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Feb. 15, 1938.
2, 108, 749
B. HARRIS
COUPON BOX `
Filed Oct. 5l , 1936
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Patented Feb. 15, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,108,749
COUPON BOOK
Billups Harris, Columbus, Miss.
Application October 31, 1936, Serial No. 108,669
5 Claims. (Cl. 283-6)
This invention relates to sales or coupon books
in which a number of individually detachable
coupons or tickets are bound into book form, each
coupon representing a certain purchasing value
5 in exchange for merchandise, and the book be
ing purchased by customers for a fixed sum,
usually less than the aggregate value represented
by the coupons, as an inducement to the purchase
of the book.
The primary object of the present invention is
to provide a further inducement to the purchase
of the books, and with this end in view, the in
vention consists of a novel construction and ar~
rangement of the parts, wherein the element of
15 chance is introduced by the incorporation in cer
tain of the books (the particular ones being un
known both to the seller of the book and to the
purchaser) of a concealed symbol entitling the
purchaser of a book bearing this symbol to a
refund of the purchase money.
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Further objects will appear as the description
proceeds in connection with the appended claims
and attached drawing wherein:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the improved coupon
book in open condition, to show the construction
25 and relation of the parts of the same;
Figure 2 is a perspective View of the same in
closed or sealed condition, in the form in which
the book will be furnished by the manufacturer
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to the salesman or dealer, and sold by him to
the customer;
Figure 3 is a similar view, showing the book
partially opened by rupture of the ñrst seal; and
Figure 4 is a fragmental view similar to Figure
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3, showing the second seal Aruptured to expose the
part which may bear the symbol indicating that
the book with such symbol will entitle the pur
chaser to a refund of the purchase price; and
Figure 5 is a plan view illustrating a modified
seal for use in the present invention.
Referring tothe drawing:
As best shown in Figure 1, the coupon book
consists of a block of coupons I bound between
front and back covers 2 and 3, the said block
comprising leaves of'coupons, each leaf in the
45 present instance bearing’ three coupons 4 sepa
rable from each other by horizontal weakened
lines 5, and separable from the stub or bound-in
portions of the leaves by vertical weakened lines
B, these coupons representing a certain predeter
50
mined purchasing Value, which is printed thereon
as shown.
Attached to the outer edge of the front cover
2 is a folding flap 1, designed to carry on its
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inner face a symbolv 8, which in the present in
stance is the representation of a four leaf clover,
although it will be understood that any other
symbol, sign, figure or mark may be employed.
Certain of the books of a given number thereof
will bear such symbol, which will entitle the pur
chaser of the book bearing this symbol to a refund
of the purchase price thereof.
At the junction of the flap ‘I with the cover 2,
there is provided a weakened line la, the purpose
of which will presently appear; and the flap is
adapted to be sealed down against the inner face
of the cover in such manner that the seal may be
readily broken to release the ñap, in order that
the purchaser of the book may determine wheth
er or not the flap bears the lucky symbol. In
the present instance this is eifected by applying
to the inner face of the ñap at opposite ends
thereof, adhesive coatings 8a, and forming paral-~
lel weakened lines 9 in the iiap at the inner edges
of the coatings, whereby the ñap can be pasted
down against the face of the cover 2, as shown in
Figs. 2 and 3, and can be released or removed
therefrom by tearing along the weakened lines 9
to enable the flap to be turned outwardly, or torn
oif along the line la, and thereby expose its inner
face, as shown in Figure 4.
Attached to the outer edge of the back cover 3
is an extension flap I0 having its inner face cov
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ered with adhesive I I, and adapted when the back
cover is closed and the flap ‘I is sealed against 30
the inner face of the front cover, and the latter is
closed, to extend around the outer edges of the
coupons and the front cover and lie flatly against
the outer face of the latter where the extension
flap is pasted down by the adhesive coating, as 35
shown in Figure 2.
Where the extension flap I0 joins the back
cover, a weakened line I2 is formed to enable
the back to be opened by the customer to permit
access to the sealed flap 1.
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Figure 2 shows the book in closed sealed condi~
tion, as effected by the ñrst’seal, which book may
be opened by tearing along the weakened line I2;
and sealed also by the second seal which may be
ruptured by tearing along the weakened lines 9
to release the symbol-bearing flap, it being un
derstood that the book is delivered by the manu
facturer to the dealer (who Will sell them to his
customers) in the completely sealed condition as
shown in Fig. 2.
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The customer when he purchases a book, will
break the ñrst seal by tearing along the weakened
line I2 of the outside cover, which will permit
the book to be opened to the position shown in
Figure 3, where it will be seen that, while the
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coupons are exposed, the symbol bearing the flap
'I is still sealed down. The purchaser then tears
the flap 1 along the weakened lines 9, and also
along the weakened line la, so as to detach the
ñap from its sealed condition and enable it to be
determined whether or not it bears the lucky
symbol. If the detached flap bears the prear
ranged symbol, the ñap will be delivered to the
seller of the book, and he will return the pur
chase money to the purchaser.
In this Way, a very attractive inducement is
offered to the purchaser of the book on the chance
that, due to the fact that a certain number of
the books offered for sale will bear the lucky sym
15 bol, the purchaser will secure a book with such
symbol.
The fastening of the symbol-bearing ñap 'I
down by adhesive at its opposite ends as de
scribed, precludes the possibility of anyone, be
20 fore the seals are broken by the legitimate pur
chaser, from ascertaining, by peering into the
ends of the book, if it bears a symbol, which, in
the absence of the sealing of the flap at, its ends,
might be accomplished by bowing or bending the
25 covers of the book outwardly.
It will be noted that, due to the fact that the
extension flap l0 is pasted down against the
outer face of the front cover 2, and due to the
fact that the symbol-bearing flap 1 may be de
30 tached from the cover 2, the coupon book will,
after the same has been thus opened by the cus
tomer, retain its true book form, with no eX
tensions on either the front or rear covers, such
as these covers had before the book was opened.
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The construction of the book as a whole is very
simple and compact, and convenient to handle,
both in its sealed condition as shown in Fig. 2,
and in its unsealed or opened condition as shown
in Figures 3 and 4; and due to the method of con
40 cealing the lucky symbol from all except the au
thorized purchaser, and the method by which
access is gained to the same by the authorized
purchaser, the element of chance thus introduced,
oifers to the purchaser a very attractive and in
essential characteristics thereof. The present
embodiment is therefore to be considered in all
respects as illustrative and not restrictive, the
scope of the invention being indicated by the
appended claims rather than by the foregoing
description, and all changes which come within
the meaning and range of equivalency of the
claims are therefore intended to be embraced
therein.
What is claimed and desired to be secured by 10
United States Letters Patent is:
1. In a coupon sales book including a series of
coupons and a cover therefor, a flap, having a
symbol on its inner face, formed on an outer edge
of said cover; means for fastening said flap 15
throughout its upper and lower margins to a
face of said cover with the symbol concealed; and
means inwardly of said fastened margins of said
ñap weakening said flap along lines parallel to
said margins whereby said flap may be severed 20
along said weakened lines to expose the con
cealed symbol.
2. The structure set forth in claim 1, charac
terized by the fact that the flap therein mentioned
is fastened down on the cover by adhesive ap 25
plied to the margins only of the flap, and that
weakened lines are provided in the ñap at the
inner edges of the adhesive to release said flap.
3. A coupon sales book including front and
rear covers and coupons bound between the same; 30
comprising a symbol-bearing ñap on the front
cover sealed down releasably on the inner face of
the cover to conceal the symbol, an extension flap
on the rear cover extending around the outer edges
of the coupons and the front cover, and fastened 35
down on the outer face of the front cover, and a
weakened line at the junction of the extension
flap with the back cover for separation of said
extension flap and back cover in opening the
book to gain access to the symbol-bearing flap.
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4. A coupon sales book, including front and
rear covers and coupons bound therebetween, a
flap having a symbol on its inner face formed
on an outer edge of the front cover, means for re
45 viting inducement, aside from any inducement
leasably fastening the flap face down against the
from the face value of the coupons.
In Figure 5 a modiñed form of sealing means
is illustrated, the same reference numerals being
50 used to indicate the same parts in this form of
the invention. As seen in Figure 5, flap lil is
tending around the outer edges of the coupons
and front cover, means for fastening the eXten
sion ñap down on the outer face of the front
provided with end tabs I6 having securing tabs
Il formed thereon. Tabs I6 are designed to be
nection of the extension flap with the back cover
adapted to be ruptured to open the book.
bent over the ends of the book and tabs ä'l are
55 inserted through slots I8 provided in back cover
pon sales book including a series vof coupons and
offered by the reduction in the price of the book
3 as shown in dotted lines at the lowermost end
of the book.
inner face of the front cover with the symbol 45
concealed, an extension flap on the rear cover ex
cover, and a weakened line at the point of con
5. Indicia concealing means for use in a cou
a cover having one or more indicia thereon com
The overhanging portions I9 of tab
prising a flap formed on an edge of the cover,
í'l are interlocked with the cover member 3 so
means for releasably fastening the ñap face
that the tabs Il cannot be withdrawn. When
60 the purchaser receives the book he tears tabs I6
along weakened lines 2! between the tabs and
ñap I0 thereby freeing the flap l and coupons
Il). Flap ‘I may then be torn oif along line laY
and the tabs I1 removed to leave the book in
65 convenient form for use by the purchasers.
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The invention may be embodied in other spe
cific Vforms without departing from the spirit or
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down against an inner face of the cover to con
ceal the indicia, a second flap on another edge of
said cover extending’aroundl the ñrst mentioned 60
edge of the cover, means for fastening said sec
ond flap down on' the >outer face of said cover
and a weakened line at the point of connection of
said second ñapand the cover adapted to be rup
tured to open the book.
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BILLUPS HARRIS.
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