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W. E. KASTEAD mmcaum Toy F1196 April 15. 192s Patented Oct. 27, 1925.
UNITED STATES WILLARD E. KASTEAD, OF ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA.
Application led April 15, 1925. Serial No. 23,314.
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, VVILLARD E. KAs'rEAD, a citizen of the United States, residing at St. Petersburg, in the county of Pinellas and State of Florida, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Parachute rloys, of which the following is a specification.
The present invention relates to toys and novelties and has for its principal object to provide a device of this nature which comprises a casing that may be thrown in the air and automatically opened to eject a parachute, in order that the toy or novelty may descend slowly, thereby affording considerable pleasure and amusement to the young.
Another objectof the invention is to provide a toy of this nature which is exceedingly simple in construction and otherwise well adapted to be manufactured cheaply so as to be sold at a low cost or be given away as advertising novelties.
Another important object pf the invention is to provide a toy of this nature which is reliable and eliicient in its operation and is not liable to very easily become out of order.
With the above and numerous other objects in view, as will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in certain novel features of construction, and in the combination and arrangement of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of the toy embodying the features of my invention.
Figure 2 is a side elevation thereof, and
Figure 3 is a transverse section therethrough, taken substantially on the line 5- 8 of Figure 1, looking in the direction of the arrow.
Referring to the drawing in detail, it will be seen that the numeral 5 designates generally a casing, which is constructed to simulate an. aviator or the like, and may be made of any other suitable formation. This casing 5 includes a pair of sections 6, which are of hollow construction and hinged together, as at 7, being normally held in a closed position, by means of a suitable spring 8. An elastic 9 has its ends fixed to the free ends of the section 6 as at 10. A parachute 11 has its cable 12 fixed to the casing and is adapted to be folded, substantially as shown in Figure 3 or in any other suitable manner. l/Vhen folded, the parachute is forced into the casing when the sections are opened, so as to stretch the elastic 9. When thus tensioned, the elastic 9 tends to normally counteract the spring 8, so as to open the section 6 of the casing 5, and eject the parachute. However, after the parachute has been placed in the casing, shown in Figure 3, a cable 13 has one end fixed to the casing, as at 14, and is coiled about the casing, so as to hold the same closed. This cable or cord 13 if desired, may be constructed of elastic material.
With the device assembled, as just described, thevfree end of the cord or cable 13 may be held in the hand, and the casing thrown in the air and as soon as the cord or cable 13 has unwound from the casing, the elastic 9 will open the casing and eject the parachute, and when the parachute is ejected, the elastic 9 will be relieved of its tension and the spring will close the casing and the casing will then slowly descend to the ground or to the person throwing the same, since the parachute will open in the usual manner.
It is thought that the construction, operation and advantages of the invention will now be clearly understood, without a more detailed description thereof. It is apparent that the present embodiment of the invention has merely been given by way of example and that numerous changes in the details of construction, in the sizes,- in the iigures of the casing, and in the combinationA and arrangement of parts may` be resorted to, without departing from the spirit o-f the invention as hereinafter claimed or sacrificing any of its advantages.
I-Iaving thus described my invention, what I cla-im as new is:
In a toy of the class described, a casing formed in a pair of sections hinged together, an elastic havin!! its ends fixed to the free edges of the sections of the casing,
a parachute` including a cord xed to the casing, said parachute adapted to be folded and placed into the casing With the elastic thereabout so that Said elastic Will tend to open the casing and eject the parachute, a cord having one end fixed to the casing and adaptedy to be WoundA about the casing to,
hold it normally closed as the casing s heng thrown into the air, and a spring associated with the sections of the casing to close 1U the sections after the parachute has heen ejected therefrom.
In testimony whereof I allx my signature.
WILLARD E. KASTEAD.