US 3822492 A
A reusable label comprising a sheet with pressure sensitive undercoating, said undercoating being protected with separably attached backing paper which is extended somewhat beyond one end of the label to form a tab. Perforations through both label and backing paper and a slit in the backing paper tab are furnished to provide means of conveniently detaching separable portions of backing paper and/or label, whereby the label can be initially affixed as required and a portion thereof subsequently detached for reuse.
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United States Patent [191 Crawley [111 3,822,492 [451 July 9,1974
1 REMOVABLE REUSABLE LABELS  Inventor: Thomas B. Crawley, 252 Sherwood Rd., Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada 22 Filed: May 17, 1973 21 Appl. No.: 361,285
 Foreign Application Priority Data Apr. 17, 1973 Canada 168,961
 US. Cl. 40/2  lnt.Cl ..A44c 3/00  Field of Search 40/2, 22, 125 A  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,139,377 12/1938 Mull et a1. .1 40/125 A X 2,755,576 7/1956 Golden 40/125 A X 2,845,728 8/1958 Huber 40/2 R 2,893,144 7/1959 Cunningham 40/2 R Kest Cl mm]. 40/2 R Wulldorf 40/2 R Primary Examiner-Jerome Schnall Assistant Examiner-Wenceslao J. Conteras Attorney, Agent, or Firm-lan Fincham  ABSTRACT A reusable label comprising a sheet withpressure sensitive undercoating, said undercoating being protected with separably attached backing paper which is extended somewhat beyond one end of the label to form a tab. Perforations through both label and backing paper and a slit in the backing paper tab are furnished to provide means of conveniently detaching separable portions of backing paper and/or label, whereby the label can be initially affixed as requiredand a portion thereof subsequently detached for reuse.
4 Claims, 7 Drawing Figures ing paper partially removed.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to improvements to removable reusable labels. One form of a reusable label imploys two or more superimposed sheets with pressure sensitive adhesive applied to one surface of each sheet, the sheets being separably attached to each other. In this construction the upper face of each label must have a high gloss or wax surface if separation of the labels is to be achieved. This being the case, the union of the two labels is at best unreliable, particularly when exposed to the rigors of the mail. The insecurity of this form of attachment can be illustrated by observing whatlittle effort is required to separate the backing paper from any pressure sensitive adhesive label.
In the present invention the reusable label consists of a single sheet of paper or other suitable material, one side of which is coated Withpressure sensitive adhesive and protected with separable backing paper. For initial use, backing paper along two sides of label is stripped off along perforations which penetrateboth label and backing paper. The adhesive thus exposed provides the bond for securely attaching the label to letter or package. Subsequent removal of the reusable portion of the label is achieved by detaching along said rows of perforations.
DRAWINGS AND DESCRIPTION In drawings illustrating embodiments of the invention,
FIG. I is'a front view of the label FIG. 2 is a view of the label with outer strips of back- FIG. 3 is view of label attached to letter as a return address. I
FIG. 4 isa view of return address label partially re moved from letter.
FIG. 5 is a view of detached label with backing paper partially removed.
FIG. 6 is a view of detached label reused as a mailing address.
FIG. 7 is a view of label. with alternative tab design.
The label illustrated in FIG. 1 comprises a sheet with pressure sensitive adhesive undercoating, said sheet being divided by two rows of perforations 5, into central portion 1 and two outer strips 2. Backing paper covers the adhesive coating of label and extends somewhat beyond one end to form tab 6. Perforations 5 which penetrate both label and backing paper divide backing paper into central portion 4 and outer portions 3. Slit 7 is cut in tab 6 and extends in a slight arc immediately beyond end of label, terminating at each row of perforations 5. Slit 7 creates short tab 8 in that portion of backing paper under central removable section of label. Tab 8 has three functions as illustrated in FIGS. 2, 4 and 5. I
FIG. 2 shows backing paper partially removed from the two edge strips 2 of label. This is best done by grasping tabs 6 and 8 and gently pulling in opposite directions. The backing paper tears ofi along perfora tions 5 leaving central and edge portions 1 and 20f label still intact. Backing paper 4 also remains attached to central portion 1 of label to prevent adhesive engagement in this area. 3
FIG. 3 illustrates initial use of label affixed to letter 9 as a return address. The label issecurely attached by adhesive along two edge strips 2.
FIG. 4 illustrates detachment of reusable portion 1 of;
label from envelope 9. To perform this operation, backing paper tab 8 is lifted, to initiate detachment of central portion of label together with itsassociated backing paper.
FIG. 5 illustrates central portion 1 of label after detachment from envelope, with backing paper partially stripped off. Here again tab 8 proves useful in initiating removal of backing paper. This can. be a frustrating and exasperating exercise without a leading edge on ei;
ther label or backing paper to grasp. With the backing paper removed the label can be reused as required,
FIG. 6 illustrates the label being used as a mailing address on an envelope.
FIG. 7 illustrates a label similar in every respect to FIG. 1 except for the extended tab. In FIG. 7 the tab is simply a short extension of the backing paper with perforation 5 jointly piercing the label and backing pa-.
per, and continuing to end of tab. Inthis design backing paper edge strips 3 are detached individually rather than in one operation as is the case previously described.
The labels as described herein could be manufactured in various forms namely rolls, strips or packs. Rolls or strips wouldbc adaptable for typing on individual addresses, whereas packs would be adaptable to preprinting. I
The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:
1. A reusable label comprising a sheet, coated on one side with pressure sensitive adhesive, said adhesive being covered with separably attached backing paper, said sheet and backing paper being jointly piercedby two rows of perforations thereby dividing the sheet and backing paper into a major central portion, bordered on each of two opposite sides by a relatively narrow strip, said backing paper being extended somewhat beyond one end of sheet to form a generous tab, said tab beingslit in a slight are immediately beyond .end'of label to form a shallow tab extending beyond end of central portion of label, said slit terminating at the ,end of each row of said perforations to effectively divide backing paper into two separably portions, one cover-- ing the adhesive on said outer strips and one covering the adhesive on central portion of label, saidtabs'being adapted for pulling in opposite directions for the :pur-
pose of simultaneously detaching the two outer strips of backing paper preparatory to initial application of said label.
2. The re-usable label of claim 1, wherein saidsheet is adapted to receive markings from a marking device.
. narrow strip, saidbacking paper being extended some- 3 4 what beyond one end of said sheet to form a generous the second of said rows of perforations to the end of tab, said tab having two slits therein, one of said slits exsaid tab, thereby dividing said tab into a major central tending from one of said rows of perforations to the tab, and two marginally located tabs. edge of said tab, the other of said slits extending from