US 3186114 A
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June 1, 1965 L. J. CARTER 3,186,114
LABEL HOLDER FOR LOOSE-LEAF BINDERS Filed Sept. 18, 1962 INVENTOR. LOU/.5 J. CARTER BY W2! SW ATTORNEY Un ed S s te Louis J. Carter, 1529 Walnut St., Philadelphia 2, Pa..
Filed Sept. 18, 1962, Ser. No. 224,487 3 Claims. (Cl. 40-10) In general, this invention relates to a new and improved label holder for loose-leaf binders and, more particularly, to a transparent envelope which may be removably attached to the back of a loose-leaf filler and within which envelope a label may be placed connoting the contents of the binder.
In the past, a problem has arisen regarding the placement of a label on the back of a loose-leaf binder. Since the binder is adapted for many uses, and its contents may be changed, the taping or other rigid securement of a label to the. back of a loose-leaf binder created problems when the binder was to be reused. If the previous label was removed, it marred the finish of the binder; H left in place and another label pasted thereover, the result was bulky, uneven and totally unsatisfacory.
In order to avoid the'foregoing and other difiiculties of the prior art practices, it is the general object of this invention to provide a new and improved removable label for looseleaf binders.
Another object of this invention is to provide a better label holder for loose-leaf binders which is simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
A further object of this invention is to provide a better label holder for loose-leaf binders which is transparent and can be utilized on all standard multi-ring binders.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
For the purpose of illustrating the invention, there is shown in the drawings a form which is presently preferred; it being understood, however, that this invention is not limited to the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of aloose-leaf binder incorporating the features of the present invention.
FIGURE 2 is a perspective, showing of the loose-leaf binder of FIGURE 1 with the pages removed.
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the label holder shown in FIGURES 1 and 2.
FIGURE 4 is a partial perspective view of one end of the label holder of FIGURE 3 with the attaching strips folded for use.
FIGURE 5 is a cross sectional view of the label holder of FIGURE 3 taken along lines 55.
In FIGURE 1, there is shown a loose-leaf binder generally designated by the numeral 10. The loose-leaf binder includes left and right side covers 12 and 14 joined by a back 13. The loose-leaf binder 10 shown in FIGURE 1 has pages 16 attached therein.
A transparent label holder 18 is shown extending the length of the back 13 of the binder 10. The label holder 18 is adapted to have a suitable label placed in a pocket therein so as to designate the contents 16 of the binder 10. The construction of the label holder 18 will be discussed below.
Within the binder 10, there are placed two spaced expandable rings 22 and 24 integral with the backbone 26 of the binder 10. The backbone 26 is fixedly secured to the inner surface 28 of the back 13.
It will be understood that the binder 10 could be any standard size such as (1) a three-ring binder 9%" x 11%", (2) a three-ring binder 7%" x 9%", or (3) .a two-ring binder 9% x 11%", as shown in FIG- URE 2.
The label holder 18 shown in FIGURE 3 is preferably made of a transparent flexible material such as polyethylene. It has a main label receiving portion 30 formed by two overlapping layers 31 and 33 of the transparent three-ring binder.
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flexible material heat-sealed along two edges 34 and 40 so as to provide a pocket for receiving labels to be placed on the loose-leaf binder 10. One edge 39 of the pocket 30 remains open so as to permit the user to insert a label within the pocket 30 and remove the same when desired.
The edge 34 is normally 11%" so that it may be used for two-ring 9 x 11%" notebooks and three-ring 9%" x 11%" notebooks. The pocket 30 is adapted to be folded along line 36 when the label holder is applied to three-ring 7%" x 9%" loose-leaf binders to form a 9%" pocket designated by the numeral 32. The remaining portion 38 formed by fold line 36 and edge 40 is wrapped underneath the loose-leaf binder and does not interfere with the operation of the label holder 18.
A pair of bottom extensions 42 and 44 is integral with the layer 33 and extends perpendicular to edge 40. A similar pair of extensions 46 and 48 extends from bottom layer 33 outwardly from open edge 39.
The extensions 42, 44, 46 and 48 are adapted to fit the rings of the binder when the rings are in the open position so as to hold the label pocket 30 in place. Holes are provided in the extensions in accordance with the various types of standard loose-leaf binders which may be utilized.
For a threering 7%" x 9%" loose-leaf binder, square holes 50 and 50 are made on extensions 44 and 42 respectively one-half inch from edge 40. A second'set of holes 51 and 51' are also made in extensions 44 and 42 respectively four inches from edge 40 for use with the same binder. The holes 51 and 51' are adapted to fit the same middle ring of the loose-leaf binder as square holes 54 and 54' made in extensions 48 and 46 respectively five and five-eights inches from edge 39. The top ring of the abovementioned three-ring binder is placed through square holes 52 and 52' made in extensions 48 and 46 approximately two and one-eighth inches from edge 39.
The circular holes in the extensions are for utilization with a three-ring 9%" x 11%" loose-leaf binder. Two such holes 60 and 60' are made in extensions 44 and 42 respectively two and one-quarter inches from edge 40 so as to be utilized with the bottom ring of such a Two additional holes 62 and 62' made in extensions 44 and 42 respectively are placed six and one-half inches from edge 40. These last-mentioned holes are to be fitted over the center ring of the three-ring binder. Holes 64 and 64 in extensions 48 and 46 respectively are also placed over the center ring of the three-ring binder. These last-mentioned holes are six and three-eights inches from edge 39. The top ring of this last-mentioned three-ring binder will pass through holes 52 and 52 discussed previously.
For a two-ring 9 x 11%" binder, triangular shaped holes are made in the extensions. Such holes 58 and 58' made in extensions 44 and 42 respectively are placed two and seven-eights inches from edge 40. Holes 58 and 58 are for the lower ring 24 illustrated in FIGURE 2. Two additional holes 56 and 56' are made in extensions 48 and 46 respectively three and five-sixteenth inches from edge 38. The holes 56 and 56' are held in place by the ring 22 as shown in FIGURE 2. In FIG- URE 2, the extensions 42, 44, 46 and 48 have their loose ends cut olf so as to provide a neat appearance.
It can be seen that the objects of this invention have been accomplished by the provision of a new and better label holder for loose-leaf binders which is easily removable and can be utilized on all standard size looseleaf binders. The label holder provides a transparent pocket into which can be inserted any desired label so as to identify the contents of the binder. Since the label holder is made of a flexible material, it can be easily bent over such as at line 36 for use with smaller standard size binders. The holes in the extensions have been coded in accordance with the various binders so that no mistake can be made by the user.
The present invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential attributes thereof and, accordingly, reference should be made to the appended claims, rather than to the foregoing specification as indicating the scope of the invention. a
1. A label holder for the back of loose-leaf binders comprising a longitudinally extending main body portion adapted to fit the back of a binder, said main body portion having a longitudinally extending transparent pocket therein, longitudinal extensions on opposite sides of said main body portion, said extensions having holes therein adapted to fit over rings inside all standard sized binders, and an exposed opening for said pocket wherein said labels can be inserted and removed from said pocket when said label holder is connected to a binder.
2. A label holder for the back of loose-leaf binders comprising a longitudinally extending main body portion adapted to fit the back of a binder, said main body portion having a longitudinally extending transparent pocket therein, longitudinal bifurcated extensions on opposite sides of said main body portion, said extensions having a plurality of parallel holes therein adapted to fit over rings inside all standard size binders, said bifurcated extension holes being formed of different shapes for indicating the particular loose-leaf binder on which they are to be utilized.
3. A one piece label holder for the back of loose-leaf binders having rings inside the binders comprising a longitudinally extending main body portion adapted to overlie the back of a binder, a layer portion integrally joined to a side of said main body portion and folded over said main body portion, said layer portion being joined to said body portion along the side opposite said integrally joined side and one end thereof to form a pocket for receiving labels, and integral pairs of longitudinal extensions on opposite ends of said main body portion, said extensions having holes therein adapted to fit over rings inside the binder, and said label holder being formed of a one-piece sheet of flexible transparent mate- 7,493 5/90 Great Britain.
JEROME SCHNALL, Primary Examiner.
E. V. BENI-IAM, Examiner.