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A. SUGAR GREETING CARD AND ENVELOPE ASSEMBLY Filed Feb. 20, 194.7
Patented Dec. 13, 1949 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GREETING CARD AND ENVELOPE ASSEMBLY Aaron. Phila.delphi3,,.1 a,.
Application February 20, 1947*, Serial No. 729,772
This invention relates to a combined greeting card and envelope assembly, and more particularly to the envelope incorporating thereon a price-markingtab which is readily visible in thesimilar enclosure adapted to be inserted within the envelope, which tab is readily visible in the collated condition of the envelope and greeting card sothat any price marking on the tab may be readily seen by the purchaser and the dealer; and which requires-no extraneous attaching means involving tedious operations andresult ing in mutilation and defacement of the greeting card and/or envelope. The. tab is readily severable from the closure flap following the thereof to the consumer without affecting the normal functioning of the closure flap, which is preferablydesignedto present. a pleasant and symmetrical appearance following the detachment f the price-marking tab therefrom.
It is the object of the present invention to provide a combined envelope and insert assembly therefor, embodying a price-marking tab on the envelope. A plurality of such units are clearly visible in the display racks in which these are placed and require no auxiliary paper clips to maintain them in cooperative position. The elimination of such clips results in time-saving operations at the time of assembly of the units, prevents the mutilation of the cards and/or the envelopes which often takes place as a re sult of the impression of the clips thereon, or the rusting thereof, and further eliminates the insecurity of the price identification resulting from accidental detachment of the price tags from the combined assemblies.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a price-marking tab for greeting card and envelope assembly which is secure and reliable in operation, and which presents substantially no additional cost in the manufacture of the assembly in view of only the slight difference from conventional envelope manufacture which is involved in the provision of the improved expedient presented herein.
Other objects and purposes will appear from the detailed description of the invention following hereinafter, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing wherein Fig. 1 is a front view of a greeting card and envelope assembly in accordance with the present invention;
Fig; 2. is aplan view of the back face of the envelope. which is adapted to be combined with the greeting card for display purposes, as shown in Fig. 1:
Fig. 3 shows the upper portion: of the envelope with the closure flap in open condition following the detachment or severance of the price tab therefrom and preparatory to the insertion of' the greeting card into the main body pocket of the envelope preparatory to-the closure and/ or sealing thereof; and
Fig. 4 shows the inside upper portion of the envelope bianlr in accordance with the invention.
Fig. '1 shows the greeting card combined with the enclosing envelope I'D therefor as the latter is collated, that is, inserted between the bottom two flaps of" the card for display purposes, at which time it is desired that the price of the cardbe identified therewith. The envelope is inserted with its back face uppermost, as shown in- Fig.2, namely with the bottom flap I l= lateral flaps |='8- and I9 and the-closure flap 2 being in display position. In such position, the price tab- I3, on which may be written or imprinted the price of the card or other desired indicia, is visible in the upper right hand corner of the envelope as shownin Fig. 1 so that apurehaser' may readily see the price of the card without necessitating the opening thereof.
The envelope may be constructed in any conventional manner and as shown in the drawing the main body pocket is formed by the front face 20 over which are folded the lateral flaps I8 and I9 along folding lines 23 and 22, respectively, and the bottom flap H. The closure flap I2 is connected to the upper edge of the main body pocket along the folding line 2| and is provided with adhesive coatings 24 along the outer edges to permit a sealing of the envelope.
The price-tab l3, which is formed at one corner of the closure flap I 2, is connected to the main body of the flap by a line of perforations I4 extending from the edge 2| to the outer edge of the flap and is readily severable by the purchaser or the dealer following the sale of the combined greeting card unit. This tearing is facilitated by the cut l5 extending inwardly from the edge of the envelope along line 2|, which cut is formed in the stamping or die-cutting of the envelope blank as shown in Fig. 4, so that only a single tear along the line of perforation I4 is necessary to detach the tab 3 from the closure flap of the envelope. In order to render the envelope symmetrical following the detachment of the tab 3, the opposite corner of the closure flap at I 6 is provided with a cut-out portion which is congruous to the outline of the tab l3 so that in the ultimate form of the envelope the closure flap presents a symmetrical appearance as shown in Fig. 3. Also preferably the top edges of the lateral flaps I8 and I9 coincide with the folding line 2| beyond the inward terminals of the cut l5 and the corresponding cut-out l6 at the opposite end of the closure flap so that the flap l2 when superposed over the rear face of the envelope provides a complete overlapping of the flap over the latter. 7
As may be seen from the drawings, the size of the tab 53 is sufficiently large to provide a visible marking of the price without affecting the normal functioning of the closure flap following its detachment, and as shown, this marking tab is no more than 5% of the surface of the closure flap and is preferably more nearly half this size.
Some of the advantages of the invention may be realized by providing a detachable price-tab at one corner of the closure flap of the envelope without a corresponding cut-out portion at the opposite end of the closure flap to impart symmetry to the structure, but the maximum advantages and the most pleasing appearance of the unit are attained by an arrangement as illustrated in the drawing, which is a preferred embodiment of the invention.
While I have described m invention as embodied in a specific form and as operating in a specific manner for purposes of illustration, it should be understood that I do not limit my invention thereto, since various modifications will suggest themselves to those skilled in the art Without departing from the spirit of my invention, the scope of which is set forth in the annexed claims.
1. An envelope comprising a main body pocket and a closure flap therefor hinged thereto along a fold line, and a readily detachable tab formed in the corner of said closure flap adjacent to said fold line and wholly within the outline of said flap and envelope and constituting a minor proportion of the area of said closure flap and hearing indicia on the outside surface thereof, said tab having one edge defined by a weakened line, extending from an edge of said flap to said fold line and another edge flush with said fold line which tab upon severance from the flap does not affect the normal functioning thereof, said closure flap having a cut-out portion adjacent to said fold line at the end thereof opposite said tab and congruent thereto to impart a symmetrical appearance to said envelope subsequent to the severence of said tab.
2. The combined unit of a folded greeting card and an envelope of greater dimensions than said card for the enclosure thereof adapted to be interleaved therein so that an edge of the envelope protrudes beyond said card and presents pricemarking indicia at the upper part of said edge which is visible in the display racks containing such combined units, said envelope formed of a main body pocket and a closure flap therefor hinged thereto along a fold line at said protruding edge, and a readily detachable tab of small area formed in the upper exposed corner of said flap and Wholly within the outline of said flap and envelope and bearing price-marking indicia a on the outside thereof, said tab having one edge defined by a weakened line extending from an edge of said flap to said fold line and another edge out flush with said fold line which tab is readily severable following the sale of said com-.
ance to said envelope following the severance of said tab therefrom.
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