from each side of the main body panels when extended, as illustrated. The composite construction including the transparent sheet affords a series of multiple books which may contain graphic, pictorial or photographic illustrations in part and written or typewritten indicia in part.

With further reference to Figures 1 and 2 of the drawing, depicting the preferred embodiment of my invention in extended as well as in packet form. This embodiment has many commercial applications and can be utilized either a an advertising medium in its entirety, a sales promotional catalogue, an educational or entertainment packet for either children or adults, or as a training manual or booklet for men in the armed services of the country, For example, as indicative of its use as an advertising medium, the main body panels Ill of the embodiment of Figure 1 of thedrawing can be delineated with cuts or graphic illustrations pertaining to the merchandise of a particular concern. The transparent sheets H3 of this embodiment can carry messages relating to the goodsand merchandise depicted on the main body panels III, or such transparent sheets can be slitted to receive tickets or premium cards or the like handed to patrons of the concern in return for purchases or as a premium therefor. The end flap N6 of the cover of the folded album can be delineated with a facsimile of a negotiable instrument, such as a check which is designated by the reference numeral I28 in Figure 2 of the drawing, or with other goodwill token advising the patron that the check or token will be honored by a community restaurant or other merchant for the value specified therein when the packet or album containing a designated number of premium tickets or cards is presented to such community concern. Another application of use of the preferred embodiment of the invention illustrated in Figure 1 of the drawing can be for childrens educational programs; the main body panels I l I being delineated with pictures of animals or parts of animals while the transparent sheets H3 can be delineated with suitable legends relating to the pictures on the main body panels Ill and supplemental thereto so that when the folded sheets overlie the main body panels III the children can visualize a complete pictorial representation of a given animal or group of animals and their habitats. The embodiment of Figure 1 can admirably serve as a stamp album wherein the main body panels I l I can serve to hold the stamps and the transparent sheets H3 can be used for entering supplemental data relating to the countries identified by thestamps. As an educational medium for adults, or training manual for men in the service, the main body panels H I can be delineated with representations of tanks, aeroplanes, guns, gun carriages and other military equipment, while the transparent sheets H3 can carry informative data as to the qualities of the craft with detailed specifications. Or such transparent sheets I I3 can initially be entirely or partially blank to be filled in with data uncovered by the students or men under instruction from other sources, thereby affording the compilation of a completed work album with partial'illustrative matter and partial written or typewritten information.

I claim:

1. A foldable visual album consisting of a plurality of main body panels each comprising a sheet .of relatively stiff, inflexible material; all of said main body panels being adapted to receive delineations of any desired indicia on the obverse as well as reverse face thereof, and a plurality of flexible sheets each of which is connected to alternate main body panels; each of said flexible sheets being accordion pleated; said main body panels and said flexible sheets being adapted to be foldable together into a packet.

2. A foldable visual album consisting of a plurality of main body panels each of which comprises a relatively stiff, inflexible sheet; all of said main body panels being adapted to receive delineations of any desired indicia on the obverse as well as the reverse face thereof, and a plurality of flexible sheets each of which is connected between alternate main body panels and which forms an extensible joint therebetween; said flexible sheets being accordion pleated to form recesses therein which are adapted to receive cards or the like.

3. A foldable visual album consisting of a plurality of main body panel each of which comprises a relatively stiff, inflexible sheet; all of said panels being adapted to receive delineations of any desired indicia on the obverse as well as reverse face thereof, a plurality of transparent, flexible sheets each of which is connected be tween alternate main body panels; said transparent flexible sheets being accordion pleated and being adapted to be folded independently of said main body panels as well as to be foldable upon said main body panels so that the entire group of panels and flexible sheets can be folded into a packet, and means for retaining the packet in a closed position.

4. A foldable visual album consisting of a. plurality of main body panels fabricated of relatively stiff material; each of said panels being adapted to receive delineationsof any desired'indicia on the obverse as well as reverse face thereof, and a plurality of transparent, flexible sheets each of which connects alternate main body panels to form extensible joints between said main body panels; said transparent, flexible sheets being accordion pleated to provide recesses therein for the reception of cards or other material and also being adapted to be folded upon said main body panels without obscuring any indicia delineated on said panels. v

5. A foldable visual album'as defined in claim 1 and including means for holding the packet in a closed position.

6. A foldable visual album as defined in claim 4 and includingmeans for retaining said pan'els and sheets in closed packet form.

' FRANCESB. RICHMAN.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification281/2, 229/69, 283/62
Cooperative ClassificationB42D5/003