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Feb. 17, 1970 5. J; PALINKOS METHOD AND MEANS OF MOUNTING PENNANTS, FLAGS, STREAMERS AND THE LIKE 0N STAFFS, ANTENNAE POLES AND THE LIKE Filed Nov. 1, 1968 NAVA A AVAVA A AV nvavavnvnvnvnvnva INVENTOR. 53411716): I Pah'lzkas' United States Patent METHOD AND MEANS OF MOUNTING PEN- NANTS, FLAGS, STREAMERS AND THE LIKE ON STAFFS, ANTENNAE POLES AND TH LIKE Stephen J. Palinkos, Norwalk, Conn., assignor to Palco Hats Inc., South Norwalk, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Filed Nov. 1, 1968. Ser. No. 772,528 Int. Cl. G091? 17/00 US. Cl. 116-173 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Pennants, including banners, streamers, and the like are provided with an elastic tab and a loop extending from one end for mounting on car antennae and other poles. The tab defines a plurality of holes of smaller diameter than the pole and the loop is of larger diameter than the pole. The pole is inserted through the loop and threaded successively through the tab holes and the pennant is held in place by constriction of the tab around the respective holes and by frictional engagement of the tab with the pole on both surfaces of the tab adjacent the holes.
This invention relates to method and means for mounting pennants, flags, streamers and the like on staffs, radio antennae poles and the like.
It has long been the custom, especially among young people, to fly pennants and streamers of various kinds, including school flags, and frequency flags, from the antennae poles of automobiles. Frequency flags are flags available in eighteen colors and used by persons flying radio guided model planes to indicate which of eighteen different transmitting (control) frequencies assigned by the American Model Association is being used. By noting the color of frequency flags being used by other contestants in a model airplane meet a contestant is able to select a different frequency to control his model plane and thereby avoid the interference in the operation of the model planes which would occur if two or more contestants were using the same control frequency.
It has been found to be very difficult to mount pennants, flags and the like on antennae, including automobile and model plane radio control transmitting antennae, and keep them flowing out and at the same time prevent them from slipping down the pole. By the method and means described herein this difficulty is overcome in a very simple and practical way.
For convenience the term pennant is used hereafter in a broad sense to include flags, banners and streamers of various kinds to be flown from a supporting staff or pole including telescopic antennae poles.
The invention will be best understood by reading the following description in connection with the drawings in which,
FIGURE 1 is a side view partly cut away showing a pennant at the top of an automobile antenna and flowing out,
FIGURE 2 is a view, partly in perspective, showing a color designating frequency pennant flowing out at the top of an antenna extending up from a radio frequency transmitter,
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation on an enlarged scale and partly cut away of the pennant and upper end of the antenna shown in FIGURE 1, showing how the antenna is inserted through a loop projecting from the pennant at one end adjacent the lower edge of the pennant, and is threaded through two holes in the elastic tab which projects outwardly from the end of the pennant adjacent the top edge of the pennant, successively from opposite surfaces of the tab, and how it extends over one surface of the tab between the holes, and how the tag is puckered and frictionally engages the antenna top adjacent each hole, and
FIGURE 4 is a view partly in section taken on the lines 4-4 of FIGURE 3 showing in larger scale the frictional engagement of the elastic tab with the antenna pole adjacent each of the holes in the tab through which the pole is threaded successively from different sides of the pennant.
In carrying out my invention I provide a pennant 10 at one end, usually the wider end, with the combination of a loop 12 and an elastic tab 14 defining two or more holes 16. I mount the pennant on a staff, pole or the like 18, such as a radio antenna pole for example, by inserting the upper end of the pole through the loop 12 and then successively through the holes 16 in the elastic tab.
The loop 12 is sufliciently larger than the diameter of the staff or pole to allow the loop to swing freely around it and thus keep the pennant flowing out in response to wind or air currents from any direction.
The portion of tab 14 defining the holes 16 through which the pole or staff extends remains fixed in position but its portion which extends between the pole or staff and the end edge of the pennant is flexible and can bend to permit the upper portion of the pennant to substan tially follow the position of the lower portion of the pennant in responding to the wind or other air currents. It will be understood that the elastic tab 14 may be provided with two or more holes 16 substantially aligned transversely of the tab. As best seen in FIGURE 4, when a pole or staff is inserted through a hole 16 in tab 14 it will contact the tab surface adjacent the edge of the pole on the side of the tab from which the pole enters the hole, and will contact the opposite surface of the tab adjacent the edge of the hole where the pole or staff leaves the hole.
Between two successive holes the pole or staff will overlie one surface of the tab and before and after passing through said holes respectively it will overlie the opposite surface of the tab. There is thus considerable frictional engagement between the tab and the pole or staff in addition to that provided by the constriction of the tab around the pole or staff. Preferably the holes 16 are of less diameter than the diameter of the staff or pole which is inserted through them. Being defined by elastic material the holes will stretch to receive the pole or staff and will then try to return to normal size and in so doing will grip the pole or staff. The resulting frictional engagement between the pole or staff and the tab 14 is so great that a pennant provided with a tab 14 will stay in place on an antenna pole even when the pole is telescopic and is collapsed.
While natural rubber is the preferred material for tab 14, successful results have been obtained with various synthetic rubbers.
The combination of a tab 14 and a loop 12 overcomes the difficulties previously encountered and provides a simple and reliable way of achieving the objects mentioned above.
What I claim is:
1. A flexible pennant having means for mounting it on an antenna and holding it in position vertically while permitting it to' stream out and weather vane in response to wind and air stream which is characterized by the combination of an elastic tab which is attached to the pennant and extends outwardly from one end of the pennant adjacent its upper edge, and a second member extending outwardly from the same end of the pennant adjacent its bottom edge and defining a loop through which the upper end of an antenna may be readily inserted and which is adapted to loosely attach the lower portion of the pennant t0 the antenna, the said elastic tab defining two vertically aligned holes the diameter of each of which is less than the diameter of the antenna but will expand when the antenna is inserted through them whereby the material defining the holes tends to constrict around an inserted antenna and serves to hold the pennant at the desired height on an antenna while leaving the body of the pennant smooth and fully open and responsive to the wind or air stream.
2. A frequency flag for use on a telescopic or non-tale scopic rod antenna and the like to indicate which of vari ous transmitting frequencies is being used by a person flying a radio guided model plane which comprises a pennant having a color representing one of the different transmitting frequencies employed and means for attaching the pennant to an automobile antenna or other rod comprising the combination of an elastic tab and a 100p attached to the pennant at one end with the tab defining two vertically aligned holes which are also aligned with the loop, the loop being large enough to fit loosely around an antenna or other rod inserted through it and with the holes in the elastic tab being of less diameter than the diameter of the rod so that a rod in being threaded through them expands the holes causing them to engage the rod with a constricting force, the combination of elastic tab and loop being characterized by the ability to hold the pennant in vertically open position on the antenna or rod while at the same time being responsive to stream outwith a breeze or air flow thereby promoting its visibility.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,342,017 2/1944 Shepherd 116-173 2,377,219 5/1945 Ellis 116-173 2,905,140 9/1959 Acklam 116-173 3,075,492 1/1963 Winfrey 116-28 3,107,648 10/1963 Lundstrom 116-173 3,280,790 10/1966 Booth 116-173 XR 3,387,584 6/1968 Gl-antz 116-173 XR FOREIGN PATENTS 1,162,456 4/1958 France.
LOUIS J. CAPOZI, Primary Examiner