US 2578548 A
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1951 G. B. HlSTED DIE-CUT CARD Filed April 5, 1950 ZIO I lllllllllllllll.
Patented Dec. 11, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
The present invention, while relating broadly tachable sections one of which has a die-cut portion which permits such section, when detached, being used as a self-locking tag. In providing a tag of this nature I have eliminated the necessity and additional expense of using an attaching string, and this is a main object of the invention.
The tag comprises a body portion from which an elongated tab is struck except across one end edge of the tab which affords a hinge connection with the body portion. The tab is of such conformation that, when doubled upon itself and its free end looked, as will later be described, it provides an attaching loop, functioning as a string, which will necessitate manual manipulation to release it. When looped through an attached article the tab cannot he accidentally disengaged therefrom.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a single card comprising not only a detachable tag of the character described, but another section to be used as a claim check and a remaining section bearing instructions, records, etc'. pertaining to the article to which the tag is to be afiixed.
In the illustrated embodiment of the invention there is shown a card and tag combination designed for the jewelry trade in its watch and clock repairing and similar work. It will be obvious however that the invention is not limited to this particular field, but that the cards, suitably inscribed and varying in size and shape, ma be used for many other purposes.
The accompanying drawings forming a part of the specification are as follows;
Figs. 1 and 2 are face and end edge views, respectively of a complete card.
Fig. 3 is a face view of the tag section detached from the card and with the tab doubled upon itself and interlocked to form an attaching loop.
Fig. 4 is a sectional view on line 4-4 of Fig 3.
Fig. 5 shows the tag as attached to a watch, the reverse side of the tag being shown from that illustrated in Fig. 3.
Fig. 6 is a side view of the tag and watch, as shown in Fig. 5.
Fig. 7 is a view similar to Fig. 5 but with the tag and watch in relatively difierent positions.
In the drawings similar reference numerals refer to similar parts throughout the several views.
The complete card It) is, in this instance, rectangular in shape and made, preferably, of tough fibrous tag stock so as to withstand bending without being cracked or broken. It is divided longitudinally into a plurality of sections, three in this instance, as indicated at H, l2 and i3. These sections are detachable from each other by scoring or perforating the card along parallel transverse lines I4 and I5. Printed on the three sections will be instructions, as indicated by the long dash lines, pertaining to the type of card and particular use for which it is intended, each section having a com on mark of identification such as the numeral 2").
Section II, which preferably is the largest, may be a record card to be retained by the individual or establishment doing the work, while section i2 is the claim check and section It with its die-cut tab becomes the tag for attachment to the article to which the record card and claim check have reference.
Centered in the body portion of tag !3 is an elongated tab or tongue die-cut along opposing side edges l6, l1 and a preferably segmental end edge it, but uncut along the opposite straight end edge, shown by dotted line l9, which provides a hinge connection for the tab with the tag body.
The tab portion 20, adjacent the hinge edge I9, is, preferably, comparatively wide and has a central aperture 2| of which 22 and 23 are top and bottom edges, respectively, the top edge 22, in this instance, being coincident with hinge line I9. The end portion 2!! terminates in a shank 24 of reduced width, the out side edges [6 and ll of which, at the lower end of the tab, with respect to Fig. 1, are extended laterally to provide shoulders 25 and '25, these lateral extensions intersecting the segmental line It and with it outlining a free head portion 2'! of substantially the width of the hinged end 20.
In use, the tag I3 is severed from the card It] along line l5. The tab is pressed to one side or the other of the body portion and its free head end 21 inserted through a suitable fastening means on the article being tagged, such as the bail 28 of a watch 29. Then by doubling the shank 24 upon itself and compressing the head 21 the latter is slipped through aperture 2|, the head 2'! returning to its normally flat condition, when pressure thereon is released, with the lateral extensions formed by shoulders 25 and 26 engaging a face of the tab portion 28 each side of the aperture, the bottom edge 23 of which forming a stop which limits downward movement of the head end 21' of the tab.
By reference to Figs. 3 to 7, inclusive, it will be observed that the attaching loop formed by the tab will lie to one side of the tag body and that the engagement of head 21 will be against that face of the hinged tab portion 20 opposed to the loop. It will also be observed that the length of the loop Will remain constant with the head and hinged portions of the tab in interlocking engagementin a manner to prevent their accidental disengagement, and that such disengagement can only be accomplished by manual compression of the head 21 and returning it through the aperture 2|.
Both attachment and detachment of the tag is easily and quickly accomplished, the tag becomes self-locking and use of a string is eliminated.
It will be understood that the drawing is for the purpose of illustration only and that various changes and modifications may be made which do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the claims.
What I claim is:
-1. A card including abody portion and a loopforming elongated tab die-cut from said body portion except across one end, and interengaging means at the ends of said tab whereby the said ends are detachably held in self-locking engagement.
2. A tag of flexible material and comprising a body portion and an elongated loop-forming tab within said body portion but die-cut therefrom except across one of the tab ends, and means at the opposing free and uncut ends of said tab for ,detachably holding said ends in interlocking engagement.
3. A tag in accordance with claim 2 but characterized by said interlocking means including an aperture adjacent the uncut end of said tab, and'shoulders adjacent the free end of said tab for engaging opposing walls of said aperture.
GEORGE B. HISTED.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 770,255 Bates Sept. 20, 1904 2,423,818 Schmutzler July 8, 1947