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Publication numberUS1283095 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 29, 1918
Filing dateJul 9, 1917
Priority dateJul 9, 1917
Publication numberUS 1283095 A, US 1283095A, US-A-1283095, US1283095 A, US1283095A
InventorsFrancis A Cummiskey
Original AssigneeFrancis A Cummiskey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Specification of Letters Patent. 7

Patented (lot. 29, 1918.

Application filed July 9, 1917. Serial No. 179,390.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRANCIS A. CUMMIs- KEY, a citizen of the United States, residingin the city of St. Louis and State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the fol lowing is a specification.

My invention relates to toys, and more particularly to inflatable toys, such as toyballoons made from rubber adapted to be inflated with air, and has for its object to provide't-he interior of an inflated balloon, or equivalent object, with bells which object when collapsed will prevent the bells from ringing, and when vibrated, rolling 0r bouncing of the bells upon the inflated wall of the balloon, and the striking of them to gether will cause them to ring, thereby proriding a sounding toy balloon when inflated and vibrated, or tossed into the air.

Another object of my invention is to provide the inflatable object with bells of a greater diameter than the inner diameter of the neck of the inflatable object so there will be no possible chance of the bells falling out of the inflatable object either when in an inflated or deflated state.

A still further object of my invention is to provide the tubular neck of the inflatable object with a closure having an air inlet and an air outlet opening, the same adapted to be held in position by frictional contact with the neck owing to the elasticity of the neck.

Referring to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification wherein like characters of reference denote similar parts throughout the several views:

Figure 1, is a side elevation of an inflatable toy-balloon in a deflated state provided with a plurality of suitable bells.

Fig. 2, is a sectional view of the toy in an inflated state showing the sounding means and neck closure.

Fig. 3, is a side elevation of the toy in an inflated state.

Fig. 4, is a detail, partly in section, of the toy, showing the neck without a closure.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, the reference character 1 designates a suitable inflatable object, such for instance, as a toy balloon, or its-equivalent, having the contracted tubular neck 2, provided with the open outer end 3, and the open inner end 4;,

communicating with the interior of the object. The ou er end of the neck 2, i preferabl although not necessarily, provided with a suitable closure 5, having the alined air inlet and air outlet openings '6. This closure is preferably a little greater in diameter than the neck 2, of the inflatable object 1 thereby causing the neck to expand slightly at this point and frictionally engage the closure 5, for holding the closure in position, as is manifest.

I have clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2, of the drawings, suitable sounding means 7, such for instance, as spherical bells, or their equivalent, preferably, although not necessarily, having a shot 8, or its equivalent, retained and confined within each bell 7. The bells 7, are also preferably, although not necessarily, provided with a slotted opening 9.

The bells 7 it will be observed, are retained within the inflatable object 1, and

any number of them may be used as desired.

The bells 7, may be easily placed within the inflatable object 1, by inserting an enlarged tube, or its equivalent, into the neck 2, and then dropping the bells, one at a time, through the tube and into the inflatable object 1. As soon as the tube is removed, the neck 2, will immediately contract due to the elasticity thereof, thereby preventing the loss of the bells within the inflatable object through the neck 2.

The closure 5, is easily. placed into position Within the neck 2, after the bells or sounding means 7, have been placed within the inflatable object 1.

Referring to F 4, of the drawings, it will be observed that the closure is not employed, and whether the closure 5 is or is not employed, it will be readily seen that the bells, or their equivalent, 7, owing to their diameter being greater than the interior diameter of the neck 2, that they are positively retained within the inflatable object 1, regardless of whether the object 1, is in an inflated or a deflated state.

The use of the closure 5, is preferable where it is desired to make it more convenient, especially for small children, to inflate the object 1, and where it is desired to let the air within the inflatable object to gradually escape without having to pinch the walls of the neck 2, together, as is manifest. Where the closure 5, is employed, air is more easily blown or forced into the balloon or inflatable object 1, and it takes a considerably longer period of time for the air to escape from Within the inflatable object than Where no closure is positioned in the neck 2. of the inflatable-objectln While I have shown and described a par ticular kind or type of bells 7, and closure 5, I do not Wish to be understood to limit a the same to the particular structure shown and closure as may fairly fall Within the scope of the appended claim.

What I claim is:

A. toy balloon comprising an inflatable body having a tubular neck, a'spherical closure having alined air inlet and outlet openings frictionally held in position in said neck, and a plurality of slotted sounding elements confined Within the inflatable body adapted to produce a ringingsound Within the inflatable body when same is tossed about in an inflated state. a

In a testimony whereof, V I have hereunto signed my name to the specification.


Copies of this patent may beobtained for five cents eachabyhaddressing the Commissioner of Patents,- Washington, D. G.

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U.S. Classification446/220
Cooperative ClassificationA63H27/10