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Posted By: Walter F. Mathers on: 06/12/2002 04:15:45 CDT
Subject: Pole Talk Re-visited

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Chuck,

The coupled four foot sections (also known as joints) of signal pole to accommodate the 6' square variant could have been three to four sections; the 4' square, two to three sections, and the 2' square (or action flag) one or two joints?

This is not to say that you couldn't have used the 6 foot flag with two sections of pole but as the flag size is relative to the distance from which one wishes to be seen (which also includes the arc of the swinging flag), the pole length and flag size would be increased with the distance, or, in some cases, during visually inhibiting atmospheric conditions. If you were to use 2 four foot flags of different colour to assertain which is better seen by the recipiant of your transmission, a pole twelve feet in length ought to be sufficient for most re-enacting needs.

The wood known to have been utilized for the jointed sections of poles during 1861-65 Federal signal service would have been hickory and, as a substitute when hickory was unavailable, the second choice was ash?

Hope This Helps,
Walt
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