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Publication numberUS1440043 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 26, 1922
Filing dateApr 21, 1922
Publication numberUS 1440043 A, US 1440043A, US-A-1440043, US1440043 A, US1440043A
InventorsSherman L. Wright
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mail-box support
US 1440043 A
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Dec. 26, 1922. 1,440,043.



FILED APR. 21.1922.

Patented Dec. 26, 1922.



Application filed April 21, 1922 Serial No. 555,919..

Tool! who 21bit may coerce mt:

Be it known that I, SHERMAN ll. lVRiGi-ii, a citizen of the United States of America, and resident of Clay City, in the county of Clay and State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Mail-Box Supports, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to posts or masts for holding rural mail boxes, and it has for an object the provision of novel means where-- by the mail box is supported on a distended arm, which arm is capable of oscillatory motion in order that the box may be moved upon its being struck by any object, a condition which will prevent fracturing the device or impairing its utility.

It is a further object of this invention to provide novel means by which the arm is held in certain position with relation to the post or support, so that the mail box will he presented at convenient locality for the insertion or removal of mail.

It is a further object of this invention to produce an arm which is oscillatably mounted, associated with novel means for permitting the arm to move, while at the same time it has means for returning the arm to normal position, regardless oi? the direce tion in which it is oscillated.

With the foregoing and other objects in view, the invention consists in the details of: construction, and in the arrangement and combination of parts to be hereinafter more fully set forth and claimed.

In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawings forming part of this application wherein like characters denote correspond ing parts in the several views, and in

Figure 1 illustrates a view in perspective of mail be support en'ibodying the in venticn; r

Figure 2- illustrates a top plan view there f; and

Figure ilLstrates a sectional view of a fragment of the post and arm.

In these drawings 5 denotes a post having a suitable base or anchorage 6 by which it is held in a substantially upright or vertical position. A plug or rod is inserted in the upper end of the post and projects therefrom, the said plug being held in place. by a rod 8 which extends through the post and through the plug and projects from the sides of the post to form anchorages for the springs 9 and 10 by which the arm 11 is held in normal position. The arm has an elbow coupling 12 to which a sleeve 13 is attached, the said sleeve fitting on the plug and having its lower end bearing on the end of the post so that the sleeve will rotate during the oscillation oi the arm, and as will be seen from an inspection of Fig. 2, the arm may be swung from its normal full line position shown in said figure to the dotted line position, or it may be moved in the opposite direction from its normal position, the springs being effective to return the said arm to its normal position and to hold it in such position under ordinary conditions.

The mail box 14 may be of any appro priate type and can be secured to the fiattened end 15 of the said arm.

The springs will prevent the oscillation of the arm under the influence of wind pressure, but will yieldingly retain the arm so that it it is struclc'by a pzs ii'ig vehicle or any other object that might rracture or inrpair the utility 01 the device, it will be free to yield. The arm has a plurality of apertures 16 to which a cross pin 17 may be applied at different positions to increase or diminish the tension of the springs which are anchored to the said cross pin, thus making the said device adaptable "for use in connection with mail boxes of different sizes which might present dilierent resistances to the wind.

From an inspection oi? the drawing, it will be apparent that the support can be comparatively inexpensively produced, 0W- ing to the fact that tubing may be employed in its manufacture, and obviously, it will prove efficient in use.

At a point slightly above the rod 8. the post is provided with a lug or projection lb of such length as to engageeither spring 9 or 10, according to the direction of movement of the arm 11, the said lug being intended to restrict the movement of the springs and increase thefw tension, in. order that they will act quickly in imparting the initial ing' movement to the arm after a pull has been. exerted on the springs.

l Vhile the dotted line position of the arm ll is shown in Fig. 2, it is to be understood. that this is not intended to indicate that such dotted line position is the full swinging movement of the arm, but is intended to show that the arm, has oscillatory motion with relation to the post. The degree or this oscillatory motion may be permitted to eX-- ceed that illustrated by the dotted lines, and the inventor does not Wish to be limited With respect to this feature I claim: v

In a supportlor mail boxes, a posthaving a projection, a sleeve applied to the projection for oscillatively monnting'the sleeve 10 W'Ilth relation tozthe post, an arm carried by the sleeve and adapted to support a mail spring when the arm oscillates to increase the tension of either spring, according to the direction of oscillation of the said arm, as

and forthe purpose described.


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US2550338 *Jan 16, 1947Apr 24, 1951Dunagan Joseph BSupport for mailboxes or the like
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US2616649 *Aug 30, 1950Nov 4, 1952George GrosseSupport for rearview mirrors
US2738941 *Dec 16, 1952Mar 20, 1956Anthony LaurichMail box support
US3730471 *Nov 13, 1970May 1, 1973H EdwardsLantern holder
US3881650 *Sep 12, 1973May 6, 1975Schmidt Cleon AArch swing-away stand
US5524853 *Aug 19, 1994Jun 11, 1996Varlaro; Joseph G.Swinging mailbox support
US6047933 *Apr 9, 1998Apr 11, 2000Hoover; Earl H.Swing arm support for mailbox
U.S. Classification248/145, 248/289.31
International ClassificationA47G29/12, A47G29/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47G29/1216
European ClassificationA47G29/12R4