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Publication numberUS3343851 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 26, 1967
Filing dateDec 22, 1965
Priority dateDec 22, 1965
Publication numberUS 3343851 A, US 3343851A, US-A-3343851, US3343851 A, US3343851A
InventorsBensler Sr Richard A, Mitchell Robert W
Original AssigneeIbm
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Card documents
US 3343851 A
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Sept. 26, 1967 R. A. BENSLER, sR.. ETAL CARD DOCUMENTS Filed Dec. 22, 1965 3 Sheets-Sheet l OOOOOO vii-1 THE XYZ CORP. NEWYORK,'N,Y,

TO THE ORDER OF MO DAY JOHN DOE Y 1 STANDARD BANK 8i TRUST CO. NEW, YORK, NY.

AFIAFDAFQAFQAQA 'PAY 25 00 DOLLARS CENTS THE XYZ CORP AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE OOOOOO OOOGOOOOOOOOOO Deor Stockholder,

Financial Statement Soles Costs Gross Profit Profii After Taxes 35 .XX

We are looking forward to continued good business.

Sincerely Presideni OOOOOOOOOOOOOO FIG.

INVENTORS RICHARD A. BENSLER SR.

ROBERT W. MITCHELL AGENT Sept. 26, 1967 R. A. B'ENSLER, SR, ETAL CARD DOCUMENTS FIG. 2

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I Unless we receive your payment promptly, your supply of I O I widgets wiii be cut off. Deioch ond moli cord with your poymeni. I O O I Sincereiy O I l I C I Credii Manager 5 O O O l o I i o R. A. BENSLER, sR.. ETAL 3,343,851

CARD DOCUMENTS 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Sept. 26, 1967 Filed Dec. 22, 1965 FIG. 4

United States Patent C) 3,343,851 CARD DOCUMENTS Richard A. Bensler, Sr., Vestal, and Robert W. Mitchell, Binghamton, N.Y., assignors to International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, N.Y., a corporation of New York Filed Dec. 22, 1965, Ser. No. 515,633 1 Claim. (Cl. 281-) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A document assembly comprising a continuous web of severable pre-printed identical form letters with each form letter having detachably connected thereto a machine processible record card having fixed information relating to the pre-printed information on the form letters and variable information relating to customers.

Brief summary of the invention In the present invention a series of record cards, each record card having severable stub portions, are spaced apart and have their stub portions attached to a continuous paper web provided with severable carrier strips having feeding wheel perforations to permit successively feeding said record cards through the print station of a business machine. The record cards may be spaced any desired distance apart and the paper web may be divided into individual severable forms or sections so that a card may be attached to each form. This permits the printing of data on the individual forms or sections as Well as on the individual record cards as the continuous paper web is fed through a suitable printing machine, the data printed on each form being related to the data printed on the record card attached thereto.

The record cards may be provided with two, three or four severable stubs. There is at least one stub at each end of the card which is provided with feeding wheel perforations which coincide with those in the carrier strips of the web. The two stub card is only attached at the carrier strips and removal of the carrier strips will separate the card from the paper web. The three or four stub cards are attached to the severable forms or sections as well as the carrier strips and removal of the carrier strips will not separate the cards from the paper web. The paper web may consist of either regular bond paper or like material which will not produce a duplicate copy of the attached card or of an impact type action paper which will produce a duplicate copy of the attached card.

Attaching a series of individual record cards to the severable carrier strips of a continuous web allows the cards to be economically and speedily processed through a. printing machine to have data recorded thereon after which the cards may be separated simply by tearing away the carrier strips of the web.

Where the three or four stub cards are attached to the severable forms or sections of the web, card documents are economically and speedily produced which are adapted for mailing to customers and the like and which are extremely useful in many types of business applications such as, for example, accounts receivable and accounts payable. After printing, the web may be easily converted into the individual card documents by removing the carrier strips and by tearing the forms or sections along the line of perforations which extend transversely across the web and which define the top and bottom edges of the forms. The printed data on each form may take the form of a letter to a customer and the card attached thereto may be a printed check which can be separated and kept by the customer or a printed bill which may be separated by the customer and mailed back with his remittance.

Accordingly, a principal object of the present invention is to provide a continuous form adapted to be processed through a printing machine and then separated into individual card documents.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a continuous web having pin feeding carrier strips to which a series of spaced-apart record cards are attached to facilitate processing of said cards through a printing machine after which the printed cards may be individually separated from the web by removing the carrier strips.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a continuous web having pin feeding carrier strips and divided into severable forms or sections to which a series of spaced-apart record cards are attached to facilitate the recording of data on said forms and record cards.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a continuous web having pin feeding carrier strips and divided into severable forms or sections to which a series of spaced-apart record cards are removably attached, there being one record card removably attached to each severable form to facilitate the recording of related data on each form and the card attached thereto.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a document for mailing which comprises a form and a record card removably attached thereto, there being related printed information on said form and card.

The foregoing and other objects, features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following more particular description of preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

Brief description of the several views of the drawings FIG. 1 is a plan view of an individual web form with record card attached ready for mailing.

FIG. 2 is a plan view showing a series of four stub record cards secured in position on the severable forms or sections of a continuous web.

FIG. 3 is a plan view showing a series of two stub record cards secured in position on a continuous web.

FIG. 4 is a plan view showing a series of three stub record cards secured in position on a continuous web.

Detailed description Referring first to FIG. 3, there is shown a series of two spaced-apart record cards 10 on a continuous paper web 11. The two shorter or side edges of each card each has a stub portion 12 secured thereto by a line of perforations 13 so that the stub portions and cards may be easily separated. The stub portions 12 of the cards each has arranged longitudinally thereon a row of pin feed perforations 14 and when the record cards are positioned on the web, the feed perforations 14 on the stubs will coincide with similar pin feed perforations 15 arranged along each margin of the web 11 to facilitate feeding the Web and cards through a printing machine or the like. The cards are fastened to the web by pairs of glue stripes 16 which extend along the margins of the web and inwardly from the edges of the web so that they adhere to the card stubs 12 along a line which is between the line of perforations 13 and the row of feed perforations 14. Individual card documents are obtained simply by peeling or removing the individual cards 10 from their stub portions 12. Lines of weakness 17 extend transversely across the web in between adjacent cards to facilitate zig-zag folding of the web. Individual card documents may also be formed by bursting the web along the lines of weakness 17.

Referring to FIG. 4, there is shown another embodiment wherein a series of three stub record cards 18 are spaced apart on a continuous paper web 19. The shorter left-hand side edge of each card has a stub portion 20 secured thereto by a line of perforations 21 and the shorter right-hand side edge of each card has a stub portion 22 secured to it by a line of perforations 23. Additionally, each stub portion 22 has another stub portion 24 secured thereto by a line of weakness 25. The stub portions 20 and 24 of the cards each has arranged longitudinally thereon a row of pin feed perforations 26 and when the record cards are positioned on the web, the feed perforations 26 on the stubs will coincide with similar pin feed perforations 27 arranged along each margin of the web 19 to facilitate feeding the web and cards through a printing machine or the like. The cards are fastened to the web by three lines of glue stripes 28 which extend along the web and inwardly from the edges of the web so that one line adheres to the card stubs 20 along a line which is between the line of perforations 21 and the row of feed perforations 26, another line adheres to the card stubs 22 along a line which is between the line of perforations 23 and the line of weakness 25, and the third line adheres to the card stubs 24 along a line which is between the line of weakness 25 and the row of pin feed perforations 26.

To facilitate the separation of the continuous form into individual card documents a line of Weakness 29 is provided along each margin of the paper web, the lines of weakness 29 coinciding with the lines of perforations 21 and the lines of weakness 25 when the cards are positioned on the web. Lines of Weakness 33' are also provided which extend transversely across the web either in between adjacent cards or in between equal groups of cards to facilitate zig-zag folding of the web. The use of a three stub card makes it possible to remove the marginal carrier strip portions of the web and the stub portions 20 and 24 of the cards without separating the cards from the paper web. If the lines of weakness 30 across the web are positioned in between each pair of adjacent cards, the continuous web may be further separated into individual paper forms each one of which has a record card 18 attached thereto at the severable stub portion 22. By making the web 19 out of an impact type action paper, each form will carry a duplicate copy of what is printed on its attached record card 18. There is thus produced a card document which is useful in many applications such as, for example, where it is desired to mail the document to a customer so that he can separate the card and return it with a remittance or make some other disposable use of the card and at the same time retain the duplicate slip for his files. By varying the distance between the transverse lines of weakening 30, longer individual forms may be produced having a plurality of record cards 18 attached to each one.

In FIG. 2, there is shown a continuous paper web 31 having a series of spaced-apart four stub record cards 32 attached thereto. The two shorter or side edges of each card each has a stub portion 33 secured thereto by a line of perforations 34 so that the stub portions and cards may be easily separated. Each stub portion 33 is further connected to'a stub portion 35 by a line of weakness 36. The stub portions 35 of the cards each has arranged longitudinally thereon a row of pin feed perforations 37 and when the record cards are positioned on the web, the feed perforations 37 on the stubs will coincide with similar pin feed perforations 38 arranged along each margin of the web 31 to facilitate feeding the web and cards through a printing machine or the like. The cards 32 are fastened to the web by four lines of glue stripes 39 which extend along the web and inwardly from the edges of the web so that one line adheres to the card stubs 33 along a line which is between the line of perforations 34 and the line of weakness 36, and another line adheres to the card stubs 35 along a line which is between the line of weakness 36 and the row pin feed perforations 37.

As in the case of the embodiments shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, a line of Weakness 40 is provided along each margin of the paper web 31, the lines of weakness 40 coinciding with the lines of weakness 36 when the cards are positioned on the web. Lines of weakness 41 are also provided which extend transversely across the web adjacent each card to facilitate zig-zag folding and to allow for separation of the web into individual forms.

It will be noted that in the embodiment shown in FIG. 2, the record cards 32 are spaced farther apart along the web so that each record card will be attached near the top of an individual form or section 42. The top and bottom edges of the forms 42 are defined by the transverse lines of weakness 41 and the forms are made sufficiently long so that each form can carry a record card on one portion and pre-printed information on the remaining portion. Of course, the length of form used can be varied depending, for example, on how much preprinted information is desired. The pro-printed information on each form 42 preferably bears a relationship to the record card attached thereto. In the example shown in FIG. 2, there is shown an accounts receivable application wherein the pro-printed information is in the form of a letter to a customer and the record card attached adjacent to the information has printed thereon the particular customers name and address, account number, amount of payment due, etc., and in addition, may carry the well-known index perforations 43 used for machine accounting purposes. Upon separation of the web into the individual forms 42 with the record cards attached, the forms are mailed to the customers who detach the cards and return them with their remittances.

In a preferred method of producing the card document forms, the continuous web 31 is first pre-printed in all of the form sections 42 with the same information or form letter after which the cards 32 are attached to the web. The web is then passed through a printing machine and the customer information is printed on each card. After printing, the web is passed through a suitable burster device which peels off the severable side margins of the web and the stub portions 35 of the cards. The Web is then separated along the transverse lines of weakness 41 to produce the individual card documents ready for mailing to the customers. To return the record card the customer simply tears the card along the lines of perforations 34 to separate same from the stub portions 33 and form 42.

In FIG. 1, there is shown another application for a card document form constructed in the same manner as the form of FIG. 2. In this application, the form 44 is pre-printed with information relating to a company financial statement to be mailed to a stockholder and the detachable card 45 takes the form of a dividend check. The severable card stubs 46 and marginal strips 47 of the form may be left on as shown or removed prior to mailing of the document to the customer.

It will be understood that the printed documents shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate only two of many applications for which such a document would be-useful and advantageous. Also, if desired, the documents shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 could make use of the three stub card shown in FIG. 4 instead of a four stub card. The card documents need not be made continuous and then separated after machine processing. The forms and attached cards may be precut and assembled individually and individually recorded on by insertion in a typewriter or the like.

Another important feature of the present document assembly resides in the fact that the well-known rectangular record cards are provided with their severable stub portions joined only to the shorter sides or edges of the cards. This leaves the longer edges of the precut cards clean and unbroken and this is most desirable since these cards are fed long edge first when they are processed through record card accounting machines.

While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

What is claimed is:

A document assembly comprising,

a continuous paper web having detachable marginal carrier strips provided with pin feed perforations to facilitate machine processing of the Web, said carrier strips being connected to the web by lines of Weakness,

a series of transverse lines of weakness spaced apart on said web for dividing the web into individual severable identical form letters each form letter comprising a corresponding blank portion and adjacent pre-printed data portion,

a series of spaced apart machine processible record cards mounted on said web, there being one record card superimposed over the blank portion on each form letter, said record cards having pre-printed fixed information which relates to the information on the adjacent pre-printed data portion of said form letters and recorded variable information relating to customers,

detachable stub portions connected to the side edges of each record card by line of Weakness and provided with pin feed perforations, the pin feed perforations and lines of Weakness of said stub portions coinciding respectively with the pin feed perforations and lines of weakness of said marginal carrier strips of the web,

means for fastening said detachable stub portions to said detachable marginal carrier strips of the Web whereby said stub portions and carrier strips may be separated concurrently from the Web, and

means for detachably fastening each record card to the blank portion of its respective form letter Whereby removal of said stub portions and carrier strips and separation of the web along said transverse line of weakness will produce individual mailable preprinted form letters each having one of said record cards detachably fastened thereto adjacent to the pre-printed data.

References Cited LAWRENCE CHARLES, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification281/5, 283/62
International ClassificationB42D5/02, B42D5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42D5/027
European ClassificationB42D5/02C4