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March 4, 1952 H. FRIEDLER INDICATOR LABEL Filed Nov. 19, 194"! INVENTOR. HANS FRIEDLER AT R ' FIG. IO
Patented Mar. 4, 1952 INDICATOR LABEL Hans .Friedler, Genoa, .Italy Application November 19, 1947, Serial No. 786,977 In Italy November 23, 1946 4 Claims.
This invention relates to labels and more particularly to a label having an indicator associated therewith for conveniently presenting information to users of the devices to which the labels are applied.
An object of the invention is to provide a label having an indicator associated therewith which includes a movable pointer for selective cooperation with suitable indicia printed or otherwise provided on the label.
Another object of the invention is to provide a label in combination with an indicator which is constructed and arranged for attachment to various items, such as, by way of example, bottles, cases, boxes, and other containers for presenting, in an easy-to-read and understand manner, certain information as time, date, quality, quantity, weight and the like, relating to the articles or contents of the articles to which such labels are secured. I
Still another object of the invention is to provide a label or mounting panel provided with suitable indicia, and a pointer which may be secured in operative relationship therewith at all times, or which may be associated therewith at the time the label or mounting panel is applied or secured to a container or similar article.
Another object of the invention is to provide an indicator having the hereinabove described characteristics wherein the pointer portion is mounted for restrained movement relative to the indicia of said label; or the pointer may be fixed relative to the indicia of the label.
Still another object of the invention is to provide an indicator type label having the hereinabove described characteristics which may be inexpensively fabricated using modern mass production methods.
These and other objects are attained by the means described herein and as disclosed in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. 1 is a front plan view of an indicator label embodying the teachings of the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a front plan view of an indicator element, per se, comprising a detail of the invention.
Fig. 3 is a rear view of the label of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a front plan view of a modified form of an indicator label comprising a detail of the invention.
Fig. 5 is a rear view of the panel of Fig. 4 with an indicator operatively secured thereto.
Fig. 6 is a rear plan view of a modified type of indicator label.
Fig. 7 is a front view of the label of Fig. 6 provided with an indicator and folded ready for use.
Fig. 8 is a front plan view of a blank layout of a so-called flag label.
Fig. 9 is a plan view showing a completed flag label of Fig. 8 provided with an indicator in association with a label.
Fig. 10 is a front plan view of another modified form of label comprising a detail of the present invention.
With reference to the figures, it will be noted that my indicator label comprises, broadlyspeak ing, a label, base or mounting panel Ill, an aperture l2, indicia l4 provided on one face of the label and along the axis of the aperture, and an indicator denoted generally by the numeral. I5 (Fig. 2) which comprises a pointer portion is and an enlarged bearing portion 20.
With reference now to Fig. 2 it will be observed that indicator It may be fabricated from a single piece of material, such as, sheet metal, plastic, cardboard or the like, formed to provide a pointer portion i 8 and an enlarged bearing portion 20.
As illustrated, bearing portion 2|! may besubstantially circular in form and of an area greater than the area of aperture l2, wherein the en larged bearing portion 20 comprises an interfering member of such a size as to preclude its passage thru aperture I2. The lower portion of pointer portion IB may be defined by a. pair of substantially parallel laterally spaced cuts 22 extending downwardly to an axis of the enlarged bearing portion 20. .Pointer I8 is adapted to be folded downwardly about reference line 24- for disposing its base portion in spaced parallelism with portion 20.
An indicator may be associated with a label by introducing pointer [8 thru aperture ii for overlappingly engaging the outer indicia-bearing face of the label and for disposing the enlarged bearing portion 20 in overlapping relationship with the rear faces of the label. In this manner pointer l8 may be simply andteiiectively mounted for movement relative to the axis of aperture l2.
In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the rear face of the label is adhesively coated as indicated by the numeral 26, thereby facilitating attachment of the label to a container.
With reference now to Fig. 3, it will be noted that an area 28 surrounding aperture I21 is not coated with adhesive which would interfere with the proper operation of the enlarged bearing portion. 210 of. the indicator. If desired, a shield element, approximating the area indicated by the numeral 28 of Fig. '3, may be secured to the rear, adhesively coated surface, of label It for providing a compatible bearing area for portion 2!] of the indicator.
With reference now to Figs. 4 and 5, it will be noted that label has been provided with a tab portion 30 having an aperture 32 for alignment with aperture I2, when tab 30 has been folded rearwardly in overlapping relationship with the rear adhesively coated surface 26 of the label. Tab 30 provides an adhesive-free surface for cooperation with bearing portion 20 of the indicator.
In Fig. 6 label [0 is provided with a flap portion 40 having an aperture 12 provided therethru. This flap is adapted to be folded about fold or score line 42 to overlappingly engage the rear, adhesively-coated, surface 26 of the label. An aperture 50 having its axis coincident with the axis of aperture [2 when flap 46 has been folded about score line 42 is provided thru the label,- wherein the area of aperture 50 approximates the overall area described by rotation of pointer 18 about aperture I2. As disclosed in Fig. 7 indicia I4 is, provided around the outer periphery of aperture 50. After an indicator has been associated with aperture [2 of flap 40, this flap may be folded to the position illustrated in Fig. 7, wherein it will be noted that pointer 18 overlappingly engages adhesively coated portion of flap 43. The label of Fig. '7 differs from those disclosed in the other figures in that pointer l8 may be secured or locked in a given position by effecting a bond between the adjacent faces of the pointer and the adhesive surface of flap 43. 1
In Fig. 8 a so-called flag type label is illustrated, said label including a front or indicia bearing panel 60 having an aperture I2 with indicia 84 provided around the axis thereof. A mounting panel 62 and a shield panel 64 are provided on opposite sides of panel 60, said various panels being set apart by means of score or fold lines 66 and 68. bodiment of the invention, the rear face of mounting panel 62 is provided with an adhesive substance. The blank of Fig. 8 is prepared for use by mounting an indicator relative to aperture I2, after which shielding panel 64 is folded rearwardly and in overlapping relationship with panel 60. Mounting panel 62 is then folded rearwardly on score orfold line 66 into overlapping relationship with the outer face of shielding panel 64, the remainder of mounting panel 62 extending beyond panel 60, thereby providing a mounting flap which, as illustrated, in Fig. 9, may be inserted beneath another IabeL denoted generally by the numeral 12, thereby thus providing said label with all the advantages of my indicator-label. If desired the blank of Fig. 8. may likewise be prepared for use by mounting an indicator I6 relative to aperture l2,.folding shielding panel 64 rearwardly on scoreline 68 in overlapping relationship with panel '60. The rear face of panels 62 and 64 may then be adhesively coated for securing the fiag label to a container, it being understood that suitable instructions may be placed or written directly on the front face of panel 62 thereby eliminating the need for a second or standard label 12.
With reference now to Fig. 10, it will be observed that aperture 12, instead of being circular, has been made in the form of an elongated slot, thereby enabling pointer l8 to be moved along a longitudinal axis rather than rotated about a fixed axis as is true in the labels of Figs. 1 to 9. The numeral 14 indicates generally that area of the rear face of the label which is In the preferred em- I 4 free of adhesive, in order to facilitate movement of the indicator relative to the label.
From the foregoing, it will be observed that I have provided a simple, yet highly efiicient indicator label by means of which information may be quickly and accurately conveyed to users of the devices, and containers to which such labels are attached.
It should be understood that. various changes and modifications in the structural details of the device may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention. 7
What is claimed is:
'1. A label having a dial imprinted thereon and having an aperture provided therethru on the axis of said dial, an indicator mounted in said aperture including an L-shaped pointer portion one leg of which overlappingly engages that side of the label on which the indicia is provided the other leg of which extends through said aperture and terminates in an enlarged bearing portion formed integral therewith which engages the opposite face of the label for mounting said pointer for movement relative to the axis of said aperture, said bearing portion being of a dimension such as to preclude passage of said member thru said aperture.
2. A label including a body portion and a tab secured to and extending from one edge thereof, said body portion and tab each having an aperpointer which overlappingly engages the indiciabearing face of said body portion and an enlarged bearing portion constructed and arranged to engage the rear' face of said tab for mounting said pointer for movement relative to said apertures.
3. A label comprising a body portion and a flap secured to and extending from one edge thereof and having an aperture provided therethrough, said body portion having an aperture provided therethrough wherein the relationship of said apertures is such that their axes will coincide when said flap portion is folded into overlapping relationship with said body portion, adhesive material coating one face of said body'portion and flap, an indicator mounted in the aperture of said flap, said indicator including a pointer portion which overlappingly engages the adhesive side of said flap, and an enlarged bearing portion constructed and arranged to engage the other side of said flap for mounting said pointer to movement relative to said aperture, indiciaprovided on that surface of said body portion opposite from the adhesively coated side around the periphery of the aperture provided therethrough, and wherein the area of said last mentionedaperture is approximately equivalent to the area swept by saidpointer incident to its movement about the common axes of said apertures.
4. A flag-label comprising three interconnected panels including an indicia-bearing panel, having a shielding panel and an attachment panel extending from opposite edges thereof, said indicia panel having an aperture provided therethrough, an indicator mounted in said aperture including a pointer portion which projects through said aperture and. overlappingly engages that side of the label on whichthe indicia is provided and an enlargedbearing portion which'engages the opposite face of the label for mounting said pointer for movement relative to the axis of said aperture, said shielding panel foldable rearwardly to overlie the rear face of said indicia panel and the bearing portion of the indicator, said attachment panel foldable rearwardly to overlie the rear face of said shielding panel and project laterally beyond the side edge of the indicia panel forproviding an attachment tab.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Number Name Date Weaver Feb. 19, 1889 Harris et a1 June 28, 1898 Branch June 25, 1907 Lloyd Oct. 5, 1920 Lucas Aug. 14, 1923 Wallace May 18, 1926 FOREIGN PATENTS Country .Date Great Britain Aug. 18, 1894