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Publication numberUS1441404 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 9, 1923
Filing dateApr 10, 1922
Priority dateApr 10, 1922
Publication numberUS 1441404 A, US 1441404A, US-A-1441404, US1441404 A, US1441404A
InventorsFrancis Czerny
Original AssigneeAlfred Albert Mcrae, Alfred Mcrae, M C Mckenney
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Amusement device
US 1441404 A
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Jan. 9, 1923.


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Patented Jan. 9, 1923,




Application filedApril 10, 1922. Serial No. 551,228.

' To all whomit may concern 10 I tionis adaptablefor beaches and like places f Be it known that I, F ANcIs Cznnnr, a citizen of the Republic of Bohemia, residing at Oceanpark, in the county of Los' Angeles and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvementsin Amusement Devices, ofwhich the follow ing is a specification.

This 1nvent10n relates to amusement devices, and in particular the present invenwhere some animal, such as a monkey, may be strapped withln acar'built to simulate I an automobile and a suitable trip arr-ange mentprovided whereby when the trip is actuated the oarisvcaused to move down an incline and loop. The device f course proves most amusing to'spectators.

' The-invention has for an object the provision oflan amusement device which is relatively, simple and inexpensive in constructlon.

' I jects in view, the invention consists in the novelanduseful' provision, formation, con-f struction, combination, association and inter-relationof parts, members and features,' 'as illustrated in some of tsembodiments in the accompany ng drawings, described in thefollowing statement, andfinally pointed :out inclaims.

I In the draw1ngs:-

I I incline showinga chain member for mov Figure 1 is a side elevation of the amuse ment device; v I t Figure 2 is a topplan view of the amuse ment device;

Figure 3 is a fragmentary front eleva-. tion of the device;

' v Figure 4 is a fragmentaryview of one of the-carsorvehicles;

-Fi gure 5 is a fragmentaryv detail of the ing the carto the top of said incline;

Fig ure fi is a fragmentary detail of the member carried by the car forengaging theichain member adapted to move the car uptheincline; and V the performanceaof a looping operation;

3 Corresponding parts in'. all, the figures I of a platform 4. A number of 17 provided with a screen portion 18, the vspace included between the are designated by the same reference char 'acter.

With particular reference to the draw-- ings, A designates in its entirety the amusement device, of which a is a track member, the said track member including an incline portion 1' leading to a loop portion 2, and a return incline portion 3 leading to the top I vehiclesb may ride upon this track.

The purpose of the invention, as stated,

is to cause a vehicle I) to rapidly descend the incline 1' and loop on-the portion 2, and thereafter ascend the incline 3 to the, top of the platform 4. The vehicles '2) may simulate an automobile and some animal such as a monkey may be strapped-within said vehicle. A track 5 isplaced infront of the loop portionQ. It is intended that spectators and others should stand in front of the wall 0, as at the portion 6, and some v i I missiles such as balls or other objects are With the above mentioned and other obhandled'by the spectators for the purpose .of throwingthe same at targets 41 (see Figs.

3 and 7)L "Vh61'l these targets are hit by the missile they: are caused to assume the position indicated by the dotted lines in Figure '2 at 7, inasmuch as the target which may. comprise a tag shaped member hingedly connected as at 8 to a support or post 9, to actuate a trip mechanism e, the

said member (Z and the trip mechanism beingf connected as by means of cords or chains 10 and 10; The trip comprises a rod 11 carrying a collar 1E2, said rod proj ecting beneath or through a floor 13 on top of the platform 4:, with an end as 14 engaged by the cord 10?. A spring 15 is concentrlc upon the rod 11 and acts to hold the rod in an :uprightposition until such tlme as the spring is depressed by the rod moving downwardly, being actuated by a pull exerted upon the cords 10 and 10 by the tar get dassuming the position shown by the dotted lines in Figure 7. It will, be noted that the track a includes two spaced rail "members 16 and 17 as is usual, and that the trip 6 is intermediate the railmembers. fl he platform 4: may have'its front face portlon or foraminous toraminous'portion, the side walls and the back wall T)I'OV1Cl1I1g a cage for the harboring of small animals suchas monkeys, which will or course attract attention. Immediately below this foraminous portion 18 there is provided screen of fabric niaterial 19, such as canvas, and this screen is provided with a plurality of openings 20 which lead directly to the target members at. Obviously, it some missile were thrown toward the openings 20 the same might miss the said openings and would then bound against the screen 19. For this 'reas'o'nthe screen is held in position at its lower edge by means of springs 21 in order to aid in absorbing the force of the impact of the missile thereon. It is to be noted that a plurality of cordsor chains 10 are provide d one for each of the targets at and that said cords connect with a single intermediate cord or chainlO which connects with the rod 11. I

To properly support the track a with its looped portion 2, an inclined floor 22 is pro-.

vided withouprights 235tor sustainingthe weight of the rails. Diagonal bracing members24: may be provided as between the uprights. The looped portion is conventional and mayconsist of a square outer frame work 25 with supporting members 26 joined with the curved rail 2 forming the loop, From the end of the loop, as 27, the rail. portion 28 is slightly raised and carried upon a front platrorm29, to where it joins the track portion 5 and then connects with the incline 3. In order to return the cars 6 after they have made the descent and loop, suitable elevating means f is provided, said means including a chain member 30 intermediate the rails 16 and 17 of the portion 3, with a sprocket 31 at the top or the incline and a second sprocket 82 at, the bottom of the incline, there being a motor 33 in driving relation through the medium of a belt 34; with the shaft upon which the sprocket 32 ismounted. One of the car members 6 is illustrated in Figure 4;, and it is to be noted thatthe car member is provided with flanged wheels 35 adapted to ride on topoi' the rails 16 and 17. The rails 16 and 17 include two portions, namely,

a portion 36 and a second portion 37 extending beyond the portions 36-. y The car member, and particularly the chassis, frame is provided with angled members 38, each of which carries a wheel 39 adapted to bear upon the under surface of the members 37 I w ,7 iere they extend beyond the members It wlll thus be 'seen that danger of the car leaving the rails is --practically eliminated,

and it for some unknown reason the car should fail to make the loop,anly animal carried in the car would not be killed by the car dropping or leaving-the rails. Each car is provided near the rear end thereof with a pivoted arm 9 provided with a nose The car body is provided with a stop 42 so tliat'the'arm g is limited as to its movement in one dlrection, and hence the car 6 will be carried up the incline 11111311 1t reaches the top of the platform 4, whereupon the car may move, due to the fact that the track portion, 13, on top of the platform 1 is slightly inclined downwardly towardthe incline 1. The car will then move forward tuntiliit engages the trip 0. When the trip is actuated, as before described, the car will. then repeat its cycle of operations; Obviously any number of cars maybe provided, and after one carhas been released by the trip 6 the next car following will be engaged by the trip and held in positionnntil said trip is released, and so on.

It is obvious that an amusementdevice ofthischaracter is novel in its arrangement of the various parts and features, and would afford much amusement tolbothyoung and old.

Itis obvious that many changes, variations and modifications may be made, in departure from the general description and showing of the accompanying drawings in adapting the invention to varying conditions and requirements of use and service, without departing from the true spirit of the invention; y v

Having thus disclosed my" invention, I claimand desire-to secure by Letters Patent:

1. An amusement device, including a track having two inclined portions and interconnecting portions, one of [said inclined portions having a loop therein; a platform for supporting said inclined portions, a vehicle adapted to ride on sai'dtrack-way, and means for holding said vehicle in position for descent on the inclined track-way having the loop portion; said means including a trip; there being a target member, and

means connecting said target and trip, whereby when the target is moved the trip releases the vehicle. r a

2; An amusement device, includinga track having two incline'dportionsand interconnecting portions, one of said inclined portions having a loop therein; a platform wardly projecting portions er the track-way ing thetrack.

3. An amusement device, including a track having two inclined portions, a -vehicle adapted to ride on said track, means for holding said vehicle in position for descent on one of said inclined portions of said 7 track; said means including a trip; there being a target member and means connecting said target member and said tr1p, Wherewhen the targetis moved the trip releases the vehicle. I I I In testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification in the presence 01'.

two subscribing Witnesses.

I -FRANC IS CZER-NY;: Witnesses i v i J. SHUTT,

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US4165695 *Jan 24, 1978Aug 28, 1979Firma Anton Schwarzkopf Stahl- Und FahrzeugbauAmusement ride with vertical track loop
US4357778 *Aug 21, 1981Nov 9, 1982Toybox CorporationToy vehicle and trackway
US5480148 *Nov 15, 1994Jan 2, 1996Bartosik; DennisWater driven roller coaster game
US5573243 *Aug 31, 1995Nov 12, 1996Bartosik; DennisWater driven rotating figurine amusement games
US6734833Oct 31, 2000May 11, 2004Dennis M. BartosikDynamic illuminated display
U.S. Classification104/55
International ClassificationA63G7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63G7/00
European ClassificationA63G7/00