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UNITED STATESPATENT OFFICE.
REGINALD FORWOOD, OF PARIS, TEXAS.
To all whon it may concern:
Be it known that I, REGINALD Fonwoon, a
citizen of the United States, residing at Paris,
in the county of Lamar, State of Texas,
have invented certain new and useful Im-
provements in Mail - Box Signals, of which
the following is a specification, reference be-
ing had therein to the accompanying draw-
This invention relates to a mail-box signal,
and particularly to a device adapted to indi-
cate whether the box contains mail or not
and to be held automatically in its adjusted
The invention has for an object to provide
a rotatable signal carrying at opposite ends
indicating means of different characters pro-
vided with a slide-rod upon which a weight is
ihounted to move by gravity in the rotation
of the rod, and thus retain in position either
of the indicating means when rotated to the
position proper for observation.
Other and further objects and advantages
of the invention will be hereinafter fully set
forth and the novel features thereof defined
in the appended claims.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective
of the invention, and Fig. 2 is a side elevation
Like numerals of reference refer to like
parts throughout both views of the drawings.
The numeral 1 indicates a mail-box, which
may be of any suitable construction or con-
figuration and mounted in any desired man-
ner-for instance, upon a post, as shown at 2.
At a suitable point upon or adjacent to this
box is a supporting-rod 3, rotatably mounted
upon the pivot 4 and carrying at its opposite
ends the indicators 5 and 6, each of different
color or character, so that an observer from
the outside can readily see whether the box
contains mail or not. For the purpose of
holding these indicating devices in their rela-
tive position, so that they may be observed
above the box, bar 3is provided with a slide-
rod 7, extending parallel thereof and secured
to the bar by the lateral portion 8 at its op-
posite ends. Upon this rod a. weight 9 is
Patented July 17, 1906.
mounted to freely slide thereon, and thereby
pass by gravity to the lower end of the rod 50
when either of the indicating devices is above
the box, so as to retain the bar in its vertical
In the operation of the invention it will be
seen that when the mail is deposited in the 55
box it is only necessary for the carrier to par-
tially rotate the bar, so that the indicating
means showing the presence of mail is in the
proper position for observation, when the
weight on the rod slides. to the lower end 6o
thereof and retains the signal in its position.
When the mail is removed from the box, 'the
position of the signal is reversed, so as to indi-
cate no mail therein.
Having now described my invention and 65
set forth its merits, what I claim, and desire
to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. A mail-box provided with a signal com-
prising a rotatable bar pivoted intermediate
of its opposite ends and carrying indicating 70
devices at said ends, and shiftable means
mounted upon said bar to automatically
travel to opposite sides of said pivot to re-
tain the bar in vertical position when in-
2. A mail-box provided with a signal com-
prising a rotatable bar pivoted intermediate
of its opposite ends and carrying indicating
devices at said ends, and a weight slidably
mounted upon said bar to automatically 8o
travel below the pivot thereof as the bar is
inverted in position.
3. A mail-box provided with a signal com-
prising a centrally-pivoted bar provided at
its opposite ends with indicating means of, 85
different characters, a slide-rod mounted par-
allel to said bar and extended at opposite
sides of the pivot thereof, and a weight slid-
ably mounted upon said rod.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature 90
in presence of two witnesses.
W. PAGER, Jr.,
G. 0. LITTLEJORN.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed October 31, 1905, Serial No, 285,306.
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Forwood, Reginald. Mail Box Signal, patent, July 17, 1906; [Washington D.C.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth511721/m1/2/: accessed August 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.