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Publication numberUS1445369 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 13, 1923
Filing dateJul 19, 1921
Priority dateJul 19, 1921
Publication numberUS 1445369 A, US 1445369A, US-A-1445369, US1445369 A, US1445369A
InventorsTerry Edwin A
Original AssigneeTerry Edwin A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Amusement device
US 1445369 A
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FILED JULY 19,1921.


Feb. 13, 1923 Feb. 13, 1923. 1,445,369. E. A. TERRY.



Fatented Feb. 13, 1923,

ears-a EDWIN A. TERRY, or CLINTON, rumors.

aimsmmnur DEVICE;

Application me'a July 19, 1921. Serial 1T0. 486,091.

new and useful Improvements in Amusement Devices, of which the following is a specification.

My presentinvention relates to improvements in annisenient devices involving a portable equipment which includes vehicles having specially constructed supe'rstructures or houses thereon divided into compartments, and comprising, in one instance a house adapted to be rocked and also fashi 'ine(1l*-\vitli i'novable 'tloo'r members. he primary object of the invention is the provision of a device or appliance of this character into which the public is to be admitted tor passage therethrough, and during such passage the visitor is subjected to unusual and unexpected experiences due to the rocking of the structure and to the movement of the floor members, thus providing a novel and attractiveamusement device as a source of fun and frolic.

To this end the invention involves the combination and arrangement of a plurality of passages and compartments with doors between, together with the movable structure and flooring and operating means there- :tor' as will be more specifically hereinafter pointed out and claimed.

In the accompanying drawings 1 have illustrated one complete example of the physical ei'nbodiment'of my invention where. in the parts are combined and arranged ac cording to the best mode I have thus far devised for the practical application of the principles ofmyinvention.

Figure is a view in side elevation of the amusement device forming the subject matter of my invention, the structure being fashioned in the form of a Noahsark.

Figure 2 is a floor plan of the whole structure illustrating the communicating compartments or passages, and indicating by dotted lines the mani' e'r 'of fol'ding some of the walls of the Noahs ark when transport in'g the same, or for packing.

Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view through the pair of vehicles or wagons and floors therefor, sho'v'vlng especially the piv- 'otal support of one of the structures and operating mechanism. 7

Figure 41 is a longitudinal view, in section of the floor portion of the osci'llatable or rocking structure, showing one of its pivots.

Figure 5 is "a plan view of the movable floor members, SllOWlDQJ also the operating mechanism therefor, actuated from an electric motor.

Figure 6 is an enlarged sectional detail view at line 6--6 of Figure 5.

Figure '7 is a sectional detail view longitudinally of the floor in Figure '5, on line 7-7.

FiguroS is a transverse sectional view oi? the fioor'in Figure 5 on line 88.

Tn the preferred form of the inveutiijm as illustrated in the drawings 1 utilize two ve hicles or wagons oi suitable size, say i wide by 19 or 20 long, spaced side by side with a space of 18 to 24 between them.

The wagon which appears as the front or the amusement device, in Figure 1 has a body 1 su ported by the wheels 2, 2, and

provided with a floor 3. Above the supporting irame are front and rear side walls 41 and 5 and end walls 6 and 7that form permanent members of the structure, which 18 formed asa' rectangle with a roof or top 8.

In order that this structure may be attractive'in appearance it is made to resemble a Noahs ark by the iitilizatio'n or a pair of toldable false walls 9 and 10 at one end and a similar pair 01 tolda-ble walls 11and 12 at the other end to simulate the bow and stern of the ark. These several false walls are hinged at 13 at the ends of the wagon structure or house with the joints oitset, in order that the four walls may be folded against the ends of the house structure and there secured when the apparatus is stored or being transported to a show place. At their jointed ends these angular walls are secured together as by bolts at 14 to hold them in extended position, suitable locking plates 15 on the adjoining walls being uti- 18 and 19, depending from the lower edges of these two members and hinged at 29 thereto. As indicated in dotted lines Figure 2 the wall 16 may be folded up against the wall 4c, the wall 18 against wall and wall 19 against wall 1.2, and then the end walls folded against the permanent end walls of the house, in order to pack the structure, and for transportation purposes.

1 The house of the wagon 1 has an entrance door reached iroinl'he steps 22 and platform and an exit door 2 1 from which the steps 25 lead d own to the ground surface, and it will be understood that elaborate and gay IlQCOIj'tlllODS and accessories usually accompanying a street show or amusement dev ce oi tl character will be utilized to give an. attractive and novel appearai'ice to the device. a

In the floor plan of Figure 2 it will be seen that the house of wagon 1 is divided longitudinally by a central partition 26, and

within thedoorway 21 two transversely ex tending partitions 27 and 28 form a vestibule from which the swinging door 29 permits passage through the hall 30. At

- one end of the partition 26 an alined, swinginn; door 31 permits access to the compara tively long corridor 32,. which'is closed at its left end byfthe transverse partition 33 extending entirelyacross the floor 3 of the agon 1. This-partition proviiles for an l exit hall leading tothe exit or outlet door 24 of the wagon. lVithin the vestibule hall, corridor, and exit hall, suitable and ap propriate devices may-be provided for the 4 funand amusement of the passengers, and

platform, form alcoves 411 and. 42 between the wagon houses and doors 43 and 44 respectively permit access to and from these alcoves. v

The wagon structure is provided with a tiltahle or oscillatable rectangular frame 45 which is centrallypivoted at 426 in break ets or hearing blocks 47 on the respective frames and 45, and the ends of this frame hrare designed to have a shght movement,

sufiicient to give theimpression of a roclo ing boat, on the supporting-wagon At the ends of the frames 35 and l5 are provided two pairs of guide plates as 8 and 49, which overlap and are in frictional cont-act to prevent relative lateral movement of the two frames 35 and 45, and hold them in proper position. At the joints of the oscillatable frame with the alcoves tl and flexible mats may be utilized to cover the adjoining parts and shield against danger to the feet of the patrons entering or leaving the tiltable or oscillating structure.

In Figures 1 and 6 the mechanism for oscillating or rocking the frame d5 on its pivots 4:6 is shown, actuated'irom an electric motor J50 supported beneath the floor 51 of the rocking frame 15, and a belt or sprocket chain passing overalarger wheel on the shaft 51 revolves said shaft. The shaft 54-. is suitably supported or journaled beneath the rocliing frame and a second, parallel shaft is revolved from the shaft '54 by pinion 56 and gear 57, while a third or eccentric shaft 58 is revolved from shaft by pinion 59 and gear 60. These erunnerated members form the gearing for revolving the eccentric shaft, at a reduced speed, and through the eccentric shaft and eccentric head 6] thereon the eccentric or actuating rod 62 vertici lly reciprocated. The eccentric rod is pivi'itally connected at 63 to the rocking trance, and at its lower end has a stationary pivotal connection at as to the axle 65 of thewagon; Thus with the lower end oi the eccentric rod anchored or stationarv. the action of the eccentric disk or head 61 results in elevating and lowering the ends of the oseillatable frame d5 providing for a continuous rocking or, tilting movement of the frame 45 with relation to the wagon frame 35. Y

In Figure 2 it will be seenthat the rocking frame has a housing thereon comprising? the tour and and side walls indicated by the numeral 66,- access being had to the housing from the alcove 4:1 and exit therefrom being had through a swinging door 67 to the alcove 1-2. lVithin the housing, 66 are erected a central longitudinally extending partition 68. three transversely extending partitions 69, 70,:and 71, and a fourth trans- 'i 'ersely extending partition72 at the exitend of the housing. These several partitions separate the housing space into a series of compartments, and swinging doors 73 are provided between the COIIlPtLItHlBIltSlIl order that the patron may make progress through the tortuous way as illustrated by the arrows. A roof or covering is provided for the housing 66 to exclude light, and the successive doors 73 are preierablyarranged out of alineinentas indicated to further retard the ready progress through the series of compartments. At theright in Figure 2 the flooring 74 is solid and immovable, except as it moves with the rocking structure, but the inaj or portion of the floor of the structure 66 is divided into movable members or boards that are continuously moving beneath the the patron steps upon a floor portion comprising a seriesoffloor boards 75, slidable longitudinally of the rocking frame and each adjoining boardmoving in opposite directions,.,or reciprocating horizontally as indicated by the double-head dotted arrows. In Figure 7 a detail view is shown to illustrate the structure and actuating mechanism for each of thesel'ioards, audit will. be seen that they are slidably supported on guide plates or ways 76 between the transverse beams of the rocking frame. Theboards are each reciprocated from a common countershaft or eccentric shaft. '77 extending transversely of the rocking fran'ie, and each board has an eccentric disk 78, a connecting rod and bracket 80 by means of which the rotary movement of. the eccentric shaft transmit-ted and conveyed to the slide board to reciprocate the latter. The couutershaft 77 is revolved through its bevel gear connection 81 by the driving shaft 82 which is supported and jouri'ialed on the rocking frame, and the driving shaft or operating shaft is revolved from an electric motor '83 through gear1ng84, countershaft 85 and y the bevel gear connection 86 in Fig. 5.

Passing through the doorway of the partition 69, the patron steps from the longitudinally reciprocating, oppositely moving boards 75 to a transversely reciprocating board or platform 87, moving in a direction at right angles to the movement of the boards 75 and reciprocating as indicated by the double-head arrow in dotted lines. This platform is actuated in manner similar to each of the boards 75, an eccentric disk 88 being provided on the operating shaft 82 and the connecting rod 89 pivotally connected to the underside of the platform causes said platform to slide on its ways 76 as a support. 7

From the transversely reciprocating platform 87 the patron steps through the open door 73 of partition 70 and encounters a vertically moving, hinged platform 90, of which there is a counterpart 91 on the opposite side of the partition 68. Each of these platforms is hinged as at 92, preferably along the longitudinal center of the housing 66, and when in lowered or normal position, rest upon supporting straps or plates 93 flush with the level of the floor. The hinged platforms are successively elevated and lowered from the transverse eccentric shaft 94 revolved from the operating shaft 77 by bevel gearing 95, and the eccentrics 96 which are pivotally connected to the brackets 97 by rods 98 convert the rotary motion of the shaft 94 into a reciprocal movement of the rods 06, proper allowance being made for a loose oint to permit movement of parts.

Through the instrumentality of an eccentric 99 on shaft 94 and suitable connections including the connecting rod 100 (Fig. 5) the platform 101 is reciprocated longitudinally as indicated by the dotted arrow, and thisplatform is reached by the patron after leaving the hinged platform 91, passage being had through partition 71 by its door 73. around the open space at the right end of the housing and thence through the succeeding doors as indicated by the arrows.

The patron now passes through a swinging door 73 from the longitiulinally reciprocating platform, which supports both feet of the person, to the longitudinally recipro eating boards 75 and these boards are sufficiently narrow to support only one foot on a board. After leaving these boards 75 the patron passes through the door in partition 73 and encounters the comparatively long boards 102, which extend transversely of the housing and reciprocate with shortrapid strokes, sliding on the slide strips or plates 76. The adjoining boards 102 move or reciprocate in opposite directions and are actuated from the operating shaft 77 by eccentrics 103 thereon, connecting rods 104 and thebrackets 105 attached .at the undersides of the boards. After leaving the transversely moving boards 102 the patron passes through the door 67 to alcove ,42 and emerges tl'irough the double doors 44 to the outlet hall 34 and thence through the exit door 24.

As indicated at 105 in Figure 4 the floor members may have a flexible covering 105 which will not interfere with the individual movement of separate and, moving parts, but which will prevent the feet of the patrons from getting caught between moving parts, and other proper safeguards will be utilized. to insure. safety of the patron ashe passes through the maze of tortuous passages and bewildering and unexpected movements of the floor members. In this manner an unusually novel and attractive diversion is provided in the amusement device which proves a source of merr'iment and fun to the patrons.

Changes and alterations may be made in the structures embodied in the invention, as for instance, the number of sliding boards may be varied and the width of the boards 7 5 and 102 can be changed; the pivotal support for the rocking house may be a trans verse axle instead of two pivot bearings; the guide flanges 48 and 49 for preventing lateral movement of the rocking structure may extend longitudinally of the side bars or bolsters of the rocking frame and its supporting Wagon frame, and various other changes may be made within the scope of my claims without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having thus full y described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is- 1. In a portable amusement device the combination with wheeled vehicles adapted for parallel arrangement, a pair of housings supported on said vehicles having floors, an intermediate platform, and an entrance and exit for one'of said housings, of angularly disposed partitions in said housings forming a succession of connpartments and doors in said partitions, one of said housings having pivotal supports and means for rocking said housing on its pivotal supports.

2. The combination with a pair of houses one of which has an entrance and an exit and communication means between said houses, of angularly disposed partitions in said houses forming a succession of compartments from entrance to exit, doors in said partitions, pivotal supports for one of said housings and means for rocking said housing on its supports, said pivotally supported house having floor members movable in various directions, and means for moving said floor members.

3. The combination with a vehicle and its supporting frame, of a house structure thereon, foldable false walls angularly disposed at the ends of said house and adapted to fold against the ends of the house, foldable bottom false Walls depending from the foldable angularly disposed Walls, and an intermediate foldable wall depending from the fixed house wall, for the purpose described.

i. The combinationina pivotall supported house structure, of a motor and an eccentric mechanism operated therefrom for rocking said house on its pivotal support, said house having floor members movablein various directions, means providing a continuous passage over said floor members from entrance to exit of the house, a second motor, an operating shaft revolved therefrom and eccentrically operating mechanism between said operating shaft and floor members for reciprocating the latter.

5. The combination in a pivotally supported house structure, of a motor and an eccentric mechanism operated therefrom for rocking said house on its pivotal support, said house. having floor members movable in variousdirections, an entrance and exit to the house, angularly disposed partitions in said house forming a succession of compartments from the entrance to the exit, doors in said partitions, a second motor, an operating shaft revolved therefrom, and eccentricall v operating mechanism between said operating shaft and floor members for reciprocating the latter.

In testimony whereof I have affixed my signature.


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U.S. Classification472/48, 472/136
International ClassificationA63G31/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63G31/14
European ClassificationA63G31/14