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Publication numberUS1240807 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 25, 1917
Filing dateJul 8, 1916
Priority dateJul 8, 1916
Publication numberUS 1240807 A, US 1240807A, US-A-1240807, US1240807 A, US1240807A
InventorsHenry Westlake Angus, Abel Watters Chamberlin
Original AssigneeHenry Westlake Angus, Abel Watters Chamberlin
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy building construction.
US 1240807 A
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Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Sept. 25, 1M7.

Application filed July 8, 1916. Serial No. 108,251.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, HENRY W'EsTLAKn ANeUs and ABEL VVATTERS GHAMBERLIN, both subjects of the King of Great Britain, and residents of North Bay, in the Province of Ontario, Dominion of Canada, have in for shipping, to increase the erliciency and servlceability, to cheapen the cost of construction and generally to adapt the several parts to better perform the functions re quired of them. With the above and other objects in view the invention consists essentially of the improved construction particularly described and set forth in the follow ing specification and accompanying drawings forming part of the same.

In the drawings,

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a field gun embodying the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a perspective View of a chair embodying the present invention.

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the lateral walls of a box embodying the present in vention.

Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a wheel hub.

Fig. '5 is a perspective view of a building strip or block.

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a spindle or shaft.

Like characters of reference refer to like parts in the several figures.

Referring to the drawings, A. represents a wheel hub provided with an orifice 10 therethrough adapted to rotatably engage with the shaft or spindle B, the periphery of the hub being provided with a plurality of transversely extending slots 11, the object of which will be made clear hereafter.

C represents a building strip which may be made of suitable stock lengths provided at the ends with a plurality of longitudinally extending slots 12 subdividing the said ends into a plurality of fingers 13, while intermediate of the length of the said strips slots 1% are provided in the opposite lateral faces of the same.

In using the building strips C, the hub A and the spindle B in a construction requiring the use of wheels, the fingers 13 of one set of building strips G are engaged with the slots 12 in the hub and when the necessary number of strips have been thus arranged to form the spokes, the periphery of the wheel is completed by building strips of a similar construction to those used in forming the spokes but of a shorter length and arranged so that the fingers 13 will engage with the slots 12 in the outer end of the said spokes.

In an ordinary construction not requiring the use of wheels, the building strips C- are so arranged that the fingers 13 engage with the slots 12 or 14 of adjacent strips, and the construction is proceeded with until it assumes the desired formation. It will be understood that in using building strips of this description that a great deal of ingenuity may be shown by the user.

In Figs. 1, 2 and 3, this is particularly emphasized and illustrates a very wide range of adaptabilityof the building strips, hub and spindle.

It will be understood that although we have only illustrated three of the articles which may be assembled from these building strips C, hub A. and shaft B, quite a number of such articles, including airships, bridges, windmills, aeroplanes, beds, trucks and the like may be similarly constructed.

The several members enumerated are made of timber so that the cost of the building construction is extremely low, and should any of the strips become broken they may be readily replaced at a minimum of cost.

As many changescould be made in the above construction and many apparently widely different embodiments of my invention, within the scope of the claim, constructed without departing from the spirit or scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the accompanying specification and drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

"What we claim as our invention is:

A toy building construction comprising a plurality of strips each being formed of substantially rectangular shape provided with fingers and slots of adjacent strips-being-dea plurality of elongated parallel sided slet's andf a spindles adapted to engage with the in the ends subdividing the said ends intoa hub" plurality of fingers, and havingtransverse parallel slots in the lateral faces intermedi 5 ate of the length of the said strips, the said our hands in the signed to be frictionally engaged, a hub have-v a plurality of longitudinal grooves in a the periphery thereof designed to frictibn- 10 ally engage with the fingers 0f the strips,

Witnesses Copies otlthis patenflmay be:obtained for fivewcents each, by addressing:

Washington: D. 0 3" l Iii-Witness whereoffwehave hereunto set presence of two Witnesses.




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U.S. Classification446/108, 446/124
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/04