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Patented Nov. 24,1942
True M. Avery, Glens Falls, N. Y., assilnor to Union Bag` & Paper Corporation, Hudson Falls, N. Y., a corporation. of New Jersey Application Maren 11, 1940, serial No. 323,439
The present invention relates to bags and similar containers for enclosing and the mailing or transmission of articles of different kinds, and a more particular object of the invention is to provide a bag which is especially adapted for use in the camera nlm developing industry to facilitate the mailing or other transmission of a roll of exposed photographic-film to anfestablishment for developing and the returning of the developed negatives and prints to the sender.
The bag according to the present invention,
Awhich may be furnished to the purchaser of a roll or" nlm, is of a size and shape to receive the roll of lm after it has been exposed in a camera, it having means, preferably a tie, for closing its mouth after insertion of the roll, and the bag preferably bears the printed address of the establishment which is to develop the lm, so that it is only necessary to close ythe bag, aillx the proper postage and deposit the bag in the mail. The bag is provided with a ap or extension to receive the return address of the sender, and this flap or extension is employed in returning the negatives developed from the lm and the pictures printed therefrom, preferably by detaching it from the bag and stapling or otherwise ailixing it to one end of the roll of nlm to be developed for identification purposes, after which it may be used to supply the return address of the senderfas by aiilxing it to an envelope such as usually employed in mailing or otherwise delivering negatives and prints, for which purpose the nap or extensions may be gummed on the reverse side when placed on the return envelope or package to form a sticker or address label.
The preferred form of a lm roll bag according to the present invention is shown in the accompanying drawing wherein:
Figure l is an elevation, partly broken away, of a bag made in accordance with the present invention, the bag being shown empty but in partly expanded condition;
Figure 2 is an elevation of the opposite side of the bag shown in Fig. 1; A
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the bag containing a roll of camera nlm, the bag being closed to form a package ready for mailing or other transmission;
Figure 4 is an end view of the closed and illled bag as viewed from the right in Fig. 3; and
Figure 5 is a detail perspective view of a part of the mouth end of the bag.
Similar parts are designated by the same reference characters in the several gures.
paper of suitable flexibility and strength, may be of different types such as the well known at or envelope type, although it is preferably of the well known square type made from a strip of paper formed into a tube, having opposed at sides I and 2 and infolded tucks or pleats 3 and 4 which form a collapsible or bellows-like body. and a bottom 5 formed by folding and pasting a flattened end of the tube against a side of the bag. The bag is of a size and shape to receive photographic camera lm rolls of the usual range of sizes when used for such purpose, and it may be made with speed and facility on a bagv machine of the type commonly employed in thev making of square or other types of bags. The mouth of the bag is provided with means for closing it, the closing means comprising preferably a tie composed of a strip 6 of tin or other soft sheet metal or other suitable pliable material which is readily bendable and capable of retaining its bent form. This tie strip is attached to the bag adjacent to its mouth by a tab 'I of paper or other suitable flexible material which is applied and secured by adhesive to one side, preferably the side 2 of the bag below its mouth, a portion of this tab extending beyond the bag mouth and being rolled about the tie strip as indicated at 8 and secured thereto as by an adhesive and milled indentations as indicated at 9. The tie strip is thus attached to and secured to the bag beyond its mouth so that it lies substantially in the plane of the side of the bag to which it is attached, and its bendable ends project beyond the edges of the bag when the bag is in its at or collapsed form prior to its use, substantially as shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
One of the flat sides of the bag, as the side I thereof,preferably has printed thereon or otherwise applied thereto the address I0 of the establishmentfrom which the roll of lm was purchased or an establishment which develops lms, and this side of the bag also preferably has a space II thereon to receive a postage stamp.
A flap I2 extends from the bag, preferably from a longitudinal edge of one of its at sides, as the side 2 as shown, this flap or extension being provided with a form or space I3 to receive the return address of the sender. The flap or extension I2 is foldable atwise against the side 2 of the bag so that it will not catch upon other objects and be torn from the bag during handling and the form or space I3 for the senders return address is preferably on that side of the ap or extension I2 which will lie against the The bag, which is composed preferably of side 2 of the bag when said flap or extension is folded, thereby covering the sender's return address while the bag is being sent through the mail to the address III, and thus avoiding possible confusion of the addresses during transmission. 'I'he iiap or extension I2 may be attached to the bag in different ways, but it is preferably formed as an integral continuation of the side 2 ofthe bag, as by extending the outer edge of the longitudinal seam Il which is located at the flat side 2 adjacent to the respective longitudinal edge of the bag, this seam uniting the edges of the strip from which the bag tube is made during the manufacture of the bag. The flap I2 is creased along the longitudinal edge of the side 2 of the bag, as indicated at I5, so that it may be readily folded ilat, or substantially so, against that side of the bag, and may be easily torn or detached from th'e bag.
The flap I2, after it has been detached from the bag, may be stapled or otherwise aillxed to one end of the roll of film prior to its development in ordei to identify the sender thereof, and after the film has been developed, it may be used to supply the address of the sender to whom the developed negatives and prints are to be returned, as, for example, by applying an adhesive to the back of this flap and aiiixing it to the envelope or package in which the developed negatives and prints are enclosed.
The bag as manufactured and prior to use, is collapsible into flat form substantially as shown in Fig. 1, the tie strip being straight and its ends projecting from the opposite sides of the bag mouth. Thebags may therefore be stacked compactly for storage and shipment. When the bag is to be used, it is opened by expanding it, the roll of film is inserted endwise therein, and the mouth of the bag is closed and secured in closed condition by rolling the tie strip on one side down two or three times over the opposite side of the bag adJacent to its mouth end, after which the ends of the tie strip are bent around the edges and against the opposite side of the bag, as shown in Fig. 3.
Bags provided by the present invention are especially adapted for mailing rolls of exposed camera iilm to establishments for development. A supply of these bags may be kept on hand by an establishment selling rolls of camera film, the bags preferably having the name and address lof such establishment or of an establishment which develops exposed films printed on the side of the bag as indicated at I0, and being furnished to the purchasers of the film. After a roll of lm has been exposed, it may be mailed or otherwise sent by the purchaser to an establishment for development and the return of the negatives and prints therefrom by merely inserting the roll of exposed film, together with the proper amount of money, into the bag and closing and securing its mouth, inserting'the name and return address of the -purchaser in the form or space I3 provided therefor on the flap or extension I2 and folding this ap or extension against the adjacent side of the bag, and applying the proper postage to the space II and depositing the bag in the mail. The bulged form of the bag. after a roll of nlm has been inserted therein, tends to hold the flap I2 against the adjacent side 2 of the bag, as shown in Fig. 3, thus avoiding its accidental detachment in the mail or while being handled, and as this flap extends from the side of the bag opposite to that which contains the address III. it cannot swing into a position to obscure that address.
After the establishment to which the bag is addressed has received the bag and roll of film, the flap I2, which contains the name and address of the person to whom the negatives and prints are to be sent, is torn oil' along the line Il or otherwise detached from the bag and may be stapled or otherwise attached to one end of the roll of film, thereby providing reliable means for identifying the sender thereof, and after development of the film, this ilap may be detached therefrom and used to supply the return address of the sender, as for example, by amxing it to the usual envelope in which negatives and prints are mailed or otherwise delivered, as by applying adhesive to the back of the flap.
Bags according to the present invention thus greatly facilitate the mailing or sending of rolls of exposed films to establishments for developing and the returning of the negatives and prints, and they provide greater certainty in the return of the negatives and prints to the proper individuals. Since these bags may be manufactured on bag machines of usual and well known forms, they may be produced inexpensively.
I claim as my invention:
1. A mailing bag comprising a tubular body having opposed sides and pleats connecting their longitudinal edges, one of said sides providing an area for the address of an addressee and the other side havinga longitudinal seam, and a return address ilap formed by a lateral continuation of an edge of said longitudinal seam exteriorly beyond the respective side of the body and foldable against the latter side of the body, said ap being centrally positioned with respect to said longitudinal seam and extending over the major portion of the length of said seam.
2. A package for mailing comprising a bag containing an article to be mailed, said bag having a side bearing the address of` an addressee and having an opposite side provided with a seam extending along one of its longitudinal edges. pleats connecting the' longitudinal edges of said sides and 'expanded by said article. and closures holding the ends of the pleats in collapsed condition, the outer edge of said seam being extended exteriorly beyond said longitudinal edge to form a flap having a return address thereon, said flap being foldable to bring the return address thereon against the seam side ofthe bag, and
rbeing retained in such folded position by the collapsed ends and expanded intermediate portions of the pleats.
TRUE M. AVERY.