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Publication numberUS384237 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 12, 1888
Publication numberUS 384237 A, US 384237A, US-A-384237, US384237 A, US384237A
InventorsCaleb S. Db Witt
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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No. 384,237. Patented June 12, 1888-.

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SPECIFICATION forming part o Letters Patent No. 384,237, dated June 12, 1858.

Application filed December 7, 1F85. Serial No. 184,915. (Model.)

To @ZZ whom, it may concern: the goods belong. D is thesection having the Be it known that l, CALEB S. DE VITT, a word Price marked therein, section Ehavcitizen ofthe United States of America, residing the words Stock number77 therein, seeing at Lockport, in the county of Vill and tion F having the it sign therein, section G 5 Stateoflllinois, haveiuvented certain new and having the letter t/, standing for cents,7 useful Improvements in Price and Inventory therein, section I having the voucher of the Checks, of which the following is a specificasalesman therein. Under the section F, contion, reference being had therein to the accomtai ning the 3 sign, are arranged two columns panying drawings. of iigures each numbering from the top down- 6c' io This invention relates to certain improveward from l to O, said figures representing dolments in checks tobe used by merchants, their lars, two similar columns of figures under salesmen, and cashiers, to indicate the price section G having the (t sign, and represent and stock number or goods, and enables mercents. Four similar columns stand under sccchant-s to keep a daily or semidaily inventory tion E and represent the stock-number when r 5 of stock sold and stock on hand, and to locate punched or marked.

a sale, or an error, or a misdemeanor in any- These checks are numbered in consecutive department of their store, whichy invention is order to correspond with and represent the fully set i'orth and explained in the following` number of articles in a box or package or the specification and claims, reference being had number of yards in piece goods, cheek No. l 7o 2o to the accompanying drawings, which form abeing the last one of the set and the last to be part of this specification, in whichremoved, and representing the last article in a Figure 1 is a face view of one of a set of box or package or yard in a piece of goods. checks designed to be attached to a box or pack- The cheek-number is exposed, always showage of goods, the eheckscorrespondinginnuming the number of articles remaining in the 25 ber to the articles for sale in the box or packbox or package or yards in a piece, thus being age. Fig. 2 is an edge Viewofa set of checks an inventory of the goods remaining unsold, such as are shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a perand the check-number credited on the stockspective view showing a series of said checks book being an inventory of the goods sold. arranged in a continuous folded strip or band For example, and referring to Fig. 5, the check- 8o 3o and designed to be attached to boxes or packnumber exposed being V7 shows that there are ages of goods or to loose and bulky articles. yet remaining in the box seven pairs of gloves, Fig. 4 is a plan view ofthe back of one oi' the and-supposing there had been twelve pairs checks shown in Figs. l, 2, and 3 after it has in the box-shows that tive pairs have been been detached from its set with the goods it removed and sold. For convenience in re- 35 represented and has passed the hands of the moving a check, the setis perforated, as shown salesman and cashier and has been credited in at P, Fig. l, near the top. the stock-book or ledger. Fig. 5 is a perspec- When a set oi' checks is attached to abox or tive view of a box or package of goods having package of goods, the price of each article is a set of said checks attached thereto, showing indicated by punch-marks in the dollar and 9c 4o the manner of their attachment. Fig. Gis a cents columns, and the stock-nuinber is indiface View of two duplicate checks such as are cated by punch-marks in the stock-number shown in Fig. 1, the duplicate being designed columns, as shown in Figs. l, 8, and 5, all the to go with the purchased goods. checks being punched atonce through the same Referring to the drawings, looking at Fie". numbers. For example, and looking at Fig. 1,5 l, H represents acheck designed to be put up 1, the punch-mark under the dollansign is in sets, as shown in Figs. 2 and 3. The face through 1 iu the second column and under the of said checks is divided in sections. Section cent-sign through 2 of the first column and 5 A is for the date at which the goods to whichA of the second column, showing the price ofone the check attaches was placed on sale; section article or pair of articles in the box to be one Vloo 5o B, the name of the proprietor; section C, the dollar and twentyfive cents. The stock-numcharacter representing th e department to which ber is indicated by punclrmarks through 2 of the first column, 3 of the second column, 4 of the third column, and 8 of the fourth column, showing the stock-number to be 2,348.

The set of checks shown in Figs. l, 2, and 3 having been punched and attached to a box or package of goods, as shown in Fig. 5, the manner of their use is as follows: lVhen a sale is made and the purchaser pays the cash, the salesman detachcs from the set the check representing the article sold. The salesman then stamps his signature in section I, making his Voucher for the price of the article sold. The check and cash then accompany the goods to the cashier, where proper 'change is made, if necessary, and the goods and change returned to the salesman, to be` delivered to the purchaser. The cashier then stamps his voucher with a datingstamp upon the back of said check, as shown at K in Fig. 4, under the wording shown at J in said figure. Hc then passes the check through a slit into a locked boX, from whence it is taken and used as a voucher to balance the cash of the said cashier by another employ or the proprietor, and

h credited in the stock-book or ledger, said che'ck holding the cashier responsible for the price of the article which each check represented until settlementis made. After the said check has been credited in the stock-book, the person having done so indicates the same by a dating-stamp mark, as shown at L in Fig. 4, on the back ofthe check, and the check is then stamped and filed away for future reference. The last nnrnbcr of the check credited in the stock-book readily indicates and is an inventory of the number of articles sold, and the uncredited number shown by the stockbook indicates and is an inventory of the goods on hand, so that each time these checks are credited a complete inventory ofthe stock sold and also on hand is made, and said crediting may be done daily or semi-daily, if desired.

This check may, if desired, be used with piece or roll goods, and attached thereto in any desired manner to adapt it for that purpose.

Having thus described my invention,what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent is as follows, towit:

1. A set or series of checks or ticketshaving the letters and figures marked thereon in the manner substantially as set forth, and numbered in consecutive order to represent the 4quantity of goods or articles in the box or package to which they attach, substantially as and for the purpose specified. y

2. A set or series ofchecks or tickets having consecutive inventory numbers for. constantly showing the quantity of goods sold from the package to which they attach, and also to represent at any time the quantity of goods remaining unsold in the package to which said checks or tickets are attached, substantially as set forth.



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