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H. B. MINNICK.
T OY MOLD.
APPLICATION FILED FEB. 17.19l9.
1 ,3 1 7, 09 3 Patented Sept. 23, 1919.
UNITED sTATEs PATENT oEEToE.`
HOWARD B. MIN'NICK, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, I-IowAnD B. MINNICK, a citizen of the United States, residinat Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Toy Molds, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to that class of toys which are designed, not only to entertain .the children by amusing them, but which will also be of value in instructing the children in the fundamentals of building.
My invention has for its object to provide a toy in which an innumerable number of various sizes and configurations of building material can be reproduced with the `same device by varying the position of the similar parts throughout the entire description.
As shown in the drawings, the device comprises a mold or pallet board 1, which is adapted to receive two sectional mold members 2 and 3 in the position shown in Fig. 1. The adjacent or mating edges of the members 2 and 3, have cut or formed thereon, a plurality of various shapes for making tile corresponding to the usual conigurations of tile, while the opposite edges 7 and 8 are provided with recesses which will form minature bricks, it being apparent that the members 2 and 3 can be reversed in position so that the edges 7 and 8 will be the mating edges.
The pallet or mold board 1, 1s provided with an upwardly extended shoulder 9 at one side, which serves as an abutment for the mold members 2 and 3, which are held securely in position by a latch 10 which is eceentrieally mounted upon a pin 11, which' is rotatably mounted in the pallet or mold board 1, it being apparent that when the latch is 1n the position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 1, that the mold members 2 and 3 can be moved freely, while a slight turn of Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 23, 1919.
Application filed February 17, 1919. Serial No. 277,564.
the latch in the position shown in full lines in Fig. 1, holds them securely in position so as to insure a perfect brick being molded.
By loosening the mold members 2 and 3 and reversing their edges, it will be apparent, as shown in the dotted lines in Fig. 1, that one can produce a plurality of miniature bricks. It is also apparent, as shown in dotted lines that the mold members move longitudinally of each other and thus permit, not only of the molding of half bricks, but also of quarter bricks. They can also be reversed so as to form various shapes and styles of pilasters.
I provide a thirdmoldmember 12 as` shown in Fig. 2, in which the recesses are larger than the half sections of the bricks, so that pieces of larger size can be manufactured. It will also be observed that the upper portion of these can be varied. They can be, as desired, either a semi-circular, square, polygonal, or half diamond shaped, just as the young artist desires, which is most suitable for the building under construction.
A recess which forms a parallelogram so as to provide columns to be used in various parts of the building and a member 13 which is added, is loosely mounted in the said recess 14, permits the formation of mitered ends of the blocks formed in the recess 14.
The operation of the device, as is apparent from the hereinafter contained description, is as follows:
The child places the mold members 2 and 3 in juxtaposition with the mating edges, forming a plurality of various shaped objects. Care should be taken that one of the projecting parts is adjacent the latch 10 so that, as illustrated, it can be tightly held in position. The forms are then filled with plastic material, preferably cement, which is permitted to harden. Vhen the latch is moved the mold members are lifted from the mold or pallet board l, and by separating them, the molded tile or brick, as the case may be, drops freely from the forms.
It will be apparent from the foregoing description, it is possible for a child to construct practically all of the various shapes required in building a quite pretentious structure; at the same time it will also be apparent that it, to a degree, teaches him the elementary principles of geometry, as he quickly learns how to formA a variety of shapes and angles to produce the required shape from the material. f
Although I have described and illustrated the device as adapted to a single pair of Inold members, it will be apparent that theA mold or pallet board can be made suiiiciently lange so asy to receive three or more mold members, thus permitting the child to form a large number of bricks or tile 'at one time.
Having described my invention, what I regard as new and desire to secure by Leta ters Patent, is:
v1. A4 mold for plastic material comprising a plurality of forming devices of a thickness o16-'Which it is' desired to mold the material, there being a plurality ofrectangular Y ness of which it is desired `to mold the mateialg there being a pluralityl of rectangular rality of variegated recesses in the opposite edges whereby the shapes of the molded are ticle may be multiplied Without requiring additional devices, a mold board having an vrecesses in one edge of the devicean'd a pluabutment thereon against which said `orm- Y ing devices abut, and a latch to hold said devices tightly in contact vvith'eaeh other. y
3; A mold for plastic material comprising a plurality of forming devices vOf the thickness of Which it is desired to mold the material, there being a plurality of'various,
'shaped recesses in the mating edges offthe mold membersfa mold board having an abutment thereon againstvvhich said formf Ving devices abut, and an reccentric latch mounted upon a pin'or pivot mounted in the a mold board ywhich is adaptedto holdsaidl forming devices tightly'in engagement With ,each other and theabutment for thep'urposeset forth ysubstantially asi-described. Y
In testimonyvvhereof I have signed the foregoing specification; 1
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