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Publication numberUS901464 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 20, 1908
Filing dateMay 14, 1908
Priority dateMay 14, 1908
Publication numberUS 901464 A, US 901464A, US-A-901464, US901464 A, US901464A
InventorsFrank D Ormston
Original AssigneeFrank D Ormston
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Postal mailing-card.
US 901464 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented. Oct. 20, 1908.

Application filed May 14, 1908. Serial N 0. 432,757.

To all whom it may concern:

Be 1t known that I, FRANK D. ORMSTON, a

I citizen of the United States of America, re-

more particularly to pictorial postal cards if having pictures or illustrations thereon which render the same desirable as keepsakes or souvenirs, and the object is to produce a card of the character set forth which Wlll be novel 111 form and constructlon and particularly pleasing in its characteristics.

A further object is to provide a card which will be especially desirable and pleasing for children as a toy.

The invention consists in the features to be fully described hereinafter and the novelty of which will be particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed.

I have fully and clearly illustrated. my invention in the accompanying drawings to be taken as a part of this description and wherein- Figure 1 is a front or face view of a card embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a rear view of the card. Fig. 3 is a side or edge view. Fig. 4L is a view in front elevation of the card opened to expose to view the pictorial portions thereof. Fig. 5 is a top plan view of the card when opened to the position shown in Fig. 4t.

Referring to the drawings by numerals of referenceA designates the body portion of a card, the same being of any desirable paper or card-board having the requisite stiffness and durability. This card consists of a back or central portion 1, and two end flaps or members 2, 3, hingedly connected to the ends of said central portion and arranged so as to take a position at right angles to the plane of the central or main portion, or so that the flap 2 may be folded down on the face of the central section, and the section 3 to lie in the same plane as said central portion, as clearly shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings. The outer edge of the flap 3, or that edge parallel to the hinged connection with the central portion 1, has hingedly connected thereto a cover flap 4 adapted to be folded down across the central or back section and on to the flap 2 to which it may be sealed by any of the well known sealing means, the parts being, when in this position as shown in Fig. 3, in the relation in which they exist when the card is arranged for packing or mailing.

The parts just described constitute the backing or folder for the pictorial matter which will now be described. While the invention contemplates the illustration of divers scenes, such as landscape, historical, or theatrical and other views, I have for the purposes of this specification illustrated a theatrical view in which are shown the proscenium arch anddraperies, the. wings and other properties of a theatrical scenic view.

In the preferred form of the invention the parts are so arranged and constructed as to present the view in perspective and to accomplish this effect I provide a plurality of so called wings or plates 5, each of which is suitably decorated on its front portion to indicate the desired portion of the setting, and parts of each wing or plate being cut out so that the decorated portions of the other wings may be visible to the observer when the flaps 2, 3 and 4; are moved to open position. The central or back portion 1 is decorated to illustrate a distant view, in the present instance a landscape so as to add depth to the perspective.

The wings or plates 5 are provided at their end portions with pasting strips or flanges 6 by means of which they are secured, by suitable adhesive, to the inner faces of flaps 2 and 3, said plates being spaced from each other so as to provide for such spacing as will give the proper perspective effect.

In order to add to the theatrical effect the first or outer wing may be decorated so as to depict the proscenium arch and such draperies as are usually adjacent thereto.

As will be evident, from an examination of the drawings, the plates are arranged to be flexed or folded along their line of connection with the pasting strips 6 so that when the card is collapsed or folded to be mailed, said plates are moved down upon each other so as to render the whole article flat and compact for mailing as shown in Fig. 3. In opening the card to inspect the illustration, the flap l is first raised and then the flap 2, the movement of the latter serving to raise the plates into proper spaced relation as will be apparent.

When in open position, it will be noticed that the ends of the card are closed and light is only permitted to enter through the upper and lower edges of the wings so that the proper lighting effect is secured in order to give a correct perspective to the illustr ation.

If desired, dummies depicting human beings or animals may be added to the picture to add to the realism of the pictorial effect. This may be done by providing the end flaps 2, 3 with oppositely disposed alining vertical slots 7 located between the wings through which is slidably disposed a strip 8 carrying the desired figure 9. By grasping one end of the strip and moving the same lengthwise it will be seen that the figure carried thereby may be moved or adjusted to suit the fancy. The figures are preferably made slightly taller than the height of the slots 7 the object being to prevent the strip from being pulled out of its position in the said slots, the figure serving as a stop to engage the end pieces 2, 3 and limit the outward movement of the strips. While I have shown but one of these figure conveying strips, it is obvious that a larger number may be employed if desired.

The rear face of the central section 1, is provided with the usual printed matter which complies with the postal laws.

The inside of the cover flap 4: may have printed thereon any desired matter, such as a description of the picture depicted by the wings heretofore described.

Vhat I claim is:

1. A mailing card comprising a back, end flaps hingedly connected thereto, spaced plates hingedly connected to the end flaps,

and a cover to protect said plates when the card is folded.

2. A mailing card comprising a back, end flaps hingedly connected thereto, spaced plates hingedly connected to the end flaps, and a cover hingedly connected to one of the end flaps and adapted to be folded down over the faces of the plates.

3. A mailing card comprising a back, end

members hingedly connected thereto and a spaced plates hingedly connected to the end members.

4. A mailing card comprising a back, end members hingedly connected thereto, spaced plates hingedly connected to the end members, said end members having slots between the plates, a strip slidably disposed in said slots, and a figure carried by said strip.

5. A mailing card comprising a back, end

members hingedly connected thereto, spaced plates hinged to the end members, said end. members having vertical slots between the plates, a strip slidably disposed in said slots,

and a figure carried by said strip, said figure being of a height greater than the length of said slots.


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Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/38