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Aug. 19, 1958 A. MILLER 4 STREET DECORATION SUPPORT BRACKET Filed May 11, 1956 INVENTOR. AZLA/V M/LLEZ ATTOZA/ EYS United States Patent STREET DECORATION SUPPORT BRACKET Allan Miller, Rolla, N. Dak.
Application May 11, 1956, Serial No. 584,223
1 Claim. 01. 211-107 This invention relates to a bracket attachable to a street -light pole, utility pole, or the like, for the purpose of supporting decorations such as Christmas decorations, flags, etc.
The custom of decorating the streets in both small towns and large cities, for Christmas and for various other holidays, is becoming increasingly prevalent. Putting up the decorations, and removing them, has been heretofore accomplished only at relatively high expense, and has involved the use of many workers.
The main object of the present invention, accordingly, is to provide a bracket quickly attachable to a street pole, and detachable therefrom with equal facility, which bracket will be novelly shaped to support any of various decorations, either individually or in combination, such as Christmas trees, wreaths, flags, etc. To this end, the invention includes a vertical or main bar connectable to a polein face-to-face contact therewith; a laterally extending support arm projecting from the bar and terminating in an upwardly projecting socket for receiving a Christmas tree; an inclined arm of tubular formation also extending from the vertical support bar and adapted to receive a flag; and brace means connected between the arms and support bar to provide a rigid connection of the several components to one another.
Among important objects of the invention are the following:
To provide a bracket which will, in and of itself be inconspicuous;
To form the bracket in such a manner as to permit its construction at a low cost;
To design the bracket so that it can hold any of various decorations either individually or in any selected combination of the same;
To so form the bracket that it will be swiftly connectable in place upon a conventional utility pole;
To provide novel and swiftly connectable means for securing the bracket to the pole; and
To design the bracket in such a manner as to insure to the maximum extent against its falling or shifting from its proper position upon the pole.
Other objects will appear from the following description, the claim appended thereto, and from the annexed drawing, in which like reference characters designate like parts throughout the several views, and wherein:
Figure 1 is an elevational view of the bracket mounted upon a conventional utility pole, a supported flag and Christmas tree being shown in full and dotted lines respectively;
Figure 2 is an enlarged view of the bracket per se,
Patented Aug. 19, 1958 1 Figure 6 is an enlarged perspective view of the locking device, per se, in open position; and
Figure 7 is an enlarged fragmentary ele'vational view, with parts cut away and, in section, showing the locking device in closed position.
Illustrated in Figure 1 is a conventional utility pole 10, having at its upper end the usual finial, below which there is mounted a loop 16 from which extends an arm 18 supporting the conventional light assembly generally designated at 14, said light assembly including a globe 20.
The bracket 22 constituting the invention includes a support bar 24 of straight formation, having a V-shaped cross section. Bar 24 is, adapted to be disposed in faceto-face contact with the pole 10, with its longitudinal edges bearing tightly against the surface of the pole. Welded or otherwise fixedly secured to the side walls of bar 24' adjacent the opposite ends thereof, are plates 36 formed with sharply pointed prongs 38 adapted to embed themselves in the surface of a wooden utility pole. the pole is of steel, there would be provided in the bar, instead of the prongs, a channel member of rubber or other soft,'resilient material which would compress when the bar is drawn tightly against the pole surface to firmly anchor the bar in place. This is thought sufliciently obvious as not to require special illustration.
- Welded to the lower end portion of bar 24 and extending horizontally from the bar is a lower support arm 26, welded at its outer end to an upwardly projecting, vertical socket 28 adapted to receive the trunk ofv a Christmas tree T.
Welded to arm 26 and socket 28 at the juncture therebetween is an inclined brace rod 30, extending and welded to the intermediate portion of an oppositely inclined, elongated, tubular, upper arm 32, that is welded at its inner end to bar 24 at the juncture between said bar and lower arm 26. Longitudinally aligned with brace rod 30 is a second brace rod 34 fixedly connected between upper support arm 32 and the upper end portion of bar 24.
Arm 32 is open at its outer end, and thus is adapted to receive the pole of a flag F.
To secure the bar to the pole 10, there is provided a chain or equivalent flexible element 40, one end of which is engaged with a hook 42 of a locking device generally designated 43. The locking device includes a U-shaped main member 44, to the bight portion of which hook 42 is fixedly attached. Embraced by the legs of the main member are the legs of a U-shaped clamping member 46, and pivotally connecting the members 44, 46 are hinge pins 48 and 48'.
Positioned within the clamping member 46 adjacent the bight portion is a hook 50 which is pivotally connected to the legs of the clamping member 46 adjacent the bight portion as at 50. An arcuate handle 52 is welded to the member 46 and extends outwardly therefrom.
To secure the bracket to the pole, the chain is passed about the bar 24 between brace rod 34 and arm 32. One end of the chain is engaged in hook 42. The other end is engaged in hook 50, and the handlevis then used to swing member 46 from its Figure 4 position through substantially degrees to recess the same wholly within the member 44, thus to pull the chain tight and lock the clamp member.
It is desirable to provide means whereby Christmas trees, wreaths, and other decorations may be suspended from arm 26. To this end, a plurality of eye bolts 54 are carried by arm 26, these being uniformly spaced along the length of said arm. Selected eye bolts may be employed for connecting thereto suspension cords and the like, carrying the wreaths and other suspended decorations.
If desired, the brackets may be left permanently upon the poles, although they can of course be swiftly removed whenever desired, and reattached with equal facility for use on special holiday occasions. The brackets can be used not only for Christmas decorations, but also may be employed on various national holidays, to support flags. When the brackets are spaced along the opposite sides of a street, at suitable intervals, and are used to support particular decorations, an attractive overall decorative scheme is achieved.
It is believed apparent that the invention is not necessarily confined to the specific use or uses thereof described above, since it may be utilized for any purpose to which it may be suited. Nor is the invention to be necessarily limited to the specific construction illustrated and described, since such construction is only intended to be illustrative of the principles of operation and the means presently devised to carry out said principles, it being considered that the invention comprehends any minor change in construction that may be permitted within the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A street decoration support bracket for detachable connection to an upstanding supporting pole, comprising: a straight, vertically extending support bar formed of angleiron material and adapted to extend in longitudinally contacting relation to said supporting pole; an elongated, straight lower support arm fixedly secured at one end to and projecting horizontally outwardly from the lower end portion of said bar; an elongated, tubular upper arm having one end fixedly secured to the support bar at the juncture between the support bar and the lower arm, said upper arm extending in a position inclined from the vertical in the included angle defined between the vertical support bar and said horizontal arm, the upper arm having an open upper end for extension of a supported, elongated decoration support member removably into the upper arm in position extending in longitudinal alignment with and outwardly from said upper arm along its opposite longitudinal edges; a first brace rod fixedly connected between the other end of the lower arm and the upper arm, the connection of said first brace rod to the upper arm being spaced a substantial distance longitudinally of the upper arm from said one end of the upper arm; a second brace rod aligned longitudinally with the first brace rod and fixedly connected between the upper end portion of said support bar and said upper arm, the connections of said brace rods to said upper arm being disposed diametrically opposite one another upon the upper arm; and a flexible element engaged with the support bar and adapted to be looped about said supporting pole, said second brace rod, the upper arm, and the support bar forming an opening bounded at one side by the support bar, said flexible element extending through said opening, the second brace rod and the upper arm intersecting the support bar above and below, respectively, the flexible element to limit movement of the flexible element longitudinally of the support bar in opposite directions the formation of the support bar from angle-iron material imparting a V-shaped cross sectional configuraticn thereto with the side portions of the support bar converging in a direction toward the upper and lower arms when the support bar is viewed in cross section, the respective arms being fixedly connected to the support bar at the apex part of the V defined by the bar when seen in cross section, the support bar including plates welded to the respective side portions, said plates being formed wtih prongs adapted to be embedded in the surface of said supporting pole, said prongs being located along the respective longitudinal edges of the support bar.
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