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Publication numberUS806228 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 5, 1905
Filing dateJun 24, 1903
Priority dateJun 24, 1903
Publication numberUS 806228 A, US 806228A, US-A-806228, US806228 A, US806228A
InventorsWillis G Young
Original AssigneeLouis C Walker, Willis G Young
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Postal folder, &c.
US 806228 A
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Elm-806,228. PATENTED DEC. v5, 1995.

' W.; G; YOUNG.





Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 5, 1905.

. Application filed June 24, 1903. Renewed September 27, 1905. Serial No. 280,363.

Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Postal Folders, &c.; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full,

clear, and exact description of the invention,

such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

My invention relates to what I shall desigmate a postal folder; and it consists of certain novel features.of. construction and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter fully described and claimed. The prime object of my invention is to provide a simple cheap (though efficient) form of folder which may be employed as a valuable mail article, inasmuch as it not only sub serves the purpose of an ordinary folder, the inner side of which may be printed, but also serves asan envelop or package-holder, and in addition may be used as a postal card and as a carrier of a return or prepaid postal card, envelop, &c.

Other objects and advantages will be hereinafter fully specified, reference being had to v the accompanying drawings, which are made a part of this application, and in which Figure 1 shows a perspective view ofmy invention complete in an open position. Fig.

2 shows the same construction presented in Fig. 1 in a partly-folded condition. Fig. 3 shows myfolder in a completely-folded 'condition ready to be addressed and mailed on the under side. 'Fig. 4: is a detail view showing method of attaching the metal clasp, while Fig. 5 is a central sectional view of Fig.

4. Fig. 6 is a sectional view taken through the metal clasp and interposed or secured edges of my folder. Fig. 7 shows a plan view of my folder having a plurality of added seetions and showing the position of the slit ready to receive the free edge of the flap 2.v

Fig. 8 shows another form of metal clasp for the fastener.

The various details and cooperating features of my invention will for convenience be referred to by designating-numerals, the same numeralapplying to a similar part in all the views.

In carrying out my invention I provide the body portion 1 having upon one side the securing flap or member 2, while the other side may be continued, soas to provide a. plurality of folding sections, though in Figs. 1, 2, and 3 I have shown but one section, as indicated by the numeral 3. In Fig. 7, however, I have shown the section 3 as joined to the continuation or section 4, which in turn is followed by the section 5, it being understood that these sections may be increased or multiplied in number as desired, the object being to fold said sections upon each other, and thereby dispose all of them within the folder, when the latter is ready for mailing.

When all of the parts shall have been properly folded together and the flap-section 2 entered into the slit 6, it'is obvious that it will .be reliably held in place against casual withbers 7, there being one or more on the parallel edges, said metal clasps being reliably anchored in their operative position in any desired way, preferably by means of the peculiar construction described by me in my Letters Patent of the United States, No. 709,386, dated September. 16, 1902. V

By reference to Fig. 4 it will be observed that the. four anchoring points or terminals 9 are struck down out of the paper or material forming the folder, said anchoring points making the necessary opening in the material and then being bent back upon a contiguous part of the body of the clasp itself, thereby insuring that said points will be disposed in a clenched position and hold the contiguous parts of theedgesof the apertureformed in said material.

By the arrangement herein described and 'it enters the slit 6.

It is obvious that the last section carried by the section 2 may beprinted as a return postal prepaid or otherwise, leaving the sections intermediate to be used for printed or written matter, thus affording means for securing a reply without subjecting the person making illustrated it will be observed that I have pro-.

used. Furthermore, it is obvious that I have provided a safety form of receptacle or envelop, inasmuch as it may be employed for sending any light contents-as samples, seeds, &c.while at the same time the interior of the folder and, in fact, both sides of the attached sections may be used for printed or written matter.

The edges of the flap 2 contiguous to the metal clasp 7 may be provided with a small slit extending longitudinally with the folder, so that the said clasp may be bent to enter the same. In some instances the clasp 7 may be slit longitudinally at its free end, whereby one portion thereof may be bent in one direction, while the remaining portion is bent in an opposite direction, this form of construction for the clasp 7 being fully shown in Fig. 8 and useful for engaging the approximated parts or folds lying upon opposite sides of the body-section 1 or the fold carrying the clasp.

While I have hereinbefore stated that the section or fold adjacent to the body portion 1 should be provided with the slit 6, it will be clear that said slit may be located in the last section or foldas, for instance, in the section 5 (shown in Fig. 7)it being understood that any desired number of intermediate sections may be employed to meet all possible requirements. If the slit 6 is placed upon the last section or fold, the intermediate folds may be disposed upon each other or folded in the bellows-fold when the tongue-section 2 is brought over the edges of said intermediate sections, whereby the extreme edge of the flap 2 may be readily introduced into the slit in the last fold. It will be further apparent that the securing device 7 may be anchored to any of the intermediate sections or folds or may be carried by the last fold or by the body-section 1, as shown in the drawings; but if the clasp is located upon or carried by any of the intermediate folds or sections then I prefer to employ that form of clasp shown in Fig. 8, wherein it will be observed that the free end thereof is split longitudinally or bifurcated to provide the branches 11 and 12, one branch being bent in one direcsoaazs tion, while the other branch is bent in a diametrically opposite direction, each of said branches being clenched down upon the interposed sections or folds, and while the construction of this form of clasp and the manner of using the same have thus been made clearly apparent by reference to Fig. 8 of the drawings further description is dispensed with.

Believing that the advantages and manner of using my improved postal folder have thus been made clearly apparent, further description is deemed unnecessary, and,

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

1. As a new article of manufacture, a mailing-folder having a body portion 1 provided upon one side with a securing flap or tongue and upon the other side an anchoring-section having a slit 6 ,to receive the free end of said tongue in combination with securing devices carried by each end of the body portions and adapted to fit over and engage the contiguous edges of the approximated folded parts, the free ends thereof taking into suitable slits 10, adapted to cooperate with said securing devices formed in the edge of one of the folds whereby the parts thus engaged will be held from buckling, as set forth.

2. In a folder of the character specified a body portion 1, having upon one edge a flap 2 provided with a slit 10 at each end, said body having upon the other edge a continuous extension adapted to be folded into one or more folds corresponding to and disposed upon one

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