A. L. IRVIN.
` MANIFOLDING ENVBLOP CHECK. APrLIoATIoN FILED JAN. 18. 1909.
Patented July 13,1909.
WVM/meow ARCHIBALD L. IRVIN, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
MAN IFOLDIN G- ENVE LOP-CHE CK.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application led January 18, 1909.
Patented July 13, 1909.
Serial No. 473,033.
To all whom 'it may concern:
Be it known that I, ARCHIBALD L. IRVIN, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of New York, borough of Brooklyn, in the county and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved l\lanifolding Envelop-Check, of which thefollowing is a full, clear, and exact description.
This invention relates to certain im rovements in sales checks' for use in hotell, restaurants, and the like, and the object of the invention is to render it impossible for the waiter to present a false bill to the patron without liability of detection.
In my improved device the sales check is inclosed within a sealed envelop and is provided with an extension terminating outside of the envelop, whereby the patron by means of the extension may open the envelop and y remove the sales check. The entries are made on the sales check by means of a reproducing material, While the sales check is sealed Within the envelop, and it is impossible to make any erasureson the check until after it is removed from the envelop; as the patron himself performs this last operation, it is evident that no opportunity is given the Waiter for the fraudulent entry of amounts or the changing of amounts after they are once entered. The sales check is made separate and distinct from the envelop and the envelop is completely sealed, so Vthat access cannot be gained to the check save by the tearing open of the envelop.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the gures, and in which- Figure 1 is a face view of a device constructed in accordance, with my invention, and showing an order slip in place; Fig. 2 is a rear/view of the envelop, a portion thereof and a portion of the inclosed sales check being broken away; Fig. 3 is a transverse section through the envelop; and Fig. 4 is a transverse section through a modi ed form of envelop in which the flap or extension is formed integral with the body.
In the form shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, I employ an envelop which may be constructed in substantially the same manner as an ordinary envelop, that is, it has a face 10 and a back`11 formed of end flaps 12; 12 and-'side flaps 13, 13, sealed together. The
particular construction of the envelop is of no special importance, as any form of envelop which may be completely sealed may be employed. Before sealing the envelop there is inserted therein a sales check 14 of only slightly smaller size than the envelo The sales check is preferably made of slightljy thicker or stiffer material than the envelop and is held against any material movement within the envelop by reason of its engagement with the edges. The sales Check is provided with an extension terminating outside of the envelop, by means of which the envelop may be opened and the sales check removed. This extension is preferably a string or small wire 15, extending across one end of the envelop inside of the latter. One end of the string or Wire is secured to the s ales check in any suitable manner, as, for instance, by means of an eyelet, and the ogposite end of the string or wire exten s through the corner of the envelop to the eX- terior thereof. By pulling downwardly on the string, the end of the envelop is first tornopen, and by continued pulling the sales check is drawn from the envelop. The tearing open of the envelop and the removal of the sales cheek are thus accomplished simultaneously by the patron and in a simple and easy manner.
The envelop carries at one edge thereof a flap or extension 17 normally folded adjacent the face 10 of the envelop and extendincr from the upper to the lower edge thereo This flap' or extension may have one edge thereof pasted to the envelop as illustrated in Fig. 3, or the envelop may be so out as to form a fla 17a integral therewith as illustrated in ig. 4. The flap along the edge thereof adjacent the envelop is provided with an indicated line of separation in the form of either a row of perforations, a weakened line, or a printed llne, with instructions l for tearing along the same.
In connection with the envelop I employ a Y sales slip 18, designed to be laced in engagement with the surface 10 o the envelopk and beneath the fla 17,' as clearly indicated in Figs. 1 and 3. he flap 17 has its under surface, that is, the surface adjacent the face 10 of the envelop, provided with a coatin 19 of any suitable reproducing material an within the envelop 1s a reproducing material 20, intermediate the envelop facelO and the sales cheek 14. This reproducing material ,y envelop, but it is evident that a se arate carbonized sheet may be inserted Wit in the en velo if desired.
T e envelop, the check and the sales ,slipy may have any suitable heading rinted thereon, and may be ruled and line yto receive the different items. Preferably, each of them bears a s ace for the entry of the table number, the c eck number, the number i of guests to Whom the order is served, and the like.
In the 4useof my improved device, the sales slip 18 is placed with its edge beneath the flap or extension 17 and the names of the differentV artic-les ordered are Written on the sales slip. The prices of these articles are entered on the flap 17 directlyopposite to the names of the respective articles. Upon Writing the articles on the slip 18, the reproducing material 20 Will cause the same names to be duplicated on the sales check 14, and the Writing of the amounts on the flap 17 Will duplicate these amounts on the sales sli 18, by reason of the reproducing materia 19, and also upon the sales check 14 by means of the reproducing Amaterial 20. Thus, it is only necessary to Write the amounts once and they are copied on both the sales slip and the sales check. j When the entirey order has been iven or any desired portion thereof, the sa es sli is turned in to the kitchen as a recei t for t e articles delivered to the Waiter.
If ot er articles are ordered later, a second sales slip is inserted in place and the new articles ordered are entered on lines beloW the lines upon -Which the first articles werdene tered. The figures on the lap 17 serve to indicate the line upon Which the last entry Was made. After the meal is over and the checlc is to be presented to the patron, the Waiter adds up the amounts on the iap or extension 17 and enters the total below the last item, and this total Will be duplicated Within the envelop upon the check 14. The Waiter then tears o the flap 17 along the indicated line of separation, and presents the envelop to the patron. The patron takes the envelop in` one hand and ulls on the string With the other, so as to rst open the envelop and then Withdraw the check. It is unnecessary for the platron to soil his iinger by eXtendin it into t e envelop to pull out the check an the opening of the envelop does not expose any of the reproducing material to view. It
is impossible for the `Waiter to make lany changes in the bill or to even see or touch the latter until after the atron removes it from the envelop and han s it to the Waiter with the money. The check is thus in a clean and sanitary condition when handed to the patron, as it has never been exposed to the soiled pocket or hands of the Waiter.
It isevident that a series of envelops may be held in any suitable form of binder or holder andthat a series of the slips 18 may be i held in the same binder in operative relation thereto.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new yand desire to secure by Letters Patent:` j
i 1. In` `a manifolding device, the combination of `a sealed enve'lo a saleslclieck separate therefrom and inc osed therein and having' anextension terminating outside of `the envelo i andby means of which the envelop may e opened andthe check removed at one o eration, and a reproducing` material Within t 1e envelop and in copying relation With the sales check, whereby when articles purchased and'purchase price are recorded on the outside of the envelop contiguous thereto, a copy is made on the sales check, said envelop having a Hap for receiving said purchase price and separated from the body of the envelop by an indicated line along Which it is adapted to be detached.
y 2. In a` manifolding device, the combination of a sealed envelop, a sales check 'separate therefrom and inclosed therein and having an extension terminating outside of the envelo and by means of Which the envelop may ke opened and the check removed at one operation,` a reproducingmaterial Within the envelop and in copying relation to the sales check, and a flap or extension carried by the envelop at one edge thereof and disposed adjacent one face of the envelop and having the under surface presenting a reproducinfJr material.
3. In al 'manifolding device, the combination of a sealed envelop, a sales check separate therefrom and inclosed therein, a reproducing material Within the envelop and in copying relation to the sales check, a string secured adjacent one corner of the envelopy envelop and extending beneath the free, edge i `of saidflap or extension.
In ytestimony whereof` I have signed my1 name tothis specification in the presence of tWo subscrlbing Witnesses.
v ARCHIBALD L. IRVIN. Witnesses: y
ALICE GUNNrsoN, CLAIR W. FAIRBANK,