US 2726758 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Dec. 13, 1955 F. D. BROWER 2,726,758
CARD CASE Filed Oct. 51, 1950 ILD.B7v0wer INVENTOR l BY 1 I z ATTORNEY S nited States Patent OfiFice 2,726,758 Patented Dec. 13, 1955 CARD CASE Floyd D. Brower, Langley, Wash. Application October 31, 1950, SerialNo. 193,208 1 Claim, (Cl. 206-39) This invention relates to a construction for a card case or transparent card holder, such as is often found in wallets or the like.
By way of background, it may be noted that conventionally, a wallet or card case is provided with one or more transparent envelopes one end at least of which is open for the insertion and removal of cards.
Heretofore, the relative arrangement and formation of these transparent envelopes has presented certain inconveniences and annoyances to the user, in that it is often difiicult to remove a card which has been previously inserted therein. In other words, assuming that a card has been inserted to its maximum extent, the removal of the card can be accomplished only by springing the walls of the transparent envelope apart, and inserting the finger to attempt to engage the card and slide it out of the envelope. This is annoying, time-consuming, and inconvenient, and additionally causes a certain amount of wear upon the envelope.
The main object of the present invention is to provide a construction for a transparent envelope of the type stated which will eliminate all the inconveniences and annoyances which have heretofore existed.
Still another object is to provide a transparent envelope construction which will not increase in any respect the cost of construction of these envelopes as presently made.
Still another object is to provide a construction for a transparent envelope which will permit the removal and insertion of cards with complete ease, speed, and facility.
Yet another object is to provide a transparent envelope construction wherein, although the cards are readily removed, the cards will be held efliciently against accidental withdrawal from the envelope.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and'combinations of parts, hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claim, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts Without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.
Referring to the drawings:
Fig. l is a perspective view of a card case containing a number of transparent envelopes formed in accordance with the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the outer end portion of one of the envelopes.
Fig. 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of the outer end portion of a modified form of envelope.
Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 2 showing the modified form of Fig. 4, a card being inserted in the envelope.
Referring to the drawings in detail, I have illustrated by way of present example a card case of more or less conventional appearance, containing a plurality of transparent envelopes. However, at this point it should be noted that the invention is readily adapted to embodiment in transparent envelopes, or for that matter, envelopes '2 not having the characteristic of transparency, whether these envelopes be included as a part of a wallet, or as a part of a separate card case such as illustrated in Fig. 1.
In any event, the illustrated card case includes the cover portions 1 connected by the loose leaf rings 2 to the transparent envelopes generally designated 3.
Considering the formation of each of the transparent envelopes, this is formed from a single piece of material such as Celluloid, clear plastic, or the like, and as readily seen from Figs. 2 and 3, this piece of material is so bent that one edge thereof is disposed near the top edge of the envelope to provide a flange 4 overlying the other edge of the envelope, the envelope being bent upon itself intermediate said edges so as to provide superposed backhand front portions 5 and 6 respectively, the envelope thus being of more or less oblong cross sectional configuration.
Up to this point, the described construction of a transparent envelope is thoroughly conventional, and does not constitute per so any part of the present invention.
However, in accordance with the present invention, I form integrally upon the back portion 5 the extension 7, this constituting an end extension and being extended a substantial distance beyond the end edge of the front portion 6, as readily seen from Figs. 1 or 2.
In any event, intermediate the respective side edges of the end extension 7, the end extension is inwardly notched as at 8, the bottom or innermost point of the notch being disposed, preferably, in register with the end edge of the front portion 6 of the envelope.
The end edge of the extension 7, except where broken by the notch 8, is formed with the inturned card-engaging flanges 9, said flanges being defined by folding the end portions of the extension 7 upon themselves, in the direction of the front portion 6 of the envelope.
By reason of this construction, it may be noted that been entered to a certain extent, exposed for a short distance beyond the end of the front portion 6 of the envelope, the exposed end of the card being fitted under the flanges 9.
if it is desired to remove the card, it is necessary merely to slide the card inwardly to a sufiicient extent to clear the flanges 9, after which the thumb and forefinger can grin the card through the notch 8, so as to permit the card to be readily removed.
Referring now to Figs. 4 and 5, there is here illustrated a modified form which has a characteristic in common with the first form of the invention, in that the back portion of an envelope generally designated 10 is provided with an end extension 11 that extends beyond the end edge of the front portion of the envelope, the end extension 11 being partially cut away as at 12 to provide the thumb-receiving space whereby a card inserted in the envelope can be readily gripped.
It may be noted that an important characteristic of the invention, as readily seen from Fig. 5, is that a card C inserted in the envelope is fully protected, being stiffened by the back or front portion as the case may be, even though said card is extended somewhat beyond one end of the envelope. This is important, so as to prevent the card from becoming dirty or dog-cared at one end. In each instance, the end extension 11 overlies the card so as to provide a protection therefor, and the card is nevertheless readily accessible for removal from the transparent envelope, by reason of the cut away portions 8 or 12 as the case may be.
Other important characteristics of readily noted as residing in the fact that the transparent envelope construction can be manufactured in accordance with the present invention without any increase, or at least the invention may be construction as presently practiced.
a minimum increase, in cost above a transparent envelope Additionally, important characteristics of the invention reside in the swift andeasy insertion or removal of cards from the envelopes, ,as well as iiithe protective backing which the card has even though partially exposed from,
' What is claimed is: V A card receiving envelope comprising a sheet of trans-,
parent material bent upon itself to form generally rectangular overlying Walls which aresecured together along their parallel longitudinal side edges and at one end there-' of 'the other end'of said envelope being open across its full width, one wall of said envelope extending'beyond the UNITED STATES PATENTS 7 7 Sharp Mar. '12, 1901 Wilson Dec. 6, 1904 M0rse Jail-"31, 1905 Sprague Mar. 16, 1909 Deutschmeister Sept. 12,1916 Reichle Oct. 27, 1925 Stone May 31, 1932' Lupfer June 18, 1940 Freifeld Oct. 27, 1942 Modes -QAu'g. 30, 1949 FOREIGN PATENTS Great Britain Feb. 14, 1910 Sweden Feb. 2, 1943