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June 19, 1962
3,039,674
K. H. KRUEGER
BANK
Filed March 14, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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June 19, 1962
3,039,674
K. H. KRUEGER
BANK
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Filed March 14. 1960
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Patented June 19, 1962
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rig-ht position by an easel 10‘ consisting of a prop element
3,039,674
11 and a brace element 12. The prop element 11 is sealed
BANK
Kenneth H. Krueger, Leawood, Kans., assignor to Ten
sion Envelope Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas
City, Mo., a corporation of Delaware
Filed Mar. 14, 1960, Ser. No. 14,731
5 Claims. (Cl. 229-68)
This invention relates to an envelope type of structure
adapted for use as a coin bank, and has for its principal
object to provide a device of this character that is readily
produced inexpensively and in large quantities on envelope
making machinery.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a nor
along the upper portion to the back panel at a point
spaced below the top fold 6 and carries. a gum stripe 13
along the lower marginal edge thereof. The brace ele
ment 12 is sealed along the lower portion of the back panel
at a point above the bottom fold 7 and carries a ?ap 14
adapted to be sealed by the gum 13 to the prop element.
When the bank is in ?at condition, the brace element
12 is folded ?atly against the back panel 3 and the prop
element 11 is folded ?atly thereover, as best shown in
FIG. 3.
If the bank is to be of a type for transmission through
the mails in he manner of an envelope, the gum 13 may
mally flat coin bank from a single blank, folded and 15 be divided transversely into two sections 15 (FIGS. 1 and
8) which extend inwardly from the side edges and ter
gummed in ?at condition and having easel portions folded
over each other; to provide a coin bank with an easel that
is easily erected from folded condition and the easel por
minate short of each other to provide an ‘area 16 havingv
a small adhesive spot 17 that is adapted to be sealed to a
tion readily connected together for supporting the bank
restricted area 18 on a portion of the brace element 12,
in upright position even while the coin compartment is 20 the restricted area being defined by a surrounding gum
in ?at condition and without any coins therein; to provide
repellent as indicated at 19. In this type of bank, the
an envelope type of bank wherein the coin container is
upper right hand corner of the prop element 11 may con
adapted for expansion to facilitate insertion of coins; and
stitute the postage area 20 (FIG. 1), and the address to
to provide a desired coin capacity.
which the bank is mailed may be applied to the outer face
It is also an object of the invention to provide an 25 of the prop element.
envelope coin blank wherein the easel portions are pro
If the bank is to be supplied directly to the user, the
vided with a quick opening seal for securing the easel por
gum spot 17 and the gum repellent area 19' are omitted,
tions in folded position so that the device can be sent
in which case the gum stripe 13 would preferably extend
through the mails in the manner of ‘an envelope, and to
across the entire width of the prop element.
provide a bank of this character adapted to be constructed 30 The side Walls 4-—5 constitute parallel sections 21 and
of relatively light weight paper stock and yet provide a
22, respectively connected with the sides of the front and
substantially rigid self supporting structure when in use.
back panels 2 and 3 by folds 23 and 24, so that they extend
In accomplishing these and other objects of the inven
inwardly between the front and back panels. The sec
tion as hereinafter pointed out, I have provided improved
tions 21 and 22 are connected together along their inner
structure, the preferred form of which is illustrated in the
portions by a reverse fold 25. The sections comprising
accompanying drawings, wherein:
the side walls extend the full height of the front panel, and
FIG. 1 is a rear view of a coin bank constructed in ac
the lower end of the sections 21 have corner gussets 26
cordance with the present invention, the bank being
connected thereto by a continuation of the bottom fold
shown in ?at condition with the flap portion forming the
7. The gussets 26 also connect with a bottom closure por
prop of the easel in turned up position to expose the ?ap
tion 29 by continuations of the side folds 23. The por
portion that forms the brace portion of the easel and to
tion 729 constitutes a transverse part of the prop element
illustrate the quick opening seal whereby the bank is
11 that extends along the fold 7 and its opposite edge
better adapted to be sent through the mails, and the seal
may be de?ned by a transverse score 36 which allows a
ing gum whereby the brace portion is adapted to be sealed
limited expansion of the coin compartment 8.
to the prop portion when setting up the easel.
The back panel is principally formed by side flaps 31
45
FIG. 2 is a front view of the bank with the brace and
and 32 that have overlapping ends 33 connected together
prop ?ap portions of the easel being moved toward easel
by adhesive 34». The portions of the flaps 31 and 32
forming position, and with parts of the body of the coin
that overlie the wall sections 22 extend the full length
container portion of the bank being broken away to better
of the sections 22 to provide tabs 36, but the portions in
illustrate the construction thereof.
termediate the folded side walls are recessed so that the
FIG. 3 is a vertical section through the bank in folded
edges 37 thereof extend along t re score 30.
and ?at condition.
The brace element 12 has transverse scores 38 and 39
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary section through one side of
extending thereacross in parallel relation with the score
the folded bank on the line 4-4 of FIG. 1.
30 to de?ne a sealing area 49 between the scores 3!) and
FIG. 5 is a similar section on the line 5-—-'5 of FIG. 1.
39 and to de?ne the ?ap 14, respectively. The sealing area
FIG. 6 is a front view of the bank with the prop and
40 is connected along the transverse lower margins of the
brace ?aps in sealed-together condition for forming the
easel.
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FIG. 7 is a fragmentary view of the blank from which
the bank is formed, partly folded.
edges 37 by atransverse adhesive stripe 41 (-FIG. 7). 'The
seal is e?ective substantially across the entire width of
the back panel above the gussets 25. The gussets are
60 also sealed to the tab portions 36 by adhesive 42 to co
FIG. 8 is a plan view of the blank prior to folding
operate With the adhesive 41 in completely closing the
thereof and showing the position of the gnmmed areas
bottom of the coin compartment 8.
thereon.
The prop element 11 is provided below the fold 6 with
Referring more in detail to the drawings:
a transverse score 43 which de?nes between the fold 6 and
1 designates a bank constructed in accordance with the 65
score 43 a transverse sealing area 44 that is secured
present invention, and which includes a substantially rec
across the upper portion of the back panel by adhesive
tan gular front panel or wall 2 and a similarly shaped back
45 to close the top of the coin compartment.
panel or wall 3, interconnected at the sides by expandable
The bank thus described is formed from a single blank
side walls 4-5 and :at the top and bottom by folds 6——7
to provide a coin compartment 8 therebetween. The front 70 46 that’ is illustrated in FIG. 8, and which comprises a
generally rectangular body portion 47 that subsequently
panel 2 has a coin slot 9 through which coins are inserted
constitutes the front panel 2 of the bank, and projecting
into the compartment 8. The bank is supported in up
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partment, said prop also having a portion adapted to ex
tend angularly from the back panel, a brace in integral
connection with the bottom of the front panel by a fold
and having a transverse portion extending transversely of
tending from the sides of the body portions are ?aps 31
the lapping portions to close the “bottom of the coin com
and 32 to form the back panel 3. The blank is also
partment, and adhesive connecting said transverse por
formed with the gussets 26 and the lower portions of
tions with the back panel, said brace having a portion
the side ?aps are shaped to provide the depending tabs 36.
adapted to extend angularly from the back panel toward
During folding and gurnming of the blank, the folds
the angular portion of the prop, one of said angular
23, 24 and 25 are formed to bring the side ?aps 31 and
32 in overlying relation with the body portion 47 of 10 portions having a transverse ?ap and the other having a
gummed area for connecting said angular portions to
the blank with the side wall sections 21 and 22 folded
from the upper and lower portions thereof are exten
sitions or ?ap portions 48 and 49 that constitute the
prop and brace elements ‘11 and 12 of the easel. Ex
therebetween, as shown in FIG. 7. The overlapped ends
of the side ?aps are connected together by the adhesive
gether to provide an easel for supporting the bank.
2. A bank having a generally rectangular front panel
having a coin slot therein, side walls having intermediate
34. The adhesive 41, 42 and 4.5 may be applied and the
folds to provide sections overlying each other and one
extension 49 forming the brace element (12 is folded to
of the sections being connected with a corresponding
provide the bottom fold 7 and to bring the corner gussets
side of the front panel by a fold, side flaps having con
26 and the bottom closure portion 29 into sealing con
nections respectively with the side edges of the other
tact with the adhesive 41 and 42, in which position the
sections by folds to overlie the front panel and to lap
extension 49 is in ?at contact with the panel 3. The
‘extension 48 that constitutes the prop elementvli and 20 each other, and adhesive connecting the lapping portions
of the side flaps to secure said side ?aps together and form
the portion 44 that closes the top of vthe coin compart
thereof a back panel to cooperate with the front panel
ment is folded to constitute the fold 6 and to make con
and said side walls for providing a coin compartment
therebetween, corner gussets constituting extensions on
lying the brace element 12, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2.
If the bank, ‘folded as described, is to be sent through 25 lower ends of the wall sections which are connected with
the sides of the front panel, tabs on lower portions of
the mail, the gum 13 may be applied as shown in FIGS. 1
the side ?aps, a prop connected with the top of the
and 8, the prop element may be provided with the ad
front panel by a fold and having a transverse portion ex
hesive repellent area 19. In other instances the adhesive
tending over the top of the lback panel, said prop also
13 is applied as a continuous stripe, in which case the
having a portion adapted to extend angularly from the
repellent area 19 is omitted. The gum 13 is, of course,
back panel, a brace connected to the bottom of the
dry prior to folding of the flap 47, but the adhesive spot
front panel by a fold and having a transverse portion
17 would be applied after drying of the gum, so that only
extending across the back panel, said corner gussets be
the adhesive 17 adheres to the restricted area 13. If the
ing folded over the lower ends of the other wall sections
folded blank is to be sent through the mail, the face of
the prop element may be provided with a mailing ad 35 and having seals with said tabs, and adhesive connecting
tact with the adhesive 45, with the prop element 11 over
dress and the postage mark is applied on the upper right
hand corner portion thereof.
When the folded bank is to be erected, the easel is
formed as shown in FIG. 6. The prop element 11 is first
lifted from the brace element 12 to break the spot 17. 40
The prop element is then bent along the score 43. The
brace element is free to be lifted from the panel 3‘ to form
folds along the scores 38 and 39, after which the gum
13 is moistened to secure the ?ap 14 thereto, to com
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plete the easel It} as shown in FIG. 6.
It is obvious that when the bank is constructed as de
scribed, the folded side walls 4 and 5 and the transverse
seals of the portions 29 and 44 provide a rigid structure,
but allow the panels to ?ex apart to expand the coin
compartment and to facilitate insertion of coins through
the coin slot 9.
It is also apparent that the coin compartment is com
pletely closed and securely sealed to retain the coins in
serted therein.
While I have particularly illustrated the invention as
applied to a bank, it is obvious that the invention is
adapted for other uses by altering the shape of the open
ing 9.
said transverse portions with the back panel, said brace
having a portion ‘adapted to extend angularly from the
back panel toward the angular portion of the prop, one
of said angular portions having a transverse ?ap and
the other having a gummed area for connecting said
angular portions together to provide an easel for sup
porting the bank.
3. A bank adapted to be sent through the mail and
having a generally rectangular front panel provided with
a coin slot, side walls having intermediate folds to pro
vide sections overlying each other and one'of the sections
being connected with a corresponding side of the front
panel by a fold, side ?aps having connection-s respec
tively with the side edges of the other sections by folds
to overlie the front panel and to lap each other, an
adhesive connecting the lapping portions of the side ?aps
to secure said side ?aps together and form thereof a back
panel to cooperate with the front panel and said side
walls for providing a coin compartment therebetween, a
prop connected with the top of the front panel ‘by a fold
and having a transverse portion extending over the top
of the back panel, said prop also having a portion adapted
to extend angularly from the back panel, a brace con
What -I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: 60 necting to the bottom of the front panel by a fold and
1. A bank having a generally rectangular front panel
having a coin slot therein, side walls having intermediate
having a transverse portion extending across the back
panel, adhesive connecting said transverse portions with
the back panel, said brace having a portion adapted to
folds to provide sections overlying each other and one
extend angularly from the back panel toward the angular
of the sections being connected with a corresponding side
of the front panel by a fold, side flaps having connections 65 portion of the prop, said portions of the brace and prop
being normally lapping each other in ?at relation during
respectively with the side edges of the ‘other sections by
mailing of the bank, and a quick opening seal connect
folds to overlie the front panel and to lap each other,
an adhesive connecting the lapping portions of the side
ing said lapping portions of the brace and prop together,
?aps to secure said side flaps together and form thereof
one of said portions of the prop and brace having a trans
a back panel to cooperate with the front panel and said 70 verse ?ap and the other having a gummed area for con
side walls for providing a coin compartment therebetween,
necting said angular portions together to provide an easel
a prop in integral connection with the top of the front
for supporting the bank after the quick opening seal is
panel by a fold and having a transverse portion extend
broken.
4. A normally ?at envelope having generally rectangu
ing over the top of the back panel and transversely of
said lapping portions to close the top of the coin com 75 lar front and back panels with the front panel having
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a coin slot therein, means connecting corresponding side
front and back walls, a prop connected with the upper
edges of the front and back panels by folds to provide
edge of the front panel by a fold to overlap the corre
sponding upper edge of the back panel and having a
a coin pocket between the front and back walls, a prop
connected with the upper edge of the front panel by a
transverse portion in face to face contact with the upper
marginal portion of the back panel across the width
fold to overlap the corresponding upper edge of the
thereof, adhesive between said contacting faces for seal
back panel and having a transverse portion in face to
ing said transverse portion of said prop to the back panel
face contact with the upper marginal portion of the back
for closing the top of the coin pocket, said prop having
panel across the width thereof, adhesive between said
a fold extending transversely of the prop below said
contacting faces for sealing said transverse portion of
said prop to the back panel for closing the top of the 10 seal of the transverse portion to provide a hinged joint
on which the prop swings outwardly away from the back
coin pocket, said prop having a fold extending transversely
panel to provide an angular portion, a brace having a
of the prop below said seal of the transverse portion to
transverse portion integrally connected with the bottom
provide a hinged joint on which the prop swings out
of the front panel by a fold to overlie the bottom portion
wardly away from the back panel to provide an angular
portion, a brace having a transverse portion integrally 15 of the back panel and having face to face contact with
the marginal bottom portion of the back panel, and ad
connected with the bottom of the front panel by a fold
hesive between said last named contacting faces to seal
to overlie the bottom portion of the back panel and hav
the transverse portion of the brace to the back panel for
ing face to face contact with the marginal bottom portion
closing the bottom of the coin pocket, said brace having
of the back panel, and adhesive between said last named
contacting faces to seal the transverse portion of the brace 20 a fold extending transversely thereof to provide a hinged
joint on which the brace swings outwardly away from
to the back panel for closing the bottom of the coin
the back panel to provide an anguler portion, one of said
pocket, said brace having a fold extending transversely
angular portions having a transverse flap and the other
thereof to provide a hinged joint on which the brace
having a gummed area for connecting the angular por
swings outwardly away from the back panel to provide
an angular portion, one‘of said angular portions having 25 tions together, with the fold that closes the bottom of the
pocket cooperating with said brace and prop members
a transverse ?ap and the other having a gumrned area
to provide an easel for supporting the envelope in a
for connecting the angular portions together, with the
rearwardly inclined position.
fold that closes the bottom of the pocket cooperating with
said brace and prop members to provide an easel for
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
supporting the envelope in a rearwardly inclined posi 30
tion.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
5 . A normally flat envelope having generally rectangu
466,032
Fleming _____________ __ Dec. 29, 1891
lar front and back panels with the front panel having
579,058
Glover ____________ __ Mar. 16, 1897
a coin slot therein, expandable side walls connecting cor
1,135,429
responding ‘s'ide edges of the front and back panels by 35 1,753,954
folds to provide an expandable coin pocket between the
Bergstrom __________ __ Apr. 13, 1915
Townley et a1. ________ __ Apr. 8, 1930
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