This invention relates to a card used to express something or to
transfer information or for other purposes utilizing a photograph together with
some words. The card according to the present invention can be used, for example
but not limited to, for a business card, a post card, an invitation card, an information
card, a New Year's card, a Christmas card, a post-marital announcement card and
In the aforementioned cards, an appropriate photograph is often shown
together with some words. In the case of a post card, for example, a photograph
will be shown on one face thereof together with some messages written thereon
and the name and address of the addressee will appear on the other face of the
card. Hitherto, the following methods have been used as ways of exhibiting a photograph
together with letters on a card.
A first method is resolving of color constituting the letters and
photograph and then repeatedly printing on a mounting sheet each time using a different
A second method is adhering a photograph directly onto a mounting
sheet printed with an appropriate message thereon.
A third method follows the developing process of photographs. In
this method, a sheet of photographic paper is exposed to light through a negative
film for the photographic part and simultaneously through a positive lith film
for the letters.
In the first method, however, complicated work is required for resolving
the constituting color and the printing process requires much time and labor because
printing must be repeated using each different constituting color. Moreover, the
quality of the finished product is not always good because of color diffusion
caused by slipping from the correct place by repeated printing.
In the second method, because of the difficulty of adhering a photograph
onto a mounting sheet so that both corresponding edges may coincide precisely with
each other, there is a defect that the adhering process requires time and labor.
In the third method, because photographic paper which is already
developed and printed is used as a card, color diffusion of the letters and photograph
tends not to occur, unlike the case of the first method. However, the color for
the letters is restricted to white only, and in the case of slender letters such
as Ming style letters some diffusion may occur so that the letters become illegible.
Furthermore, it is difficult to print or write a message or the name and address
of the sender on the face including a photograph. Further, photographic paper
which has been developed and printed is easily contaminated with fingerprints and
the like, is easily bent, and sheets tend to stick to each other, so that there
are handling problems.
Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a photographic
card, which is easy to manufacture with better quality and to handle, and a manufacturing
A photographic card according to one aspect of the present invention
comprises photographic paper already developed and printed and a transparent laminate
film covering said photographic paper and capable of being printed or written
thereon with an appropriate writing tool.
Said photographic card may be manufactured by developing and printing
an appropriate photograph onto photographic paper and followed by adhering a transparent
laminate film capable of being printed or written onto the surface of the photographic
In the photographic card according to at least the preferred embodiments
of the present invention, the reproduction of color is quite reliable even for
color photographs because the photographic part is printed from a negative film
directly onto the photographic paper.
Further, at least the preferred manufacturing method, unlike the
first method of prior art, does not require repeated printing using different constituting
colors after resolving the colors, so that it can save the cost of time and labor
during the photographic printing process.
Because the transparent laminate film adhered onto the surface of
the photographic paper already developed and printed allows printing or writing
directly onto the surface thereof, the color of letters can be selected unrestrictedly
and even slender letters can be clearly exhibited, unlike the third method of prior
Furthermore, the surface of the photograph is covered with a transparent
laminate film and therefore the card is not easily bent, unlike the case where
photographic paper is used as a card merely after developing and printing. Moreover,
where a plurality of the cards are placed on top of each other they do not stick
to each other. In addition, the surface of the photograph may not be contaminated
with fingerprints and the like, so that it is easy to handle.
A preferred embodiment of the present invention will now be described
by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
- Fig. 1 is a vertical sectional view showing an example of the photographic
card according to the present invention;
- Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view showing a state where the laminate film
is adhered onto the photographic paper after developing and printing; and
- Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 are front and back views, respectively, of the photographic
card according to the present invention used as a post card.
Fig. 1 shows the structure of the photographic card. Numeral 1 in
the drawing indicates a sheet of photographic paper. The photographic paper 1 shown
here is in a state where developing and printing of the photograph to be included
in the card have been completed. That is, it shows a state where the photograph
to be included in the card has been developed and printed onto the photographic
paper before printing from a negative film according to the ordinary photographic
Both front and back faces of the photographic paper 1 after developing
and printing are covered with a transparent laminate film 2. As this transparent
laminate film 2, any material capable of being printed or written onto the surface
thereof can be used. That is, any transparent film capable of being easily adhered
with ink during printing or drawing and having a matt and very slightly rough
surface can be used so as to allow handwriting with a writing tool such as a ballpoint
pen, a fountain pen and the like.
However, the transparent laminate film 2 does not necessarily have
to cover both faces of the photographic paper 1 after developing and printing as
indicated in the example shown in the drawing, but it must cover at least one
face of the card showing the picture (the surface of the photograph).
Onto the surface of said transparent laminate film 2, information
3 such as any message, or the name and address of the sender, will be displayed
by printing or drawing.
The card constituted as aforementioned can be prepared as follows.
First, the photograph to be included in the card is developed and
printed onto the photographic paper from a negative film according to the ordinary
Next, using a laminating machine (not shown in the drawings), the
transparent laminate film 2 is adhered onto both front and back faces of the photographic
paper 1 after developing and printing by applying heat and pressure. Fig. 2 shows
the card in this state.
Consequently, the photographic card is completed by cutting to an
Further, any information 3 such as a message, or the name and address
of the sender can be printed using a printer (not shown in the drawings) or handwritten
onto the outer surface of the transparent laminate film 2.
Figs. 3 and 4 show an example using the photographic card according
to the present invention as a post card with the same reference numerals as those
used in Figs. 1 and 2.
In Fig. 3, the numeral 4 indicates the image of the photograph developed
and printed which is visible through the transparent laminate film 2.
Fig. 4 shows the front face 5 of the post card where the name and
address of the receiver will be displayed. Onto this face 5, the words "post card"
6 and the stamp frame 7 may be printed. Preferably, this face 5 is also covered
with the transparent laminate film 2 to facilitate printing or writing of the
necessary information such as the name and address of the receiver thereon.
The photographic card can be used not only as a post card as shown
in Fig. 3 and 4 but also as a business card, an invitation card, an information
card, a New Year's card, a Christmas card, a post-marital announcement card and
the like, but not limited thereto.
The photographic card according to the present invention can maintain
a tension because it is formed into one body by adhering the transparent laminate
film 2 onto the photographic paper 1 after developing and printing.
Further, when a plurality of the photographic cards are placed one
above another they do not adhere to each other. The photographic card is also not
prone to contamination with fingerprints.
Moreover, the photographic card may provide quite reliable color
reproduction even in the case of a color photograph because of the use of the photographic
paper itself after developing and printing, thus enabling easy manufacture with
The photographic card is also very convenient to use because it allows
printing, writing or drawing freely and clearly onto the surface of the photograph.