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Publication numberUS3839960 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 8, 1974
Filing dateApr 23, 1973
Priority dateApr 23, 1973
Publication numberUS 3839960 A, US 3839960A, US-A-3839960, US3839960 A, US3839960A
InventorsBissonet C
Original AssigneeBissonet C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Printing stamp and panel assembly
US 3839960 A
Abstract
An assembly adapted to be conveniently carried by students or other persons from one place to another to print predetermined data and neatly enclosing a printing stamp and an inking pad. An assembly including a panel having a cavity into one face thereof to inoperatively confine a printing stamp and an inking pad therein, then leaving that face even to rest paper sheets thereon for writing. The panel has a flexible flap engaging over the cavity to close the same, and the printing stamp is secured against the inner side of the flap to inoperatively and neatly rest into the cavity with the inking pad.
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O United States Patent 1 1 1111 3,839,960

Bissonet 14 Oct. 8, 1974 [5 1 PRINTING STAMP AND PANEL ASSEMBLY 2,879,774 3/1959 Siege] 281/31 x [76] Inventor: Claude Bissonet, 3747 Coronet Rd., FOREIGN PATENTS ()R APPLICATIONS Momma! Quebec Camda 376,652 6/1907 France 101/368 22 i 23, 1973 453,680 4/1913 France 281/31 [21] Appl' 3535 Primary Examiner-Clyde I. Coughenour [52] US. Cl ..101/333,101/1, 101/301,

118/31.5, 281/31, 402/3, 402/4 [571 ABSTRACT Cl 341k 1342f 3/ 0. B42d 3/12 An assembly adapted to be conveniently carried by Fleld of Search 269; 101/ students or other persons from one place to another to /327, 332, 364, 297, 298, print predetermined data and neatly enclosing a print- 31 ing stamp and an inking pad. An assembly including a panel having a cavity into one face thereof to inopera- References Clted tively confine a printing stamp and an inking pad UNITED STATES PATENTS therein, then leaving that face even to rest paper 929,501 7/1909 Schmidt et al 101/301 Sheets thereon for The Panel has a flexible 099 73 6/1914 flap engaging over the cavity to close the same, and 1,374,883 4/1921 the printing stamp is secured against the inner side of 1,398,235 11/ 1921 the flap to inoperatively and neatly rest into the cavity 2,099,482 ll/1937 with thfi inking pad. 2,596,131 5/1952 2,623,460 12/1952 Brenner et al. 101/301 21 Claims, 31 Drawing Figures PRINTING STAMP AND PANEL ASSEMBLY This invention relates to the printing stamps and, more particularly, to an assembly of the type including a printing stamp and an inking pad in combination.

There are numerous occasions in which one has to repeatedly write down or print the same data, such as his or her own identification. This is the case of the students as well as of many other persons to thus identify copies of papers, to indicate their approval and/or checking, or to give their name and address to someone else. In many of these cases, the person is not doing this always at the same place and the use of the conventional or known printing stamp and inking pad is not practical, since they are odd things to carry along.

It is a general object of the invention to provide an assembly of a printing stamp and an inking pad which is adapted to be easily and neatly carried along and which is adapted to readily stamp predetermined data, such as ones identification.

It is another object of the invention to provide an assembly of a printing stamp and an inking pad in combination with a panel having a cavity to neatly hold the printing elements in inoperative position therein and to form a flat construction for carrying convenience, such as an accessory in ones pocket or into a paper sheet binder.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a paper sheet binder with a printing stamp and an inking pad secured into a cavity in one panel thereof to assure the continuous availability of the printing elements in neat and practical association with the binder for the convenience of students or other persons attending lectures, meetings or the like.

It is another object of the invention to provide a printing stamp and an inking pad which remain attached and form an assembly with a panel to minimize the possibilities of losing any of the printing elements, while allowing sufficient freedom of the stamp for easy printing, using the panel as a base for the sheet being printed.

It is a still further object of the invention to provide a printing stamp and panel assembly wherein the printing stamp and an inking pad are inoperatively held into a cavity of the panel while the latter still provides a flat surface to rest a paper sheet for writing thereon.

The above and other objects and advantages of the invention will be better understood by reference to the following detailed description of various embodiments of the invention which are illustrated, by way of example, in the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a paper sheet ring binder to which the invention may be associated;

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the binder of FIG. 1, shown in open position to display the combination therewith of a printing stamp assembly according to a first embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the printing stamp and panel assembly of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a plan view of the printing stamp and panel assembly of the preceding figures;

FIGS. 4a and 4b are cross-sectional views of the assembly of the preceding Figures, illustrating the inking and the printing operations respectively. FIG. 4b is on the second sheet of the drawings, which also bears FIGS. 6 to 9 inclusive;

A sembly according to a second embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view as seen along line 88 in FIG. 7;

FIGS. 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d are partial views of FIG. 8 sequentially illustrating the action of a pivoted inking box forming part of this second embodiment;

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view as seen along line 9-9 in FIG. 7 and is represented on the same sheet as the latter;

FIG. 10 is an exploded perspective view of the box and cover thereof forming part of the second embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 7, 8, and 9;

FIG. 11 is a plan view of a printing stamp and panel assembly according to a third embodiment of the in vention;

FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view as seen along line 12-12 in FIG. 11;

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the printing stamp assembly of FIGS. 11 and 12;

FIG. 13a is a partial detail view of the pivotal connection between the printing stamp and the flap shown in FIG. 13;

FIG. 14 is a plan view of a printing stamp and panel assembly according to a fourth embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 15 is a cross-sectional view as seen along line 15-15 in FIG. 14;

FIG. 16 is a view corresponding to FIG. 15 but with the printing stamp shown in extracted position;

FIG. 17 is a perspective view of the printing stamp of FIGS. 14 to 16 inclusive, shown in operative position;

FIG. 18 is a perspective view of a printing stamp and panel assembly according to a fifth embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 19 is a plan view of the assembly of FIG. 18; 1

FIGS. 20 and 21 are cross-sectional views as seen along lines 20-20 and 21--21 respectively in FIG. 19; and

FIG. 21a is a view corresponding to the view of FIG. 21 but with the cover closed instead of open.

The printing stamp and panel assemblies according to the invention is particularly illustrated in combination with a paper sheet binder 1 of the folding type. However, the same assembly may be combined with other types of paper sheet binders or simply to a panel of any appropriate construction. For instance, such panel could merely be a board of pocket size serving merely to hold the assembly in convenient manner in ones pocket or could also serve other purposes.

As is well known, the folding binder 1 includes a front panel 2, a back panel 3 and an intermediate strip 4 arranged to hold binding rings 5, in any appropriate manner. The printing assembly according to the invention may be made in combination with either the front panel 2 or the back panel 3, as may be seen from FIGS. 2, l1, and 18.

The printing stamp and panel assembly according to the first embodiment of the invention, shown in FIGS. 2 to 6 inclusive, is formed in combination with the back panel 3 of the binder 1. The panel 3 includes a base layer 6 into the inner face of which is formed a shallow cavity 7. The panel 3 further includes a covering layer 8 which adheres to the base layer 6 and is cut out to form a flap 9 which remains integral with the layer 8 along one edge to flex or pivot relative to the latter along that edge.

A printing stamp 10, of any suitable construction and bearing any desired data such as for ones identification, is secured against the inner face or side of the flap 9, such as to project into the cavity 7 when the flap is lowered into the plane of the covering layer 8. The printing stamp 10 may be fixedly secured to the flap 9, or may preferably be, as shown, pivoted to the latter about a normal axis thereto by a rivet 11 or the like pivot means. This pivoting of the printing stamp 10 al lows printing in any desired direction relative to a sheet, as will be better understood later. The flap 9 is formed with a gripping tongue 12 inoperatively resting into the similarly shaped cut-out of the covering layer 8. A male snap element 13 is secured to the tongue 12 and arranged to releasably engage into a complementary female snap element or aperture 14 into the base layer 6 and thus hold down the flap 9 in inoperative and closed position.

The cavity 7 is of generally rectangular plan outline having opposite side edges 15 forming slideways in cooperation with the overlying side edges of the cutout forming the flap 9. A box 6 is slidably mounted into the cavity 7 for displacement lengthwise of the flap 9 and the afore-mentioned slideways. The opposite sides 17 of the box 16 are arranged to engage into the aforementioned slideways and to restrain the box for the slidable displacement thereof. An inking pad 18 is arranged into the box 16 and a cover 19 completes the latter. The box 16 and the cover 19 may be made of any suitable material, but are preferably integrally made, as shown, of a suitable plastics having a hinge connection 20 between the same. The cover 19 is preferably formed with a tongue 21 adapted to inoperatively rest into a complementary notch or recess 22 in the base layer 6.

It must be noted that the cavity 7 is co-extensive of both the printing stamp 10 and the box 16 when the latter are arranged edgewise side by side. In other words, the cavity 7 is large enough to house the stamp 10 and the box 16 arranged side by side.

In inoperative position, the cover 19 closes the box 16 which is positioned at one end of the cavity 7. The flap 9 is lowered with its outer face flush wih the outer face of the covering layer 8 and is so retained by the snap elements 13 and 14. In such case the printing stamp 10 is housed into the other end of the cavity 7 side by side with the box 16.

A printing operation is done by lifting the tongue 12, such as with a fingernail, flexing the flap 9 upwardly, as shown in FIG. 3, sliding the box 16 towards that other end of the cavity 7, as shown in FIG. 4, opening the cover 19, as shown in FIGS. 5 and 5a, resting the cover 19 onto the exposed portion 23 of the base layer 6, as shown in FIG. 4a, lowering the stamp 10 into inking engagement with the inking pad 18, as shown in FIG. 4a, again upwardly flexing the flap 9 to close the cover 19, inserting a sheet 24 of paper or the like onto the outer face of the cover 19 and finally pressing down the flap 9 and the stamp 10 to transfer the ink onto the sheet 24.

As will be readily understood, the pivot 11 allows to pivot the stamp 10, such as to print in any desired direction onto a sheet 24.

The detailed description of the second to fifth embodiments of the invention will follow using the same numeral to identify an identical part as one used in the first embodiment.

The printing stamp and panel assembly shown in FIGS. 7, 8, 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 9, and 10 is formed in combination with a panel 3, of integral construction; that is, having no laminate construction as formed by the layers 6 and 8 of the first embodiment, although a similar panel may be used as well.

A cavity 25 is formed into the panel 3 and a shallower recess 26 surrounds the cavity 25 and is complementarily shaped relative to a flap 27 to receive the latter. The flap 27 is integrally formed with the panel 3 and is retained thereto by a hinge connection along the edge 28. The printing stamp 10 may be pivoted thereto such as by a plastic stud 29, or in any other suitable manner. The flap 27 is inoperatively secured into the shallower recess 26 by a snap represented in FIGS. 7 and 8 by the opening 14 thereof.

The cavity 25 is formed with a deeper end portion, a shallower end portion and notches 30 projecting laterally away from each other and transversely aligned to define a pivot axis about midway from the opposite ends of the cavity 25. A box 31 is mounted into the cavity 25 and includes a pair of lugs 32, each having a notch 33 therein in alignment with each other and for alignment with the notches 30. A cover 34 is provided with a pair of lugs 35 and a pivot pin 36 projects outwardly from each lug 35 and is engaged into a pair of adjacent notches 30 and 33, thereby pivoting both the box 31 and the cover 34 relative to the panel 3. An inking pad 37 is positioned into the box 31.

In the inoperative position, the flap 27 rests into the shallow recess 26 and fully covers the cavity 25. In that case, the outer face of the flap 27 rests flush with the face of the panel 3 to form a writing surface therewith. Then, the box 31 is turned upside down and rests onto the cover 34 in the deeper portion of the cavity 25, while the printing stamp 10 rests into the latter in the shallower portion thereof.

The printing is done by lifting the flap 27, as shown in FIG. 8, pivoting the box 31 to the position shown in FIG. 8b, lowering the printing stamp 10 onto the inking pad 37, as shown in FIG. 8c, pivoting the cover 34 over the upright box 31, as shown in FIG. 8d, placing a sheet of paper onto the closed box, and lowering the flap 27 to apply the stamp onto that sheet.

The printing stamp and panel assembly according to the third embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 11, l2, l3, and 13a is formed in combination with the front panel 2, although it could as well be formed in combination with the back panel 3. The intermediate strip 4 is provided with a paper clip 38 instead of the rings 5 merely to indicate that such alternative is contemplated and, obviously, is also applicable to any embodiment of the invention.

As in the second embodiment, the panel 2 is integrally formed with a flap 39 and a connecting hinge at the edge 40. A relatively narrower and deeper cavity 41 than in the afore-mentioned embodiments is formed into the inner face of the panel 2. An inking pad 42 is laid into the cavity 41. The flap 39 is arranged to be snapped by engagement of a stud 43 into an aperture 44 thereof.

A printing stamp is secured against one face of a plate 45. The latter is pivoted to the flap 39 by a stud 46 of the latter engaging into an aperture 47 of the plate 45. In order to align the plate 45 in preselected directions, such as at 90 to each other, the plate 45 is formed with notches 48 around the aperture 47 and the flap 39 is provided with a protuberance 49 adjacent the stud 46, whereby the protuberance will engage into the desired notch 48.

Since the inking pad 42 is in fixed position, the printing stamp 10 inoperatively rests thereover when the flap 39 is closed. The printing is done by merely turning the stamp 10 in the desired direction outwardly of the cavity 41 and by pressing down the flap 39 onto a sheet appropriately positioned on the inner face of the panel 2.

The printing stamp and panel assembly according to the fourth embodiment, shown in FIGS. 14, 15, 16, and 17, is formed in combination with a panel 2, made of a single layer of plastic material. The panel 2 is formed with a cavity 511 and a shallower recess 51, of cruciform plan outline. An inking pad 52 is laid into the cavity 50.

A flap 53, of cruciform plan outline complementary to the outline of the shallower recess 51, is arranged to rest flat into the latter and flush with the face of the panel 2. A printing stamp 10 is secured against the inner face of the flap 53 and opposite legs 54 of the latter form flexible grips which may be folded over, as shown in FIGS. 15, 16, and 17 to provide a fingergrip to handle the stamp. Studs 55 project upwardly from the panel 2 into the shallower recess 51 and are arranged to snap into apertures 56 of the legs 54.

With this embodiment, it suffices to pull out the flap and stamp unit to print wherever desired.

The printing stamp and panel assembly according to the fifth embodiment shown in FIGS. 16 to 21a inclusive is formed in combination with the panel 2 of a sheet binder 1.

As in the first embodiment, the panel 2, as the panel 3, is formed of a base layer 6 and a covering layer 8, and the flap 9, the stamp 10, the gripping tongue 12 and the snap elements 13 and 14 are similarly associated. A cavity 57 is formed into the base layer 6 and includes a deeper portion and a shallower portion. An inking pad 53 is positioned into the deeper cavity portion. Transversely aligned notches 30 are formed into the base layer on opposite sides of the cavity 57.

A plate, or cover 59, is pivotally mounted into the cavity 57 my means of pivot pins 60 integrally formed therewith and transversely aligned into the notches 30.

Inthe inoperative position, the flap 9 rests flush with the covering layer 8 into the complementarily shaped cut-out thereof and is thus retained by the snap elements 13 and 14. Then, the cover 59 rests into the shallower portion of the cavity 57 and the printing stamp 10 rests over the inking pad 58.

For printing, the flap 9 is flexed upwardly; the cover 59 is pivoted to cover the inking pad 58; a sheet is placed onto the layer 8 and cover 59; and the flap 9 and stamp 10 are pressed down onto that sheet.

The panels 2, 3, the boxes 16 and 31 and the covers 19, 34, and 59 are contemplated to be made of plastic, as by injection molding, but other materials may be used as may be dictated by practical considerations, such as cost, ease of manufacturing and performance.

The panel of the printing stamp, inking pad and panel assembly can be a part separate from the paper sheet binder panel 2 or 3 and fixed to the latter by rivets, glue or the like securing means. It should be noted that the drawings illustrate flexible flaps, each of which has a co-extensive and complementary outline relative to the afore-mentioned cavity at the face of the panel into which the cavity extends. Each flap forms a concealed spacewithin the thickness of the panel upon closing thereof and has an outer face which rests flush with the afore-mentioned face of its panel and forms a co-planar writing surface with the same face of the latter upon closing of the flap.

For each illustrated embodiment, the inking pad and the printing stamp fit in the concealed space, substantially filling the same, and form a support against sagging of the corresponding flexible flap upon writing over the latter.

I claim:

1. A printing stamp and panel assembly comprising a panel having a cavity into one face thereof, a flexible flap having a co-extensive and complementary outline relative to said cavity at said one face of said panel, forming a concealed space within the thickness of said panel upon closing of said flap and having an outer face resting flush with said one face and forming a coplanar writing surface with the latter upon closing of said flap, an inking pad and a printing stamp fitting into said concealed space, substantially filling the latter, and cooperatively forming a support against sagging of said flexible flap upon writing over the latter, and said stamp being fixed to said flexible flap and displaceable therewith relative to said inking pad.

2. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, further including a paper sheet binder forming said panel.

3. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, wherein said panel includes a base layer and a covering layer secured onto said base layer and said cavity extends into the latter through said covering layer.

4. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 3, wherein said flap is integrally formed with said covering layer and is pivoted to the latter.

5. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, wherein said printing stamp is pivoted to said flap against the inner face thereof about an axis extending substantially normal thereto.

6. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, wherein said flap is pivoted to said panel towards and away from closing position defining said concealed space.

7. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, wherein said cavity is coextensive of both said inking pad and said printing stamp arranged side by side and is adapted to inoperatively rest said printing stamp therein in edgewise adjoining relationship relative to said inking pad.

8. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 7, wherein said inking pad is displaceable into said cavity between an inking position and an inoperative rest position.

9. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 7, further including a plate pivotally mounted into said cavity and arranged for pivotal displacement from an inking position to a printing position into said cavity.

10. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 9, further including a box into said cavity, said inking pad is mounted into said box, and said plate forms a cover for said box.

11. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 10, wherein said cover is pivoted to said box and the latter is displaceable into said cavity from an inoperative position to an inking and printing position thereof.

12. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 11, wherein said cavity includes slideways and said box operatively engages the latter and is arranged for slidable displacement from a printing and inking position thereof and an inoperative position allowing said side-by-side arrangement of said printing stamp and said inking pad.

13. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 11, wherein said box is pivotally mounted into said cavity for pivotal displacement between an inoperative position and an inking and printing position thereof.

14. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 9, further including pivot means pivotally connecting said plate to said panel, defining a pivot axis extending transversely of said cavity in the latter and arranged for pivoting of said plate from an inking position of the latter in said cavity on one side of said axis to a printing position of the same in said cavity on the opposite sides of said axis in overlying relationship relative to said inking pad.

15. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 14, wherein said cavity includes a deeper por- 16. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 12, wherein said cavity includes opposite lateral sides forming a pair of parallel grooves into said panel and defining said slideways and said box has opposite side portions slidably engaging into said parallel grooves for said slidable displacement of said box.

17. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 13, further including pivot means pivotally connecting said box and said cover to said panel, defining a pivot axis extending transversely of said cavity and arranged for pivoting of said box from the inoperative position thereof on one side of said pivot axis to the inking and printing position thereof on the other side of said axis in said cavity and for pivoting of said cover from the inking to the printing position thereof in overlying relationship relative to said box.

18. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 17, wherein said pivot means includes at lest one lug secured to each of said box and said cover, said panel and said lugs of said box having notches alignable with said pivot axis, and at least one pin secured to said lugs of said cover pivotally engaging into said notches and pivotally holding said cover relative to said box.

19. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 1, wherein said inking pad is secured at the bottom of said cavity and said printing stamp is constructed and arranged to rest into said cavity over said inking pad.

20. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 19, said flap is separable from said panel and includes a pair of opposite flexible wing portions constructed and arranged to be folded over and to form a grip for said printing stamp.

21. A printing stamp and panel assembly as defined in claim 18, wherein said panel includes a base layer and a covering layer secured onto said base layer, said cavity extends into the latter through said covering layer, said flap is integrally formed with said covering layer and is pivoted to the latter, a paper sheet binder tion on said opposite side of said axis and said inking forms said panel, and said printing stamp is pivoted to said flap against the inner face thereof about an axis extending substantially normal thereto.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification101/333, 402/4, 281/29, 281/37, 101/301, 101/479, 281/31, 118/31.5, 402/3
International ClassificationB41K1/00, B42F13/40, B41K1/54, B42F13/00, B41K1/06
Cooperative ClassificationB41K1/06, B42F13/40, B41K1/54
European ClassificationB41K1/54, B41K1/06, B42F13/40