US 3372858 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A. BRODY Mmh 12, 1968 .POCKET FORMING DEVICE FOR LIBRARY CARDS Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR- Amw? spaar BY g v v Afro/Mfrs Filed March 31, 1965 United States Patent Glifice 3,3 72,858 Patented Mar. 12, 1968 3,372,858 POCKET 'FORMING DEVICE FOR LIBRARY CARDS Arthur Brody, 465 Melrose Place, South Orange, NJ. 07079 Filed Mar. 31, 1965, Ser. No. 444,201 6 Claims. (Cl. 229-74) This invention relates generally to library books, and has particular reference to the pockets that are applied to library books, usually on the inside of one of the covers, for accommodating library cards.
The type of pocket heretofore commonly employed is a paper or paperboard structure heaving a rear wall, a front Wall of shorter length, and lateral flaps or equivalent means for holding the walls together to define a pocket between them. Its securement to a book involves the application to its rear face, by the user, of suitable adhesive. It is an inelicient and time-consuming operation. The structu-re of the pocket requires the use of oddly configured stock which is wasteful and correspondinngly costly. M-oreover, it does not lend itself readily to any continuous kind of manufacturing procedure.
It is a general object of the invention to obviate these an-d other disadvantages of current practice and to pro vide an improved article of manufacture adapted to be used more efficiently in providing a card-holding pocket in a library book. Among the novel features of the irnproved device is a simplified structure which not only allows it to be manufactured in large quantities in a continuous lowcost procedure but greatly facilitates its adhesive association with a book surface to form the desired pocket.
A device constructed -in accordance with this invention involves a simple sheet of rectangular shape which bears a pressure-sensitive adhesive on its rear face, and a readily peelable covering overlying it. The sheet and covering are cut through to define an opening through which a library card can pass, and the covering alone is specially cut in such a Way that when it is peeled olf to expose adhesive a predetermined area remains in place to serve as part of the front wall of the pocket when the sheet is applied to a book surface.
In the preferred embodiment of the invention the front sheet has a turned-in edge along the bottom of the card pocket, .and the rear face o-f the sheet is bare of adhesive in the region within the confines of the fold.
Another object is to provide a device of the foregoing character, which simplifies library procedures to a further extent insofar as they permit a single preparatory operation to provide not only an imprinted card-holding pocket but also a correlated label for independent use on the spine of the book or elsewhere. This objective is achieved by providing a special cut through the front sheet alone, shaped and arranged to allow an area to be completely separated when the protective covering is peeled away.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a pocket-forming device embodying a card-receiving opening of improved reinforced character.
Several ways of achieving these objects and advantages, and other advantages hereinafter to be pointed out, are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a book provided on the inside of its rear cover with a card-holding pocket of the improved kind;
FIG. 2 is a view from the rear of a device suitable for use in forming a pocket such as that shown in FIG. 1, a part being cut away for the sake of compactness of illustration;
FIGS. 3 and 4 are greatly enlarged fragmentary crosssections along the correspondingly numbered `lines in FIG. l, the dimensions being in some respects exaggerated for the sake of clearness;
FIG. 5 is a schematic view of some of the apparatus and procedure that may be employed in a continuous manufacturing process;
FIG. 6 is a similar view, illustrating a modification;
FIG. 7 is a view similar to FIG. 3 of a pocket formed of the modified device; and i FIG. 8 is a front view of part of a device of the present kind, illustrating another modifica-tion.
For the librarian or other user to provide a card-holding pocket on a book surface, as shown in FIGURE 1, the device of FIGURE 2 is made available as an article of commerce. It consists of a substantially rectangular sheet of paper or paperboard 10 bearing pressure-sensitive adhesive 11 on its rear face and having a protective covering 12 of readily peelable material in overlying relation to it. Along one edge of the sheet 10 it is advantageously folded back along a fold line 13 to provide a marginal part which is turned in and lies beneath the corresponding marginal part of the covering 12. Within the confines of the folded-back region, i.e., at 14 (FIG. 3), the rear face of the sheet 10 is bare of adhesive. The outside of the turned-back part, however, bears a coating of adhesive as indicated at 15.
In a selected midportion of the article, at a distance from the folded-back edge 13 equal to the depth of pocket desired, there is an elongated cut-out or opening 16 extending substantially parallel to the edge 13. This opening is produced by a cut or cuts through both layers of the article, i.e., through the front sheet 10 as well as through the rear protective covering 12. The opening 16 is of a size adequate to permit passage through it of the desired library card 1'7 (see FIGS. 1 and 3).
Interposed between 4the sheets 10 and 12, in the medial region in which the cut 16 lies, is a reinforcement strip 25 preferably composed of a plastic such as Mylan or any other suitable material having maximum strength and minimum thickness. It is adhesively secured to the front sheet 10 and has a width slightly greater than that of the opening 16. It is preferably coated on its rear face with pressure-sensitive adhesive 18 (FIG. 4). The cut or cuts defining the opening 16 extend through the strip 25.
Formed in the covering sheet 12 alone are special cuts which enclose an area 22 having the dimensions of the desired pocket and lying directly alongside of the opening 16. The cuts include two (19) which are substantially perpendicular to the opening 16 and extend from the ends of the opening toward the edge 13, and a cut 20 connecting the ends of the cuts 19 and substantially aligned lwith the end edge of the turned-in margin of the front sheet 10.
Along a -band or area 21 parallel to the edge 13 of the article and behind the lower margin of the area 22 there is an absence of adhesive as indicated in FIGS. 2 and 3.
The device as sold or furnished to the user is easily handled, and devoid of any exposed adhesive. It may be manufactured in various selected sizes. When the desired pocket is to be provided, the rear covering 12 is simply peeled olf along all areas except the area 22, as indicated in FIGURE 2. This exposes pressure-sensitive adhesive along the area 15, along the lateral margins alongside of the area 22, and on 4the entire area on the upperside of the opening 16. The covering 12 is then discarded and the front sheet 10 adhesively applied to a book surface, such as the front or inner face 23 of the rear book cover 24, whereby the desired pocket comes immediately into being. Its rear wall is defined by the face 23y of the book cover 24 (FIGURE 3) and its front wall is defined by the unremoved area 22 of the covering sheet 12. The pocket is compact, simple in nature, and well able to 3 withstand wear `and tear. Its opening is effectively strengthened and reinforced by the Mylar or equivalent ma.- terial surrounding it, and the absence of adhesive in the regions 14 and 21 facilitates the insertion and removal of the card 17 and guards against undesirable contact with adhesive.
The device described may be feasibly manufactured in an economical and efficient continuous process as indicated in FIG. 5.
Two continuous strips 3d and 31 are advanced longitudinally to a bonding station where they are joined in face-to-face relation with a pressure-sensitive adhesive between them. The bonding station is not indicated, but it is located in the region designated 32.
The sheets in question are a continuous strip of suitable paper or paperboard (3G) adapted ultimately to serve as the front sheet of the pocket-forming device. This strip emanates from a suitable supply roll (not shown) and on its way to the region depicted in FIG. one longitudinal edge is turned back as indicated at 33. It is this turned-back edge which will `ultimately serve as the lower edge of the pocket-forming article.
The other strip 31 is composed of release paper or stock. It also emanates from a suitable supply roll (not shown), and during its travel from the point of supply to the region depicted in FIG. 5 it is coated on its inner face with a pressure-sensitive adhesive, as indicated by the stippling in FIG. 5. It will be noted that this stippling occurs across the entire width of the strip 31, except for an uncoated band 34 near the proximate edge, and another narrow uncoated band 35 directly along this edge. Between the bare stretches 34 and 35 there is a band or strip of adhesive designated 36. It is this band that will ultimately define the band of adhesive designated in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4. The bare uncoated area 34 ultimately provides the bare strip 21 shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4.
The strip 31 has a width substantially equal to that of the strip 30 after the longitudinal edge has been turned back at 33.
Also fed to the bonding station is an intermediate relatively narrow strip of reinforcement material having maximum thickness, such as Mylar this being the strip previously referred to. It is preferably coated with appropriate adhesive on its lower face (as shown in FIG. 5). This is the face which is directed toward the strip 30.
The strip is composed of a material which is adhesophylic, i.e., it clings readily to the pressure-sensitive adhesive that is coated on the strip 31. The upper surface of the reinforcement strip 25 is also adapted to cling to such adhesive. As -a result, when the layers are pressed together at the bonding station, they constitute a sandwich from which the material of the strip 31 can be readily peeled, leaving the adhesive on the corresponding regions of the strips 25 and 3l).
The bonded strips are then subjected to a cutting treatment of special character, whereby successive areas are cut to provide openings 16 extending lengthwise, and cuts 19 and 20' which cut only through the strip 31 along lines surrounding a laterally disposed area directly alongside of each opening 16. To accomplish this result, a pair of rollers 37 and 38 may be provided, the roller 38 serving as a backing roller and the other being provided with appropriate cutters. One of these cutters is designated 39 and extends circumferentially around the roller 37, as shown, the peripheral length being substantially equal to the length of the desired opening 16 which is cut through all the layers of the superposed plies, viz7 through the strip 3i, through the reinforcement strip 2S, and through the main strip 30. Cutters 40 are arranged in a parallel relationship, parallel to the axis of rotation of the roller 37, these cutters having a depth suitable to enable them to cut only through the strip 31, to form the cuts designated I9. A cutter 41 of circumferential character is provided to form the cuts designated 20.
At a subsequent point of travel an appropriate cutter is provided (not shown) which cuts transversely through the entire assembly in the regions (illustratively depicted by the dotted line 42) between the areas previously subjected to the action of the cutters 39, 40 and 41.
It is obvious from this description that the separated units severed from the continuously advancing assembly along successive transverse lines 42 are articles of the character depicted in FIG. 2. Thus, by a continuous manufacturing process, the articles can be produced rapidly and in large numbers, on a feasible and economical commercial scale.
A modification of the procedure is depicted in FIG. 6, in which the continuous strip 43 (corresponding to the strip 30 of FIG. 5) is already coated upon its entire surface with pressure-sensitive adhesive, as indicated by the stippling. Coated strips of this kind are available on the market, and their employment, in the manner presently to be described, is therefore more economical than the use of specially coated strips such as that shown at 31 in FIG. 5.
The coated strip 43 travels from a supply roll (not shown) to a bonding station (not shown) and simultaneously a strip 44 of release material, and a narrower strip 45 of reinforcement material such as Mylar are also guided toward the bonding station. The strip 44 has a width substantially equal to that of the strip 43. At the bonding station these several layers `are joined together and then they are subjected to the cutting treatments hereinbefore described. The separated articles that are produced when the treated assembly is cut transversely into successive pieces are pocket-forming devices such as that shown in FIG. 2, except that the front sheet does not have a turned-in edge and its inner face is coated throughout its entire extent with pressure-sensitive adhesive. Also, the reinforcement strip 45 does not bear any adhesive on the surface that is directed upward in FIG. 6.
When a device of this kind is used, the covering material is peeled olf, as before, and when the adhesivebearing sheet is applied to a flat book surface 46 (FIG. 7) the card-holding pocket 47 is formed, as before, between the surface 46 and the unremoved area 48 of the covering sheet. The front sheet 49 is adhesively joined, as at 50, to the book surface 46 around the entire periphery of the device. This type of pocket does not have the advantage of the pocket shown in FIG. 3, whereby the library card is guarded against contact with adhesive during its insertion and removal from the pocket. There is at least a possibility that the bottom edge of the card, when inserted into the pocket 47 of FIG. 7, may encounter some of the adhesive lying just beyond the lower edge of the area 48.
The device shown in FIG. 7 differs from that shown in FIG. 3 in the further respect that the upper edge of the opening 16 is not adhesively joined to the book surface 46, nor is the lower edge of the opening a completely bonded assembly, since the reinforcement strip 45 is not adhesively joined to the upper marginal part of the area 48.
A better adhesion along the edge of the pocket opening (in the device of FIG. 7) can obviously be achieved by omitting the reinforcement strip 45 entirely. The fact is that the corresponding reinforcement strip 25 can be omitted from the previously described (FIGS. 2-5) without materially altering the basic nature of the article.
In FIG. 8 a modification has been depicted which is applicable either to articles of the character shown in FIGS. 2-4, or to articles of the character shown in FIG. 7. The front or main sheet 51 bears pressure-sensitive adhesive 52 on its rear face, and this face is covered by a protective sheet 53 of readily peelable material. Fig. 8 shows merely the upper part of the pocket-forming device. It should be noted that a cut 54 has been formed in the front sheet 51 only. This cut has been shown as Y one which extends all the Way from one lateral edge of the sheet 51 to the other. This is not essential. The purpose of the cut 54, whatever its shape, is to allow an area 55 to be completely separated when the covering 53 is peeled away, this separated area 55 bearing adhesive on its rear face and being independently adhesively applicable to another to another book surface, eg., the spine of the book. The advantage achieved by this modified construction is that the pocket-forming device, prior to use, may be printed in a single operation on the exposed face of the main sheet 51, to place a desired designation 56 on the pocket-forming device and a similar or related designation 57 on the independently usable area 5S. It has been the practice, heretofore, to provide card-holding pockets, and to provide separate labels or the like for application to the spine of the book. These accessories must be separably printed or typewritten, and this adds to the librarians work. By means of the present arrangement, a single unit can be threaded into a typewriter, or into a printing mechanism, and in a single or almost-single operation, the related imprints 56 and 57 can be rapidly produced.
It is to be understood that many of the details herein described and illustrated may he modified by those skilled in the art, without necessarily departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A device for adhesive application to a flat book surface to form a pocket for a library card, comprising a sheet bearing on its rear face a pressure-sensitive adhesive and a readily peelable covering, said sheet and covering being cut through to define an opening through which said card can pass, said covering alone being cut along lines enclosing an area having the dimensions of the desired pocket and lying directly alongside said open- 6 ing, said area being thus adapted to remain covered when the rest of said covering is peeled away to expose adhesive, whereby said covered area can serve as the front wall of the pocket when said sheet is applied to said book surface.
2. A device as defined in claim 1, in Which said sheet has a turned-in edge and said opening is substantially parallel to said edge, the pocket extending between said opening and the fold of said edge.
3. A device as deiined in claim 2, in which the rear face of said sheet is bare of adhesive in the region Within the contines of said fold.
4. A device as dened in claim 3, in which said non adhesive region extends behind the adjacent edge of the covering on the front wall of the pocket.
S. A device as deiined in claim 1, in which there is a layer of reinforcement plastic on the rear face of said sheet in the marginal area surrounding said opening.
6. A device as delined in claim 1, in which said sheet is provided with a cut in the region on the other side of said opening, said cut being shaped and arranged to allow an area to be completely separated when the covering is peeled away, said separated area being independently adhesively applicable to another book surface.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,097,916 11/1937 Elmore 22974 XR 2,611,369 9/1952 Herrick 229--71 XR 2,828,975 4/1958 Wright 281-31 XR 3,250,385 5/1966 Timms 229-74 XR ROBERT F. BURNETT, Primm'y Examiner. ROGER CRISS, Assistant Examiner.