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Publication numberUS1237940 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 21, 1917
Filing dateJan 30, 1917
Priority dateJan 30, 1917
Publication numberUS 1237940 A, US 1237940A, US-A-1237940, US1237940 A, US1237940A
InventorsEdith E Morrison
Original AssigneeEdith E Morrison
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1237940 A
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Patented Aug. 2l, 191?.






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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug. 21, 1917.

Application' med January so, 1917. seriai No. 145,375.

hattan, in thefcounty of New York and' State of New York, have made and invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to an article or toyA which is preferably constructed to possess the appearance and characteristics of a book, and is arranged to display a series of pictures which are carried upon a picture strip, the cover of the toy being provided with an opening or transparent portion through which the pictures may be viewed. In order to add to the pleasing and attractive appearance of the article, the vcover is artistically decorated so as to represent the interior of amotion picture theater, that portion of the stage ordinarily occupied by the picture screen being replaced by the opening or transparent portion of the cover, through which the pictures are displayed; or other forms of decoration for the cover may be used, representing, for instance a movingv train, with the pictures displayed throughl the window.

Other objects of my invention are to provide a toy in the Iform of a picture book, capable of displaying picture rolls, the rolls Ibeing removable, so that various and diverse views and pictures may be displayed, thus rendering the article instructive and entertaining.

A further object is to provide an article possessing the above-mentioned characteristics, which is simple in construction, capable of economical manufacture, and may be enjoyed by the adult as Well as children of all ages.

Other objects and advantages will appear as the description proceeds, wherein it is to be understood that changes in the precise lembodiment of the invention may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit thereof.

f'lhe preferred embodiment of my invention is disclosed in the accompanying drawin s, wherein:

*igurel is a view 'in front elevation of my novel picture book, the cover being open,

disclosing the internal arrangement of the` picture rolls, winding key, and the manner in which additional picture` rolls are housed within the body of the book;

Fig. 2 is a view in vertical section taken o n the lne 2-2-of Fig. l;

Fig. 3 is a view in vertical elevation, taken on the line 3-3 of F ig. l;

Fig. 4 is a view in perspective showing the general external appearance of the article or toy;

Figs. 5 and 6 are detail views in section,

, of a-mechanism for rewinding the picture strip upon the original spool, after it has been completely displayed.

Referring specifically to the several views, my novel picture book is formed with the body 10, to the rear surface of which is secured, or formed as a part thereof, the back 11; a cover 12 being mounted upon the front surface and hingedly secured to the book body and to the back, by a binding 13. In order that the article will more completely simulate the appearance of a book, the edges l5 areroughened and lined, and the front edge curved, similar to the pages o'f a book, the article in its entirety possessing the general appearance of a book of the ordinary character. f

The body yl0 is provided adjacent its upper extremity with the picture roll receiving cavity 16, the side walls of which are provided with recesses 17, in which are rotatably received the trunnion ends of the spool 18 which forms a part of the picture roll. A. second picture roll receiving cavity 19 is provided in the body 10 of the article, ad jacent the lower extremity thereof, and is provided with the Winding key 20. The winding key extends to the front edge of the book and may be readily grasped and turned. Opposite from the winding key, is provided a recess 21, which, in connection with the winding key, is adapted to rotatably and removably receive an empty spool therein, upon which the picture strip 22 is Wound as it is displayed.. The cover 12 of the book is providedwith the opening 23, which is'so positioned that the picture strip in passing from the upper picture roll to the lower empty spool, passes directly beneath the cover opening, so that each picture is brought into full view and displayed. The opening within the cover through which the pictures are viewed, may be supplemented by a transparent member, should it be so desired.

.l ing key 20.

In order that additional picture rolls may be provided and housed within the picture book, the body thereof is provided with a magazine 24, having suitable recesses 26 cut into the side walls and in which the ends of the additional picture rolls 25 are placed and held. h The magazine 24, which is preferably located between the picture roll receiving cavities, is provided with a hinged lid 27, which, when in a closed position, also acts as a rest for the'picture strip which is being displayed. Al-pair of rollers 28 are provided adjacent the side edges of the rollreceiving cavities, and guide and facilitate .the passage of the picture strip beneath the picture display portion of the cover.

With the article as thus constructed, a series of pictures may be displayed, by first opening the cover and placing a picture roll in the upper cavity 16. The end of the picture strip is then passed across the rollers 28, and attached to the empty winding spool in the lower cavity 19. The cover of the article is then closed, and the pictures brought into view and displayed .by actuating the wind- After the picture strip has been completely displayed, the picture roll which then occupies the lower cavity 19, and the empty spool which remains in the upper cavity 16, may be transposed and the picture strip again displayed or a new picture roll may be substituted.

In some instances, it is desirable to provide a mechanism for rewinding the display picture strip back upon the original spool, so that the succession of events represented by the various views upon the picture strip `will be preserved in their proper order.

With this in view, I have provided a rewinding mechanism in the upper cavity 16. This rewinding mechanism is formed with an arbor 29, to which is secured a torsional sprinvr 30. The one end of the arbor protrudes into the rollreceiving cavity, and is provided with an extension 31 adapted to fit within the slot which is provided in the end of each picture roll. The remote end of the arbor is formed with a ratchet 32,.engage able with a pawl 33. A thumb lever 34 is connected to the pawl and is so positioned that it may be actuated without opening the cover of the picture book. As the picture strip is drawn from the upper roll, the torsional spring 30 is wound up. After the picture strip has been completely displayed and wound upon the lower spool, the thumb lever 34 is actuated and the pa-wl released. The torsional spring then forcibly rotates the upper spool, causing the picture strip to rewind thereon, so that the picture roll may be again displayed or a new picture roll substituted.

What I claim isz- 1. An article of the class described com-I cover provided with a transparent portion through which pictures may be viewed, said body portion provided adjacent its ends with roll-receiving cavities, means for mounting rolls therein and for causlng the forced winding and unwinding thereof, said body portion provided intermediate the roll-receiving cavities with a magazine for the reception and storage of rolls, a second hinged lid situated below the transparent portion ofsaid cover and forming a closure for the said roll-receiving magazine. j

Signed at 455 Amsterdam Ave. borough of Manhattan in the county of New York and State of New York this 26th day of January A. D. 1917. I





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U.S. Classification40/518, 446/147
Cooperative ClassificationG09F11/29