System for printing social expression cards in response to electronically transmitted orders

  • US 5,552,994 A
  • Filed: 07/12/1993
  • Issued: 09/03/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/23/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for printing social expression cards comprising:

  • a card printing facility having;

    (a) means for electronically receiving order data for a selected card;

    (b) data storage means for storing said order data and a database describing each card, including images and text for each card;

    (c) a printer; and

    (d) processor means for selectively retrieving order data and card description data for said selected card from said database stored in said data storage means, and printing said images and text for said selected card on said printer; and

    at least one card display/order facility separate and remote from said card printing facility having;

    (a) means for accessing said card description database at said card printing facility;

    (b) means for inputting card parameters;

    (c) means for retrieving and visually displaying cards associated with said card parameters from said card description database;

    (d) means for selecting one of said displayed cards;

    (e) means for inputting order information; and

    (f) means for electronically transmitting an order for said selected card and said order information to said card printing facility.

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