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Publication numberUS428465 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 20, 1890
Filing dateMar 18, 1890
Publication numberUS 428465 A, US 428465A, US-A-428465, US428465 A, US428465A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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I'. H. G'RUMP.



No. 428.465. Patented May 20, 1890.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 428,465, dated May 20, 1890.

Application iiled March 18, 1890. Serial No. $14,314:. (Model.)

To all whom it may con/cern:

` improved excess-baggage tag.

Ordinarily railroads allow a given weight of. baggage to pass free of charge along with the passenger, and when that given weightis exceeded an extra charge is made for the same and an excess-tag is placed upon the trunk and one stub from the saine is given to the agent to settle his accounts by and another stub is given to the passenger. Then such trunkbearing an excess-tag passes over several routes in reaching its destination, the intervening roads have no convenient basis for settlement with the road that first received the trunk for their share of the receipts on the excess of baggage.

My invention is intended to supply this want; and to that end it consists in an excesstag having a protective flap and bearing underneath the same a series of similar coupons, each one of which is provided with a printed scale of the excess' in weight and the date, which may be punched by the agent of the road that receives the trunk, so as to similarily mark with the weight and date each coupon, and which coupons are successively torn off by each road over which the trunk passes, and which coupons constitute for each road a basis of settlement with the road iirst receiving the trunk, all as hereinafter fully described.

Figure 1 is a front view of the improved tag, the passengers stub and agents stub being still connected. Fig. 2 is a front view of the tag with the protective fiap raised to show the coupons and with the agents and passen gers stub torn off. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section through the trunk-tag and its containing-case on line 0c, of Fig. 1.

A is the pasteboard back of the trunk-tag, which is printed in one piece With the agents stub B and the passengers stub O, which latter are separated by lines ot' holes or indentations a and b to facilitate the tearing off of the stubs. This is the ordinary construction of an excess-tag. My invention relates mainly the insertion of the following data-viz., the

name of the starting-point and the final destination, and spaces or subdivision sfor the insertion of all of the different roads over which the baggage has to pass in reaching its destination. These spaces are shown at c. Below this is a space for the number of passengers, excess iu weight oftrunk, amount paid, and other data, as indicated. Beneath this etlap A is secured a series of coupons A2, each of which corresponds to one of the spaces at c in front of the Hap, and which coupons are successively torn off by each road to which the trunk is delivered. These coupons are numbered to correspond with said spaces at c, but otherwise the coupons are exactly alike, and each bears upon one side the excess weight in pounds and on the other side the date, and these figures and dates coincide in all the coupons, so that when the agent receiving the trunk punches the excess in weight -say seventy-live pounds-the same operation punches through this amount on all the coupons. So, also, with the dates upon the other side. These coupons also bear the naine of the road issuing the check and also the trunk number, as do also both the stubs and the iiap.

Now, when the trunk is received at the starting-point, the agent there marks on the face of the iap A2 the starting-point, the destination, and all of the routes over which the trunk has to travel in reaching its destination. He also raises the ap and punches through each and every one of the coupons (at one operation) to mark the excess in weight ofthe trunk and the date. Then when Ithe trunk, after having started on its way, is changed to a new road the agent of that road raises the flap A2 and tears off the first coupon, which he retains in behalf of his road in order to settle with the road firstreceiving the trunk. Each succeeding road does the same thing until the trunk has arrived atits destination, when the passenger presents his stub O and claims his baggage. By this means every road is enabled to quickly inspect the tag, tear ott the coupon, and be aflll IOO

forded every facility for securing its share of the excess-baggage fee paid.

To hold the iap A2 down in place, it is provided with a tongue d, which enters a slit in the pasteboard back, and to protectthe trunktag it is carried in a metal case D, formed of a plate having upturned edges e e on the sides, and slots f and g at its 4opposite ends for receiving a strap E, by which it is attached to the trunk. This strap is fastened Ithrough the lower slot f and is then extended up the back of the plate and through the upper slot g, and also through a corresponding slot in the trunk-tag, by which .means the trunk-tag is retained in its case, so that it cannot slip out. To prevent the fold of the strap at the lower end of the plate from standing in the way'of the insertion of the tag in guides e e and to prevent interference with the protrusion ot' tongue cl through the tag, the lower edge of the plate below slot f is turned back or bent out of the plane of the body of the plate.

XVith reference to the use of tongue CZ for securing the protective iiap, it is obvious that other means may be employed for this purpose Without departing from my invention.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new is- 1. A trunk-tag consisting of back piece A, having attached to the same a series of si1ni lar coupons bearing figures and letters for indicating the excess in weight and date, and a protective flap A', covering the same and having on its face spaces for the names of all the roads of the route corresponding to the coupons, and means for securing the same, substantially as shown and described.

2. Atrunk-tag consisting of a back piece A, of pasteboard, having a slot at its lower end, a series of coupons A2, bearing figures and letters for indicating the excess in weight and date attached to the same, and a protective ap A', covering the coupons and having on its lower end a tongue d, adapted to fasten in the slot of the back piece and bearing upon its face spaces for marking thereupon al1 the roads of the route, and an inclosingcase, substantially as shown and described.




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US6116653 *Feb 25, 1999Sep 12, 2000Lowry Computer Products, Inc.Printable tag with integral loop fastener
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/10