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- Feb. 24. 1925; 11,521,686
J G- KING SIGNAL File d Dei. 29, 1923 2 Shem-sum 1 j-aa Z INVENTOVR Feb. 1925. 1,527,686
. J. G. KING SIGNAL Fild Dec. 29, 1923 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 wmgm ITNESS: ATTORNEY Patented Feb. Z -l, i925.
T T as P AT Ear innate r i r JOHN G. KING, 0F BURLINGTON, NQBTH GAROLINA.
Application filed December 29, 1823.
delivery mail boxes, the general object of the invention being to provide a signal for indicating to the owner that mail has been placed in the box with means for moving the signal to operating position when the box is opened to place mail therein, so that it is not necessary for the mail man to raise the signal.
This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In describing my invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawings wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which Figure 1 is a side view showing a mail box with my invention thereon.
Figure 2 is an end view.
Figure 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Figure 1.
Figure is a view showing the signal bemg raised by the open .ing of the lid which closes the slot in the box.
Figure 5 is a view showing the signal in wholly raised position.
Figure 6 is a view showing the signal being raised by the opening of the door of the box.
As shown in these views, the device consists of a supporting arm 1 which is pivoted intermediate its ends to the bottom of the box A, as shown at 2, and which has its lower end bent at right angles, as shown at 3 for acting as a stop to hold the signal in raised position. A member 4 is fastened to the upper end of the arm 1 with its front end bent at right angles, as shown at 5 and again at right angles as shown at 6 so that the two bent parts are located in front of the box. The rear end of the member has connected therewith the flag or signal 7. A weight 8 is fastened to the member in front Signals, of-
similar to Figure 1, but
Serial No. 683,490.
of the point of connection with the arm 1 and acts as a counter-balance to cause the signal to pass to its operatl've position after it has been moved off its dead center by the opening of the door or the lid.
t will be seen that when the lid a is raised to uncover the letter slot in the box, said lid will strike the part 6 of the member and move it downwardly so as to start the signal in its movement, this movement being completed by the weight and thus the signal is automatically moved to operative position by the action of the mail man in placing a letter in the letter slot of the box. also be moved to operative position by the opening of the door I) of the box for this door will strike the parts 5 and 6 of the member as it is being opened so as to start the movement of the signal, which movement is completed by the weight, This movement is stopped by the part 3 of the arm 1 striking the bottom of the box. In order to in sure free movement of the arm 1, it is formed with a double loop 1 where the pivot screw 2 passes through it.
. From the foregoing, it will be seen that I have provided simple means for indicating to the box owner that mail has been placed in the box, the signal being automatically on moved to operatlve posltion by the action of the mail man in placing mail in the box, so that it is not necessary for the mail man to raise the signal.
It is thought from the foregoing descrip tion that the advantages and novel features of my invention will be readily apparent.
I desire it to be understood that I may make changes in the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim is 1. A signal for a mail box comprising a pivoted supporting arm, with the upper end of he arm and extended at rightangles with said arm, a signal at one end of the member and a rightangular extension at the other end of the member adapted to be engaged by a movable part of the box.
2. A signal for a mail box comprising a pivoted supporting arm, a horizontal member connected with the upper end of the arm,
a signal at one end of the member, a rightangle extension at engage the other end adaptedto the door of the box when said door is It will 70 at the point 80 a member connected 100 being opened and a Weight on the member gaged by the door or lid of the box when for completing the movement of the signal said parts are being moved toopen position,
after its initial movement by the door. a Weight on the member and a bent end on 3. A signal for a mail box comprising a the lower part of the arm for limiting the 5 pivoted supporting arm, a horizontal memmovement of the signal.
ber connected with the upper end of the arm, In testimony whereof I aflix my signature. a signal at one end of the member, an angle extension at its other end adapted to be en- JOHN G. KING.