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Publication numberUS1182055 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 9, 1916
Filing dateFeb 8, 1915
Priority dateFeb 8, 1915
Publication numberUS 1182055 A, US 1182055A, US-A-1182055, US1182055 A, US1182055A
InventorsGeorge L Thom
Original AssigneeGeorge L Thom
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1182055 A
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1 1 82,055 Patented May 9, 1916.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented May 9, 1916.

' Application filed February 8, 1815. Serial No. 6,848.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, GEORGE L. THOM, a citizen of the United States, residing at Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to toys, and more particularly to that type of jointed figures, in which the several parts thereof may be assembled in several different relationships to present different attitudes.

An object of this invention is to provide a toy comprising several detachable parts which may be assembled to present the figure in different attitudes.

A further object of this invention is the provision of an improved means for fastening the several parts together. y

A further object of this invention is the provision of jointed figures, which may be assembled in different positions, and which may be assembled with other figures of which the parts are similarly assembled.

Further objects will be apparent from the following specification, appended claims, and drawings, in which,

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a figure made in accordance with this invention, Fig.-

2 is a view of the several parts dissembled, showing the parts in plan, Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the parts which when assembled form an animal, Fig. 4. is aplan view of an attachment to form a pedestal, and Fig. 5 is a similar view of a unit afi'ording a support carried by one figure, to support another figure.

This invention provides for the formation of figures of a number of parts, which may be assembled in different relative positions, to present the figure in various positions, and, in carrying out the features, any

figure may be presented, such as a person, animal, or flower. The same principle is present in any adaptation, and that is, to have a number of sections, which have locking engagement with each other, and said locking engagement being had through one of several duplicate means in each of said sections.

Referring to the drawings, there is shown a body portion 10, on which a head 11 is detachably mounted, and likewise, arms 12 and legs 13 are attachedtosaid body. The head has a neck portion which is adapted to fit in one or another of the notches 14 formed in the one of the coacting slots to present the fig ure in any of a number of positions. Furthermore, by the formation of the slots as described, the several parts of the figure may be made of light material such as cardboard, and the slots may be of such proportions as to cause the parts to have a snug fit when assembled, so that they will re main in fixed position.

The leg sections may have the feet 20 formed thereon, of the desired proportions to maintain the figure in upright position when the parts are put together, and when the figure is to be balanced on one leg, a cross piece may be attached to the foot to provide sufficient foundation, and this piece is slid in the slot 21 of the leg sections, as

shown at 22, having the slot 23 to engage the opposite sides of the foot above the slot 21.

The same principle is carried out in presenting an animal, and as shown in Fig. 3, there is a body portion 25, adapted to receive a neck portion 26, and leg sections 27 and 28. The body portion 25 has a plurality of slots 29 formed to receive the fore legs 27, and the neck portion 26 has a plurality of slots 30, of which any one may co incide with any one of the slots 29 ceive the section 27. To compensate for the double thickness of the body and neck portions, the section 27 has an enlarged slot 31 formed in the upper end thereof. The body section 25 is further provided with the slots ,32 to receive the section 28, and the section 28 is slotted as at 33 to engage the opposite sides of the body portion when the two parts are assembled. The neck section may have the head made integrally therewith, and the ears 34 may be detachable in providing them with a slotted portion 35 to engage in one or the other of the slots 36 formed in the head.

When it is desired to fasten several figures together, such as to mount the man upon the animal, the body portion 10 may have a slot 24 formed therein, which engages in the slot 37 formed in the'body portion 25, or if the figure is to stand upon the animal, the slot 38 may support a section 39, which has a slot 40 formed in the lower edge for engagement -with the slot 38, or the slot 37 if desired, and the upper edge of this section has slots 41 formed therein to receive the slots 21 of the leg sections of the figure.

It is apparent that the slots formed in the complemental portions serve to hold the two parts in rigid relation with respect to each other, in having the slotted portion of one section straddle the body portion of the other member. Furthermore, it is clearly seen that the parts may be assembled to present any of a number of positions, with the figures in any poise.

Various modifications may be made in view of the foregoing without departing from the spirit of this invention, and the drawing is submitted for illustrative purposes only.

Having thus described this invention, I claim:

1. A toy of the class described, comprising a plurality of relatively thin sections comprising a complete figure, or a combination of figures, each section having a definite relation to the other sections, and each section having a plurality of diverging slots formed therein to engage in corresponding slots of the adjacent section.

2. A toy of the class described, comprising a plurality of flat sections which when assembled form a complete figure or combination of figures, each section having a definite relation with the other sections, each section having a plurality of diverging slots adjacent that portion of each section to receive another section, each slot of each section being engageable in another slot of the adjacent section, and each section having en gagement with the adjacent section by having the plane thereof perpendicular to the plane of the other section.

3; In a toy of the class described, a plurality of sections comprising a completefigure or combination of figures, each of said sections being of relatively fiat material, each section having a series of definite associations with the adjacent section or sections, each section having a plurality of diverging slots formed therein in proximity to the region of attachment of other sections, said sections being insertible in some of said slots formed in the other sections, the portions of material on each side of the slot engageable with the other section reinforcing the assembling of the section, and said sections being attachable in any of a number of combinations.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.


Witnesses HELEN LowENsrErN, HUGO MOCK.

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U.S. Classification446/100, D21/632, D21/480
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/16