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Aug. as, w46,
M_LANGE
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FLAGSTAFF SUPPORT
FiledJan. 21, 1944 '
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Patented Aug. 13, _1946
2,405,701
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,405,701
FLAGVSTAFF SUPPORT
Morris Lange, University Heights, Ohio
Application January 21, 1944, Serial No. 519,121
9 Claims.
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This4 invention relates to ilag or banner holders
and particularly to the kind used on automobiles.
Fora better understanding of this invention, it
should be pointed out that automobiles have win
dows that vary in size and shape and that quite
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showing the locking cam in the unlocked posi
tion;
. r Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3, but show
ing the arm cam in the toggle position;
Figure 5 is a view similar to the one shown in
the Figure 3, but showing the arm cam in the
frequently the top frame portions of the windows
are not parallel to the lower frame or sill portions.
locked position;
Therefore, prior art ñag staff supports are more
Figure 6 is a front end view of the arm taken
or lessl limited for use on only certain makes of
along the line and in the direction of the arrows
automobiles, and are not entirely suited for gen 10 6_6 of the Figure 3;
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eral use. All closed body type automobiles, how
` Figure 7 is a rear end view of the arm taken
ever, dorhave channelled window frames and by
along the line and in the direction'of the arrows
constructing the staii member as hereinafter de
‘.I-l of the Figure 3;
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scribed, so that engagement may be made with
Figure 8 is a vertical cross sectional view of
these channels, aflag holder having a wider ap
the arm taken along the line and in the direction
plication and universal use, may be had. This
of the arrows 8_8v of the Figure 3;
instant iiag is not apt to fall oiî of the automo
Figure 9 is a vertical cross sectional view of the
bile while in use, and it also makes use of a more
arm showing the toggle position indicated in the
direct means for fixing the position of the ad
Figure 4;
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Figure 10- is a vertical cross sectional View of
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the arm showing the cam inthe locked position
justable arm member on the stair.
It is therefore the primary object of this irl
vention to provide a ñag staiî support that will
of the Figure 5;
ñt ontoand securely engage the window panev
Figure 11 is a front view of the fixed base mem
channels of an automobile, without interfering,
ber; and
disturbing or obstructing the normal operation of 25 Figure 12 is a side view of the base member,
the Windowand the mounting of which is entirely
The instant invention broadly consists of a staii7
'independent of the glass .pane or its condition or
20, having a bottomV or base member 30 securely
its
operation.
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mounted thereon and a slidable arm member 50.
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Another object is to construct a device ofthe
-Each-of these parts or members will be described
type mentioned that is quickly and easily mount 30 in detail hereinafter and in the order set forth.
ed and which does not use metal springsor ex
The staiî member 20 is made of a straight
traneous automatic tensioning devices of any
grained resilient wood, such as hickory. It is sim
kind.
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A further object isto provide a simple and eñi-l
ply a round rod 2 I, about twenty-two inches long
and about seven-sixteenths of an inch in diame
cient flag holder that is economical to manufac
¢ ter. At the top end there is removably attached
ture and use and which will not injure or scratch
a .cloth banner `23 bearing any desired words or
the automobile body or break or chip the glass
indicia. A small ball 22 is’removably mounted
window pane.
on the top end to prevent the banner from blow
Still another object is to provide a toggle-like
ing 01T in a stiff breeze. The ball 22, referred to
looking device for a support ofthe kind men "40 in the claims as the banner retaining portion,
tioned, that is positive, quick acting and’easy to
use.
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These and other objects will become apparent
may be held on by friction, as shown, or may be
screwed on, so that the'banner 23 may be yeasily
changed
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replaced.
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fromareading'of the following specifications and
The1bas`emember`30, is vsimply a Wooden> block
in which like charactersrefer to and indicate like
half inch thick. It has a shallow channel 32 run'
ning‘ lengthwise” from end to end and ismade to
claims, together with the accompanying drawing, 45 aboutfour inches long, "an inch' wide and one'- >
parts and in which:v .
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Y Figure 1 is a view of the’împrovedilaglstaff
support mounted on the window of an automo
bile;
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-»Figure 2 is a sideV elevation` of the movable-arm
-and indicating positions . it reaches during the
locking operation;
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iit -the rounded "'sill' I8 jof the'kautomobile"window
on Which it is mounted. ' While a padding is'not
-50 shown in the drawing, a soft >felt'or rubber sheet
may beîsecured'to the surface ofthe- 'channel so
`that the automobîlefinish will not be marred 4`or
` > This base member 30 has a‘hole in'theï‘center
Figure 341s a top plan-view of the movable-'arm F55 in which the rod 2l securely ?lt's.l «The rod ~`>2| «is
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In order to prevent the vibration of the auto
secured in the hole rwith a suitable adhesive and
is also retained therein by a laterally extending
pin 31, which runs through the body 3I of the
base member and also diametrically through the
rod 2|. In practice, it has been found quite ad~
mobile or of the staff from loosening the cam 68,
it is provided with a small bump or protuberance
TI. Actually, this protuberance 1I is simply the
round head of a very small nail or screw.
The
wood of the rod is relatively soft and resilient and
the protuberance 1I is enabled to press therein
and allow the cam to operate on either side of a
dead-center position and to reach either its lock
ing or unlocking position. In eiiect, the cam op
erates as a toggle and is either open or closed.
Its open or normal position is indicated in the
Figure 2 by the character 69. Its locking, hold
vantageous to rely almost entirely upon the pin
3l for connecting the rod and the base member
together. By making the hole in the body 3i
slightly larger than the rod 2| and by eliminating
the adhesive entirely, the rod is enabled to pivot
on the pin and to 'incline slightly. The body de
sign of most modern automobiles is such that
their window sills and top window frame mem#i -
ing or wedging position is indicated by the char
aeteï' 69a and its intermediate or toggle position
bers are not always exactly parallel and the afore-l
mentioned pivoting or inclination forms a better
' is indicated by the character 69D.
and smoother contact with the window. Further
more, if a non-waterproof adhesive is used to at
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The cam member 63 is shaped as indicated and
tach the rod 2I and the base member 30 toëether. ' i ’when assembled and mounted on the arm 68, the
concave portion of the part B9 should be away
the adhesive may dissolve during a rain and the I
from the staff member 20 and should face the
device may become affected thereby.
staiî when in the closed or engaging position.
In ordery to ñrmly secure the ‘base member- 3G
It >sh'oiild benoten that the arm member 68,
to the automobile, a small apron 35, hereinafter
when being tightened on the rod 2 I, has a tend
referred toasa flange, is mounted on one of the
ency to creep upward on the rod.§ This is due
sides of the base. This apron 35 is simply a piece
of sheet plastic, and is fastened to the wood base 25 primarily to the engagement of the protuberance
1I withthe rod and to the rolling action of the
with a few small tacks 3S. y A metal sheet might
cani- it'sèlf. This >creeping movement, while rela
also be used for this purpose. The thickness of
tively slight, für'the‘r tightens the portion 83
the ñange material should not be greater than a
against> the window' frame and forces the iiange
twenty gauge, nor should it be too thick to easily
fit between the window pane and the frame. It l30 54 up intoV thecharincl I5. It also, if the' arm
member GII is' immediately applied too tightly to
should be fairly stili so that it will slide past the
felt or rubber bead I4 touching the glass. It need
extend only about one-half inch below the bottom
the frame, causes the rod 2I, to bow outward
slightly and make it tense. This tension further
sééui‘es‘ the dèviòé to the automobile.
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edge of the base member 3Q.
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Among the many advantages' of this invention
The arm member 6I! is formed of a small block 35
is the 'o'iitstandmg feature that permits it to be
of wood about four inches long, one inch thick
mounted entirely from the outside of the Vehicle.
That is'„it is not necessary to enter the' auto
and one and o_ne half inches wide. Its forward
or free end is shapedV as shown and has a concave
portion 53, the upper side of which engages the
convex- lbottom surface of the top window frame 40
I9. This concave portion may be, if desired, cov»
ered with a pad of some sort to prevent it from
scratching the> automobile. The extreme front
edge E2 is provided with an apron or flange 64,
which ñts into the channel I5 of the window
frame I9. vThis flange Ell is secured to the arm
60 by small tacks or screws and it should also
be thin enough to easily fit between the glass pane
when- closed, as indicated by the character Ila,
and the felt lining I6 in the channel. This flange .'
64' may be made of the same material as the afore
mentioned bottom flange 35.
The body or end of the arm adjacent to the rod
2I, indicated by the character 6I, has a hole 65
through which the stall member 2S may easily .
slide. In the drawing the alternate position of
the arm is indicated by the character 65a. This
slidable arm enables the support to be readily
mounted on diiîerent makes of automobiles or on
windowsofï diñerent size.- 'I‘he body 6I also has
a slot _6T therein which receives the hereinafter
Í?òbilë to adjust or' changé tl'ié`p0siti01ï 0f the
window pane in order to mount the device. Any
unskilled per'sonniay‘ quickly mount several of
the supports safely and without damage;. and
when it is Vrecalled that iiag holders of this type
are used primarily by undertakers for 'funeral
pröcessio?is and where 'several of vthem have' to
be jrño'urited hastily on many different makes and
styles of vehicles, some of which are` only brought
into line the last minute, it becomes apparent
why this feature is so important.
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ì It" will now be Y«'z‘l'e'ar that there is provided by
this4 invention a nag staff support which accom
plishes the objects set forth. While the inven
tion has been vshown and described in its pre
ferred form, it is to be understood that it is’ not
to’ be considered in a limiting sense as other forms
or’ modifications may also be regarded as being
within the scope of the appended claims.
I claim:
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1. A flag staii support. adapted ‘to-be engaged
between the sill and the top of an automobile
window frame' comprising a staff, a base member
described cam member 68'. This slot El extends
on the bottom of the staff engageable with the
perpendicularly through the top and bottom sur
faces of the arm, opens longitudinally into the
sill, and an arm member slideably mountedon
the staff above the base member, the said arm
body.
tlîea'foresaid top.
hole 66 and extends' through the end of the armÍ 85 member having -a flange thereon engagea'ble with
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,The earn member 68 is made of wood and has
an eccentric shape somewhat as' shown. It is
mounted in the aforementioned slot 'El' by the
2.~ A device of the type deñned in claim iïaiid
further characterized by the arm member' having
a .cam means thereon for fixing its position ori the
pivot pin 65. Its shape is such that when its free. 70
3. A iiag stair support adapted to be engaged
or finger portion 69 is turnedv up, the bodyV of the>
between the silland the top of an' automobile
cam will tightly press the rod 2 I- when itisin the
window frame comprising a staff, a base' member
hole 6B and prevent its movement. When it is
staiiî.v
turned down the arm may freely move, turn or
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on the bottom of the stair and having a flange
75 portion» thereon Aeiigageable with»- the aforesaid
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sill, and an arm member slideably mounted on
the staff above the base member.
4. A device of the type defined in claim 3 and
further characterized by the arm member having
a clamp device thereon for fixing its position on
the stañ’.
5. A flag stañî support adapted to be engaged
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said slot adjacent to and operable in the said
hole and .being capable of disengaging the stañ
when in a first or open position and of engaging
the same When in a second or closed position.
8. A flag staH support adapted to be engaged
between the sill and the top of an automobile
window frame comprising a staff, a base member
on the bottom of the stalî engageable with the
between the sill and the top of an automobile
window frame comprising a staff, a base mem
said sill, an arm member slideably mounted on
ber mounted on the bottom of the staiï and hav 10 the staiî above the base member and engageable
ing a ñange portion thereon engageable with the
with the said top, the said arm member having
aforesaid sill, and an arm member slideably
a hole therein through which a stall may slide,
mounted on the staff above the base member and
a slot therein opening into the hole, and a cam
having a ñange portion thereon engageable with
member mounted on the said arm member adja
the aforesaid top.
cent to and operable in the said hole and being
6. A device of the type defined in claim 5 and
capable of disengaging the staff when in a first
further characterized by the arm member having
or open position and of engaging the same when
a fastening means thereon for ñxing its position
in a second or closed position, the said cam mem
on the staff.
ber having a protuberance thereon which when
'7. A flag staiî support adapted to be engaged
engaged with the stair causes a toggle-like oper
between the sill and the top of an automobile
ation and effect whereby the said staff is either
Window frame comprising a stañ”, a base member
tightly >held by or is freely slidable through the
mounted on the bottom of the staiï engageable
said arm member.
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with the sill of the aforesaid Window frame, an
9. A device of the type defined in claim 8
arm member slideably mounted on the staiî above
and further characterized by the said arm mem
the base member and engageable with the said
ber having a iiange thereon engageable with the
top, the said arm member having a hole therein
top of the Window frame.
through which the staff may slide, a slot opening
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MORRIS LANGE.
into the hole, and a cam member mounted in the
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