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Publication numberUS1001395 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 22, 1911
Filing dateMay 29, 1911
Priority dateMay 29, 1911
Publication numberUS 1001395 A, US 1001395A, US-A-1001395, US1001395 A, US1001395A
InventorsWilliam J Herbst
Original AssigneeWilliam J Herbst
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Patented Aug. 22, 1911.

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Patented Aug. 22, 1911.

' WITNESSES 91/30 the orchestra players.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug; 22, 1911.

Application filed May 29, 1911. Serial No. 630,051.

T 0 all whom it may concern: I

Be it known that I, VVILLiAn J. Hnnns'r, citizen of the United States, residing at New Orleans, in the parish oi. Orleans and State of Louisiana, have invented new and useful Improvements in Figure Toys, of which the following is a specification.

-My,present invention relates to figure toys; and it has for its general object to provide a toy constituting -a miniature theater and comprising figures and means for actuating the figures, whereby one of the figures is made to simulate dancer in action on the stage andthe others the members of a playing orchestra.

Other objects and advantageous features of the invention will be fully understood from the following description and claims when the same are read in connection with the drawings, accompanying and forming part of this specification, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective of my novel toy as the same appears from the point of view of a person in the audience. Fig. 2 is a detail elevation illustrating a part of the toy as viewed from the back thereof. Fig. 3 is a detail view illustrative of the construction of the dancing figure and the means for imparting motion thereto. Fig. 4 is a. detail View illustrating the manner in which the longitudinally-movable bars shown com plete in Fig. 2 are connected with the movable members of the figures that simulate Fig. 5 is a detail horizontal section illustrating the spring motor in plan and also illustrating the manner in which. said spring motor is connected with the before-mentioned longitudinallymovable bars; said section being taken in the line 5-5 of Fig. 2. Fig. 6 a detail view illustrative of the manner in which the tappet comprised in the spring motor is arranged relative to the vibratory bar on which is mounted the platform for imparting motion to the dancing figurei Fig. 7 is a detail view of a part of the motor, hereinafter specifically referred to. Fig. 8 is a detail of the spring motor.

Similar letters of reference designate corresponding parts in all of the views of the drawings.

By comparison of the figures, it will be understood that A isa stage in which is a vertically disposed opening a. The said stage may be provided with'suitable scenery (not shown), and with representations of downward from the stage A, I prefer to place a picture showing orchestra chairs, occupied or unoccupied, and the members of an orchestra; all but one of the latter figures respectively comprising a swingin arm O, pivoted at c and having on the sald arm a pin (Z that extends rearward through a slot 0 in the wall for a purpose hereinafter-set forth. It will also be noted that the picture of one member of the orchestra comprises instead of a swinging arm, a slide piece G which slide piece is made to simulate a tron1- bone slide and is provided with a rearwardly extending pin 7, disposed in a slot 9 in wall 7 B. The pins 65 on the upper of the swinging arms C are connected to the upper longitudinally-movable bar D, while the pins of the lower arms C, as well as the pin f of the slide piece C are connected to the lower longitudinally-movable bar E. "A vertically swinging lever F, Fig. 2, is fulcrumed at h on the back of the wall B, and

the upper arm of said lever is connected to the .upper bar D, while the lower arm thereof is connected to the lower bar E. Hence when the lever is rocked by means hereinafter described, the bars D and E will be reciprocated and the arms C will be swung to and fro andatthe same time the slide piece C will .be reciprocated, with the result that the pictures representing an orchestra will appear in action; the conductor wielding his baton, the violinists their hows, the drummers their sticks, and the trombone player the slide of his instrument. Y

The dancing figure comprises a body G on which is a head, arms and skirt, and to the lower portion of the said body G- are loosely hinged the upper sections H of legs which also comprise lower sections I loosely hinged to the said sections II. The body G of the dancing figure is suspended through a cable J from the top of the stage in such manner as to enable the feet of the figure to rest lightly on a platform K disposed in the before-mentioned opening a in the stage stage A is a vibratory bar L, preferably of metal, which bar is connected at its free end to the underside of the plat-form K. It will also be noted by reference to the drawp A. Connected at k to the underside of the it will be understood that when the bar I is vibrated or rapidly actuated up and down, the platform K will be moved with the bar L and will cause the dancing figure to dance,

1 .jump, and turn around after t e manner of a ballet performer. v

P, Figs. 5 and 6, is a crank connected through a rod Q to the lower -,endof the lever F, and R is a swinging tappet. pivoted at m on a'suitable support and backed. by a spring a, and having a head p arranged to act against the-pad N on the vibratory bar'L with a view to vibratingor rapidly moving said bar up and down. Any suitable means may be employed for rapidly rotating the crank P and moving the tappet R against the action of the spring a without involving departure from the scope of my invention as claimed. I prefer, however, to employ for the purpose of rotating the crank P and actuating tappet 'R, the spring motor illustrated. The said spring motor in addition to a suitable frame S,

' spring S, the shaft- X will be rapidly comprises a shaft '1 bearing a ratchet disk 1', a spring T connected at one end to the frame S, and woundabout the shaft- T and connected at its opposite "end thereto, a

spur gear U loosely mounted on the shaft T and having a pawl u in engagement with the ratchet disk '1', a second shaft V-bearing a pinion 'u intermeshed with the spur gear U and also bearing a spur gear W, and a third shaft X hav ng a pinion and also having a spur gear 1' for a purpose hereinafter set forth. The said shaft carries the crank l and also carries oppositelydirected arms Z for striking the tappet ltand moving the same against the action of the spring a. liy reason of the construction described it will be manifest that when the shaft T is rotated by the expansion of the 1'0- tated to rotate the crank l and actuate the tappet R in the manner and for the pur-- poses before described.

The spur gear Y on the third shaft X of the spring motor is intermeshed with a pinion a on a shaft a, and on the said shaft a is also lixed a disk a. This disk a is normally engaged and held against rotation by a spring strip a fixedly connected tooneside plateof the motor frame S. A screw q, bears in the said frame plate and is adapted at its inner end to engage the said spring strip a. I Fromthis it follows that when the spring '1 is contracted or swinging tappet It will be actuated by the expanding of the spring T While when the screw (1 is moved outward to permit the spring strip a to bear strongly against the disk a, the motor will be stopped as will also the movement of the crank P and the tappet R. It will also be understood that through the medium of the screw a and the spring strip a the operation of the motor can be regulated, it being simply necessary when it is desired to operate the crank 1 and tappet it slowly, to move the screw (0 outward so as to permit the spring strip a to bear-against the disk 04* to a. greater or less extent after the manner of a brake shoe. ,7

it will be gathered from the foregoing that my novel toy is reliable in operation, and is calculated to aiford considerable amusement to children. I 1

While 1 have entered into a detailed descriplion of the construction and relative arrangement of the parts comprised in the' changes or modifications may be made as do not involve departure from the scope of my invention as defined in the claims appended.

llaving described my invention, what .I claim and desire to secure by Letters-Patent, is: v

.l. in a figure toy, the combination of a stage having a vertically-disposed opening, a support disposed above the stage, a jointed figure loosely suspended from said support, a vertically-movable platfornrdisposed in said opening of the stage and adapted to actuate the jointed figure, a

vibratory bar fixed at one end to the underside of the stage and carrying on its free portion the platfornna s\\'ingiug tappet sup ported below and adapted to strike against the underside of the bar to vibrate the same, a wall depending from the front of the stage and having slots; said wall hearing on its face simulations of orchestra players, movable pieces forming parts-of the simulations and having pins extendin rearward through the slots in the wal longitudinally-movable bars disposed back of the wall \and connected to said pins, a lever fulerumed at an intermediate pointof its length and having its arms connected ,to said bars, and means for actuating said ta-ppet and lever.

2.111 a figure toy,- the combination of a wall havilig slots and bearing on its face simulations of fight-vs, movable pieces forming parts of the simulations and having pins extending rearward through the slots In testimony whereof I have hereuntn 1n 'the wall, longitudinally-movable bars set my hand in presence of two subscribing disposed back of the well and connected to witnesses.

said pins, a lever fulcrumed at an inter WILLIAM J. HERBST.

- mediate point of its length and having its Witnesses:

arms connected to said bars, and means for EARL A. DAmuNs, actuatmg said lever. ANATOLE Pmcon.

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U.S. Classification446/83, 446/360, 446/318
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/52