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Publication numberUS838194 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 11, 1906
Filing dateMar 27, 1906
Priority dateMar 27, 1906
Publication numberUS 838194 A, US 838194A, US-A-838194, US838194 A, US838194A
InventorsJohn M Larsh
Original AssigneeJohn M Larsh
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

No} 838,194. PAIENTED DEC. 11, 1906.

- J. M. LARS'H.


I Imam-0 JOHN M. LARsH,



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 11, 1906,

Application filed March 27, 1906. Serial No. 308,282.

To all whom it 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 Im rovements in MaileBoxes, of which the foll dwing is a specification. V

This invention relates to improvements in mail-boxes, and particularly for mail-boxes to be used on rural-delivery routes.

The object of the invention is to provide a box which will protect the mail from rain and other damaging weather effects and which will be inexpensive to construct and will keep the mail secure from trespassers.

The object also is to provide a mail-box with an automatically sliding receptacle which will bring the mail deposited in the box far enough out when the door is opened {)0 permit of its being taken readily from the The object also is to provide a means for securely fastening it to the top of a supportmg-post.

I accomplish the objects of the invention by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a front end view of myimproved mail-box, showing part of the supporting-post. Fig. 2 is a vertical section of same on the'line 2 2 of Fig. 1, and Fig. 3 is a perspective view of my improved mail-box.

. L1 e characters of reference indicate like parts throughout the several views of the drawings.

4 is the post, here shown as a tubular metal post, which will be planted and anchored in the ground in any secure and suitable manner.

5 represents the bottom of my improved mail-box, 6 the sides, and 7 the rear end of the box. The opposite or front end of the box has an opening which is closed by the hinged door 8. This door is hinged at its upper end and drops down to close the boxopenlng.

9 is a metal socket into which the top of the post 4 is inserted. The socket has a flange which is riveted to the bottom 5 of the box. A flanged sleeve 10 is slipped on the post before the latter is introduced into the socket 9, and 11 represents brace-bars which extend diagonally from the sleeve 10 to the A under side of the bottom 5 and are riveted 13 is an arched roof for the box, which terminates with the water-tables 14 for 'the purpose of bringing the rain-water to the rear of the box, thereby protecting the metal sides 6 and keeping the moisture away from the door at the front of the box, thereby in the latter respect 1 saving the mail from damage by moisture. in introducing and removing it from the box.

16 is a receptacle or drawer which makes a loose sliding fit within the mail-box and in which the mail is de osited through the door 8. The drawer 16 ffas each 10f its sides connected by bars 18 with lugs on the inner side of the door 8, whereby when the door 8 is raised in opening the door the drawer 16 will be drawn forward and partially out of the mail-box. This brings whatever mail-matter there is in the box in the drawer 16 out far enough to be within easy reach of the per- .son attempting to remove the mail from the box. The door 8 has the side flanges or wings 20 extending on either side of the mailbox for the purpose of protecting the opening to the box against the entrance of rain or snow and the attempts of unauthorized perhinged above the door 8 at the upper edge of the flap and drops down over the joint at the top of the door.

24 is a flange riveted to the end of the box above the flap 22 to kee rain and snow from assing down between t e flap and end of the Fastened to the under side of the front end of the drawer 16 is the loo 26, and 27 is a bent strap which isfastene to the lower end of the door 8 and passes through the loop 26 whenthe door is down in its closed position. The strap 27 is perforated near its outer end for the attachment of the padlock 28, whereby the mail-box is locked.

80 is the usual postage-stamp holder on the inside of the box, here shown as being at tached to the drawer 16.

The door 8 has an opening through which the words No Mail are shown, and it also has the sliding plate 35, adapted to be raised, so as to cover and obscure the above words. On this plate is the word Mail, which becomes visible when the plate is raised. This plate fits tight enough to be held by friction, and it provides the means for lndicating whether there is mail in the box or not.

Havin thus fully described my invention, what I c aim as new, and wish to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is

1. A mail-box having vertical ends and sides and an arched top, a door at the front end of the box, and water-tables between the sides and, top, said water-tables draining from the front end of the box having the door toward the rear of the box.

2. A mail-box, a door opening into said box, said door being hinged at its upper end, a sliding drawer located within the box, bars connecting the drawer with the door, said door having a bent strap fastened to its lower end, said strap being perforated, a loop on the under side of the front end of the drawer through which the strap passes when the door is closed and a padlock passing through the perforated strap to lock the box.

3. A mail-box, a door for said box hinged at its upper end, said door having side wings or flanges to partially overlap the adjacent sides of the box, and a flap hinged above the door to drop down over the joint at the top of the door and a flange fastened to the end of the box and overlapping the flap.

4. As a means for protecting mail-matter from rain-water the combination of a mailbox, a door for said box at the end of the box hinged at the top of the door said door having side wings to partially] overlap the sides of the box, water-tables at the sides of the box above the door to drain the water away from the door, a flap hinged above the door to overlap the joint above the door and a flange fastened to the end of the box and overlapping the flap.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Indianapolis, Indiana, this 19th day of March, A. D. 1906.

JOHN M. LARSH. [L. s] WVitnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA47G29/1209