US 3141213 A
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July 21, 1964 N. RINALD] 3,141,213
PASS CASE BINDER Filed Dec. 4, 1962 INVEN TOR.
Nidwiw M United States Patent 3,141,213 PASS CASE BINDER Nicholas Rinalrli, Waterbury, Conn., assignor to Seovill Manufacturing Company, Waterbury, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Filed Dec. 4, 1962, Ser. No. 242,274 3 Claims. (Cl. 24-153) This invention relates to a pass case binder and more particularly to a binder for holding wing-type envelopes in a wallet, pass case or the like.
The invention is an improvement, particularly on the type of binder that has a back bar with end projections that pass through openings in the folding part of the pass case and adapted to have an envelope holding clip attached to the projections within the folder. Heretofore, the holder clip had to be attached to both projections for holding the envelopes in place.
It is the object of this invention to provide an envelope clip removably attached to only one of the projections of the binder, and also one which will permit the envelopes to be inserted or removed from underneath the clip, without having to detach any part of the binder.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved pass case binder of the kind described that is easy and inexpensive to manufacture, yet reliable and convenient in use.
In the accompanying drawing:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a pass case showing my improved pass case binder attached thereto;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 22 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a side view of one section of the back bar with the holder clip in detached position;
FIG. 4 is a left-hand view of the same; and,
FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line 55 of FIG. 2.
Referring now to the drawing, the numeral designates generally a pass case which is designed to be folded transversely adjacent its center section as at 11, thereby providing front and back portions 12 and 13. Attached to the free end of the back portion 13 is a short strap 14 that is provided with a snap fastener member 15 adjacent its terminal end. When the pass case is closed, the strap 14 is folded over the free end of the front portion 12 and the fastener 15 is attached to a complemental fastener (not shown) on the face of the front portion 12, thereby securely closing the pass case.
Detachably held in the pass case 10 are a plurality of envelope units 16. A unit 16 consists of a flexible transparent envelope provided with notches 18 and 19 in its opposite edges midway between its end. When assembled to the pass case, the envelope will fold transversely between the notches, thereby providing two separate card compartments.
My improved binder consists of two parts-an anchor bar 20 and an envelope holder clip 21. The anchor bar 20 is made from drawn stock, preferably of arcuate shape in cross-section, and has an elongated base 22 with upstanding posts or standards 23 and 24 at its opposite ends. As seen in FIG. 3, the post 23 adjacent its connecting bend to the base 22 is formed with a transverse opening 25 for reasons as will appear later. The right post 24 is left plain.
The holder clip 21, preferably made of spring metal stock, consists of an arm 26, an inverted loop 27, a holder finger or spring extension 28 and a terminal pad 29 biice ased outwardly from the end of said finger. The lower end of the arm 26 is formed with an outward lug 30 adapted to engage in the left arm opening 25. The intermediate portion of the arm 26 above the lug 30 has a pair of straps 31 extending from the opposite edges thereof and bent in such a manner as to snugly embrace the upper end of the left post 23.
In making the assembly of the holder clip 21 to the anchor bar 20, it is necessary only to align the end lug 30 of the arm 26 in the channelled portion of the post 23 and guide it downwardly until the straps 31 may be slipped over the upper end of said arm, whereupon the lug 30 will snap into opening 25 and hold the two members rigidly together. As noted in FIG. 4, the arm stock below the straps 31 is of less breadth than the clip stock itself. This is for the purpose of providing an easier spring action to the arm 26 when making the assembly.
When making the initial assembly of one or more envelope units 16 into the pass case 10, the clip 21 preferably may be removed completely from the post 23 whereupon one or more envelopes may be readily dropped into place by aligning the notches 18 and 19 with the posts 23 and 24. The clip 21 finally may be assembled into place as explained above, causing the finger extension 28 to bind said envelopes against the pass case fold section 12, disposed above the back bar 22. However, if it is desired to remove or replace one or more envelopes, this may be accomplished by merely bending the envelope so that the notch 19 clears the right post 24, and slip the envelope out from underneath the terminal pad 29, or the assembly may be made in the reverse manner.
It will be apparent from the foregoing description that I have provided a pass case binder for wing-type envelopes that needs not latching or unlatching of parts in normal use; will not become detached from its pass case even though all the envelopes are removed; and is cheap to manufacture, yet durable and convenient to use.
What I claim is:
1. A pass case binder for securing winged envelopes to a foldable pass case, said binder comprising an anchor bar having an elongated base with upstanding posts at its opposite ends, said bar base adapted to be disposed against the outer surface of the fold area of said pass case with the posts projecting through openings in the fold area of said case, a spring clip for holding envelopes in said case comprising a retaining arm, a spring loop and a finger extension, and means for detachably connecting said retaining arm to only one of said upstanding posts whereby said finger extension will be tensioned against said anchor bar base or against any envelopes disposed therebetween.
2. A pass case binder as defined in claim 1 wherein said detachable connecting means consists of strap portions on said retaining arm adapted to embrace the adjacent post and interengaging lug and aperture means on said arm and post spaced a substantial distance from said strap portions.
3. A pass case binder as defined in claim 1 wherein the portion of the retaining arm between the strap portion and the interengaging means is reduced in width.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,705,038 Broughton Mar. 29, 1955 2,876,518 Shears Mar. 10, 1959 2,926,714 Osher Mar. 1, 1960 3,018,532 Rinaldi Jan, 30, 1962