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Jan- ‘7, ‘1947-
Filed March 31, 1544
Ms l??lackburn,
Patented Jan. 7, 1947
James Raymond Blackburn, Omaha, Nebr.
Application March 31, 1944, Serial No. 528,984
1 Claim.
( Cl. 116-173)
This invention relates to ?ags and more par
ticularly to a ?ag holder, it being one object of
the invention to provide a flag having a holder
which is of such formation that a ?ag may be
applied to the holder and supported thereby in $1
an elevated position where it can be easily seen
when the lower end portion of the holder or staff
is thrust into the ground.
The ?ags and the improved holders constitute
part of the equipment of a surveying party en
gaged in laying out plots to be terraced, cut down,
in the ground after being set in place by a rod
man and consists brie?y of a ?ag l and a holder
or staff 2. The ?ag may be formed of cotton,
paper, or any other desired material and may
be of any desired dimensions and of any color.
The improved holder or staff is formed from
a strand of black iron or any other suitable
material which will rapidly deteriorate when the
staff, which has been thrust into and left stand—
ing in the ground, is plowed under while terrac
ing, ?lling in low places, or digging ditches. The
wire strand is crimped transversely for the major
portion of its length, as shown in Figure 1, its
lower portion being uncrimped to provide a spike
?lled in, or otherwise treated in conservation
work but it is to be understood that use of the
flags and their holders is not con?ned to con
servation work as they may be used when laying 15 or prong 3 which may be easily forced into the
out irrigation ditches or doing other engineering
work requiring markers.
Since the markers used in conservation work
ground and support the staff upright. It will be
understood that the staff may be thrust into the
ground deeper than the spike if so desired. The
upper portion of the strand forming the stand
another object of the invention to provide a 20 ard is bent back upon itself to form a jaw 4 which
holder which is ‘very cheap to manufacture and
extends downwardly from the top of the staif
may be left in place after being thrust into the
and has its crimps paralleling those of the staff,
ground instead of being gathered up for reuse.
as clearly shown in Figures 3 and 4. While the
Another object of the invention is to provide
jaw will have gripping engagement with the ?ag
a ?ag holder or staff which may be easily plowed
it is desired to prevent the ?ag from being torn
into the ground and will then quickly deteriorate
loose from the staff by strong wind. In order
and not interfere with subsequent plowing or cul
to do so the lower end of the jaw is bent to form
tivation of crops.
a bill 5 which extends laterally from the jaw and
Another object of the invention is to provide
has gripping engagement with the staff when the
a holder which is of light weight and thus allow 30 jaw is shifted transversely of the flag and then
a large number to be easily carried and quickly
moved into position to dispose the bill or latch
thrust into the ground.
in overlapping and gripping engagement with the
Another object of the invention is to provide
staff. Resiliency of the jaw will maintain the
a flag holder wherein the upper portion of the
latch in gripping engagement with the staff and
staif is bent to form a clamp having an arm or 35 there will be no danger of it slipping loose and
jaw adapted for engagement with the sta? and
allowing the jaw to spring away from the stand
have gripping engagement with a flag to ?rmly
ard where it will still have gripping engagement
hold the flag and prevent it from being blown
with the flag but not grip the ?ag as tightly as
away by strong wind.
it does when the latch or bill is engaged with
The invention is illustrated in the accompany 40 the staff. Figure 4 illustrates a form of flag
ing drawing wherein:
holder wherein the latch is omitted from the lower
Figure 1 is a view showing a ?ag of the im
end of the jaw and resiliency of the jaw and the
proved construction in use.
bent portion 6 at the top of the jaw alone de
Figure 2 is a sectional view upon an enlarged
pended upon to effect gripping of the flag. A
scale taken through the staff of the flag holder 45 ?ag holder formed in accordance with this in
along line 2-2 of Figure 1.
vention will be very convenient in use as ?ags
Figure 3 is an enlarged view of the upper por
of various sizes and colors may be easily applied
tion of the flag holder and illustrating the man
to the holders and since the holder is formed
ner in which the flag engaging jaw is secured
of resilient wire it will be of light weight and a
in a clamping position, and
50 large number of them may be easily carried and
Figure 4 is a fragmentary View showing a mod
quickly set in place.
i?ed construction.
It is to be understood that the form of my in
The ?ag constituting the subject matter of this
vention herewith shown and described is to be
invention is used by crews doing civil engineering
taken as a preferred example of the same and
work as a marker which is to be left standing 55 that various changes relative to the material, size,
are distributed over a large area of land it is
shape and arrangement of parts may be resorted
to without departing from the spirit of the inven
tion or the scope of the subjoined claim.
Having thus described the invention, what is
claimed is:
A‘?ag holder comprising a strand of resilient
wire having elongated crimps therein, a jaw
formed by bending back a short section of the
strand upon itself so that the corresponding
crimps nestle within each other, a bill formed on
and extending laterally from the end of the jaw
and adapted to engage the strand so that a flag
may be retained between said strand and said
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