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There are many different types of envelopes and
they are used for many different purposes. Listed below are some of the different
types of envelopes that are available. Click on the envelope type below to see
a description of that envelope and its general use. To see standard sizes available
for the different types of envelopes, see Envelope
Size - Standard Sizes.
- The most popular envelope used for business and personal
use, the commercial envelope is an open
side envelope that most often has diagonal seams. They are
also available with side seams in some sizes.
Economical and neat in appearance,
this envelope also works well in automatic inserting equipment.
Commercial envelopes are available with an inside
tint, with several window options, and in several different closure
types. They come in weights from 13 lb. to 28 lb. and are available
in white, brown kraft, and other special colors. Some of the standard
sizes envelopes are #6 1/4, #6 3/4, #7, #8 5/8, #9, #10, #11, #12
and #14. There are some preprinted envelopes available, such as the
Air Mail envelope. Air Mail envelopes are preprinted with a special
blue and red border.
Air Mail envelopes are used for overseas Air Mail and international
business correspondence. The advantage of the special Air Mail envelope
is that it is light weight, which helps keep the mailing weight to a
Air Mail Envelope
W2 and 1099 Envelopes - Tax form envelopes
designed specifically to fit the W2 and 1099 tax forms. The basic format
for each of the tax forms is regulated by the government but there are
different styles and sizes produced by each tax form manufacturer. To
ensure the envelope will work with your tax forms, it is recommended
that you request samples of the envelope from your supplier before you
place your order.
Announcement & Baronial Envelopes
A-Line Announcement - An
A-Line has a square flap, side seams and is manufactured from standard
24 lb. paper. It is available in white and colors. They are available
in some special papers also. Consult supplier for special requests.
Used for announcements, invitations
and small booklets. Adds etiquette and formality to your mailings.
Baronial - An envelope that is close to
square in size, and has a pointed flap and diagonal seams. It is available
with a gummed or ungummed flap. It is manufactured from text and writing
Used for announcements, invitations,
greeting cards and social stationery. Adds etiquette and formality
to your mailings.
The remittance envelope is an open
side envelope with side seams. It has an extended flap which is generally
about the same size as the body of the envelope.
Two Way Mailers
Two way mailer envelopes are basically
the same as the remittance envelope except the flap has a perforation
so that part of the panel can be detached.
The remittance and two way mailer envelopes
are used for returning payments and order placement. The large flap
provides a surface that can be used for printing a promotional message
or information in regard to the return mailing. The Two Way Mailer
provides a mailing piece and a response piece all in one. The flap
is torn off at the perforation, the response information is filled
out and then put in the envelope and mailed back.
Bank by Mail - An envelope that is similar
to the remittance envelope except it is used for banking transactions
to be made by mail. It includes a deposit slip and the envelope that
is mailed into the bank. Sometimes this type of envelope will have
a second coupon or receipt. Bank by Mail envelopes help save the bank
and the depositors time.
Booklet Envelopes -
Booklet envelopes are large open side envelopes with side
seams. They are available in many different sizes, colors, paper stocks,
and closure types. They are used for booklets booklets, brochures
and multiple page mailings. It is easy to insert content by hand and
works well in automatic inserting equipment.
Square Booklet Envelopes - The square booklet
envelope is the same as a regular booklet envelope except that the
length and width dimensions are the same, making them square.
Wallet Flap - An envelope that
has diagonal seams and is available in standard business envelope
sizes . It has a square flap which extends down about half the size
of the envelope. The seal flap also has extra gum protection. It is
used for mailing legal documents, bank deposits and statements. It
is used because of its extra sealing strength and its acceptance of
Flat Mailer Envelopes - Flat mailer envelopes are open side
envelopes made of a heavier weight stock, such as 32 lb., 40 lb.,
or 125 lb. They are available in several sizes, colors and closures.
It has outside seams glued to the edge for extra security. Because
of its extra durability, the flat mailer envelope is excellent for
bulky mailings of documents, such as medical records, legal papers
and insurance papers.
Full View Envelopes - The full view envelope is an open side
envelopes with two side seams and a full view window on the face of
the envelope. It is used when a full view of the content is required.
Some uses of this envelope are for distribution of photographs, and
mailing of catalogs, annual reports, and promotional items. It is
available in white and colors.
Proxy Envelopes - Proxy envelopes are an
open side envelope commonly used for proxy mailings. The window on
the back side of the envelope is used to expose a control number used
to identify the proxy mailer. Some proxy envelopes have a patch pocket
where the proxy is inserted. The window is then in the location of
the pocket. A window can be added to the front for the return address
to be viewed.
Catalog Envelopes - Catalog envelopes are
large open end envelopes, usually with a center seam. They come in
a variety of sizes, colors, and closure types. They are used much
like the booklet envelopes, for mailing catalogs, booklets, brochures
and multiple page documents.
Coin Envelopes - A coin envelope is a small
open end envelope. It is available in a variety of small sizes. They
work well for packaging small items, such as small parts, stamps,
coins and currency. It is sometimes used for drive-in banking. Coin
envelopes are strong and economical to use. They are available in
white, brown kraft and manila.
Policy/Will Envelopes - Open end envelopes that are produced to
hold content of a special size. It is used to hold wills, insurance
policies and legal documents and will fit into a safety deposit box.
They are available in white, brown kraft and manila. They are also
available with a full view window on the face of the envelope to allow
the content to be viewed.
Jumbo Catalog Envelopes - Jumbo catalog envelopes
are oversized open end envelopes with a center seams in the back.
The closure type may be plain, gummed, clasp or button & string.
They are used for the very large inserts, such as artwork, negatives,
posters and promotional items. Jumbo envelopes are also available
in Tyvek®. Tyvek® is used for transporting or storing large
inserts where there is potential for the envelope to be exposed to
chemicals, dirt, water and other damaging conditions.
Tyvek® Catalog Envelopes - A catalog
envelope that is made from Tyvek® which has many valuable features.
It is strong, non-abrasive, acid free, light weight, water and chemical
resistant, and very flexible. Because of all of these features, Tyvek®
envelopes provide protection and durability, but if the content of
the envelope needs to be protected from bending, you would have to
protect it with some type of rigid insert or use an envelope that
would be more resistant to bending, such as a board
mailer. Tyvek® catalog envelopes are available in
plain white or preprinted with the First Class Green Diamond border
or the Air Mail border. They are also available in some colors. Tyvek®
envelopes generally have a peel & seal type of closure. Tyvek®
envelopes are also available in a booklet type envelope.
- Tamper-Evident Tyvek® envelopes have a special seal
that indicates if it has been broken before the recipient receives
the envelope. Once the sealed flap is opened, the words "OPENED"
appear in the window on the flap. It cannot be resealed to hide the
"OPENED" warning in the window. Used when envelope content
is confidential, sensitive or valuable material.
Inter-Office Envelopes - Inter-Office envelopes
are used to distribute inter-office mail within a company. They are
generally preprinted with routing information on the front and back
of the envelope. They are punched through out the body of the
envelope to allow you to see if the envelope contains any content.
They are available in an open side or open end style of envelope.
Colors available are white, brown kraft, manila an colors. They are
also available in Tyvek® stock. Closure types include, gummed,
button & string and reusable. Inter-Office envelopes are generally
opened and closed many times so it is usually necessary to have a
closure that can be opened and closed an unlimited number of times.
Expansion Envelopes - Expansion envelopes
are available in open side and open end styles. They have gussets
that expand on the sides to allow for bulky inserts. They are used
for storage and mailing bulky items, such as bank statements, cancelled
checks and reports. The expansion envelopes are constructed of heavier
weight paper to help provide extra protection for the content. It
is also available in Tyvek® and as a mailer which is constructed
of heavier tag stock.
Medical or Professional Expanding File Jackets
- A file jacket that is an open side envelope with expanding sides.
It is constructed of a 125 lb. tag with a thumbcut for easy extraction
of content. They generally include a 1/2" extended tab, on the
back side, which is used for indexing purposes. They are used for
transporting and storage of bulky items, such as medical records &
inter-office files. Because of the 1/2" extended tab on the back
and the expanding sides, they work well for the filing of bulky items.
Medical or Professional Flat File Jacket - Flat
file jackets are envelopes constructed of a 40 lb. kraft or 125 lb.
tag. They are basically constructed in the same way as the expanding
file jackets, except the flat file jacket does not have the gussets
on the sides to allow the envelope to expand. It has the 1/2"
tab on the back and the thumbcut on the front panel. Flat file jackets
are used to store or transport records and they are used for job tickets
and other office filing purposes. They are easy to insert materials
into and they provide extra protection to the content.
Record Retention Envelopes - Record
retention envelopes are constructed of a heavy weight brown kraft. They
are two hole punched for attaching inside of a fastener folder. It has
a reinforced back for added protection while it is attached to the folder.
It is used to hold smaller documents and receipts, instead of having
to punch them and put into the folder separately.
Board Mailers - A no-bend mailer that is
made of a heavy gauge board that resists bending and offers excellent
protection for items such as photos, artwork, and film. Board mailers
are available with a "tuck-in" flap or a "peel &
seal" type closure in white or brown board. Both offer a secure
closure without the use of tape.
Bubble Mailers - Bubble mailers consist of
kraft or Tyvek® material, which is lined with a protective bubble
packaging material. They offer low cost shipping with maximum protection
against crushing and will not break open during shipping. Bubble mailers
offer an excellent form of protection but will not protect against
bending. Generally, they have a "peel & seal" flap for
a secure closure.
Disk Mailers - Disk mailers are specially designed for shipping
disks or CD's. They are constructed of a heavy gauge board and are
lined with Tyvek® or an anti-static foam to protect your disks
against information loss due to static. They are available in sizes
for packaging disks or CD's.
Microfiche Filing Envelopes - An envelope that is designed to
hold microfiche film for filing purposes.
They are constructed of 24 lb. white acid-free wove
and have an extended tab on the back panel, used to identify the content.
Translucent Envelopes - Envelopes that are
transparent, which allows the recipient to visually see the content
of the envelope. They are used as a device to entice the recipient
into opening the envelope to examine its content. Translucent envelopes
are available in several styles and sizes.
Green Diamond Border - 1st Class Mail Envelope
- The green diamond border indicates that this envelope is a 1st
class mailing envelope. The green diamond border is available on booklet
envelopes, catalog envelopes, mailers and expansion envelopes. They
are also available in several types of paper stock, such as white
wove, white kraft, brown kraft and Tyvek®.
Drive-In Bank Envelopes - An open end envelope with unglued
seams. Side flaps create pockets for coins and currency. Drive-In
Bank envelopes are used by banks to hold coins, currency and bank
slips for the customers making transactions. They are available in
single or double pocket styles. The double pocket style has two flaps
that fold over each other to form the two pockets and provide added
protection. The coins and currency are separated from each other in
the different pockets. Both styles are available with latex, regular
gummed, or ungummed seal flap. They are available in white and various
Single Pocket Style - One
Side Flap Unglued
Double Pocket Style - Two
Side Flaps Unglued
Parking Ticket Envelopes - The parking ticket
envelope has a large flap with a perforation on it so that it can
be detached from the envelope. The large flap contains the ticket
information and is detached by the recipient. It is put into the envelope
that it is detached from and returned along with the payment. There
is a seal area below the perforation which is used to seal the envelope
when payment is returned.
Packing List Envelope - Packing list envelopes
are used to attach the packing list for a shipment to the outside
of the carton. The same type of envelope is also used at times to
attach the invoice along with the shipment. The envelope is perforated
on the front for removal of the packing list or invoice. It is available
in several sizes and types and is stocked in several preprinted styles.
You can also be order a custom envelope to incorporate your custom
logo, design or colors.
Laser Envelopes - This product is designed
specifically for laser printers. Special caution should be taken to
assure that your envelope will not cause any problems when running
through the laser printer.
Listed below are some points to be aware of when
ordering and storing laser envelopes:
- Be sure envelopes lie flat and all folded edges have a good sharp
- Store the envelopes in the protective box that you receive them
in and don't store them in humid conditions or extreme temperatures,
they should be allowed to reach room temperature before using.
- The envelope must not be too thick to run through your printer.
Most standard commercial envelopes should be acceptable.
- Laser envelopes must be well constructed and not have loose seams
or are not baggy in any area.
- Do not use envelopes with bulky closures, such as clasps, button
& string or reinforced metal eyelet holes.
- Preprinted envelopes must have been printed with heat resistant
- Paper stock should not be extremely smooth or glossy. It must
be laser compatible.
- Rough, textured stock will not produce a sharp image when laser
- Do not use an open flap envelope with a pressure sensitive or
self seal adhesive closure. See Closure
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