People Oriented Filing Drawing Template

This green plastic template is drawn to a scale of one quarter of an inch to a foot. It has a scale of quarter inches across the top (labeled as feet from 0 to 35), a scale of suggested aisle widths along the right side, and eleven holes. The holes are for letter size and for legal size data boxes (single and double), for data file cabinets, for letter and legal size drawer files, and for desks of differing shape, with chairs. A mark at the center reads: PEOPLE (/) ORIENTED (/) FILING. A mark on the side reads: DATAFILE.
In 1978, a maker of cardboard cartons named Thacker Container Corporation, with headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, applied for a trademark for the term DATAFILE, as it related to cardboard cartons. It had just begun to use that term in commerce, and received the trademark the next year. Thacker might have used this template as an advertising device.
TESS Database, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1980
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: .1 cm x 23.3 cm x 9.3 cm; 1/32 in x 9 3/16 in x 3 21/32 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of James J. Williams
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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