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Publication numberUS1329959 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 3, 1920
Filing dateAug 13, 1919
Priority dateAug 13, 1919
Publication numberUS 1329959 A, US 1329959A, US-A-1329959, US1329959 A, US1329959A
InventorsFrank Criest
Original AssigneeFrank Criest
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Walking toy figure
US 1329959 A
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along a floor or other vtion filed July 'tions of parts explained in the being shown in FRANK CRIEST, or SHARPSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA.


' Specification of LettersPatent.

Patented Feb. 3, 1920.

Application filed August 13, 1919. Serial No. 317,201.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRANK Cnins'r, a citizen of the Unite il States,- residing at Sharpsville, in the county of Mercer and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in lValking Toy Figures, of w-hichthc following is a specification.

This invention has reference to toy figures having leg members adapted, when moved base, to assume the walking attitude, and my said invention more especially relates to the type of toy figures disclosed in my copendingapplica- 14,1919, Serial N0.- 310564;. A

In the type of toy figure described and shown in my copending application referred to, the structure thereof includes, in connection with a pair of legs, means cooperative with one leg for causing the other leg to kick.

My present form of kicking doll, in the nature of a modified form of the general structure shown in my other application stated, comprehends means cooperative with the body and both legs of the doll whereby either of the legs "can be caused to assume a kicking position.

Among other objects, my present invention has for its purpose to'provide, in a doll or other figure having a pair of legs in which the legs are relatively so designed and connected with the body part. that. the walking action-is easily attained when moving the toy'alonga base and the operation; of causing either of the legs to kick is effected by a slight downward pressure applied to the'body part. I

My present invention embodies, in a toy structure of the general character stated, certain features of construction and combinafollowing detailed description, as specifically set out in the appended claims and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which;

. Figure 1 is a perspective view'of a walking doll embodying my invention, the same being shown in a kick-up position.

' Fig. 2 is a front perspective view of a manikin form of doll constructed in accordance with my present inventiomthe parts the position for efl'ecting the kick-up movement of one of the legs.

Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic face 'view'of the 1 body structure shown in Fig. 2 and-illus up doll, the,

for exposing poitions of the .nomica-lly applying The connection trates a modified connection for causing the leg member'to assume the elevated or kickhereinafter' explained in detail.

up position 111886131011, taken Figure 4 is a detail view, on the line on Fig. 3.

i In the doll structure disclosed in my copending application referred to, the legs are individually hinged directly to the body part and the means cooperative with one of the legs for causing the other leg to rise .to a kicking motion is such that only one leg of the doll can be shifted to assume the high kicking position.

In my present construction of doll both legs are connected with the body and to each other in such. manner that as the doll is sustained with, the downward pressure applied 'on' one W leg, the relatively upward movement of the 'stationarily held leg with respect to the downwardly moving body is transmitted to the other leg to effect a down ward movement of the said other leg relatively to the downwardly moving body.

gain, in my present construction of doll, each leg has a hinge or hip joint connection and each leg also has an attachedconnection that joins therewith belowthe hinge pivot and with the body part, and which operates, as the leg is being forced in the downward direction, to swing the hinged member to the kick-up position.

In my present form of walking and kicksame comprises, generally, a body part 1, which in practice may be a block of wood suitably shaped to represent the body of a doll or other walking figure.

As best shown in Figs. '2 an'd3, each leg 2 is hinged to a block 30 on'the lower end ofa rod-like extension 3 and the said rods are guided in elongated bearing apertures 4, 4 inthelower part of the body 1, and in sockets 5, 5 in the upper part of the said body. 1

The front of the body 1 is cut out to produce aqtransverse' socket 6 that provides rods or legs exfor conveniently and ecoa cross connection 7 between the saidextensions 3, 3 whose purpose is to impart movement in reverse directions to the legs relatively to each other and to the body movement, as will be presently, more fully explained.

tensions 3, and

ture of a rocker thatis centrally pivoted, as

7 mentioned,is in the nasuitable base and 1 arrow :0 Fig. 2.) as

' tion of the legs,

at 70, to the body 1, between the opposing leg extensions 3, 3. The outer opposite ends of the rocker meber 7, which, as'shown, are adapted for swinging in the vertical direction, are projected through elongated slots Ell-31 in the extensions 8, 3, as shown.

In the arrangement of the parts so far described and as shown inthe drawing it companion leg and somewhat faster than the speed of movement of the body and although boththe body 1 and the said other leg are moving in the downward direction stated, theblock of the said other leg will move away' ifroin the lower edge of the said body.

In my present construction of walking doll it is the said apparent downward mowith respect to the body,'?; that is utiliz'ed foy assisting-in the kick-up or'swing'ing action of the legs.

or by The afore'saidresults are obtained either by a cross connection, as shown 111- Fig. 2, the modified form of connection shown in Fig. 3, the latter being the cheaper and'more easily applied way of ef- I erates to lift the leg to which it is attached and cause it to swing fecting the kick-up or leg swing. In Fig. 2, the cross connection comprises a pair of wires 8, 8, one end of each of which is connected to its respective leg at a point below the hinge joint and the said wires 8, 8 cross and extend upwardly over the body portion. The upper ends of the wires 8, 8 each slidably engage a guide 9 secured and movablewith the leg extensions 3, 3. I

The cross connection, the wires 8, 8, is such that so soon as downward motion is transmitted to one leg the wire connecting it with the upper end of the extension '3 of the other leg being now heldtaut and from slidable engagement with its guide 9, op-

to the kick-up position, the swiftness of the kick depending on how quickly down pressure is applied to the body 1. It is obvious that either of the legs can be readily selected for doing the While the wire connections 8, 8 are of a stable or serviceable character for the moreexpensive grade of walking dolls, for the cheaper grade of toy doll-the hinged legs may be connected directly to the lower end of the body by elastic cords 10, 10, one end of each of which is made fast to the body and the other end attached to the legs becross or rocker member7.

ings, it is thought the complete construc- "readily understood.

movement relatively to nections between the two legs and the body;

' ends loosely engage the leg extensions of the parted to it, the

low their hinged joints, as clearly shown in Fig. 3., 1 1

The cords operate to effect the kick-up of their respective legs in the same manner that the wire connections 8, Soperate, except that the cords do not cross over and are connected, each to the body 1, directly :over

the connection with their respective leg members. V H

Either of theconnections 8, .8 or 10, 10 constitute, as it wereya flexible" fulcrum, or pivot for the legs to which they are connected below their hinge pivots and by reav 7 son thereof, as the block 30 of the extensions of the leg that is to swing up moves downwardly the hinge leg portion is swung up, the connections 8 or 10 and their coeperating cords 10 or wire tcnding'to swing as the extension moved downwardly through action of the From the foregoing description taken in connection with the accompanying drawtion, the manner of its use and the advantages of -my present invention will be i What I claim is: 7 i 1'. A walking toy comprising a body, a pair of articulated legs carried by the body,

0th of thesaid legs having up and down whereby as-either leg is held stationary and downward pressure visapplied to the body the other leg has a kick-up movement imparted to it, the said connection including leg extensions and a rocking element pivot- V ally mounted on. thebody whose opposite pair oflegs- V 2 A walxing doll comprising a body, a pair of hinged legs telescopically connected with the body and means cooperative with the legs for causing either leg to kick up as the other leg ,isheld down and downward pressure is applied to the body.

3. A walking doll comprising a body, a

pair of articulated leg elements carriedby the body, both of said leg elements having telescopic movement relatively] to the body and connections between the twoleg elements and the body whereby "as either of the leg elements. is held stationary the other leg element will have a kickuip motion iina rocking' element pivotallymounted on'the body andliaving its opposite ends loosely engaging the said pair of leg elements.

" 4. A walking doll comprising a body, a

pairv of oppositely disposed members ;each

telescopically engagingthe body and pro- ]ecte'd at the lower end below the body, a leg hinged tothe lower end of each of the the' body and consaid connections including 8 constitute means the hinge leg member up 3 and the block 30 are telescopic members, and means connecting the legs and the body, for causing the leg attached to the member that moves downwardly to kick up as the body is slid down wardly on the other leg attached member.

5. A Walking toy of the character described, comprising a body, a pair of uprights each including an upper extension, a

leg portion hinged to the lower end of each of the said upper extensions, the said extensions forming supports upon which the under the downward pressure of the body as it slides down on the other upright or leg member.

6. A walking toy figure that comprises a pair of uprights each including a hinged leg member, a body mounted upon and having vertical movement on the uprights,

means cooperative with the body and the opposite pair of uprights adapted for projecting one of the said uprights downwardly with but in advance of the body as the leg is forced to move down along the other upright, and other means engaging the hinged leg members and the body whereby, as the upright is being downwardly advanced with the downwardly forced body, the legmember of the said advancing upright is caused to kick up.

FRANK omns'r.

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U.S. Classification446/333, 446/377
International ClassificationA63H7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H7/00
European ClassificationA63H7/00