Jan- ‘7, ‘1947- J. R. BLACKBURN CONSERVATION FLAG’ 2,413,905 Filed March 31, 1544 Ms l??lackburn, . ' BY - INVENTOR. ‘ ATI'IZI RN EYS Patented Jan. 7, 1947 2,413,905 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,413,905 CONSERVATION FLAG James Raymond Blackburn, Omaha, Nebr. Application March 31, 1944, Serial No. 528,984 1 Claim. 1 ( 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, 2 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 2,413,905 3 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 4 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 jaw. JAMES RAYMOND BLACKBURN.