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Perforate Merchandise Ticket and Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074029D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Markley, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The merchandise ticket 10 is made up of stub portions 10A, 10B, 10C, and 10D connected together on perforate lines 10a, 10b, and 10c. Ticket 10, as a whole may constitute a document card which is perforated and is printed by moving it lengthwise through a punching and printing mechanism in the direction H; and ticket portion 10D may be detached from the rest of ticket 10 and used as a document card, being passed lengthwise through a reader in the direction J.

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Perforate Merchandise Ticket and Reader

The merchandise ticket 10 is made up of stub portions 10A, 10B, 10C, and 10D connected together on perforate lines 10a, 10b, and 10c. Ticket 10, as a whole may constitute a document card which is perforated and is printed by moving it lengthwise through a punching and printing mechanism in the direction H; and ticket portion 10D may be detached from the rest of ticket 10 and used as a document card, being passed lengthwise through a reader in the direction J.

Ticket 10 may, for example, have a dimension of 2 5/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches, and may be connected to merchandise by an opening 12 through which a string can be inserted. Ticket portion 10D contains punched information regarding the merchandise, such as price and size, with appropriate bits 1, 2, 4, 8, A, and B in column 27, for example, denoting a dollar sign printed on the upper portion of ticket 10 and with others of the bits 1, 2, 4, 8, A, and B in other columns on ticket portion 10D denoting other information. When the piece of merchandise is sold, the cashier detaches ticket portion 10D from the remainder of the card; and ticket portion 10D may be read by reader 14 by manually inserting ticket portion 10D into the reader and moving it lengthwise in direction J. There may, for example, be seven columns of information in each of three tiers on ticket portion 10D, and reader 14 is provided with a line of read cells 16 which are in alignment with the perforations in the seven columns of each tier of the ticket portion when it is moved lengthwise through the reader. Reader 14 is also provided with an additional read cell 18 in alignment with read cells 16 and located at the edge of ticket...