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March 8, 1938-
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UNITED STATES
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CATALOGUING DEVICE
Curtis A. Limbach, Hartsdale, N. Y.
Application March 17 , 1936, Serial No. 69,253
9 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in cat
aloguing devices and has particular relation to
cataloguing devices for use in collecting stamps
and similar items.
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It is an object of the invention to provide an
improved cataloguing device for the collecting
and mounting of samples, stamps and similar
items, which will a?ord ample protection to the
item but, nevertheless, clearly display it to view;
10 which ?rmly holds the item so that it will not
he accidentally displaced; which is constructed so
that the item may be readily inserted or removed;
which is supplied with panels Where information
or data concerning the item may be inscribed,
15 and which can be ?led in. compact and conven
ient form having indexing means whereby the
desired item can be immediately identi?ed.
Heretofore philatelists have commonly cata
logued and mounted their stamps in albums,
20 which necessarily are relatively cumbersome,
making the study of any individual stamp of the
collection di?icult. Furthermore, it is dii?cult to
provide a satisfactory indexing system for an
album collection. Mounting the stamps in an
25 album also presents dif?culties as the stamps are
often mutilated or damaged and it requires con
siderable time and patience to properly secure
the stamps in the album. A further dif?culty is
presented by the recent trend toward specializa
30 tion in collecting .as distinguished from general
collecting and album collecting is not sufficiently
?exible to provide for the many different types
of specialization.
It is a particular object of the present inven
35 tion to eliminate the above mentioned and other
(Cl. 206-82)
are employed to lock and retain the‘casing in po- ‘
sition after it has been inserted in the pocket.
The retaining member may be displayed through
another window opening to provide a panel on
which suitable information may be inscribed. A Cl
projecting index tab may also be .associated with
the card.
For a fuller understanding of the invention
reference should be had to the accompanying
drawings in whichFig. 1 is a plan view of the preferred form of
my invention;
Fig. 2 is a sectional view in the direction of
the arrows on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of background paper which 15
may be used in association with my invention;
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the transparent casing
or protecting member used in the device shown
in Fig. 1;
Fig. 5 is a plan view of the retaining member 20
used in the preferred form of my invention;
Fig. .6 is a plan view of a modi?ed form of my
invention;
Fig. 7 is a sectional view in the direction of
the arrows on the line 1—'! of Fig. 6;
Fig. 8 is a plan view of the retaining member
used in the form of my invention shown in Fig. 6;
Fig. 9 is a plan view of another modi?ed form
of my invention with portions broken away to
reveal the intern-a1 structure thereof; and’
Fig. 10 is a sectional view in the direction of
the arrows on the line Ill-—lll of Fig. 9.
In each of the forms of my invention illus
trated in the accompanying drawings there is
provided a master card having a pocket formed '
di?iculties commonly encountered by philatelists
therein, which receives a transparent casing hav
and to provide an improved and highly ?exible
ing a stamp or other item disposed therein and
cataloguing device for collecting stamps which
permits of .all types of specialization, which is
40 convenient to handle, which simpli?es the in
sertion and removal of stamps, minimizing the
danger of mutilating them, which is compact in
form and provided with convenient indexing
means, and which has suitable panels on which
45 information relative to the collected item may
be inscribed.
The objects of the present invention are broadly
accomplished by providing a catalogue card of
convenient dimensions and of greater thickness
displayed through a window opening formed in
the master card, and also a retaining member
for holding the casing in position in the card and
which likewise is disposed in the pocket and a
portion of which is displayed through a second
window opening.
The master card in each of the forms of my
invention is indicated by the numeral l2 and is 415
preferably the same length and width .as any of
the standard size ?ling cards, so that it may be
?led in the standard size ?ling cabinets and
drawers now in use. However, it is to be under
stood that the master card may be made in any
therein a pocket or chamber to receive a casing .desired size. A central pocket indicated by the
or protecting cover formed of transparent mate
numeral I4 is provided in the card for accommo
rial in which the stamp or other item is disposed. dating the casing containing the item to be col
A suitable window or opening is provided to dis
lected, as will be later explained. Of course, the
play the stamp, and preferably, Suitable means pocket I4 should be of the proper size to receive
than the ordinary library card, and forming
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the casing containing the stamp or other item - through window l6 as shown.
After the casing
28 has been inserted in the pocket as described
to be collected, and preferably also to receive the
retaining member which holds the casing in place.
I have found that satisfactory results are ob
the retaining member 3t is then inserted through
the window opening l5 and shoved into position
tained by making the pocket extend the greater
portion of the length of the card as shown in the
at the other end of the pocket on top of the
free ends of the casing 28 as shown in Figs. 1
drawings, although the pocket may be of any
desired proportional size.
and 2. To enable the retaining member to ?rmly
hold the casing in position and to prevent it from
becoming accidentally displaced, it should be of
Extending through the face or top surface of
the card and communicating internally with the
pocket hi are a pair of windows 16 and it], one
of which is adapted to display the collected item
disposed in the pocket, and the other of which
is adapted to display a panel on which the in
15 formation relating to the item may be inscribed.
The size of the window openings l6 and i8 is
discretionary, depending upon the use to which
the device is devoted. In the forms of my in
vention shown in the ?rst ?ve ?gures of the
drawings, I have illustrated the device as being
used for collecting sets of four stamps and the
window opening I6 is, accordingly, of sufficient
size to display a set of four stamps, and the
window opening I8 is somewhat smaller. As the
25 pocket i4 is provided internally of the card, the
car-d is somewhat thicker than the usual ?ling
card and may be made of several layers of ma
terial 20, 22 and 24, suitably secured together as
by an adhesive. The central layer 22 may be
30 stamped out in the shape of the pocket while the
lower layer 2!! is left blank and the outer layer
24 is stamped with the two window openings.
sufficient thickness to have pressure contact 10
against the outer layer 24 of the card and also
the two free ends of the transparent casing.
The retaining member is then displayed through
the window l8 providing a panel on which suit
able inscriptions relating to the stamp or col
lected item may be written or printed.
15
For this
purpose the displayed portion of the retaining
member 3% is of a color to clearly display the
printed or written matter thereon.
In the form of my invention shown in Figs. 6 20
through 8, the master card i2 is substantially
the same construction, having the window open
ings it? and 53 formed therein communicating
with the pocket it. However, the portion of the
pocket which is beneath the window opening l6 25
and which contains the collected item is some
what deeper than the remaining portion of the
pocket, and the pocket is provided with a lateral
extension indicated at 32 communicating with
the side edge of the card at the side adjacent the 30
window opening i8. To produce the variations
in depth of the pocket iii, the central layer 22
Variations in thickness may be obtained by em- ' of the card may be stamped with an opening
ploying layers of different thickness or by chang— extending completely through the card at the
deeper portion of the pocket and may be merely 35
35 ing the number of layers employed.
Referring now more speci?cally to the form of reduced. in thickness at the remaining portion of
my invention shown in the ?rst ?ve ?gures of the card, as indicated at 34.
In this form of my invention, I likewise pro
the drawings, when the master card has been
vide a transparent casing 28 similar to the one
constructed, as described above, I prefer to in
previously described, with the exception that the 40
40 sert at the bottom of the pocket a sheet of back
ground or mounting paper 26, preferably of a casing is somewhat shorter, being of substan
color to contrast with the collected item, so as tially the same length as the window opening l6.
to set it off and display it to the best advantage. As in the ?rst form of my invention, the stamp
I then provide a suitable casing 28, preferably H], or other collected item, is inserted inside the
casing and the casing is then inserted through
made of transparent material, such as regener
the window opening l6 into the pocket l4. To
ated cellulose or cellulose acetate ?lm or pyroXy
lin or the like, which may be formed of a single aid in holding the casing in position in this form
strip of material folded upon itself, as shown of my invention, I preferably form the outer
most clearly in Fig. 4:. The construction of the layer 24 of the master card with a portion pro
casing described above and illustrated in Fig. 4 jecting slightly over the end of the window open
is relatively simple and facilitates the insertion ing I6 so as to provide a ledge 36 which engages
and the removal of the stamp or other item to the outer edge of the casing 28 adjacent the
folded-over end thereof.
be collected, but other types of transparent cas
The retaining member 38 in this form of my
ings may also be employed.
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invention is preferably of a width to ?t through 55
The casing is of a Width to ?t through the
window opening IE but is somewhat longer than the window opening iii and of a length to extend
the window opening soas to project beneath the substantially the entire length of the pocket l4
outer surface 24 of the card beyond the window and has formed therein an opening 40 for dis
opening it so that the casing may be held in playing the stamp or collected item, and is also
position in the envelope. The fact that the end provided with a projecting portion 42 which ex 60
of the casing projects beneath the outer surface tends through the opening 32 to the outside of
the card, thereby providing a convenient index
of the card aids in holding it in the pocket pro
vided in the car-d. However, to insure against ing tab for the assembly. The opening 40 pro
accidental displacement of the casing, I provide vided in the retaining member is of a size and
shape to properly display the stamp or other
a locking member 39 in the form of a small card,
collected item, the adjacent sections of the re
likewise of a width to ?t through the window
taining member forming a mat for the stamp,
opening I5 into the pocket and of a length to
extend from the left end of the pocket viewed in as shown in Fig. 6. In the drawings the opening
do is illustrated as being triangular in shape for
Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings substantially to
use in association with a triangular-1y shaped
the edge of the window opening I6.
In assembling the device the stamps IE3, or stamp.
In assembling the device a stamp accordingly
other item to be collected, are placed between
the two layers of casing 28 and the casing is is placed in the casing 28 which is inserted in the
inserted through window it‘ into the pocket l4 deeper portion of the pocket I4 through the win
and positioned so that the stamps are displayed dow opening [6 and the retaining member 38 is
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then inserted through the window opening l6, so
that the tab 42 projects through the opening 32
at the side of the card. ‘The stamp will then be
displayed through the window opening 46 formed
in the retaining member and the window‘ opening
I6 formed in the outer surface of the master card,
adjacent portions of the retaining-member pro
viding a mat as explained above. A blank por
tion of the card or retaining member 38 will also
3.
It is to be understood that many modi?cations
may be made in the illustrated embodiments of
my invention, such as varying the number, shape
and size of the window openings and varying the
size and shape of the master card and pocket
formed therein.’ It is also to be understood that
the stamp or collected item may be displayed
through either of the window openings as de
sired, and that the form and construction of the
transparent casing may be modi?ed or adapted to 10
meet particular conditions. Moreover, informa
1:0 be displayed through the window opening l8
forming a panel on which suitable information
‘ tion relative to the collected item may be written
may be inscribed.
In the form of my invention illustrated in Figs. or printed not only on the panel displayed
through one of the window openings but also on
9 and 10 of the drawings, the pocket I4 is pref
15 erably of uniform width and depth, extending portions of the master card, such as on the rear
from a point adjacent the right-hand end of the thereof. The transparent casing may also be
card, as viewed in Figs. 9 and 10, and extending held in position by an adhesive if desired. Under
to and communicating with the left-hand side of
the card. In this form of my invention, the re—
20 taining member 44 is somewhat thicker than in
the other‘ forms of my invention and is of a
greater length to extend the entire length of the
pocket and to project at the outer end thereof,
forming an index tab 41. The retaining mem
25 ber 44 is provided with a recessed portion or
pocket 46 for receiving the stamp and transpar
ent casing and positioned so as to be displayed
through the window I 8, and at the bottom of the
recessed portion 46 I preferably provide a strip
30 of background paper 48.
The casing 50, similar in construction to the
casing 28 previously described but somewhat
smaller, is inserted in the recess 46 with its two
ends secured in the body of the retaining member
35 44 adjacent the recessed portion 46 as illustrated
at 52. In this way the casing is ?rmly held in
position in the retaining member, the stamp I!)
being inserted therein through the longitudinal
open edges of the casing.
In this form of my in
40 vention the outer layer 24 is likewise preferably
formed with the overlapping ledge 36 similar to
that shown in Figs. 6 and '7.
When the retaining member 44 has been
formed as described with a recessed portion or
pocket 46, having the casing 50 therein and a
stamp has been inserted between the two layers
certain circumstances the transparent casing
may be dispensed with altogether and the stamp
or other item will then be held in position by the
retaining member.
I claim:
1. A cataloguing device comprising a master
card having formed therein a pocket and a win
dow opening in one surface communicating with
said pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar item
disposed in said pocket and provided with a
transparent portion exposed through said open
ing and retaining means comprising a removable
card disposed in said pocket and having engage
the pocket for holding the casing in position.
2. A cataloguing device comprising a master
card having formed therein a pocket and a plu
rality of window openings communicating with "
said pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar item
disposed in said pocket and provided with a trans
parent portion exposed through one of said open
ings, and retaining means for holding said casing
in the pocket and having a portion exposed 40
through another window opening so as to pro
vide an inscription panel.
3. A cataloguing device comprising a master
card having formed therein a pocket and a plu
rality of window openings communicating with 45
the opposite end of the pocket [4. The recessed
said pocket, .a casing for a stamp or similar item
disposed in said pocket and provided with a trans
parent portion exposed through one of said open
ings, and retaining means comprising a card dis
posed in said pocket and having frictional en
portion 46 is positioned so that a stamp con
gagement with a portion of said casing and a side
of the casing, it may be inserted in the master
card in the manner ofa slide through the side edge
thereof until the end of the card seats against
tained in the casing 50 will then be displayed
of the pocket for holding the casing in position,
through the window opening I8 and a blank por
said card having a portion exposed through an
other window opening so .as to provide an inscrip
tion of the retaining member will be displayed
through the window opening l6 so that suitable
information may be inscribed thereon. An index
tab 41 is provided by the projecting end of the
retaining member. The retaining member 44 is,
of course, of a size to have frictional engagement
60 with the sides of the pocket so as to be retained
O1 in
4. A cataloguing device comprising a card hav- '
ing formed ‘therein a pocket and a window open
ing in one surface communicating with said
pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar item dis
posed in said pocket and provided with a trans 60
parent portion exposed through said opening,
From the foregoing description of the several
embodiments of my invention, it will be appre
ciated that I have provided an improved cata
loguing device especially suited for use in phi
means for retaining said casing in position, and
an index tab formed integral with the retaining
means projecting beyond one edge of said card.
5. A cataloguing device comprising a master
card having formed therein a pocket and a
window opening in one surface communicating
with said pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar
item disposed in said pocket and provided with
lately, which is simple and relatively inexpensive
form, which permits of in?nite variation and
specialization in collecting, which clearly displays
the stamps and protects them from becoming
accidentally displaced or from being mutilated
when inserted or removed from the device, and
which may be carefully indexed and may be in
scribed with additional information relating to
the collected items.
50.
tion panel.
against accidental displacement.
in construction, which can be ?led in compact
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ment with a portion of said casing and a side of
a transparent portion eixposed through said 70
opening, and retaining means comprising a re
movable card disposed in said pocket and hav
ing engagement with a portion of said casing and
a side of the pocket for holding the casing in
position, said card being formed with a projecting -i Ci
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portion extending through one side of the master
card so as to provide an index tab.
6. A cataloguing device comprising a master
card having formed therein a pocket and a
window opening in one surface communicating
with said pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar
ing insertable in and removable from said pocket
through the end thereof communicating with the
edge of the card and having a portion normally
projecting beyond the edge of the card to serve
as an index tab.
8. A cataloguing device for collectors’ items
item disposed in said pocket and‘provided with a
comprising a card having formed therein a pocket
transparent portion exposed through said open
ing, and retaining means comprising a removable
10 card formed with an opening disposed in said
pocket and positioned above said casing so as to
for receiving the collector’s item and a window
provide a mat for the stamp or similar item.
'7. A cataloguing device comprising a card pro
vided with a pocket intermediate the two surfaces
15 of the card and communicating at one end with
an edge of the card and having formed in one
surface thereof a window opening communicating
with the pocket, a casing for a stamp or similar
item disposed in said pocket and provided with a
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opening in one surface communicating with the
pocket and adapted to display the item, and 10
means including a removable card for holding the
item in position beneath the window.
9. A cataloguing device for collectors’ items
comprising a card having formed therein a pocket
for receiving the collector’s item and a plurality 15
of window openings communicating with the
pocket, and retaining means including a remov
able card for holding the item in position be
neath one of the Window openings and having a
transparent portion exposed through said open
portion exposed through another of said openings 20
ing, and retaining means including a removable
so as to provide an inscription panel.
card normally disposed in said pocket for holding
said casing in position, said retaining means be~
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