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Publication numberUS3166309 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 19, 1965
Filing dateFeb 11, 1963
Priority dateFeb 11, 1963
Publication numberUS 3166309 A, US 3166309A, US-A-3166309, US3166309 A, US3166309A
InventorsJoseph A Pidgeon
Original AssigneeJoseph A Pidgeon
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Methods for making and distributing printed articles
US 3166309 A
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Jan. 19, 1965 J. A. PIDGEON METHODS FOR MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING PRINTED ARTICLES Filed Feb. l1, 1963 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 |g\ IO\ Form orig. I4 i" "ifhdcg," I address j Iele P PS Sup 0 FQSS enve o es /24 -P pu fo i' Arrange r P n m9 addrl'bess s l 2| V"' in series I l2 23\ fa Je-|215 '5 :addressp ppg: l T Prepgre picr. {Prepare-few l +o series Plc-iig* wi'fhpo\e\ da e PPs Ipidord i l a ress or one caon group of endar merval ggifiPjJ envelopes- L repeai wrh 24 I3 l |Form rep|ac.lI each address PP A r l I l address r ange l l lclorlal EEs- J I |6 dqfe ppsH---f-l \\l v ln or er Prni each 2O envelope of I5* group wrh .-24

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METHoDs RoR MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING PRINTED ARTICLES Filed Feb. ll, 1963 3 Sheets-Shree?l 2 34` CHURCH of *he VALLEY JOHN DoEf--27 4|2 oAK DR LIMA, OHIO 4 32,-- JANUARY 20, |963 O1FO l INVENTOR IDAJ BY TT l Tm 51mg, Wwe( MM ATTORNEYS J. A. PIDGEON Jan. 19, 1965 METHODS FOR MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING PRINTED ARTICLES 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed Feb. 1l. 1963 IN VENTOR. Af'g'eon/ 9W, We( M Jeb BYos/v MTQRNEYS in the church collection plate.

, ivmrHoDs Fon MAKING AND DIsTRnsUTIo" PRINTED ARTICLES Joseph A. Pdgeon, 2920 Deer Track, Rte. 2, Box 737G, Tucson, Ariz.- Filed Feb. 11, 1963, Ser. No. 257,603 Claims. (Cl. 270-1) present invention are particularly advantageous and pro-v vide a `unique method for printing and distributing the type'of printed article such as church collection envelopes.

The usual practice in the use of church collection envelopesr is to provide the church member with a group vof envelopes. into which the particular church members contribution can bev placed..a'nd the envelope deposited Further, eachv church member is supplied, with one suchenvelope for each Sunday or other religious meeting day throughout the year,l as wellas for other special religious occasions.A 'Each of these church collection envelopes of each n group may normally have printed thereon the church members name and address, asWell as frequently the church account number of the particular member. Fur'- ther, each church members group of envelopesmay: b e provided with a different date printed on each envelope corresponding to the consecutive Sundays or other church meeting periods, and each envelope of the-group may normally have different pictorial and textual matter con forming to various religious periods or occasions falling within fthe'various calendar periods of the year.

The usual prior method for` providing each. church member with a properly printed group of church collec-V 1 tion envelopes has been to first identically print a series of blank collection envelopes equal in number to the total church membership, plus a given number of `spare envelopes, with the date and pictorial and textual matter appropriate for the first calender date of the church fiscal year. This procedure is repeated for each of the remain# ing calendar `dates throughout the church year, resulting in a separate'f'series of envelopes for each of the calendar dates during the church fiscal year, and each series must b e pla'cedlin storage in such` aman'ner` thatthe various seriesare kept separated. t t l ,2.1,

Next, the first calendar date series4 of-these, envelopes for the year is taken from storagelaiid addressed, either by hand or by use ora usual automatid addressing machine, placing a b'diterent Vchurch members name on each 'of the envelopes. i If theinitial ldistribution is to be for p month period eachl beingj properly addressedbut `with l. thefenvelopesgstill separated into the Aoriginal separate l series, each series containing one envelope for each of the various' church members. 'Thus Iit is then necessary United States; Patent/076e 1 sgiesfofaf Patented Jan. 19,. 1965.

-After collating, the various groups of commonly adlfl dressed envelopes may then be distributed to"the various church members according to the addresses appearing' thereon. This foregoing procedure is then repeated at the proper times throughout the church scal yearinorf Ader to maintain all of the church member supplied with i either by various monthly periods or in one distribution for the entire year, with proper and suicient envelopes yfor use throughout the entire church fiscal year, and

each envelope will be properly dated, as well as include the church members name, address and account numf ber so that the members contributions when made may be properly recorded on the accounts at the church. Further, if new church members are added to the church membership Aduring the church fiscal year, it is possible to supply such new members with envelopes by making use of the spare unaddressed envelopes originally proi vided. Also, where address changes ofLeXisting members occur and the distribution is carried out on a one orV two month basis, it is possible to make address corrections at these intervals, but if the distribution is for A the entire iiscal year, then the spare envelopes originally Aprovided must also-be made use of for these address4 changes with extra distribution being required.

vmight occur during the church iiscal year.

Thus, following this prior procedure, it is obviously `necessary to attempt to provide a sutiicient number of storage space for carrying out this prior procedure, as Well Y as the necessity of providing a collating operation with which necessarily takes place after the entire date print ingand addressingroperations. If, duringcollating and "the subsequent handling, one pre-dated and pre-addressed envelopeis mutilated or otherwise destroyed,.it is necessary to remove that particular church members groupV of envelopes and replace the particular mutilated or de- 4 4stroyed envelopes with onethat is properly dated and properly addressed making use of a spare envelope out of storage which is likewise time consuming and expensive. v

Some improvements have been made in the foregoing usual procedure by providing special printing press constructions for printing the main portion of the printed matter on the envelopes, that is, the date, pictorial and textual matter but excluding the church members n ame, address and account number. This printing press cony, struction includes a full series of different printing plates mounted thereon with ,a -plate `being provided for each of the calendar intervals throughout the church year, so

l that each `plate would include a diierent date and usually to collate these various commonly dated andlseparately ,i addressed series. of envelopes` either by .use of-ja usual period'.

p mechanicalcollator or by hand into groups' of envelopes `al1 of which are` commonly.' addressed but carrythe vari different pictorial and textual matter appropriate for that Y date. t

" This full series of diterent printing plates are arranged with the printing press construction so that each plateV will printonce in'V order completely through the entire series. Vin this manner, theproperly collated groups of church envelopesmay be made up by gathering directly p v- `from this printing press construction, andV this thereby and space rcquiredtherefor.

It is a further 'object ofthe present invention to` provide methods for: making and distributing printed articles lsuch A velopes' from monthl to month, if desired.

eliminates-one ofthe intermediate storage operations Vas vv/ell as the collating operation from the foregoing` prior procedure.

Other than the elimination of these two operations,

however-,this improved procedure still includes all of the other storage problems as Well' as the Wastefulness of requiring a large number of extra'groupsof properly printed and collated envelopes to take care of the nevi/ l memb'erand address change requirements during la church year. it has fi.1rthergbeen found V byfthe churches fromy experience that in providing ya churchmernb'er With a supply of envelopes to be used over'an entire church year period,.these churchenvelopes are frequently lost or misplaced,7which results in the necessity of either additional' envelopes being supplied'or the church member not having ber andthe church. t

lt is, therefore, a general object ofthe present inveni. tion to pnovide methods for making and distributing printed articles such as church collection envelopes 4which such envelopes with all of themany obvious inconveniences `and disadvantages thereofboth to the church. memeliminate thefforegoing problems, difficulties .and disadvantages. i

lt is a primary object ofthe present invention to provide methods formaking and distributing'printed articles such as churchv` collection envelopesin which all of the printing, collating'and distribution is carriedout in one V continuous procedure, thereby eliminating the need for ione or more storage-steps' and the additionalhandling textual matter for each calendar interval. Further, the

alpha-numeric quantities may vvary for each calendar interval.

As applied, for instance, to church collection envelopes, the sequential aiiphabetic-indicia for the various groups of envelopes Vwould be the names and addresses of the various church members, and the sequential numeric-indicia' `members are added and the addressesare changed for current members.

The method steps of the present invention'may be stated as including the forming `of'aseries of individually different printing plateswith'alphabetic or alpha-numeric indicia'thereon,eachidentifying a' Vdifferent individual per-1 son; arranging the individual printing plates in a predeter- `order in the series,` such as arranging the plates kalplla-sequentially and/lor numeric-sequentially; preparing a series of printingv platesifor a calendar interval with predetermined or sequential calendar-indioiaand Vselected varying pictorial and textual `matterthereon; arranging the series of calendarv interval. printing plates *in* preferablyv sequential calendar-indicia order; -thenp-rinting on a selected number of articles, corresponding innumber to the as church collection envelopes which is mostV easily adapted to printing and distributing such church collection envelopes on a monthlybasis rather than thevusual yearly "basis, Vthereby eliminating a largeportion of the loss of the envelopes bythe church member as well` as" 'making it` convenient :for adding new churchv members changing addresses of current church members e-ach month, asjvvell as changing the color or stylev of theV enlt is s till a further .objectof the present invention' to Vprovide methods for-making'and distributing printed ar- Vticles such as, church collection envelopesv which maybe' f carried outthrough the use ofmodern high speed equipment in la continuous: production printing `and gathering line, .whereby blank envelopesrnay bey fed into one end of" the printing line'and properly a'ddressed, printedy and collated's'taclrs of envelopes, each'eomprising a'proper group Y .for an individual church member, may. be received from. a` conveyor at the other end g of the printing line to be` placed in enclosures for distribution by'rnailingjv y 'Finally, it is an objectA ofthe present invention to prof viciemethods for making and distributing printedrarticles-` `such as churchcollectionenvelopes which satisfy all olf the foregoing'objects in a simple, Veiicient andecononiical* manner. A

These and other objects are accomplished by the methods, procedures, arrangements, combinations andl subyGombnatio-ns'j cornprisingthe present invention, a preferred embodiment 'of umich-'illustrative of the best mode in which,applicantV hasj contemplated applying the. principles-'isfset forth `in thefollovving description and illusitrated intheaccornpanying drawings; and whichv is par-V ticularly'and distinctly pointedfout and set forth in the,`

appended claims forming a part hereof.

ln' general terms, the methods i'for making and distributing printed articles may be stated as being applicable to printed articles which must be made anddistributedto a 'seriesk of-different individual persons with the various groups of anticles having sequential alphabetic-indicia and, vpossible sequential numeric-indicia, andV each of the 11ndividual vgroups having'V sequential calendar-indicia for each of a series ofcalendar intervals,"a nd selected picvtorial and te`x' 'tualv matter with variable pictorial kand number of plates in the calendar interval series, the

' alphabeticor"alpha-numericlindicia .ofthe iirstalpha.

' sequential an'd/ or numerical-sequential order at the proper numeric-indicia-containing plate of'r` the arranged seriesl for an individual person; then printing on the'sel'ected number of thus alpha-indicia-printed articles for an individual person, the different calendar-indicia andselected pictorial and textual matter preferably.V in sequential calendar-indicia Vorder" with the vseries .of calendar interval plates; then preferably inspecting Vand f'gatlieringfpreferably in sequential calendar-'indicia' order the selected'number of articles thus printed'withjthe' sameV alpha-indicia and each* article with delferent calendar-indicia into a calendar linterval pack for an individual person; repeating said vsuccessive 'alpha-indicia kand calendar-indicia printing operations for each alpha-indicia-' 'containingI plate, to

thereby provide a pack ofpr'nted articles for ejachcalenvdar interval for each individualperson id entiiiic':dl by the alpha-indicia plates' ofthe series; andV finally" distributing saidpacks to each individual vperson identified' by the alpha-indicia'printed thereon. v

c YThe methods ofthe present `inventionmay"further in`-jy cludethe ^steps for .thenextv` calendar interval of forming additional individually different printing" plates for additional p'erso`r 1 s.with. alphabetic or alpha-numeric indicia' thereon; addingr said additionalplates'- to the series of individual plates'arranged in said predt'erniine'd or` alphalocation according to saidv order; preferably withdrawing selected obsolete alpha-indiciaplates from the series; Withdrawing the series of calendar ,interval platesjpreviously used; 'preparing a series of p rintingplates for said next calendar interval'with sequential'calendar-indicia for said i Y next calendarintervaland selected, pictorial and textual matterfthereon; preferably arranging the next .calendar interval printingxpla'tes in's'equential calendar-indicia-order; and repeating the"printi ng, in s'pec'ztion and 'ga'tllering,V i

and distributing steps, v e

procedural steps l\ 2vhich'- maybe.follo,vved, representative articles that maybe `mad e, andl representative equipment' vvhichfrfnay b e used for carrying out 'the principlesof the 'present invention are illustratedv v fue aecompanying drawingsformiiigja paxthereoa wherein like numerals indicate similar partsthroughout the several views, and in which:

FIG. l is a' diagrammatic view illustrating the pro-l cedural steps of the preferred form for carrying out the method principles of the present invention;

FIG. 2, a front face view of a representative blank church collection envelope representing one of the total number required for av particular calendar interval;

FIG. 3, a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the representative envelope of FIG. 2 with the individual persons name, address and account number printed thereon;

` FIG. 4, views similar to FIG. 2 of the total selected name, address and account number of the individual person on the first envelope of the stack visible through a transparent window of the mailing enclosure;

FIG. 7, a fragmentary toprplan View of representative equipment for carrying out the preferred form of the methods of the present invention; and

FIG. 8, a fragmentary side elevation of the equipment of FIG. 7. Y

The methods for making and distributing printed articles of the present invention may be clearly illustrated using the example of church collection envelopes discussed in the foregoing. A preferred form of these methods is illustrated diagrammatically in FIG. l, wherein the variousprocedural steps are set forth generally in the preferred order in which these steps will be performed. V Y.

In the case of church envelopes, in view of the many advantages previously discussed, it is preferred that the packs of envelopes will be made up or printed for calendar intervals of one month and will be distributed preferably by mailing shortly prior to the month for which the particular packs are to serve. In this case, the packs will contain four or'iive envelopes individually dated to serve for the weeks of the particular month and the number will, of course, depend on the number of weeks in that particular month.

In addition, Where there are special religious occasions involved in a particular month, appropriately printed ,and properly dated envelopes can be properly integrated in the monthly pack as required, either by printing `these special envelopes along with usual weekly envelopes directly according to the methods of the present invention or by separately printing and inserting Vthese special envelopes by hand in the packs after the usual printing and gathering of the packs according to the methods of the present invention and prior to distribution of these packs. These special envelopes for the special occasions will not be discussed further, but it should be understood that they may be included as set forth and are Vintended to Vbe covered by the methods of the present invention.`

It should be further understoodthat although the methods of the present invention are illustrated for use with church collection envelopes, these methods may be advantageously applied to other types of printed articles used in the usual high speed automatic addressing machines, one of which will be hereinafter described more in detail, and each address printing platewill have formed thereon the particular church members name and mailing address, as well as preferably that church members account number conforming With the account number used bythe church `for maintaining records of the church members contributions.

Next, these address printing plates, including an address printing plate for each member `to-receive a monthly pack of church collection envelopes, will be arranged in a particular predetermined series, as indicated at 11. This arrangement in series might be alphabetically according to the church members last names, numerically according to the church members account numbers, or both alphabetically and numerically, with this latter arrangement being preferred and being adaptable with modern accounting and record keeping procedures.

The next step is preferably to prepare pictorial and date printing plates for one calendar interval, which would be the one month period to be covered by the first pack of envelopes to be provided each member, as indicated at 12. In the case of four Weeks in the particular month making up this one calendar interval, Vfour such plates would be prepared, each having a different date corresponding to, for example, the Sundays of the particular month. Further, each plate might include the name of the church, various forms of religious pictures, and scriptural text appropriate for that particular Week, with the pictures and scriptural text preferably being varied from week to week.

These pictorial and date printing plates will then be arranged in a predetermined order, as indicated at 13, and

requiring similar printing and distribution. vTiuls, it is fully intended that the broad principles of thepresent invention shall apply to the making and distributing of these other types of printed articles. Y Referring to FIG. l, in originally preparing foruse of the methods of the present invention for making or printing and distributing church collection v envelopes on a monthly basis, preferably the first step would be to form the original address printing plates, as indicated at 10. l,

These address printing plates may be Vo t the usual type this order of arrangement will preferably be sequentially by date. Further, these pictorial and date printing plates will preferably be of the type for use on a printing press on which all of these. plates may be mounted at one time for sequential printing in this predetermined order, preferably sequentially by date, a form of such printing press being hereinafter discussed more in detail.

Next, a supply of preferably preformed but blank church envelopes is provided as indicated at 14 and at this stage `all of these envelopes are preferably substantially identical. These envelopes may be preformed by any usual method and are preferably at this stage in form for distribution and use with the exception of not being printed. V Y

. Starting the actual printing steps, the blank envelopes are fed into `the high speed automatic addressing machine in which has been mounted the prearranged series of address printing plates, and since the particular calendar` interval being illustrated is a one month period having four Weeks, the addressing machine would be set to print four envelopes in sequence from one address printing plate prior to changing to the next address printing plate. Thus, as indicated at 15,4the blank envelopes are printed with the address printing plates in group of four envelopes for each address printing plate, and this is repeated for the entire series of address printing plates.

As the blank envelopes are printed with the address printing plates they are preferably automatically fed in sequence to the printing press for printing with the pictorial and date printing plates. As the pre-addressed group of envelopes are preferably automatically fed into the pictorial and date printing press, as indicated at 16, the first envelope of each commonly addressed group is automatically'printed with the first in order of the pictorial and date printing plates, the second envelope of such group with the second ofthe pictorial and date printing plates,` and so forth, until the four commonly addressed envelopes of the group are each printed with one of the pictorial and date printing plates in order. ContinuouslyV thereafter, the first envelope of the next commonly addressed group is automatically printed.. by the first in order of the pictorial and date printing plates to 4start the repeat of 't-his sequence, which'is continued until' all of the commonly addressed groups of envelopes are printed with theA pictorial and date printing platesV in order.

As the now yfully printed envelopes of each group pass .preferably automaticallyv from the pictorial and date printing press, these printed envelopes'are preferably inspected and automatically gathered intor groups or packs of commonly addressed envelopes, as Iindicated at 17. Due to the pictorial and date printing ,plates preferably Yprinting in sequential datev order, these envelopes are autocovering the one calendar interval. l

Finally, as the packs or groups of envelopes are gath ered, these packs are preferably distributed, as indicated at 18, by placing each pack in a separate mailing enclosure or envelope and distributing the same by mailing to the particular church member whose name, address, and account number appears on each of the envelopesrof thev pack. In thisrmanner, each of the church'memberswill be supplied withproper collection envelopes for the'single calendar interval, which in this case will be one month. Y For the next calendar interval, in theevent new church members have` been added and certain address changes have occurred for some of the existing members, although this might Anot occur'every month, it is first necessary-to withdraw fromy the arranged series ofaddress'printing .Cir

vention, an envelope symbol isindicated at 24, in the er1- velope supplying step indicated at 14, and this envelope symbol 2li is carried,-with the aid of broken directional lines, through the remaining envelope printing, inspection and gathering-and distributing steps throughlS. Thus, the envelope how is preferably automaticallyfrom the supplying step 14,.to the address'printing step 15, to the pictorial and date printing step 16, to the inspection and pack gathering step717, Vand finally to the pack Vdistribution step 18. g l f f v ln referring to theY sequential alphabetical arrangement of the address printing plates herein' and as kreferred to in theclaims, these terms should begbi'oadly construed. For

plates, those address printing Lplates which have become 'y obsolete, asindicated at 19. It is then necessary Ato form replacement address printing plates, as indicated at 20, which may `include new address` printing plates for the new members and corrected address printing plates for the existing members who have had address changes.

The next step for the second calendar interval .or second month printing will then be to add these replacementr `address printing plates to the originally arranged address printing plate series,l as indicated at Z1. The manner-in which these replacement address :printing plates areV integrated into the original series will, of course, depend on the original order of the series, that is, properly integrated alphabetically according to the church members last namesl or numerically according to the church members account numbers, or both alphabetically and numerically, with, as before indicated, this latter being prei ferred. Y

Still'further, the nekt step for providing this second f calendar interval or second monthspacks of envelopes f by date as previously discussed with reference yto the rst calendar interval and indicated at 13. Tltie'reafter, the

envelope Vsupplying step indicated at 14, the address printwill beto withdraw the previously used pictorial and date instance, the usual sequential alphabetical arrangement would be by direct order-of the alphabet, but iffor some reason it were more convenient, it could be the reverse order of the alphabehor startingwith some intermediate point inthe alphabet tothe end and thenV from the `beginning back to this intermediate point, andall such variations are intended ktobe covered within the reference terms used. 'Y Furthermore, the same is true `where references are made herein and in the claims to arrangement of these address lprinting plates sequentially-numerically or terms with like meaning. The main purpose in either case is that these address printing plates are arranged in some common alphabetical Vor numerical order` or both, so that when .it is desirable to remove obsolete plates or insert new plates, there is a-predetermined ord-er by which the location-o these plates ycan ybe readily determined.`

Also, in Vthe case .of the arrangement of the pictorial and date. printing plates by calendar date such arrangement can be directly byorder of date from 'the Yearliest to thelate'st, or could bermerely the reverse thereof, and

the references to the arangernent sequentially by calendar date 'or terms of like meaning, whether of these printing plates or the gathering o f the envelopes being printed by these plates, areintended to cover either situation. Still further, in the case of packs of church'envelopes `being printed merely for four or tive week months, so that only four or tive articles are involved inV each' pack, it is not absolutelynecessary that the envelopes in the pack be ex- -actly arranged according to date, since so few envelopes are/involved, although in the preferred form in the methods of the presentl invention, these envelopes will be arranged by order of date when distributed, whether director reverse order. K A Y Thus, a method for making and distributing printed articles such as church envelopes is provided and includes the steps of forming a series of individually differentiprinting plates with alphabetic or alpha-numeric indicia thereon, leach identifying an individualperson, which is the address printing `plate forming step indicated at ltl; 'arranging these alph'agnurneric printing plates preferably both alpna'-sequentiallyy and-numeric-sequentially in a series,wh1ch is the address printingplate arranging step i indicated at 11; preparingcalendar interval printing plates with.sequentialcalendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon, which is the Vpictorial and date 'printing plate preparation step indicated at 12; and arranging the calendar interval printing plates in preferably sequential calendar-indicia order, which is thepictorial and date 4printing'plate arranging step indicated at`13.

Further, the method of the `present invention includes the stepsof 'then printingon a selectedy number of articles corresponding innumber to the lnumber of calendar'interg val plates in the series, thefalphabetic or preferably alphaing s tep indicated `|at `V15, the/pictorial and date printing step indicated at 16, theinspection andi-gathering step indicated at 17,"andthe pack distribution step indicated at 18, arelall repeated iri the same manner as previously discussed for the first calendar interval.

Forconvenience inillustrating the flow of envelopes" through the' preferred proceduralsteps of the present innumeric-indicia of one alphnumeric-indicia-containing .plate for an individualperson, which is' the address print# ingstep as indicated at 15, `the vfirst of the address printing plates; then printing on.Y the Vselected'number of thus'alpha-indicia-printed articles for therlindividual perv son, the dilferentcalendardndicia and selected pictorial and textual matter'with the series.calendarintervalplates,

which is the printing step indicated at lensing th'epic' 9 torial and date printnU plates; then pereferably inspecting and gathering the selected number of articles thus printed with same alpha-numeric-indicia and each article with different calendar-indicia in a calender interval pack for an individual person, which is the inspecition and gathering step for the iirst group of envelopes indicated at 17; repeating the successive alpha-numeric-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alpha-numeric-indicia containing plate, which is the repeating of the address printing, the pictorial and date printing, and the inspection and gathering steps indicated-at 15, 16, and 17 for each of the address printingplates in the series; and then distributing these packs to eachindividual person identied by the alpha-numeric-indicia printed thereon, which is the envelope pack distribution indicate at 18, preferably by mailing.

StillV further, the methods ofthe present invention may Y include the steps for the next calendar interval of, withdrawing selected obsolete alpha-numeric-indicia plates from the series, which is the address "printing plate Withdrawing step indicated at 19; forming additional individually different printing plates for additional persons `with alphabetic or alpha-numeric-indicia thereon, which is the forming step indicated at 20; adding these additional plates tothe series of individual plates arranged in alpha-numeric-sequential order at the proper location according to said order, which is the step of adding the replacement address printing plates as indicated at 21; withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used, which is the pictorial and date printing plate withdrawal step indicated at l22; preparing a series of sequential calendarindicia and selectedpictorial and textual printing plates for the next calendar interval, which is the pictorial and date printing plate preparation step indicated at 2 3; arranging these next calendar interval` printing plates in calendar-.indicia order, which is the pictorial and date printing plate arranging step indicated at 13; Vand iinally repeating theprinting, inspection and gathering, and distributing steps, which is the repeating of the address printing step, the pictorial and date printing step, the inspection and gathering step, and the distributing step indicated at 15, 16, 17 and 18. t

Thus, according to this method of the present invention as applied to church collection envelopes, a pack of church collection envelopes is distributed to each church member on a monthly basis andeach monthly pack of envelopes will contain individual envelopes properly dated' Vaddressed envelopes which may never be used.

Illustrated in FIGS. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 arethe various steps through which the envelopes proceed-for illustrating the principles of the present invention.

As illustrated in FIG.2,-a church collection envelope, v

generally indicated at 25, is-shown in preformed condition, but prior to any printing steps, so that the front tace 26 is blank. This envelope 25 is representative of all of the envelopes to be supplied for printing as previously discussed and indicated at 14 in FIG. l.

Asshown in FIG. 3, the first printing step isto print the name, address and account number of an individual church member on a group of the envelopes 25, equal in number to the weeks or church meeting periods during a given month. In the' case illustrated, the particular month wouldhave four weeks, so that four of these envelopes 25 would have this particular individuals name 27, address 2S, and ac count number 29 identically printed thereon, with this printing being inthe identical location on each ot-thetront faces 26 of the envelopes 25; Furthermore, this is accomplished in the address-printingfstep indicated at 15 in FIG. 1. t t' H Next, as shown in FIG. 4, each of the four addressprinted envelopes of FIG. 3 is printed with an individual date corresponding to the Sundays or church meeting periods during the particular calendar month, and not only are these dates diierent on each envelope, but also the pictorial and textual matter may be different. This printing is accomplished by the pictorial and date printing step indicated at 16 in FIG. 1. As shown in FIG; 4, the dates 30, 31, 32 and 33 may correspond tothe four Sundays of a given month, the identical church name 34 may be printed on each, and different pictorial and scriptural matter maybe printed on each, as illustrated by the symbols 35, 36, 37 and 38 on'each of the envelopes The envelopesof FIG. 4 are shown stacked in FIG.

v5 making up an envelope pack 39 for one individual church member. This pack 39 preferably includes the four envelopes of FIG. 4 stacked in sequence by date, and thiswould be accomplished in the inspecting'and gathering step indicated at 17 in FIG. 1. i

Finally, the individual envelope packs 39 of FIG. 5 are inserted in .a mailing envelope or enclosure 40, with thisrnailing envelope preferably haivng the usual transparent window 41 with which the address and account number printing of the top envelope will align and so that this informaiton can be read through this window 41. Thus, it is merely necessary to seal the mailing envelope 40, apply a stamp 42 thereto and mail, thereby distributing the particular pack of envelopes to the particular individual church member, which accomplishes the distributing step indicated at 18 in FIG. 1'. v

Illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 8 is representative equipment for carrying out the printing, inspecting and gathering steps of the methods comprising the present invention. As shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, an automatic addressing machine is indicated at 43 and an auto-matic printing press is generally indicated at 44. r

As previously discussed, the addressing machine 43 may be generally of the usual automatic construction which makes use of the preformed address plates including theI particular persons name, address and account number, if such account numbers are used. An example of such an automatic addressing machine which may be satisfactorily used to carry out the addressing function according to the methods of the present invention is one comrnercially available and known as Addressograph Speedaumat, Class 2600, which is a motor-driven addressing machine manufactured by the Addressograph Division of Addressograph-Multigraph Corporationof Cleveland, Ohio. Y

This addressing machine 43 has removably mounted thereon an address plate feed magazine 45 in which are slidably mounted the series of address plates 46. The macihne is constructed so that the address plates 46 are fed one at a time beneath the surface of the Work table 47 to the printing station 48, where the particular address plate is positioned beneath a usual printing ink ribbon (not shown). y

Furthermore, this addressing machine is constructed so that each of the printing plates will remain at the printing station 48 for any given number of consecutive printing operationsLas predetermined -by the particular `setting of the machine, after which, each plate will automatically be moved from the printing station and deposited in a plate discharge magazine (not'shown) and be removed to and deposited in the plate discharge maga" Zine and maintained vin this discharge magazine in the same order as these plates` were in the feed magazine, as wellas in the same order as'these plates were used for the address printing operation.

j ceived from the feed rolls S.

rthe next four envelopes will manner and order. A As eachof the envelopes 25 is printed at the printing l press-44, this envelope is moved automatically to and through-the receiving rolls 60 and intothe receiving slots Y erlyV positioned 'atfthe printing station 43 by the stop fingers 54, the stamper arm 55 moves Vdownwardly causing the printing of the name, address and preferably account number from the particular address plate 46 on the particular envelope 25. -Immediately after this printing has taken place, the stop fingers 54 are automatically withdrawmfpe'rmitting the conveyor belts'52 to move the particular envelope 25 away from the printing station `43 and on towardthe printing press44. 'Y

The automatic printing press 44 is preferably of the construction disclosed in my co-pending 'U.S. patent application entitled Printing Press Construction, Serial No. 207,925, tiled Iuly`6, 1962, and this printing press is preferably driven and synchronized with the addressing machine 43through the driving and synchronizing linkage 56. The complete construction and operation of the printing press 44 is set forth in said co-pending application No.v207,192 5, so that suchydescription is not repeated herein, but only that portion 'of the printing press construction and operation necessary for `a clea-r understanding .of ythe principles of the methods of the present invention. l Y,

As shown, the printing press includes a printing cylinder 57, feed rolls 58, animpression roll 59, reiving rolls 66, gathering and stacking means, generally indicated at61, anda stack conveyor, generaly indicated at 62.l The envelopes move individually along the conveyor belts '52 from the printing station 48 of the addressing `machine 43 and these envelopes are positioned in proper spaced relationship along the conveyor belts 52 as determined by the printing operations ofthe addressing machine and the timed release of these envelopes after printing by the stop fingers 54, so that these envelopes are received by the feed rolls 58 of the printingpress 44 in properly spaced and timed relationship. K On the printing press 44, the various printing Yplates 63 are mounted movable with the printing cylinder 57'byV chains or belts (not shown) and these printing plates 63 are properly spaced and arranged so thatrthe printing plates will arrive consecutively at the impression roll 59 vin exact timed relationship for printing an envelope re- In the case of the four church collection enevlopes 25 to be printed for each church member, covering the four weeks of a particular i calendar month, there'will be four different printing plates 63, each including the appropriate calendar date, and pictorial and scriptural matter appropriate for that date, `and these plates may be arranged Vto print consecutively by date. Thus, the first four envelopes will be printed consecutively', eachby a different printingplate, after which, be printed in. the same 65 of the inverting discs 66, whichinverting discs form a part of ,the gatheringand stacking means 61. Inverting discs-66 are properly rotatably timed Vand' synchronized to carry the particular ,envelope 25, while at the same time invertingthe same, and depositing `the envelope beftween the stationary stop members' and the releasable -fsto'p member l68.

VThe"rele'zasable stop member 68 is properly timed and` In the case of four printing-plates 63, this would include the four envelopes printed, after which, the releasable stop member`6 automatically releases the stack of envelopes onto the conveyor belts 69 of the stack conveyor 62.

It will be noted that the envelopes 25, originally having been fed to the addressingmachine 43 face down, have the addresses printed thereon by the addressing machine on the under or face side thereof, and these envelopes are also receivedf and printed by the printing press 440m this same under-face surface, vso that when the envelopes are received by the Vinverting disc 66 and inverted or Lit) '61 in consecutive date order.

turned over, face up, for deposit between the stationary and releasable stop Vmembers 67 and` 63, as each envelope is deposited, all of the printing thereon'will be exposed face up and this printing can: be inspected at the particularmoment these envelopes are deposited. i Furthermore, by arranging the printing plates 63 in consecutive date order, the envelopes of each group or stack will be printed in consecutive date order and will'be received and stackedby the gathering and stacking means Thus, as thesestacks of printed envelopes yare released and carried away by the conveyor belt 69 of the stack conveyor 62, each stack will have the proper number'of envelopes each individually dated and all commonly addressedforthe same church memberand itis only necessary to then deposit a particular., stack either automatically or otherwise into the mailing enclosure 4t), previously described and shown in FIG. '6, for distribution by mailing.

' Taking for example, the case of church collection envelopes, a calendar interval of one month, and four weeks in that particular month, and relating theV envelopes of FIGS; 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, previously described,-to the printing equipment ofFIGS. 7 and 8, the blank envelopes 25 of FIG. 2 are those envelopes 25 positioned on the envelope. feeder attachment 50 of FIGS. `7 and 8. Furthermore, 'the iirst four of these envelopes 25Vwillfbe printed automatically with the particular church members name 27, address 28, and account number 29, as shown in FIG. 3, at the printing station 48 of the addressing machine 43"in consecutive order by the first of the address plates 46.

Still further, these four envelopes 25, which have now been addressedat the proper location on each envelope,

V,will be moved consecutively and in properly spaced relatextual matter, as vshown in'iFIG. 4.

yImmediately asthese envelopes 25 are printed by the printing press 44,Vthey will be consecutively gathered,

preferablyV inverted for inspection, and` stacked by theV gathering and stacking means 61, thereby forming the pack 9, shown in FIG. 5, which includes the four consynchronized'so that this releasable stopimember remains secutively dated envelopes yin proper order for distribution tothe rst church member whose name, address, and account number has been printed on each Vof the envelopes'of this pack. Finally, the packof envelopes is Yreleased from the gathering Tand stacking means 6i to the stack conveyor 62 and is conveyed away from the printing press 44 on lthe conveyor belts 69 to a point where. this stack may be inserted in the mailing enclosure 40 with the church members name, address, andi account i number visible through a transparent window thereof, so

70 Y,that this pack may be thendistributed to the church member by mailing. l n Y -V Y ,They foregoing is, ofV course, automatically 'and consecutively repeated for each ofthe different address `'plates K 46 soVV that a monthly pack of envelopes properly dated, `consecutively'arranged by date, and each envelope proi3 perly containing the name, address, and account number of the particular church member, is conveniently distributed by mailing to each of the church members. Furthermore, at the time of distributing the next months packs of church envelopes to the individual church niembers, the same procedure is followed, with the exception that prior to the next months printing, the address plates 46 are corrected as to new church members and changes in existing members addresses, and new printing plates 63 for the printing press 44 are provided on this press with the appropriate consecutive dates for that l.particular month and the new or altered varying pictorial and textual matter. v k i i Thus, according to the principles of the present invention, unique methods are provided for making and distributing printed-articles, such as church collection envelopes, in which packs of church collection envelopes may be distributed on a monthly basis, with each envelope being properly dated and containing the particular church members name, address, and account number. Furthermore, according to the methods of the presentinvention, new members names may be conveniently changed prior to each months printing and distribution, and with virtually no waste of envelopes, while at the same time, virtually eliminating the necessity of any storage of printed envelopes. Also, monthly changes in coloror style of envelope can be accomplished as required with- Having now described` the inv,en tion,ithe` methods, opi eration and use of a preferred embodiment' thereof, and the advantageous new and useful results obtained thereby, the new and useful methods and reasonable equivalents thereof obvious to those skilled in forth inthe appended claims.

I claim: l l. The method of making and distributing a series of the art are set articles printed for a series of different individual persons with sequential alphabetic-indicia, different 'selected'calendar-indicia for each article of each of a series ofcalendar intervals, and selected pictorial and textual matter for each article of each calendar interval; thevsteps of forming a series of individually different,` printing plates with alphabetic-indicia thereoneachidentifying a different individual person; alpha-sequentially arranging thejndividual plates in the series; preparing a series ofprinting plates for a calendar interval with different selected calendarindicia of said calendar interval andA selected pictorial and textual 'matter thereon; printing on a selected number of articles, correspondingin number tothe number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alphabeticindicia `of one alphabeticindicia-containing plate of the arranged series for an individual persongthen printing on the selcted number of thus alphabetic-,indicia-printed articles for an individual person, each article with different selected calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter from theseries `of calendar intervalplates; gathering the selected number of articles thus printed betie-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval, withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used and preparing a series of printing plates for said next calendar interval with different selected calendar-indicia of said next calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; and repeating the printing, Vgathering and distributing operations.

2. The method of making and distributing a series of articles printed for a series of different individual persons with different alphabetic-indicia, sequential numeric-indicia, different selected calendar-indicia for each article of each of a series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and textural matter for each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming a series of individually different printing plates with alpha-numeric-indicia thereon each identifying a differentv individual person; numericsequentially rarranging the individual plates in the series;

preparing a series of printing plates for acalendar interval with different selected calendar-indicia of said calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon;

`printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding Y in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alpha-numeric-indicia of one alpha-numeri indicia-containing plate of the arranged series for `an individual person; then printing on the selected number of i thus alpha-numeric-indicia printed articles for an individual person, each article with different selected calendarindicia and selected pictorial and textual matter from the series of calendar interval plates; gathering the selected number of articles lthus, printed with the same alphanumeric-indicia and each article with different calendarindicia into a calendar interval pack for an individual person; repeating said .successive alpha-numeric-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alphanumeric-indicia containing plate of the arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval foreach individual person identified by the alphanumeric-indicia plates of the series; distributing indicia printed articles for ani individual person, each artiwith the same alphabetic-indicia and each article with different calendar-indicia into a calendar iinterval pack for an individual person; repeating said successive alphabeticindicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alphabetic-indicia-containing plateofithe arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printedar'ticles for the calendar intervalfor each individual person identified by the alphabetic-indicia plates of the series; distributing said packs to each 'individual person identified by the alphasaid packs to each individual personV identiied by the alpha-numeric-indiciaprinted thereon; then for the next calendar interval, withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates'previously used and preparingy a series of printing plates for said next calendar interval with different selected calendar-indicia of said next calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; and repeating the printing, gathering and distributing operations.

3. The method of making and distributing a series of articles printed for a series of different individual persons with sequential alphabetic-indicia, sequential numericindicia, different selected calendar-indicia for each article of each of a series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and textual matter for each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming a series of individually different printing plates with alpha-numeric-indicia thereon each identifying a different individual person, alpha-sequentially and numeric-sequentially arranging the individual plates in the series; preparing a series of printing plates `for a calendar interval with diiferentselected calendar-indicia of said calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alphanumeric-indicia of one alpha-numeric-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series for an individual person; then printing on the selected number of thus alpha-numericcle with different selected calendar-indicia and selected pictorial andltextualfniatter from the' series4 of calendar interval plates; gathering the selected number of articles thus printed with the same"alpha-numeric-indicia and each .article with diifeient calendar-indicia into a calendar interval pack for an individual person; repeating said successive alpha-numeric-indicia and-,calendar-indicia printing operations'for eachualpha-numeric-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series,-therebyiproviding a pack of v v distributing operations.

4. The method of making and distributing a series of articles printed for a series of different individual persons with f sequential alphabetic-indicia, sequential calendar-indiciay lfor eacharticleof each of a' series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and-textural matterfor each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming 'a series of individually differentprinting plates withlalphabetic-indicia` thereon each identifying a different individual person; alpha-sequentially arranging the individual plates in the series;

lpreparing a series of printing plates for a calendar interval i with sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and i '.textural matter thereon; arranging the-series` of calendar order of said plates; gathering the selected number of articles thus printed with the saine alpha-numeric-indicia and each article with diierent calendar-indicia into a calendar n by the alpha-numeric-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used and preparing Vaseries of matter thereon; arranging the series of calendar-indicia interval plates 'in sequential lcalendar-indiciaorder; printing on a selectedrnumber of articles, corresponding in nurnberto the'number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alphabetic-indicia of one alphabetic-indicia-containing plate'ofthe arranged series for an individual person; then printing operations for each.alphabetic-indicia-containingl plate of` the arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval for each individual person identified by the alphabetic-indicia plates of the series; distributing said packs to eachV individual person identied'by the alphabetic-indicia printed thereon; then yfor the next calendar interval, withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used and preparing a series of printing plates for said next calendar interval with sequential calendar-indicia and selectedpictorial and textual matter thereon; arranging the series of calendar- I t indicia printing plates in sequential calendar-indicia order;

and repeating the printing, gathering and distributing operations. Y

5. The method of making and distributinga series of .articles kprinted for a series of diterent individual'persons with Ysequential-alphabetic-indicia, sequential numeric-inprinting plates Yfor said next calendar interval 'with sequential-calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual printing plates in sequential Acalendar-indicia order; and repeating the-printing, gathering and' distributing operations. r

6. Themethod. of making and distributing a series of articles printed 2foraseriesV of diierent individual persons with sequential alphabetic-indicia, different selected calendar-indicia for each article o fjeach of a series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and textual matter for each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming a kseries o individually different printing plates with alphabetic-indicia thereon each identifying a different individual persongfalpha-sequentially arranging the individual plates in the series; preparing a seriesy of printing plates ,for a calendar interval with diierent selected lcalendar-indicia ofy said'calendar interval and selectedpictorial and textual matter thereon; printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series,the alphabetic-indicia of one alphabetic-indicia-containing', plate of the arranged series for an individual person; then printing yon theV selected number-,of thus alphabetic-indicia-printed articles forY an dicia, sequential calendar-indicia for each article of each Y of a series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and Vtextual matterfor each articleof each calendar interval;

the steps `of forming a'series of individually different printing plates with alpha-numeric-indicia thereon each identifying a different individual person; alpha-sequentially and numeric-sequentially arranging the individual plates in `Vthe' series; preparing a series ofprinting plates for a calendar interval with sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; arranging the series numeric-indicia-containing plate-of the arranged series for individual person, each article with different selected calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter vfromthe series of calendar interval plates; gathering the selected number `of articles thus printed with theV same alphabetic-indicia and each varticle with different calendarindicia into a calendar interval pack for an individual person; repeating said successivealphabetic-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations forA each alphabetic-indicia-containing plate ofthe arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval for each individual person identified by the alphabetic- `indicia plates of the series; distributing said packs to each lindividual person identified by the alphabetic-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval, forming additional individually different printing plates for additional, persons with alphabetic-indicia thereon; adding 'said additional plates to the series `ofYalpha-sequentially Y indicia, different selected calendar-indicia foreach article v 7 0 an indiv1dual person; then prmtlng -on the selected. numf ber of thus alpha-numeric-indicia printed articles for an f i individualrperson,v each 'article` with different sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorialandtextual matter from the series of calendarginterval plates inthe arranged of each ofaseries of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial andtextual matter foreach article of each calendar interval; the step of forming a series of' individually different printing plates with alpha-nurneric-indicia thereon each identifying a differentVV individual person; numeric- `sequentially arranging the individual plates .in the series;

preparing a series of printing plates for a calendar interval withditerent `selected calendar-indicia of said calendar i Y calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and `textual matter from the series lof calendar interval plates; gathering the selected number of articles'thus printed with the same alpha-numeric-indicia and each article with different calendar-indicia into a calendar interval pack for an individual person; repeating said successive alpha-numeric-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alpha-numeric-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval for each in-Y dividual person identified by the alpha-numeric-indicia Y plates of the series; distributing said packs to each individual person identied by the alpha-numeric-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval, forming adt ditional individually different printing plates for additional 'previously used and preparing a series of printing plates for said next calendar interval with dilerent selected calendar-indicia of said 'next calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; and repeating the printing,f`gathering and distributing operations.

' 9. The method of making and distributing aseries of articles printed for a series of different individual persons With sequential alphabetic-indicia, sequential calendar-indicia for each article of each of a` series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and textual matter Vfor each article of each calendar interval; the steps of -forming a series of individually different printingplates with alphabetic-indicia thereon each identifying a different individual person; alpha-sequentally, arranging the individual plates in the series; preparing a` series of printing plates for a calendar interval with'sequential `calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and` textual matter thereon; arranging the series of calendar'interval plates in sequential calendar-indicia order; printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series,'the alphabetic-indicia of one alphabetic-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series for an individual person; then printing Von the selected number of thus alphabetic-indicia printed articles for an individual person, each article with different sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual t matter from the series of calendar interval plates in the arindicia plates from the series; withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used and preparing a series of printing plates for -said next calendar interval with different selected calendar-indicia of said next calendar interval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; and repeating the printing, gathering and distributing operations. p

8. The method of making and distributing a series of articles printed for a series of different individual persons with sequential-alphabetic-indicia, sequential numeric-indicia, diiterent selected calendar-indicia for each article of each of a series of calendar intervals and selected pictorial and textual matter for each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming a series of individually different printing plates with alpha-numeric-indicia thereon each identifying a different individual person; alphasequentially and numeric-sequentially arranging the individual plates in the series; preparing a series of printing plates for a calendar interval with dierent selected calendar-indicia of said calendarinterval and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alphanumeric-,indicia of one alpha-numeric indicia-containing plate of the arranged series for an individual person; then printing on the selected number ofv thus alphanumeric-indicia printed articles for an individual person, each article with different selected calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter from the series of calendar interval plates; gathering the selected number of articles thus printed with the same alpha-numeric-indicia and each article with dilerent calendar-indicia into a calendar interval pack for an individual person; repeating said successive alpha-numeric-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alpha-numeric-indicia-contaning plate of the arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval for each individual person identified by the alpha-numeric-indicia plates of the series; distributing said packs to each individual person identified by the alpha-numeric-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval, forming additional individually different printing plates for additional persons With alpha-numeric-indicia thereon; adding said additional plates to the series of alpha sequentially and numeric-sequentially arranged individual plates at the proper alpha-numeric-sequential location; withdrawing selected obsolete alpha-numeric-indicia plates from the series; withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates ranged order of said plates; gathering the selected number t of articles thus printed with the same alphabetic-indicia and each article with different calendar-indicia into a v,calendar interval pack for an individual person by order of the calendar-indicia printing; repeating said successive alphabetic-indicia and calendar-indicia printing operations for each alphabetic-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series, thereby providing a pack of printed articles for the calendar interval for each individual person identified by the alphabetic-indicia plates of the series; dis-V tributing said packs to each individual person identified by the alphabetic-indicia printed thereon; thenY for the next calendar interval, forming additional individual different printing plates for additional persons with'alphabeticindicia thereon; adding said additional plates to the series of alpha-sequentially arranged individual plates at the proper alpha-sequential location; withdrawing selected obsolete alphabetic-indicia plates from the series; withdrawing the series of calendar interval plates previously used and preparing a series of printing plates for said next calendar interval with sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; arranging the series of calendar-indicia printing plates in sequential calendar-indicia order; and repeating the printing, gathering and distributing operations.

l0. The method of making and distributing a series of articles printed for a series of diterent individual persons With sequential-alphabetic-indicia, sequential numeric-indicia, sequential calendar-indicia for each article of each of a series of calendar intervals, and selected pictorial and i textual matter for each article of each calendar interval; the steps of forming a series of individually different printing plates with alpha-numeric-indicia thereon each identifying a dierent individual person; alpha-sequentially and numeric-sequentially arranging the individual plates in the series; preparing a series of printing plates for a calendar interval with sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter thereon; arranging the series of calendar interval plates in sequential calendar-indicia order; printing on a selected number of articles, corresponding in number to the number of plates in the calendar interval series, the alpha-numeric-indicia of one alphanumeric-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series for an individual person; then printing on the selected number of thus alpha-numeric-indicia' printed articles for an individual person, each article with different sequential calendar-indicia and selected pictorial and textual matter from the series of calendar interval plates in the arranged order of said plates; gathering the selected number of articles i thus-printed with the same alphanumeric-indicia and each article with different calendar-indicia; into a calendar inf l terval pack for an individual personV by orderiof the -V calendar-indicia printing; repeating said successivealphanumeric-indiciaand calendar-indicia printing operations for each alphanumeric-indicia-containing plate of the arranged series, therebyproviding a pack of printed articles for the calendar intervall foreach individual person identitled by the alpha-numeric-indicia plates of the series; dis- Ytribdting said packs to each individualperson identified by v the alpha-numeric-indicia printed thereon; then for the next calendar interval, forming 'additionalindividually diferent printing plates for additional persons with alphanumeric-indicia thereon; adding said additional plates to the `series of alpha-sequentially and numeric-sequentially arranged individual plates at the proper alpha-numerie-4 sequential location; withdrawing selected obsoletel alphacalendar-indicia printing plates in` sequential calendarindicia order; and repeating the printing, gathering and 'distributingoperations..

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Classifications
U.S. Classification270/1.2, 101/47, 101/478
International ClassificationB41L45/00
Cooperative ClassificationB41L45/00
European ClassificationB41L45/00