US 1232407 A
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Application filed September 29, 1916.
T 0 all whom it may concern Be it known that I, LEONIIARD THOME, a citizen of the United States, residing at Butte, in the county of Silverbow and State of Montana, have invented new and useful Improvements in Amusement Devices, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to amusement devices.
The object of the present invention is to provide a device of this character by which personsseated in cages or gondolas pivotally supported are given the effect and sensation of being carried through the air in an air ship or aeroplane.
A further object is to provide a device of this character by which persons may view scenes of different countries and localities, which have previously been taken from a moving air ship, the structure of the pres ent device giving a very realistic eifect.
With the above objects in view the inven tion consists of a suitable supporting structure in which are pivotally mounted a plurality of cages or gondolas, representing the gondola of an air ship. The invention further consists of suitable means for rocking the gondolas upon their pivots, cameras for projecting films upon screens arranged to be viewed by the occupants of the gondolas.
In the drawings;
Figure 1 is a side elevation of the amusement device constructed in accordance with my invention;
Fig. 2 is an end elevation of the same;
Fig. 3 is a plan view showing the supporting arrangement of the gondolas and the relation of the screens thereto;
Fig. 4 is a diagrammatic view showing the arrangement of the projecting cameras with respect to the screens;
Figs. 5 and 6 are diagrams illustrating the manner in which the gondolas are rocked to obtain the efiect of rising or descending in an air ship.
Referring to the drawings in which like characters of reference denote corresponding parts, the numeral 1 designates a suitable supporting structure adapted to house a plurality of gondolas or cages 2. The supporting structure 1 is divided into sections or compartments by means of a vertical column 3 and a horizontal member 4. One of the gondolas 2 is pivotally mounted within each of these compartments, said mountings consisting of a suitable bearing 5, whose pivot Specification of Letters Patent.
'ner the effect of a trip in an aeroplane.
Patented July 3, 1917.
Serial No. 122,906.
6 is adapted to support the These gondolas are preferably illustrated but it is of course apparent'that any number may be used. Bars 7 are pivotally connected to the gondolas so that each of the gondolas located upon either side of the column 3 will rock at the same angle. Bars 8 pivoted to the topmost gondola 2 have their opposite ends connected to a beam 9 pivoted at 10 in a bearing 11 located upon the top of the supporting structure. Pivot 10 has mounted thereon a worm gear 12 driven by a worm 13, whose power is derived from a suitable motor 1-1. Also mounted upon the supporting structure 1 is a housing 15 adapted to contain suitable projecting cameras hereinafter referred to.
It is apparent from the foregoing that power from the motor will rock the gondolas 2 upon their pivots at an angle in accordance with the direction in which the motor is driven. Any well known reversing means may be employed to cause the motor to change the angle of the gondolas.
Each of the gondolas may accommodate a number of occupants, suitable seats 16 being provided for that purpose.
Any desired means, such as an elevator or stairway may be employed. for the purpose of providing means by which the proposed occupants may reach the various gondolas. In the present instance there is illustrated a stairway 17, one of such stairways being provided at each end of the structure.
Suitable projecting cameras 18 are employed for the purpose of projecting the film upon a plurality of screens 19, said screens being arranged at a suitable position to be viewed by the occupants of the gondolas. These screens are preferably arranged at an angle as shown and one film is used through a plurality of cameras. In order to accomplish this the film when leaving one camera is passed over suitable pulleys 20 and threaded into the other camera as illustrated in Fig. 4:. This enables the occupants of all of the gondolas to View the same picture at the same time.
It will be seen that the above described invention provides in a very realistic man- The tilting position of the gondolas providing a sensation of ascending or descending of the air ship as before stated, while the noise and vibration of the engine located above adds to the realistic effect.
arranged as Having thus described my invention what I desire to claim and secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In an amusement device, pivotally mounted cages connected together ranged in tiers, a single operating means for rocking said cages upon their pivots, projecting cameras, and screens arranged in position to be viewed from said cages.
2. An amusement device comprising pivand arv otally mounted cages arranged in tiers, bars connecting said cages, a pivoted beam for operating said bars, means for rocking said beam upon its pivot, projecting cameras arranged above said cages and screens ar ranged in position to be viewed from the cages. I
In testimony whereof I ai'fix my signature.
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