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Publication numberUS1311712 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 29, 1919
Filing dateJun 12, 1919
Publication numberUS 1311712 A, US 1311712A, US-A-1311712, US1311712 A, US1311712A
InventorsThomas W. Power
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 1311712 A
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T. W. POWER. NON-FUELING u'evlcg'ron BANNERS.

APPLICATION FILED IUNE l2. ISIS- 1,31 1 ,71 2. Patented July 29, 1919.

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NON-FURLING DEVICE FOR BANNERS.

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THOMAS W. POWER, OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

NONFURLLNG DEVICE FOR BANNERS.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 29, 1919.

Application filed June 12, 1919. Serial No. 303,547.

To all whom. it may concern:

Be it known that I, THOMAS W. POWER, a citizen of the Unitedstates, and aresident of Washington, District of Columbia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Non-Furling Devices for Banners, of which the following is a s ecification.

This invention relates to a evice for preventing banners, or flags, from becoming furled or wrapped about their poles when dis layed in the wind.

ne object of the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive device for accoin plishing the "desired purpose and which may be easily but firmly attached to a flag without danger of tearing or otherwise injuring the same. v

Another object is to rovide means for firmly attaching the device to the flagpole without interfering with the engagement of the latter with its holder or diminishing the supporting strength of the pole.

The inventionalso contemplates the provision of an automatically adjustable Weight adapted to be regulated to accord with the size of the flag, and which will yield to permit said fla to wave gracefully in the breeze but bring it back to smooth dependin position when the breeze dies down.

%)ther objects will appear as the description proceeds.

The invention will be first hereinafterdescribed in connection with the accom )anying drawings, which constitute part oi this specification, and then more specificall 'defined in the claims at the end of the description.

similar reference characters arev used several views V Figure 1 is a side elevation of a flag mounted on its pole, supported from a window sill, and equipped with a non-furling device made and applied substantially in accordance with this invention;

Fig. 2 is a similar view, showlng the operation of the device when the flag waves in the breeze.

Figs. 3 and 4 are detailed ed e and side views of the clamp to be attache to the flag.

Figs. 5 and 6 are similar views of the clamp to be attached to the pole.

In the accompanying drawings, wherein to designate corresponding parts in each of the Fig. 9 is an edge View of a trolley hanger and weight designed for use with a larger i1 Figs. 1 and 2, part of a window frame is illustrated at 10, and a common form of flag pole holder 11 is shown attached to the window sill 12. The flag pole 13 may be supported by said holder at any desired angle, the osition illustrated being substantially that generally observed. The non-furling device consists of a clamp 14 to be -secured to the free end of the flag 15, a clamp 16 to be secured to the pole 13, a flexible connection or rope 17 to extend loosely between said clamps, substantially as shown, and a trolley supported weight 18, mounted on said flexible connection so as to run along the same for permitting the flag to wave gracefully in the breeze as indicated in Fig. 2, and for automatically bringing the flag back to smoothly depending position when the breeze goes down; the weight being heavy enough to revent the flag from furling without interfering with its waving.

The clamp 14 comprises a pair of plates 19 and 20 having supplemental corrugated abutting faces "21, as shown .in Fig. 3. These plates ma be made of any desired material, refera 1y sheet metal, aluminum or the li e. The plates are clamped together, so as to grip a portion of the free endof the flag between them, being held together by bolts 22. Each plate has a semitubular projecting portion 23 and 24, re-

spectively, which together form a tube 2-5 when the plates'are clam ed together. The

ends of sald tube are pre erably flared, as at 26, to facilitate the threading of the rope 17 through the same.

The clamp 16 comprises a pair of sup lemental straps 27 and 28, which toget er form a collar 29, adapted to be clamped around the flag 'pole near the holder 11, by bolts 30. 7

These straps also have sup lemental semitubular portions 31 and 3 respectively,

which form a tube 33 when the stra s are connectcd tog'ether as best shown iil'l *ig'. 5. The ends of the tube 33 are al'scpreferabiy flared, as at 34, to facilitate the threading of the rope through it.

By reason of the construction of the tubes 25 and 33, with the flared ends 26 and 34:, respectively, the ends of the rope 17 may be easily passed through thenr in either direction, and connected to the clamps 14 and 16,, by simply tying knots in the extremities of the rope, as shown at 35 in Figs. 1 and 2.

In order that the rope may not interfere with the waving of the flag, it is loosely hung between the clamps, and toprevent the flag from wrapping around the pole with the rope, the weight 18 is suspended bye hanger 36, having a sheave 37 to run on said rope. The weight is detachabl y connected to the hanger by means of a bolt 38, permitting weights of different sizes to be substi tuted for one another to suit flags of different sizes. In lieu of changing the Weights. however, one or more additional Wei hts, 39, may be attached to the initial weight 18, in any suitable manner, as by bolts 40 passed through holes- 41 in said weights. It will thus be seen that by varying the size of the weights, flags of different sizes may be nicely counterbalanced and adjusted to permit the desired waving but avoid the objectionable furlingthereof.

Having thus fu 1y described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is

1. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection loosely suspended between the free end portion 01 the banner and a fixture.

2. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection extending between the free end portion of the banner and a fixture, and a Weight on said flexible connection.

3. A non-furli 7 device for banners comprising a flexib e connection extending loosely between the free end portion of the banner and a fixture, and a weightmnunted to automatically travel along said flexible connection.

4. A non-turling device for banners, comprising a loosely suspended flexible connection, a clamp forgrippin the free end portion of the banner and aving means for securing one end portion of said flexible connection thereto, and means for attaching the other end portion of said flexible connection to a fixture.

5. A non-fu'rling device for banners comprising a loosely suspended flexible connection, a. clamp for grippin the free end portion of the banner, a tu ular member car ried by said clamp, and through which one end portion of the flexible connection may be prising a loosely sus ')ended flexible connection, a clamp consisting oi a pair of supple mental corrugated plates to grip the free end portion of the banner between them. means i or securing one end portion of the flexible connection to said clamp and means for securing the other end portion of said flexible connection to a fixture.

7. A non-furling device for banners comprising a loosely suspended flexible connection, a clamp consisting of supplemental plates adapted to grip the free end portion of the banner between'them, said plates having semi-tubular projections to form a tube for attaching. one end portion of the flexible connection to the clamp when the plates are secured together, and means for securing the other end portion of said flexible connection to a fixture.

8. A non-furling device for banners com prising a loosely suspended flexible connection, a clamp consisting of supplemental plates adapted to grip the free end portion of the banner between them, said plates having semi-tubular projections to form a tube for attaching one end portion of the flexible connection to the clamp when the plates are secured together, the ends of said tube being flared for the purpose specified, and means for securing the other end portion of said flexible connection to a fixture.

9. A non-furling device for banners comprising a loosely suspended flexible connection, a clamp consisting of supplemental members to grip a fixture, said members having supplemental semi-tubular projections to form a tube for attaching one end portion of the flexible connection thereto when the members are secured together, and means for securingthe other end portion of said flexible connection to the banner.

10. The combination With a banner and a pole for supporting the same, of clamps for gripping said pole and the free end portion of said banner and a loosel suspended flexible connection extending etween said clamps.

I1. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection extending loosely between the free end portion of the banner and a fixture, a weight mounted to automatically travel along said flexible connection, and means for varying the size of said weight for the purpose specified.

12. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection to extend loosely between the free end portion of said banner and a=fixture, a trolley hanger to run on said flexible connection, and a weight do tachably secured to said hanger.

13. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection to extend loosely between the free end portion of said banner and a fixture, a weight suspended 5 from said flexible connection, and means for securing additional weights to the initial weight.

14. A non-furling device for banners comprising a flexible connection to extend loosely between the free end portion of said banner and a fixture, a trolley hanger to run on said flexible connection, and a weight secured to said han er.

T OMAS W. POWER.

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US5697321 *Oct 30, 1996Dec 16, 1997Dobbins; John J.Flag-banner support assembly
US5809930 *Feb 7, 1997Sep 22, 1998Brooks; Joseph CarlFlagpole rotation device
US5904116 *May 21, 1997May 18, 1999Wyner; Stewart A.Revolving pennant
US6807924 *Mar 7, 2003Oct 26, 2004Craig S. ChristiansenAnti-fouling flag and windsock display assembly
Classifications
U.S. Classification116/174
Cooperative ClassificationG09F17/00