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Publication numberUS895771 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 11, 1908
Filing dateMay 4, 1908
Priority dateMay 4, 1908
Publication numberUS 895771 A, US 895771A, US-A-895771, US895771 A, US895771A
InventorsJohn Lackner
Original AssigneeJohn Lackner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 895771 A
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No. 895,771. PATENTED AUG. 11, 1908.





features and structure hereinafter described,

. ing a figure which is concealed when the card V nying drawings,- in which:



zen of the United States, and a resident of Long Island City, in the county of Queens 5 and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Souvenir-Cards, of which the following is a specification. V

The invention relates to improvements in souvenir-cards; and it consists in the novel and particularly pointed out in the claims. The object of my invention is to provide a souvenir-card comprising two bac s which may be locked together, for purposes of transmission, and upon the opening orunfolding thereof disclose an attractive pic ure of a gradually appearing and disa pearing character, whereby an illusionary e ectmay be produced, the picture preferably comprisis closed and which will gradually appear through an openingin a ortion thereof as the card is opened and ikewise disappear through said opening during the closing of -the card. i

The card of my invention comprises'fbu'r ers connected together a hinged manner at adjoining end edges, a bridge-piece connecting said cards at about the middle ortions of their facing sides'and capable of folding and unfolding,

each other, and a figure secured to the covers adjacent totheir hinge and projectingthrough a slot in said bridge-piece, whereby as the covers are opened said figure will become gradually exposedby the lowering of said bridgepiece-downwardly over the same, and during the closing of said covers said figure will be gradually concealed b "the upward folding movement ofthe middle por-.

tion'ofsaid bridge-piece over thesaine. The invention will sented, reference being ad to the accompa- Flgure 1 is a face view of a souvenir-card constructed in accordance withmy invention, the backs or covers of thecard be shown in their interlocked position; F 2 is a view of the reverse side of the" card, t evinclosed figurecbeing denoted'by dotted lines 3 is anenlar lo the same on the otted e 3-3 of Fig. 2;

'tudinal section of I Spe'cification of Letters Patent; 4 Application filed. May 4, 1908. Serial No. 430, 687. 7

so as to permit said outer Y covers to beope'ned from and closed toward be fully understood from the detailed descripltion hereinafter p retions 10, ll-outwardly'fromzthe hinged ends of the latter and preferablyat about the mid- 4 dl'e orfslightlybelow' themiddle ofsaid sec-f ftions an'dflbear a scene-jappropriate "to the Patented Aug. 11, 1908.

,. Fig. 4 i s an edge view of the card, shown in its open position, the central figure being partly broken away, and Fig. 5 is a view showing the card tilted. or partly in perspective and taken from one end of Fig. 4.

In the drawings, 10, 1 1 designate the coversections of the card, 12 the central figure or picture-strip inclosed between the same, and 14 the brldge-piece which connects said cover-sections 10, 11 at their inner faces and above their lower hinged ends and which bridge-piece, due to its capability of folding, permits said cover-sections to be opened and closed, said cover-sections being preferably in one integral piece folded on the line 9 to constitute a hinge at the inner adjacent ends of said sections. .The outer surface of one cover-section may be used for an address, as denoted in Fig. 1, .and the outer face of the other cover-section may be left-plain or suitablyillustrated or bear inscriptions, as may be desired. I

The figure 12 is shown as being in the out-. line of a woman pictured as dressed in bathing costume, and said figure will referably be formed from a piece of reasonab y stiff paer or card-board cut out to the outline of the features, namely, the two outer backs or covure pictured thereon and having at its lower or inner end-edge a flap 15 which is transverse mlddle line, as at 16, and therein v95 formed with anarrow slot 17,- throu h which the outer portion of the figure 12 slig tly projects when the card as a wholefis. closed, and

through which also .the. figure 12 gradually appears and dies pears-as thecover-sections are opened and'c osed. 1 j

The bridge-piece 14. is formed at its ends,-

with the inwardly turned flaps 18 which are pasted to the facing sides ofithe ic over-sections; an by preference "thejjbridgez piece will he of. the same width as saidcover seccharacter-delineated'by the'figure 12.. Forillustration, the figure 12 shown is that of a pasted to one of the cover or back sections woman in bathing costume, and hence the scene on the bridge-piece is represented as 'the waves of the ocean-from which the figure will seemingly appear'as the card is opened and cause both sides of the'figure 12 to pre-' sent the same icture, so that the interior of the card may e viewed, while the latter is being opened or closed from over the outer end of either cover-section.

The inner surfaces of the cover-sections 10, 11, outwardly from the ends of the bridge-piece 14, may be utilized to receive writing or other inscriptions, as the owner of the card may elect.

It is preferable that the cover-sections 10,

- 11 be normally locked together at their free or outer ends,- es eciallyduring transmission through the mai ,and .to this end I provide one section-adjacent to its outer end with a slot 19 .to receive atongue 20 formed on the end of theother cover-section, as shown;

The cover-sections being of flexible material, such asstiff paper or card-board, no difficulty will be experienced in inserting the tongue 20 through the slot 19 Without break ing or materially bending the sections; and

saidjtongue when inserted throu'ghthe slot 19 will bind the outer ends of the cover-sections together.

I do not limit the invention to any special picture tube delineated on the figure-strip 12 nor to any special scene to be presented on the outer'surface' of the bridge-piece 14, but

I recommend that said picture and scene be appropriate {to each other so that the card may present an artistic effect and its value be enhanced accordingly. Figs. 1, 2 and 3 show the card in its closed osition. When the cover-sections are unocked by the withdrawal of the ton ue 20 p, from the slot 19 and gradually opene from each other, thebridge-piece 14 is extended and caused to gradually slide down on and to an increasing extent expose the fi urestrip 12, the latter appearing to ascend om the slot '17 in the creased line 16 of said bridge-piece, and when the cover-sections 10,11 are gradually closed toward each other, the middle portion of the bridge-piece 14-gradually folds upwardly on and to an increasing extent conceals said figure-strip 12,

the latter seemingly descending through the slot 17 'or disappearing. The slot 17 is made verynarrow so that the figure strip may seem to appear from and disappear into the scene pictured on the bridge-piece 14.

The card may be used as a souvenir postal card or as a novelty, and the figure-strip 12 will vary in accordance with what it may be desired to represent thereby.

What I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is: i

1'. Acard comprising cover-sections hinged together at adjoining edges, a foldable bridgepiece connecting said sections at their inner aces outwardly from the hinge, and a strip bearing a figure secured to a cover-section adjacent to said hinge and extending through said bridge-piece; substantially as set forth.

2. A card comprising cover-sections hinged together at adj oining edges, a foldable bridgepiece connecting said sections at their inner aces outwardly from the hinge, anda strip defining at its edges an outline figure and bearing a picture fitting said outline, said strip being secured to a'cover-section adjacent to said hinge and extending through said bridge-piece; substantially as set forth. 3. A card comprising cover-sections hinged together at adjoining edges, a foldable bridgeiece connecting said sections at their inner faces outwardly from the hinge, and a strip bearing a figure secured to a cover-section adjacent to said hinge and extending through said bridge-piece, one of said cover-sections having a slot adjacent to its free end and the other cover-section having at its free end a tongue to be inserted through said slot and lock said sections in closed position; substantially as set forth. Q

4. A card'comprising cover-sections hinged together at adjoining edges, a foldable bridgepiece outwardly creased and slotted at its middle portion and at its ends having flaps fastened to the inner faces of said sections, and a strip bearing a figure and havingat its inner end a fiapsecured to a cover section at .said hinge, said strip thence extending between the folded portions of said bridgepiece and through the slot therein; substantially as set fort Signed at New JOHN LAGKNER;

York city, in the county of New York, and State of New York, this 1st day of May A. D. 1908. 1

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Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/38