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Publication numberUS1320362 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1919
Filing dateJan 2, 1919
Publication numberUS 1320362 A, US 1320362A, US-A-1320362, US1320362 A, US1320362A
InventorsVan Kbiegsmelb
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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O. VAN KRIEGSFIELD.

TOY. APPLICATION HLED JAN. 2. i9l9.

1,320,362, Patented Oct. 28,1919.

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ATTORNEY 0. VAN KRIEGSFIELD.

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APPLICATION FILED JAN. 2. 1919.

1 20,362. Patented Oct. 28, 1919.

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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, OSGAR VAN Knrnss- FIELD, a citizen of the resent Government of Austria, and resident of Chicago, Cook county, and State-of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the following is declared to be a full, clear, and exact description.

This invention relates to toys and its principal object is'to provide a pleasing toy for affording amusement and instruction for children. Another object is to provide a toy of that type, employing balls, marble or other spherical bodies, which roll down an inclined track with automatic means for returning the ball or marble to the highwt point of the track, whereby its progress through the track may be continuous.

The invention consists in the several novel features hereinafter fully. set forth and claimed.

The invention is clearlyilhistrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure l is a plan of a toy embodying a simple form of the present. invention; Fig. 2, is a vertical, longitudinal section partly brokenout and taken on line 2-2 of F ig.11

Fig. 3, is a detail vertical section taken on line 3-.3 of Fig. 2 and 41, is a detail, horizontal section taken 'on line l t of Fig. 2.

Referring to said drawings, the reference character 5, designates supporting legs'of a framework, which may comprise wire or rods bent up as shown.- To said-legs is secured an inclined, spirally arranged troughlike track 6, the ends of which communicate with a vertical conduit, here shown in the form of a tube 7 The upper end 8, of the track is covered by a curved deflector 9,

which serves to guide certain balls, (shown,

' at 10) from the tube 7 to the track 6. At

the place where the lower end 11, of the track joins with the tube "7, an opening 12, is formed in said tube, whereby the balls 10, may enter the tube from the lower end of the track. In the operation of the toy, the balls 10, roll down the inclined track 6 from top to bottom, enter the tube 7 and are thrown up therethrough, by means, to be presently described, and are discharged back on the upper end of the track by the deflector 9.

Adjacent the tube 7 is a second vertical conduit or tube 13, through which other Specification of Letters Patent.

TOY.

Application filed January 2, 1919. Serial No. 269,342.

balls, marbles or spherical objects are dropped from a magazine ll, to a tilting platform 15, which they fall upon and throw the ball 10, back upon the track. The magazine is in the form of a trough and extends from the upper end ofthe tube 13, in an upwardly inclined direction. It is soldered or otherwise secured to the tube 18, and also supported by a member 16, of the frame. An end wall 17, closes the lower end of the magazine and arrests the balls 18, which, in the operation of the toy, roll down the magazineand are permitted to escape therefrom, one at a time by mechanism presently to be described. The balls 18 are considerably heavier than the balls 10, in order that the force exerted when falling upon the platform 15, will be sufficient to throw the lighter balls 10, back upon the top of the track.

The side of-the magazine 14:, adjacent the tube 13, is cutaway to leave a gap or opening to the tube13, whereby the balls may, (when permitted) roll from the magazine and into the tube 13. Said gap is normally closed by a gate 19, pivotally connected with the side wall of the magazine, at 20 and acting to prevent the balls from leaving the magazine and entering the tube.- The gate 19, is movable in a vertical direction and is connected to the 'end 21, of theplatform 15,

by a rod or link 22. The gate 19, is formed riors of the tubes 7, 18, in position to be struck by the balls falling therethrough. The lower ends of the tubes are cut away as at '25, 26, to leave openings for the entrance of the ends of the platform. The tubes 7, 18, and posts 24, are secured to supporting member 27, which is soldered or otherwise fastened to frame members 28, that extend from the legs 5. A receiving chute 29, is detachably connected to the member 27, and receives the balls 18, after they have fallen upon the platform 15. When filled the chute 29, may be detached from the member 27, and lifted up to the magazine where the balls 18, may be discharged into the magazine.

In use, the heavy balls 18, are placed in the magazine 14, care being taken to see that the gate 19, is closed. All of said balls gravitate toward the lower discharge end of the magazine and the lowermost one stands at the side of the gate 19, in readiness to enter the tube when the gate is raised. A light ball 10, is then placed upon the inclined track 6, and permitted to roll down the same finally entering the tube 7, through the opening 12, and falling upon the end 30, of the platform with sufficient force to lower said end of the platform and raise the other end 21, thereby lifting the rod or link 22, swinging up the gate 19, and releasing the lowermost ball 18, which rolls out through the gap in the side wall of the magazine and enters the upper end of the tube 13, through which it falls and strikes the end 21, of the platform with sufficient force to throw the light ball (which lies lodged upon the end 30 of the platform) up through the tube :7, through the deflector 9 and back upon the upper end of the track, down which is rolls and repeats the operation of releasing the heavy balls. The descent of the heavy ball is so rapid that it depresses the end 21, of the platform thereby closing the gate before the next adjacent ball has rolled out of the gap in the magazine wall. After Qie heavy ball strikes and depresses the end 21, of the platform it rolls into the chute 29, and when a number have collected in the chute, the latter is lifted to the magazine and the balls allowed to roll from it into the magazine. If desired more than one light ball 10, may be used, each acting to release a heavy ball each time it drops on the end 30, of the platform.

More or less variation of-the exact details of construction is possible without departing from the spirit of this invention; I desire, therefore, not to limit myself to the exact form of the construction shown and described, but intend, in the following claims, to point out, all of the invention disclosed herein.

I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. A toy, comprising an inclined troughlike track for receiving a light ball, a vertical tube communicating with the upper and lower ends of the track, an inclined magazine for heavier balls, a tube extending down from the lower end thereof and opening thereto, a gate controlling the passage from the magazine to the'tube, a tilting platform, having end portions extending into the lower ends of said tubes, and a link connecting said gate with said platform.

2. A toy comprising an inclined, spirally arranged trough-like track, for receiving a light ball, a vertical tube communicating with the upper and lower ends of said track, a deflector connecting the upper end of the tube with the track, an inclined magazine for heavier balls, a second vertical tube opening to the lower end of said magazine, a gate between said magazine and the second named tube for controlling the passage of the heavy balls tosaid second named tube, a tilting platform having end portions extending into the lower ends of the tubes, and a link connecting said gate with the platform.

3. A toy, comprising an inclined, spirally arranged trough-like track, a passageway between the upper and lower ends thereof, said track being adapted to receive a light ball, and automatic impact actuated means for throwing said ball from the lower end of the track to the upper end thereof.

4:. A toy, comprising an inclined spirally arranged trough-like track, a passageway between the upper and lower ends thereof, said track being adapted to receive a light ball, and means for throwing said light ball from the lower end of the track to the up per end, comprising a tilting platform, one end of which receives the light ball from the lower end of the track, and a heavier ball guided to fall upon the other end of the platform and thereby depress the same.

5. A toy, comprising an inclined, spirally arranged trough-like track, a passageway between the upper and lower ends thereof, said track being adapted to receive a light ball, and means for throwing said light ball, from the lower end of the track to its upper end, comprising a tilting platform having one end in said passageway below the lower end of the track, a tube into the lower end of which the other end of said platform enters, a magazine for heavier balls and a gate controlled by said platform for releasing the heavier balls from the magazine to the tube. 7

OSCAR VAN KRIEGSFIELD.

Eopies of this patent may be obtained for five cents'each, by addressing the Gommissioner of Patents. Washington, 1). 0-?

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US5865324 *Sep 25, 1997Feb 2, 1999Display Technologies, Inc.Roto-track display device
US5908343 *Sep 19, 1997Jun 1, 1999Rothbarth; James N.Kinetic toy
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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/171, D21/565
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/3622