Combined book and index
US 305755 A
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Ewen/LOT Patented Sept.' 30,1 1884.
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JABIES S. MODONALD, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. i
COMBINED BOOK AND INDEX.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 305,755, dated September 30, 1884.
Application filed May 16, 1853. (No model.)
To aff/ whom t 71mg/ concern:
Beit known that l, JAMES S. MeDoNALD, a citizen of the United States, residing in Chicago, county of Cook, and Statev of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combined Book andIndex, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to combined books and indices, in which theindexis constructed independently ofthe book, but secured thereto and confined between the covers thereof when not in use, and has for its object to enable the leaves of the index to be turned over without interfering with or overlapping the leaves of the book, and also to enable the index to be brought into a convenient position for inspection, or for writing in the naines or titles and pagenumbers of the letters, accounts, or other entries desirable to be made inthe book. To such end my invention consists in a book provided with an index fiexibly connected or made in one piece with the i book-cover, with its outer edge connected to the outer edge of the hook-cover, whereby the index can be folded in the book or unfolded therefrom, and spread out for inspection or for entries.
In the drawings, Figure l shows the book open and the index unfolded therefrom. Fig. 2 is an edge view of the same.
The book A is provided with any ordinary or suitable cover, C, and can be adapted for keeping accounts, memoranda, or the like, or for letter-press copying or manifold wr.ting. The index I) for this book comprises a suitable number of leaves bound or secured in book form, and either provided alongtheir edges with the lettered tabs E, or having their edges notched or in part cut away and lettered, as is usualin an index for aletter, copying, or account book. rlhe outer edge of the index or of its cover F is secured to the outer edge of the book-cover, preferably by pasting, but may be in any other suitable manner. The cover F for the index constitutes an extension of one of the sides ofthe book-cover, and can be either made in one piece therewith, or be made separately therefrom and secured to the book-cover in any suitable waywas, for example, by extending one of its sides beyond the front edges of the index-leaves, and pasting such extended portion upon the inner face of one of the sides of the book-cover; but in either case it is necessary that there should be a flexible joint or union between the bookcover and the cover of the index-leaves, so that the index, after being closed, can be folded in the book upon the inner face of one of the sides of the cover, whereby, when the book is closed, the closed index shall lie between the cover and the leaves of the book. Where the book-cover is light and iliexible, one of the sides of its cover can be extended to form a cover for the index; but where the book-coveris stiff or rigid, theindex-cover can be made of sonie light flexible material and permanently secured to the cover. By means of such construction the leaves of the index can be turned over Without interfering with or overlapping the leaves of t-he book, and, besides, the index can be readily unfolded from the book and spread outin a convenient position :for use; or it can be folded .in the book and the latter closed, so as to conceal the index; also, there will be only a slight increase in the thickness of the book, which will in all other respects present the appearance of an ordinary .letter-copying, account, or other analogous book.
Having thus described in y invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
The combination of the book and index, the outer edge of the index being attached to the outer edge of the book, substantially as described.
JAMES S. MCDONALD. lVitnesses:
W. W. ELLIOTT, Txo. G. ELmo'r'r.