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Publication numberUS2580241 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 25, 1951
Filing dateFeb 25, 1948
Priority dateMar 20, 1939
Publication numberUS 2580241 A, US 2580241A, US-A-2580241, US2580241 A, US2580241A
InventorsArthur Podmore
Original AssigneeArthur Podmore
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Greeting card
US 2580241 A
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Af PoDMoRE 2,580,241

GREETING CARD 2 SHEETS-SHEET 1 Dec. 25, 1951 Filed Feb. 25, 1948 A. PODMORE GREETING CARD Dec. 25, 1951 2 SHEETS- SHEET v2 Filed Feb. 25, 19218 1N V ENTOR. /f//ff//M www/ff Patented Dec. 25, 1951 ArthurPodmore, London, England Application February 25, 1948, Serial No; 10,686 In Great Britain March 2'0, 1939" section i, PublicrLaw saro, August 8 194,631V Batent expires Marcl1 20, 1959AV 3 Claims.. (Cl. '10i-126)' TheV invention relates to greeting cards', ad

vertising displays' and like devices'.

It"V i'san object of; the invention to', provide means' facilitating the construction of greeting cards'andthelike in a very eiiicient andineXpen-f sive manner, said cards having a number of integral or attached picture sections'or strips which lie at' on each other for storagel or for" transit andare adapted to be moved into spaced relationship in planes/parallel to the plane ofV the card to` formV ak composite picture'.

Itis another object` of the invention to provide meansenabling the' creation of an unusualcomposite greeting, picture orf similar display card which has only a relativelyv few parts or panels for producing three-dimensional impressions, said card consisting of a'rear panel hingedly connected to an end panel. (or. panel`s)", a: picture section connected to the end. panel (or panels) so as to be movable to a position away fromY the rear panel when the end panel or panels are moved at right angles or other suitable. angle to the rear panel, and a cover panel hingedly connected to one. end panel.

These and other objects of the invention will be pointed out in the: following description and claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings which disclose, by way of example, the principle of the: invention and preferred modes whichk havel been. contemplated for applying said principle. Y

The accompanyingY drawings illustrate a Christmasv card` according tol the4 invention;

Fig. l being a perspective: view with thecoverz panel opened. and. the, card inithe;v erected'condition;r

Fig. 2.a view withthecard; collapsediandlthe cover panel in its coveringvv position, Y

Fig. 3 a,l planview of the;v card'in the openor erected condition, and.

Fig. 4 a developed View showing a one piece blank for forming the Christmas card.

In carrying the invention into eiect according to one convenient mode by way of example the Christmas or greeting card is formed from a suitable card material and comprises four panels, namely, a rear panel 5, two end panels 6 and 1 hingedly connected to the rear panel, and a cover panel 8 hingedly connected to the left hand end panel 6. The hinging may be effected by suitably scoring the material or hinge strips may be applied thereto.

Mounted on the inner faceorthe: rear. panel' iorrsuitajbly impressed thereon, as'by printing, is a'secti'onnf'a panoramicview. This section comprises. the, upper`V portion of the picture. and occupies the full width. of the; panel extending from end panel 6 to the other end panel 1;

If desired, the picture may be continued on to the' end panelsl Mountedv forwardly of the rear panel and hingedly/ connected to the end: panels is apair of vsections of. the picture, namely` an intermediate section' 9 and a forward' section IU.. The intermediate section 9 comprises the centralV portion..

of the panoramic view, While the forward section iucomprises the lower portion of the picture.,f

The. intermediate section rises a. suitable. distance above the lower portion ofthe forward;

section. according to the particular view being displayed; The forward and. intermediate. sec.- tions are cut out so that they form silhouettes of the portions ofthe View.

It will be appreciated'tliat a suitable overlapu will be provided between the. intermediate section of' the, picture and the upper and lower pic-- ture portions respectively, sotliat therev are no gaps in the composite picture.

The forward section I0. of the pictureislformed integral" with a frame element. l'l whichis hinged.

in any suitable manner to the forward edges of the end panels 6V and 'l'. The frame portion4 I-I provides a window throughwliich the upper portions of the` composite pictureare adapted to beviewed., l

The upper: marginalportion'lb ofv the:v righthand panel'l is adapted' to. be, hingedas by scoring the card atv Tc, to, themainpart of thepanel so that when thefcard isA erectedto display the view such marginal portion may be bent downwardly and' inwardly to liebetween the rear panel Eand frameA l-l to maintain the. parts. in, thedsplay position.

The cover panel may be arranged so that it may be readily removed from the end panel as by the provision of a row of perforations, or it may be arranged to form a permanent portion of the greeting card.

The outer surface of the cover panel 8 and preferably the outer surface of the end panel 1 are adapted to be utilized to receive a suitable picture as indicated in Fig. 2, and also suitable greeting inscription, While the inner surface of the cover panel may also be utilized for the printing of a greeting and also for the signature of the sender.

It is convenient to form the card from a single strip as indicated in the developed view, Fig. 4,

in which the cover panel, rear panel 5, combined frame and front section of the picture Il and the intermediate section of the picture 9 are connected together by the end panels 6 and 1 and by the hinging flaps l2 and I3. The latter are adapted to be gummed to the end panels 6 and I (see Fig. 3) to hold the intermediate picture section 9 in correct relation with regard to the other parts of the card.

The various panels, sections and flaps are preferably hinged to one another by suitable scoring of the card or by perforated lines I4. Y

Instead of forming the front portion of the picture in one with the frame element H such portion may comprise a further intermediate section, and in this case the frame could be provided with a transparent panel if desired. Where two intermediate sections of the picture are provided these will be displaced at suitable distances from the rear panel.

Instead of providing a pair of end panels, only one may be used, in which case the intermediate picture section at one end will be secured to such panel While at the other end or adjacent such end a hinge portion securing it to the rear panel is provided. This hinge portion may be provided with a bending part similar to 1b for maintaining the parts in the erected condition. With such an arrangement the front cover panel 8 will preferably be of a length equal to the combined lengths of the rear panel and one end panel so that the free edge of the extended cover panel reaches to the free edge of the rear panel when the card is collapsed.

Obviously an extended cover panel may be employed with the form of card described with reference to the drawings, in which case the cover panel would extend over the end panel 'l when the card is collapsed.

While in the above described Christmas card the forward and intermediate sections of the picture are such that the intermediate portion is exposed above the front portion and the rear portion is exposed above the intermediate portion, the position may be reversed according to the nature of the picture to be displayed.

As above described and as shown in the drawings the picture sections or strips lie parallel to the longitudinal dimension of the Christmas card. They may, however, lie transversely thereto, in which case the end panels will be hinged to the long edges of the rear panel so that the composite picture is viewed with said long edges vertical.

It will be appreciated, however, that the card when erected need not be of rectangular shape, as it may be of square shape.

Moreover while it is preferred to employ a cover panel which when the card is collapsed covers the picture sections, such cover panel may be shorter so that the picture sections are partially exposed.

The card is adapted to be collapsed for postal purposes or transit and in use would normally be inserted within an envelope.

Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of my said invention. and in what manner the same is to be performed, I declare that what I claim is:

1. A collapsible picture card comprising a single sheet of material so arranged as to form a plurality of panels including two outer panels, an intermediate panel and opposite end panels, said outer panels forming a rear panel and a front panel, respectively, a fold connecting one end of one of said end panels with said rear panel, another fold connecting said rear panel with one end ofthe other end panel, a further fold connecting said front panel with the opposite end of said jother end panel, said front panel being provided with a still further fold, a first extension projecting from said still further fold along the inner face of said one end panel and in super.- posed position thereof and terminating at said intermediate panel which extends substantially parallel to said front panel and said rear panel, said intermediate panel having a fold at each end thereof connecting said intermediate panel to said opposite end panels, a second extension of said intermediate panel extending along said other end panel at the inner face thereof toward one of said outer panels, and means connecting said intermediate panel with both said end panels at both said extensions, said rear panel being provided with a pictorial design, said front panel and said intermediate panel being provided with cut-V outs arranged in overlapping relation to each other and complementary to the pictorial design of said rear panel.

2. A collapsible picture card according to claim 1, wherein said one outer panel forms the rear panel.

3. A collapsible picture card according to claim 1, wherein the inner faces of said end panels and said extensions are provided with complementary parts of said pictorial design appearing on said rear panel.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the ille of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 895,771 Lackner Aug. 11, 1908 901,464 Ormston Oct. 20, 1908 930,108 Walcutt Aug. 3, 1909 953,168 Hamilton Mar. 29, 1910 2,016,129 Williamson Oct. l, 1935 2,203,578 Podmore June 4, 1940

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U.S. Classification446/488, D19/8, D11/136, 229/92.8
International ClassificationB42D15/04
Cooperative ClassificationB42D15/042
European ClassificationB42D15/04B