Price marking tag
United States Patent 2271841

This invention relates to improvements in price marking tags or tickets of the type adapted to be pinned to the merchandise. The invention, more particularly described, relates to that type of tag or ticket known as a folding ticket. This type of ticket consists of a strip of paper material...

Frederick, Kohnle
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This invention relates to improvements in price marking tags or tickets of the type adapted to be pinned to the merchandise. The invention, more particularly described, relates to that type of tag or ticket known as a folding ticket. This type of ticket consists of a strip of paper material folded at the middle and engaged over the margin of the merchandise, thus disposing the flaps upon the respective sides of the merchandise. The ordinary straight household pin I is engaged through the flaps of the merchandise several times longitudinally of or in the same general plane withthe tag.

This conventional manner of pinning the tag to the merchandise has a number of faults. In the first place, the head of the pin is disposed substantially at right angles to the plane of the tag. Thus, it forms an obstruction. Also, if the pin is comparatively loosely engaged, it may be accidentally withdrawn from the ticket, since the head may easily catch upon some article in the handling of the merchandise. Furthermore, it is necessary to deflect or bend the pin as the pin is passed through the merchandise. If this is not done, the tag is deflected and its wavy appearance is unsightly. Also, if the pin is straight, it can be dislodged quite easily.

In my previously issued patent, No. 2,116,477, dated May 3, 1938, this fold-over or double flap ticket is disclosed. However, the pinning in this patent, distinguishes from the general method, above described, in that the pin passes perpendicularly through the tag sections or flaps in the merchandise. The emerging point end portion is bent at right angles into the plane of the ticket and is inserted laterally between the flap and the merchandise. The flap is slit for permitting the point end portion of the pin to be inserted back under the flap.

Price marking tickets are, of course, often applied to extremely delicate fabrics. These fabrics, especially those which are sheer, are easily injured when they encounter any obstruction upon which the threads of the fabric may catch.

Accordingly, it is important that the fabric be protected from the point of the pin or, more specifically, that the pin point be entirely incased or inclosed, so that it cannot damage the fabric or provide a projection which will catch upon or injure some other article.

Thus, it has been an object of the present inventor to provide a price marking tag or ticket, attached to the goods by means of a straight pin passed perpendicularly through the flaps of the ticket and the merchandise, wherein the point end portion of the pin is entirely incased so as to prevent it from coming into contact with the merchandise, to which it is attached, or with other merchandise.

Furthermore, it has been the object of the present invention to provide a price marking ticket of this character in which the structure of the tag, in a very simple manner, is effective for preventing displacement of the concealed or incased point portion of the pin.

Accordingly, the tag is folded so as to provide an envelope or receptacle for the point end portion, into which the portion may be laterally inserted or bent after it has been turned into the plane of the ticket. Additionally, the envelope is appropriately slit so as to provide means for locking the pin in inserted position against accidental displacement. An incision is employed in lieu of an open slot and one end of the incision is opened out to provide a point which permits entry of the pin but blocks disengagement from beneath the flap.

It has been a further object of the inventor to provide a folded ticket construction wherein those edges which are folded are appropriately slit to permit a sharper fold without causing breaking of the paper such as occurs normally when sharp bends are employed. It has been 30 discovered that if the majority of the folded line is slit and the remainder indented or perforated, there is no tendency for the paper fiber to split or fold irregularly. Now in the type of ticket set out herein, which is a multiple fold ticket, certain of the edges are turned sharply to bring the panels into flat engagement so that the edge amounts substantially to a crease. It is to these edges that the invention is applied. On those edges which engage over the merchandise, the bend is well rounded and special treatment is not required.

This application is a continuation in part of my previously filed application, Serial No. 271,806, filed May 4, 1939, for "Price marking tag," which application has been a continuation in part of application Serial No. 175,304, filed November 18, 1937.

Other objects and certain advantages will be more fully apparent from a description of the drawing in which: Figure 1 is a plan view of a strip of tickets embodying the present invention.

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a ticket separated from the strip and ready for: application to the merchandise.

Figure 3 is a view of a portion of merchandise showing the ticket applied to the edge thereof.

Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4-4, Figure 3.

Figure 5 is a plan view of a ticket blank removed from a strip showing a modified flap arrangement.

Figure 6 is a perspective view of the ticket of Figure 5, showing it ready for application to the merchandise.

The tags as shown in the drawing are preferably manufactured in continuous strips or lengths, indicated at 10. This arrangement facilitates the feeding of the tickets through the price marking and attaching machine. The tag strips are intermittently fed or advanced to bring the tags successively beneath a printing head and in position for severance of the leading tag from the strip. After printing and separation of each tag from the strip, the tag is attached to the merchandise. Accordingly, the strip at spaced intervals, preferably at both longitudinal edges, includes lateral notches 11 cut therein. These notches define the lengths or widths of the respective tags. Additionally, they provide the shoulders, which cooperate with the feeding devices of the delivery means in the machine, which intermittently advances the strip.

Each tag includes three flaps or panels, indicated at 12, 13, and 14. Before application of the ticket to the merchandise, it is folded into the position shown in Figure 2. The panel or flap 14, which forms the inner wall of the envelope or case for the point portion of the pin, is folded upon the intermediate panel 13 of the blank. The other panel 12 is folded upon the panel 14.

Thus, the panels 13, 14 constitute the means for sheathing the pin and are disposed on the same side of the merchandise. The panel 12 preferably constitutes the portion upon which the price marking data or other indicia is printed.

As shown in Figure 4, the merchandise is inserted between the panels 12 and 14. The outer panel 13 includes a slit 9 or incision disposed centrally thereof, disposed at right angles to the. fold edge of the tag engaging the end of the merchandise. This slit terminates, at its opposite ends respectively, in apertures 15 and 16.

The outer aperture 15 merely marks the terminal of the slit. The inner opening 16 is circular and considerably larger. It provides the proper clearance for the shank of the pin as the pin is moved across the face of the panel 13 through the slit and under the panel.

The tag is pinned to the merchandise in somewhat the same manner as that described in the patent above mentioned. The pin is passed perpendicularly through the price marked flap 12, through the merchandise, through flaps or panels 13 and 14 where it is bent at right angles against the face of the tag. It is passed through the tag below the opening 16 where it pierces the panel 14, preferably on that side of the center of the opening 16 opposite the slit. It is then ( swung or bent laterally across the surface of the tag through the slit and under the outer panel.

In order to facilitate their manufacture by machinery, the tags, in their preferred structure, are made from a relatively wide strip or web of 7 paper of light material for laminating the flap through the operation of longitudinally progressively folding the strip. For convenience, however, the description is more particularly directed to a single tag. 7 The flap 14, when doubled under the flap 13, presents sufficient area for completely guarding the merchandise from the pin. That is to say, when the pin is inserted, as shown in Figure 3, its point lies against this panel 14.

The opening 16 through which the pin is inserted after it emerges on the rear side of the tag is offset. Preferably, the slit or incision is disposed tangentially of this opening. This arrangement provides a sharp corner 17 at the intersection of the slit with the periphery of the opening. When the pin is swung through the slit, it raises the tag portion lying above it, whereas the tag portion 18 at the opposite side of the slit remains substantially flush with the protective flap 14. Since the pin is lying against the protective flap, any tendency to swing back is resisted by contact of the shank of the pin with the corner 17. Thus, accidental displacement cannot occur.

In Figures 5 and 6, a modified form of the invention is disclosed. Here the material for the tag is provided with three fold lines 19, 20, and 21, providing four panels, namely 22, 23, 24, and 25, for each ticket. For convenience, only the single ticket is shown, although it will be understood that the tickets may be made in strip length as described. One of the intermediate panels, namely 24, includes the slit, as described above. One or both of the end sections or panels 22, 25 may be adhesively coated. The tag is folded on the central line 20, which brings the faces of the outermost panels together. Thus, they constitute the panel to be price marked. The blank is then folded on the coinciding or registering fold lines 19 and 21, as shown in Figure 6.

Accordingly, when the ticket is placed upon the edge of the merchandise, the inner panels 23, 24 constitute one laminated flap and the outer panels 22, 25 the other. The space between the inner panels constitutes the envelope or sheath in which the pin point is inclosed.

It is obvious, from the above description that the number of folds in the tag may be varied depending upon the price or weight of ticket desired. Thus, if a lighter paper is used, the laminated form of Figures 5 and 6 is preferable.

Since the pin is inserted to one side of the line of the slit, it is apparent that it cannot become aligned with the slit. This arrangement additionally guards against displacement or dislodgement from the incased position. In removing the tag from the merchandise, the most convenient method is to tear apart the rear flap at the slit 45 portion. This enables the separator to lift the point of the pin and push the pin back through the face side. Accordingly, it is removed without damage to the merchandise.

As shown in Figures 1 and 5, those edges of the ticket which must be more sharply folded due to the arrangement of the panels are slitted as at 26 over a substantial intermediate portion thereof. Due to the provision of this slit, it is provided that the folded tags bend easily and i5 efficiently on an established line. Moreover, there is little tendency for the fiber of the paper to split. It has been one of the difficulties with this type of folded ticket that the sharp folds have at times been irregular. Due to the present dis0 covery, this fault has been eliminated and the construction of the finished tag has been greatly improved.

Having described my invention, I claim: S1. A price marking tag consisting of a folded strip of paper providing flaps, one flap including another flap interposed between it and the merchandise, and, said first mentioned flap including an incision terminating in a circular aperture, said incision being substantially tangential to the aperture.

2. A price marking tag of the folded type, comprising a sheet of paper folded to constitute a series of three panels, said tag adapted to be inserted over the edge of the merchandise with at least two panels constituting one side of the folded tag and forming a sheath, the outer of said latter panels having an incision therein at right angles to the line of fold between said outer panel and the third panel and terminating at its inner end in an opening, said incision being adapted to receive the pointed end of a pin inserted through the panels of the tag and bent so as to be disposed parallel with the panel having the incision therein, the inner of said panels forming the sheath being of an area substantially as great as the area of the panel having the incision so as to provide a complete sheath for the pointed end portion of the pin, the folded edge of said panels forming the sheath being slit over a substantial intermediate portion of its length so as to constitute an easily folded edge at which the fibers of the paper are not split as the fold is made.