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Feb. 8, 1938.
c. K. MILLER
2,107,450
COMBINATION ENVELOFE AND RETURN MAILING DEVICE
Fil‘ed June 18, 1936
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Patented Feb. 8, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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COMBINATION ENVELOPE AND RETURN
MAILING DEVICE
Chauncey Kenneth Miller, Indiana-polis, Ind.
Application June 18, 1936, Serial No. 86,017
‘ 11 Claims.
This invention relates to a mailing device suit
able for direct mail advertising purposes. The
present invention seeks to provide a return mail
ing structure which requires a minimum amount
5 of effort on the part of the recipient of the ad
vertising literature or the like, to insure its re
turn to the original sender of the literature.
Two .embodiments of the invention are illus
trated herein, and these are representative dis
closures. The advertising literature may be a
book, a blotter, a letter, or any mailable material.
The chief feature of the invention consists in
obtaining window envelope effect without cutting
a window in an envelope and associating there
with a reply address structure, such as a card,
or another envelope, the ñrst-mentioned enve
lope enclosing the advertising material of the
character before mentioned, and the latter being
operatively associated with the reply device, as
hereinafter more specifically will be pointed out.
When the reply device is of post card form,
it must comply with the postal regulations as to
size, weight, and the like.
In many instances of use, the reply card form
of the invention requires nothing more on the
part of the recipient of the literature than re
.so
moving the attached tab and depositing the re
ply card in the mails. In other instances, it
may require a marking or checking for selective
designation. Only in occasional instances does
it require addressing or the signing of the reply
device by the recipient and then only in excep
tional circumstances necessary to comply with
legal requirements.
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With the return envelope type of reply device,
a checking may or may not be necessary, as
hereinafter to be pointed out. No signature or
addressing normally will be required. The en
velope may contain the money payment in the
E form of a bill, or the like, or a coin-holder card
enclosed in a protective sheet, or the like.
The full nature of the invention will be un
derstood from the accompanying drawings and
the'following description and claims:
In the drawings, Fig. 1 is a front elevation of
a direct mail advertising device embodying the
card form of the invention.
Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view taken on
line 2--2 of Fig. 1 and in the direction of~ the
arrows.
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 and of the
envelope type of device.
Fig. 4 is a rear view of the reply envelope
,shown in section in Fig. 3.
(Cl. 229-73)
Fig. 5 is a front view of the addressed reply
card shown in Fig. 2.
Fi-g. 6 is a rear View of the addressed reply card
shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. '7 is a front view of the addressed reply 5
envelope shown in Figs. 3 and 4.
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Fig. 8 is a rear view of the addressed reply en
velope shown in Figs. 3 and 4.
In Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings, I0 indicates
the face of an envelope of desired size, I I the
back and I2 the sealing flap. The face includes
a pair of elongated and parallel slits I3. Slits
I3 at their ends terminate in angularly and op
positely directed extensions I4, the extensions at
adjacent ends being similarly directed. Such eX
tensions facilitate “stu?ling”.
Within the envelope is an article I5, such as
a letter, blotter, pamphlet or the like mailable
material.
An address reply structure I6 has a width .
slightly less than the effectivelength of the slits “
I3--I4. This structure is threaded through the
slits I4 which exposes portion I‘I carrying the
address of the recipient of this mailing device.
Above the address may be printed matter carry- u
ing a message IBa, or selections to be checked,
see Fig. 6. The reverse side of the reply struc
ture, herein illustrated as of post card charac
ter, carries the address I'Bb of the original sender
of the device and the usual reply post card pay
ment notice I6c and permit number' I6d or the
like.
The post card has a tab portion I8 integral
with portion I6 but united thereto by a per
forated score I9, whereby the tab may be readily r
separat-ed from the card prior to mailing. It `
may contain mailing or selection checking direc
tions I8a or I8b or other legending.
The card I6 is nested in the envelope as illus
trated. Then the article I5 is inserted. 'I'he tab 40
I8 is turned back so that article I5 is nested be
tween the card and tab portions. The outer en
velope is then sealed.
Movement of the card lengthwise of the en
velope is prevented by the ends of the slits. 45
Movement of the card in a direction transverse
thereto is prevented by the article. The article,
therefore, serves as a locator or positioning de
vice, for the card does not necessarily have to
be substantially the full depth of the envelope, ,
although in the drawings it is so illustrated.
The combination, therefore, insures constant
registration of the recipient’s address lla in ex
posed relation, and also permits simultaneous
removal of the card when the article is removed 55
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each slit being oppositely directed and t‘he adja
from the envelope by the recipient upon its re
ceipt.
cent ends of adjacent slits being similarly
In Fig. 3 a modified form of the invention is
illustrated. In this form similar numerals of the
one hundred series indicate like or similar parts.
directed.
3. In combination an envelope including a pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely 'mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an ad
dress portion between the slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than the
width of the exposed structure, one end of the
structure Vbeing turned back upon the same, the
article'being nested between the structure and its
In this form of the invention, the reply address
device consists of an envelope H6, see Fig. 4 and
Figs. 7 and 8 having one face exposed as at H1.
Such exposed portion carries the recipient's ad
10 dress l Ila for delivery of the outer envelope and
contents. The recipient’s address on the return
mailing serves as a return address. The other
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face of the envelope is of the return reply type
with the original sender’s address Hßbl, reply
postage notice HGc and meter number HBd
thereon as required by postal regulation.
In this instance the flap H8 of the inner en
turned-back end, the address structureV compris
ing a reply post card and tab portion connected
thereto by a perforated score connection, the tab
velope is turned opposite to its normal position
portion constituting the turned-back end.
at H9. The article H5 is nested between the
inner envelope proper and its sealing flap H8.
The inner envelope H6 may have different se
4. In combination an envelope including a pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted 20
therein of substantially the same outline as and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, andan
addressed replyV structure in the envelope and
lections HBa printed thereon for checking by the
receiver to designate size, color and/or material.
The inner envelope when mailed may containthe
purchase price.
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The operation and use of both forms of the
invention, except as pointed out hereinbefore, are
substantially the same.
In instances where a saving in postage is to be
effected, the outside envelope preferably is of the
postal inspection type, that is, one portion of it
such as a “tuck-in” end may be readily opened for
inspectioncf the contents of the envelope by the
postal authorities.
When saving in postage is not desired the
‘ outside envelope may be of the full sealed char
acter. These general types of envelopes being
well known in the industry, they are not specifi
cally illustrated or otherwise described herein.
While the invention vhas `been described and il
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lustrated in great detail in the foregoing specifica
tion and attached drawings, the same is to be
considered asillustrative and not restrictive in
character.
These modiñca'tions as well as others
which Ywill readily suggest themselves to persons
skilled in this art, `are all considered to be within
the broad scope `of the invention, reference being
« had to theappended claims.
The invention claimed is:
1. In combination an envelope including a pair
oi adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted there
in of substantially the same outline as and of
j, slightly _lesser area than the envelope, and an ad
`dressed reply structure kin the envelope and
threaded Vthrough the slits for exposure-0I“ an ad
dress portion between the slits, the eiiiective
length of the slits being slightly greater than the
width of the'exposed structure, one end of the
structure being turned back upon the same,`the
60 article being nested between the structure and its
turned-back
end.
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2. In combination an envelope including a pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted there
in of ~ substantially the same outline as and of
slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits .for exposure of an
address portion between the slits, the effective
length of vthe slits being slightly greater than the
width of the exposed structure, one end of the
structure beingturned back upon the same, .the
article vbeing .nested between the structure and its
.turned-back end, the kslits being substantially
parallel, each endthereof being ext-ended angu
larly of the main portion, the angular ends of
threaded through the slits for exposure of an
address portion between th-e slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than the
width of the exposed structure, one end of the
structure being turned back upon the same, the
article being nested between the structure and its
turned back end, the address structure compris 30
ing a reply envelope and the turned back portion
comprising the flap thereof.
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5. In combination an envelope including a pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and .
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an ad
dress portion between the slits, ' the effective
length of the slits -being slightly greater than the -40
width of the exposed structure, one end> of the
structure being turned back upon the same, the
article being nested between the structure and its
turned-back end, the turned-back portion being
positioned at the top of the envelope whereby 45
article removal simultaneously removes the ad
dressed reply structure from the envelope.
6. VIn combination an envelope includinga pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and 50
of slightly lesser area thanY the envelope, andan
addressed reply'structureY in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an
address portion between the slits, the effective
length of 'the slits being slightly greater ythan the
width of the exposed structure, one end ofv the
structure being turned back upon the same, the
article being nested between the structure and
its turned-backend, the slits being substantially
parallel, vthe address structure >comprising a Are 60
ply post 'card and tab >portion .connected thereto
by a perforatedscore connection, the tab portion
constituting ¿the turned-back end. .
7. In combination an envelope »includinga pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely vmounted 65
therein of substantially the same outline as ,and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
_threaded through the slits for exposure oi an ad
dress portion between the slits the effective length
of the slits being slightly greater than the width
of the exposed structure, one end of the structure
being turned back-.upon the same, _the article
being nested between the structure land its
turned-back end, the slits being substantially
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parallel, each end thereof being extended angu
larly of the main portion, the address structure
comprising a reply post card and tab portion
connected thereto by a perforated score connec
tion, the tab portion constituting the turned
back end.
8. In combination an envelope including a pair
of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an ad
dress portion between the slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than
the width of the exposed structure, one end of
the structure being turned back upon the same,
the article being nested between the structure
and its turned-back end, the slits being sub
stantially parallel, each end thereof _being ex
tended angularly of the main portion, the angu
lar ends of each slit being oppcsitely directed
and the adjacent ends of adjacent slits being sim
jacent ends of adjacent slits being similarly di
rected, the address structure comprising a reply
envelope and the turned-back portion comprising
the ñap thereof.
10. In combination an envelope including a
pair of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an
address portion between the slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than the
width of the exposed structure, one end of the
structure being turned back upon the same, the
article being nested between the structure and
its turned-back end, the slits being substantially
parallel, each end thereof being extended angu
larly of the main portion, the angular ends of
each slit being oppositely directed and the adja
cent ends of adjacent slits being similarly di 20
rected, the turned-back portion being positioned
at the top of the envelope whereby article re
ilarly directed, the address structure compris
moval simultaneously removes the addressed re
ing a reply post card and tab portion connected
ply structure from the envelope.
25 thereto by a perforated score connection, the tab
portion constituting the turned-back end.
9. In combination an envelope including a
pair of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and
30 of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and
an addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an ad
dress portion between the slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than
35 the Width of the exposed structure, one end of the
the structure being turned back upon the same,
the article being nested between the structure
and its turned-back end,A the slits being substan
tially parallel, each end thereof being extended
40 angularly of the main portion, the angular ends
of each slit being oppositely directed and the ad
1l. In combination an envelope including a 25
pair of adjacent slits, an article loosely mounted
therein of substantially the same outline as and
of slightly lesser area than the envelope, and an
addressed reply structure in the envelope and
threaded through the slits for exposure of an 30
address portion between the slits, the effective
length of the slits being slightly greater than the
Width of the exposed structure, one end of the
structure being turned back upon the saine, the
article being nested between the structure and 35
its turned-back end, the length of the address
structure, less the turned-back portion being
slightly less than the width of the envelope meas
ured transverse to the slits.
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CHAUNCEYv‘ KENNETH MILLER.
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