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Publication numberUS3380648 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 30, 1968
Filing dateMar 24, 1967
Priority dateMar 24, 1967
Publication numberUS 3380648 A, US 3380648A, US-A-3380648, US3380648 A, US3380648A
InventorsDe Lyra Rose T
Original AssigneeRose T. De Lyra
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reusable envelope
US 3380648 A
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April 30, 1968 R. 'r. DE LYRA REUSABLE ENVELOPE Filed March 24, 1967 Sec-and Tab F/mf Tab Rose II deLyrQ INVENTOR.

BY @hnw and United States Patent 3,384L648 REUSABLE ENVELGPE Rose T. De Lyra, 9280 Harding Ave, Surfside, Fla. 33154 Filed Mar. 24, 1967, Ser. No. 625,709 Claims. (Cl. 229-71) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This disclosure has to do with a reusable two-way envelope having a plurality of windows and a companion insert; namely, a card wholly filling the receptacle portion. This card is reversible and also reusable and provided on opposite sides with selectively viewable indicia identifying the respective senders and recipients. Novelty is predicated, primarily at least, on the unique construction of the envelope, more particularly, specially constructed and usable closing flaps for (1) original mailing and (2) reusable return-to-sender mailing.

Background of the invention This invention relates to a reusable two-way envelope whose front wall or panel is provided with several sight openings or windows through which predetermined written or printed indicia on an insertable card can be displayed and seen, said card being not only reusable but reversible for systematic original mailing and return mailing steps, and said envelope being novel in that it is provided with unique progressively usable primary and secondary closing flaps.

Prior art The state of the art, insofar as it pertains to the field of invention above set forth, is revealed in the mailing envelope covered in Patent 2,794,590 issued to Sills, Jr. This patent is worthy of consideration in that it shows a reusable envelope whose front wall or panel is pro vided with several individual windows, One in its median portion and two others in upper left hand and right hand portions, respectively, and which serve to effectually display reversible indicia-bearing cards. Unlike Sills, Jr., which requires the use of separate pockets for separate cards, the present solution of the two-way mailing problem has to do with a single multipurpose pocket-filling card or insert which is not only reversible but has selectively usab e indicia-bearing areas or places for alignment with the several windows for two-way sending and return purposes.

Another and more specific objective has to do with the use of the non-printed marginal areal portions of the insert or card on which gumrned labels are availably stored and wherein said labels can be (1) plain for the mounting of a stamp thereon, or (2) provided with requisite postage stamps already in place thereon. To the ends desired, the corner area where the usual postage stamp is customarily attached need not be cut out to provide a sight opening but can be imperforate and provided, if desired, with printed guide lines for attachment of the first-used detachable pro-postage label or a subsequently usable postage stamp-equipped covering label. It follows that this label (plain for reception of a stamp or a stamp applied thereto) would be mailed and by the time the duly mailed envelope reaches its destination the postage stamp would have been cancelled, whereupon the recipient would lift off the old label and discard it, thus preparing the then blank area for usage of the next succeeding pre-postage label.

Another objective is to provide the envelope with pairs (more than two pairs if feasible) of companion closing flaps and flap-like holddown tabs with adhesively connec- 338,548 Patented Apr. 30, 1968 tible surface portions orderly oriented for coacting use. To this end I provide at least two pairs of flaps and two pairs of tabs to achieve the two-way or dual purpose result and contemplate augmenting this aspect of the concept so that one envelope and insertable address card can be economically employed over and over.

Summary Briefly, the invention comprehends the adoption and use of a structurally distinct envelope and a companion or complemental indicia-bearing insert or card characterized by the above-named features and coordinating in attaining the above stated end results. More specifically,

a single reversible indica-bearing card wherein the indiciais aptly registrable with the front wall windows and wherein said card also serves as a carrier or base for storing stamps or labels (plain, prepaid or stamped) is novel. Then, too, novelty is thought to reside in the envelope having a first closing flap and companion holddown tab (suitably gummed) which can be torn off by the initial recipient in a manner to systematically uncover and bring into play a second closing flap and its holddown tab (also suitably gu-nimed) which the recipient then uses to seal the envelope preparatory to returning it and its card insert to the original sender.

These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.

Brief description of the drawing FIG. 1 is a view in perspective of a reusable envelope showing the front side thereof with the plural windows and with the insertable and removable as well as reversible address card enclosed in a manner to show the name and address of the sender and name and address of the recipient and, in the upper right hand corner, an optional window with a stamp or suitable postage appearing therethrough.

FIG. 2 is a view in perspective of the aforementioned insertable and removable and reversible address card and showing how predetermined surface portions thereof may be provided with gummed but detachable labels (with or without postage) and wherein such labels are conveniently stored for readily available usage.

FIG. 3 is a view in perspective with the card omitted, with the portion at the left broken away, and which shows the first and second tabs in readiness for use on the back wall and the first and second closing flaps (also primary and secondary flaps) before folding and attaching the same.

And FIG. 4 is a view in secion taken centrally through the envelope with the card therein and wiih the first or primary flap attached to its companion or complemental first tab.

Description of the preferred embodiment As is evident from the views of the drawing the concept has to do with a structurally and functionally improved envelope which is denoted generally by the numeral 6 and the combination therewith of a madeto-fit insertable and removable multipurpose insert or card 8.

The envelope comprises a front wall it) and a multipart back wall 12 (FIG. 3), said walls being marginally joined around three marginal edges as usual and as denoted at 14 to define a receptacle portion with an openable and closable mouth denoted at 16 in FIG. 3. The front wall (FIG. 1) is provided with a plurality of sight openings or windows by way of which the contents of the receptacle portion can be seen and conveniently read. There can be several such openings or just two, one at the center and one at the left. However, and for convenience of illustration, there is a sight opening or window 18 in the upper left hand corner to show the name and address of the sender. At the median or central portion there is a second sight opening or window 20 to show the name of the recipient. While the upper right hand corner can be imperforate with guide lines printed to show the place for a stamp, it is here shown (FIG. 1) with an opening constituting a third window 22. Referring now to FIG. 3, it wiil be noted that a relatively large or wide initially usable flap is denoted at 24 designated as a first flap. It is of one piece and occupies the closed posi tion shown in FIG. 4 when in use. The upper lip or free edge portion is gummed or provided with pressuresensitive adhesive media 26. The means for closing and retaining the flap 24 in its closed position is denoted generally by the numeral 28 in FIG. 3 and comprises a strip of suitable sheet material which is commensurate in length with the length of the fiap and also the lower marginal edge 30 of the envelope. This strip is folded upon itself between its lengthwise edges to provide an attaching portion 32 which is permanently secured in place and to provide a foldable holddown tab 34 which is complemental to the first flap and is conveniently differentiated as a first tab. Actually this tab could be designated as a holddown flap but for descriptive purposes is designated as a tab and it is attached to the component portion 32 by a severable tear line 36 and the surface is optionally provided with adhesive media 3:8. It is within the purview of the invention to provide the adhesive on either the flap or the tab or both. The flap 24 is also joined to the mouth edge portion of the envelope by a severable or tcarable score line 40. The first flap and first tab are used for the initial mailing from the sender to the recipient as suggested in FIG. 1 and also shown in detail in FIG. 4. For the return usage the envelope also embodies a second fiap 42. The second flap has a flange along one lengthwise edge as at 44 which is glued or adhesively attached to the interior surface of the front wall in the manner shown in FIG. 3. This flap has a fold line 46. Also this flap 42 is much narrower than the main or first flap 24. The attachable lip or edge portion is denoted at 48 and has pressure-sensitive adhesive media thereon which is intended to be connected with the second holddown tab 5t). This tab 59 comprises a similar narrow strip of sheet material denoted at 52 and which has an attaching portion 54 and the aforementioned tab portion 50 which may be, if desired, provided with adhesive for coaction with the adhesive 48 on the second flap 42. It follows that the first fiap 2d cooperates with the first tab 28 during the initial mailing as shown in FIG. 4. Then the first fiap 24 is torn off by way of the tear line 4%) as is also the first tab 38 by way of its tear or score line 36.

During the time that the first flap 24 is closed with the assistance of the holddown first tab 34 the envelope with the card 8 therein appears in cross-section in the manner shown in FIG. 4. Once the first flap and first tab have been detached to facilitate removal of the card 3 for reversing purposes it will be evident that the second flap 42 and second tab 50 are then readied for use when the recipient returns the envelope and card (plus a letter or check) to the original sender. It is further evident that with the first flap and first tab detached the normally folded and intact strip means 52 is Opened up in order to render the second tab accessible for the attachment thereto of the adhesive coated lip 48 of the second flap 42.

4 portion the address of the recipient which is conveniently designated at 6%. These addresses (not detailed) are re versed on the opposite or underneath side 62 of the card (not detailed). As stated, it is within the purview of the invention, assuming that the card 3 is in the envelope as shown in FIG. 1 to attach an ordinary stamp which actually would be applied to the plain label 64 and could be removed by the recipient inasmuch as the label 64 is detachable before the card 8 is reinserted and reversed for return mailing purposes. Other or supplemental labels are provided and are conveniently designated at 66. These labels are provided with pressure-sensitive adhesive media 68 and can be peeled off. in connection with the idea of labels it will be evident that each label could be provided on its viewable surface with a regular stamp, or the postage could be of the prepaid or printed character such as is used in machine labels in offices and elsewhere. On the other hand, the labels can be perfectly plain so that a plain label can be applied to cover a cancelled stamp after which a fresh stamp or prepostage stamp could be utilized.

It is submitted that the combination envelope and insertable reversible card (which can be of light paper stock if desired) will achieve a substantial saving in time, in paper, in printing and typing and the postmark on the back of the letter itself will serve as a permanent official certification as to the date the letter was mailed. The construction is such that the idea of flaps and holddown tabs can be multiplied and the envelope and insert can be used over and over. For purpose of the instant application the two-way adaptation is believed to be ample for an understanding of the construction and purposes of the invention.

It is an aspect of the concept to have several detachable type labels a little larger than two U.S. postage stamps above and/or below the main address on the address insert so that it can be used by re-attaching these labels as needed on address insert itself in the area where postage stamps are normally placed. Of course these labels" are attached to the address insert before the postage stamps are glued to it.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.

Whats is claimed as new is as follows:

1. A two-way reusable return-type envelope of the class described comprising: a front wall having at least two sight openings defining windows through which the contents of the envelopes receptacle portion can be seen by an observer, one window being in the upper left hand corner for display of the name and address of the sender and the other window being centered for display of the name and address of the recipient, a complemental back wall opposed to and marginally joined with coact'ing marginal portions of said front wall in a manner to provide a normally open mouth leading to said receptacle portion, a single self-contained first closing flap having a marginal edge joined by a severable score line to a complemental lengthwise edge of said front wall and capable of being folded, as usual, over and closing said mouth for mailing the envelope from a first sender to a first recipient, said back having companion holddown means for the first flap comprising an elongated relatively narrow strip of sheet material having a lengthwise attaching portion superimposed upon an exterior surface of the back wall proximal to and commensurate in length with a lower marginal edge of said envelope, said strip also having a foldable portion free of direct connection with said back wall and constituting 'a first flap attaching and hol-ddown tab, said holddown tab being joined along one longitudinal edge to said attaching portion by a manually severable score line the cooperating and overlapping surface portions of said first flap and tab being joined by cooperable fiap-closing and retaining pressure-sensitive adhesive media in a manner to permit the envelope to be opened by the recipient after which said first fiap and also said first tab can be bodily torn off and discarded to prepare the envelope for further use.

2. The envelope defined in and according to claim 1 and wherein said front wall is also provided with a second mouth closing flap of an areal size appreciably less than the areal size of said first fiap and which is initially intact but is readied for use after said first flap has served its initial mailing purpose and has been detached and discarded, said second fiap having a gummed lip for use when the envelope is used for return mailing by the recipient at which said first flap being relatively large and amply large when closed to completely overlie and keep said second flap intact for subsequent mouth closing use, and, in combination, a second holddown tab isolated from said first tab, mounted on the exterior surface of said back Wall and adapted to underlie an overlapping free lip portion of said second flap when the latter is intentionally folded over said mouth and 'operatively associated with said holddown tab, the overlapping edge portions of the second flap and second tab having surfaces which are connectible by pressure-sensitive adhesive media.

3. The envelope defined in and according to claim 2 and wherein said second flap is not only smaller in spreadable area than the overlying first flap but does not normally overlie said second tab, said first tab being located adjacent and parallel with the bottom lengthwise edge of said envelope and said second t-ab being located and confined when not in use to an area of said back wall between and out of the way of said first tab and econd flap and also underlying the first fiap in a manner that no part of the adhesive media of the first flap can come into contact therewith at the time the first flap is closed and adhesively joined to said first tab, whereby said second flap and second tab do not interfere with the closing function of said first flap and also whereby said second flap and companion second tab are kept intact but ready for subsequent use during the initial usage of said first flap and first tab.

4. The envelope defined in and according to claim 1 and, in combination, single insertable and removable indicia-bearing card conformably fitted in the receptacle portion of said envelope, said card being reversible and reusable and the indicia being on the opposite selectively usable surfaces of the card and so positioned and allocated that it is alignable with predetermined windows in said front wall, predetermined surface portions of said card being provided with peelable gummed labels for use in the upper right hand corner of said envelope and said labels being of a prescribed permissibly usable size and the non-gummed exterior surface of said labels being plain, imprinted with (1) machine-printed paidfor postage or (2) carrying a ready-to-use postage stamp.

5. The envelope defined in and according to claim 1, and in combination, a single manually insertable and removable card of a predetermined size that it can be conformably fitted in the receptacle portion of said envelope, said card being reversible and reusable and having prescribed selectively usable indica which is so positioned on the reversible surfaces that it is readily alignable with predetermined Windows in said front wall, at least one surface of said card being provided with detachable labels of a size and shape that they can be usably aligned with a third sight opening provided for label exposing use in the upper right hand corner of said front Wall.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,714,824 5/ 1929 Staples 229-71 2,384,223 9/1945 Wilbur 229-80 2,794,590 6/1957 Sills 229-71 FOREIGN PATENTS 118,376 8/1918 Great Britain.

DAVID M. BOCKENEK, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification229/71, 229/80, 493/216, 229/300, 229/303
International ClassificationB65D27/06
Cooperative ClassificationB65D27/06
European ClassificationB65D27/06