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PATENTED JAN. 2, l906.
J. M. LARSH'.
.BULLETIN FOR MAIL BOXES.
APPLICATION FILED IEB. 7. 1905.
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Wl TNESSES/ UNITED STATES4 PATENT OFFICE,i
JOHN M. LARSH, OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF TO SAMUEL D. KIGER, OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.
BULLETIN FOR MAIL-BOXES.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 2, 1906.
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, JOHN M. LARsH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Indianapolis, in the county of Marion and State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bulletins for Mail- BoXes, of which the following is a specification. v
The object of this invention is to provide a convenient bulletin-board to be used in connection with a rural mail-box for farmers, gardeners, dairymen, poultrymen, and all other persons owning a private mail-box, which is generally located conspicuously along the main traveled road of the owners locality, whereby by means of said bulletinboard he can make known to the passing public his desires in the way of products or articles for sale or help wanted or such other needs as are generally supplied through publicity of some kind.
The object of this invention is to improve and simplify the details of construction by various means, such as will be fully described, and pointed out in the appended claim.
The objects of the invention are accomplished by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a mailboX and my improved bulletin-board, the latter being shown in closed position. Fig. 2 is a like view showing the bulletin-board open; and Fig. 3 is a view in rear elevation of the mail-box and bulletin-board, the base and lower portion of the supporting-post not being shown in this gure. y
Like characters of reference indicate likel parts throughout the several views of the drawings.
4 is a post, preferably of metal tubing, one end of which is driven into the ground a suitable distance, and the post is anchored to resist the disturbing forces of the wind and other displacements by means of the anchoring-plate 5, which consists of a cast-iron sleeve with a hole through which the post 4 is passed, said sleeve having a plurality of radial wings or plates, here shown as three in number, which are driven down into the ground after the post is set, in the manner as clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
Secured to the to of the post 4by any suitable ineans, here sliown as by means of the bolts 6, is the board 7, which has a forwardlyprojecting top, sides, and bottom to form a casing 8. This casing has hinged to it a front closure or door 9, which is hinged so as to drop down when open into the position as shown in Fig. 2. That surface of the door 9 which will be toward the highway when the door is open and that surface of the board 7 which will be toward the highway and eX- posed when the door is open will both be covered with a preparation -such, for example as is ordinarily used for blackboards-that will permit of writing thereon with a material, such as chalk, of such notices as it may be the desire of the owner of the board to give to the public froml time to time. The upper board will preferably have the words For Sale permanently painted at the top of the board, and thereunder will be a number of horizontal lines to be used as guides in writing the notice, and at the bottom of the board the name, as John Doe, of the owner will be painted or otherwise permanently shown. On the blackboard of door 9 the word Wanted will preferably be permanently displayed at the top of the board, following which will be a number of horizontal lines, and at the bottom of the board the name of the owner will be permanently placed, as described, for the For Sale board. The manner of yusing these bulletinboards will be clearly understood from the drawings, and when no notices are to be given to the public the door 9 will be closed, as shown in Fig. 1, and upon the outside of the closed door the name of the owner, John Doe, will be conspicuously and permanently afliXed, so as always to denote the ownership of themail-boX. The board 7 will be attached to the post 4 more securely by the use of the metal braces 11 in the manner as shown in Fig. 3.
When the door 9 is closed, as shown in Fig. 1, the cabinet forms a receptacle to receive such articles as it may be desired to be placed therein for the owner to get when he comes for his mail.
15 is a mail-box of any usual and approved style, which is located upon the above-,described cabinet and is supported by said cabinet and is attached either to the cabinet or to the post in the usual way.
Many different kinds of mail-boxes are in use, so that it is desirable to have the top end IOO Io tin-board fastened to the top of the post, a
pair of metal bars bolted to the post and a sec- 0nd pair. also bolted to the post but lower down than the first pair, and the opposite ends of a bar of each pair being bolted together and to the back of said bulletin-board. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Indianapolis, Indiana, this 2d day of February, A. D. 1905.
JOHN M. LARSH. Witnesses:
J. A. MINTURN, F. W. WOERNER.