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Publication numberUS1543072 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 23, 1925
Filing dateAug 7, 1924
Priority dateAug 7, 1924
Publication numberUS 1543072 A, US 1543072A, US-A-1543072, US1543072 A, US1543072A
InventorsFenner Harriet E
Original AssigneeFenner Harriet E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mail-box flag
US 1543072 A
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' June 23, '1925.`

H. E. FENNER MAIL Box FLAG Filed Aug! '7., 1924 Patented June 23, 1925.

Be it known that I',"I*IAnn1n`T E. F ENNER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Des Moines, in the county of Polk and State of Iowa, have invented a certain new and useful Mail-Box Flag, of which the following is a specification.

The object of my invention is to provide a mail box flag' structure of simple, Vinexpensive and durable construction adapted for use as an indicating device in districts where there is rural delivery of mail.

The further object jof my invention is to provide a fiag which can be permanently, rigidly and properly mounted on the mail box, comprising a pivoted or `hinged flag portion having a second flag hinged thereto for the purposes hereinafter more fully set forth.

Vith these and other objects in View, my inventionconsists in the construction, arrangement and combination of the various parts of my mail box flag, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, asy hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed `out in my claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which: Y

Figure 1 shows a perspective view of a mail box equipped withan indicating fiag embodying my invention.

Figure 2 is a sectional view of a portion of the mail box, the flagA being indicated 'in full lines in its folded position.

Figure 3 is a detail view showing' the hinge structure of the flag' in side elevation; and i Figure 4 is a detailed frontvelevation of the hinge structure.

In the accompanying drawings, I have used the reference numeral 10 to indicate `generally a post on which is mounted a mail box 11, which may be of any suitable desired construction My improved flag comprises an upright bar 12 secured to the box 11 by` means of screw bolts or the like 13, the bar 12 being' secured in an upright position on the side of the box.

The bar 12 may have at its lower end a liange 14 to extend under the box to insure the more rigid mounting of the bar.

Connected with the upper end of the bar 12 by means of a hinge Afis the liagstaff 15. It should perhaps be mentionedv in this connection that'the bar 12, the flag staff` e'ldgnigu'si'lv, 1924. serial No. 739,759

1 A and spring' 20.

possible are made'f'of 'galvanized' materialY or other material which will not corrode on account of exposure tothe weather.

The bar 12 and the stati 15 are connected together by a hinge A comprising the jourv Vnal members 16 and the pintle 17 The bar 12 and staff 15 are provided adjacent to each other with holes 18 and 19.

A coil spring 20 is arranged adjacent to one of the pintles and has its ends 21 and 22 inserted into the holes 18 and 19, so that the resiliency of the spring tends to press the ends together.

Thus it will be seen that when the staff is upright, the spring' will hold it in upright position, whereas when the staff is swung laterally outwardly or downwardly, the ends of the spring will first. be sprung apart on account of the fact that the pintle 17 is not aligned with the holes 18 and 19, and as the staff swings farther down the upper spring will pass center, and when the staff drops to its position shown by dotted lines in Figure 3, the spring' will tend to hold the shaft in its lowered position.

The staff 15 has at its outer-or upper end a Hag 23, to be colored red as at 24 on the side toward the highway.

At the uppen end of the flag 23 is a short extension 25 to which is hinged a short staff 26 by a hinge and spring similar to the hinge On the staff 26 is another flag 27 which is colored orange on the sidewhich can be seen from the residence of the boxowner.

The ags thus constructed can be used for indicating a series of facts.

The hinges are arranged so that the staff 15 folds toward the outside and the staff 26 folds toward the inside with relation to the box.

When the Hag is lowered, no signal is intended at all. W'hen the flag 23 is raised and the flag 27 'is lowered, t-he condition of the flags indicates to the mailman thatvthe household has placed mail in the box for taking up and forwarding.

When the mailman drives past, he knows that he need not stop if the flags are down, but knows that he is to stop if the flag 23 is up. IV hen 'he puts mail inr thebox, he raises the flag 27, which indicates to the household that a deliveryhas been made.

When the flags are down as shown in Fig side of the flag 23 is neXt ure 2, the colored thus protected from the to the boX and weather. Y p

This flag is of sturdy construction, so that 6 it will not readily Wear out or become loose. lt affords a convenient and easy means for indicating the proper facts to the mail carrier and the householder.

I claim as my invention: 10 y The combinationV of a mailbox With a Hag staff hingedly supported thereon to stand in upright position or to swing down to position alongside the mail box, a flag at the outer end ofsaid sta, .a second Hag staff hingedly connected beyond the first flag to the sta thereof, a flag on lthe second staff, the hinges being arranged to fold in opposite directions and to permit` the flags to be arranged one above the other or to be folded to positions side by side.

Des Moines, Iowa, July 25, 1924.V


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U.S. Classification232/34, D99/32
International ClassificationA47G29/00, A47G29/122
Cooperative ClassificationA47G29/121
European ClassificationA47G29/12R2