US 1590242 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 29 1926.
E. G. HOWARD yTw TRACKWAY Filed June '7, 1924 2 sheets-sheet 2 Cn i Patented June 29, 1926.
UNITED sit-iras 1,5aa242 PATENT carica.
ELBERT Gr. HOY/VARI), OF DENVER, COLORADO, ASSIGNO-R OF ONE-FOURTH TO JOSEPH IB. NIOHOLIC AND ONE-TENTH TO E. M. LELLESS, BOTH OF DENVER, COLORADO.
Application led June y7,
This invention relates to certain improvements in toy trackways and it is an object of the invention to provide a novel and improved device of this general character provided with a trackway which is adapted to be traversed by a spinning top. Y
It is also an object of the invention to provide a novel and improved device of this general character comprising a trackway disposed `on a predetermined incline and which is adapted to be traversed by a spinning top together with a platform or table arranged at the entrance end of the trackway and upon which the spinning top is adapted to be initially positioned.
Another object. of the invention is to provide a novel and improved device of this general character comprising an inclined trackway disposed in a desired course and which is provided at its lower or exit end with a table or platform to receive the top after the same has passed along the trackway, said top being retained by said table or platform until it finishes its spin. y
The invention co-nsists in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts of my improvedtoy trackway whereby certain important advantages are attained and the 'device renderedsimpler, less expensive and otherwise more convenient and advantageous for use, as will be hereinafter more fully set forth,V Vf
The novel features of my invention will hereinafter be definitely claimed.
In order that my invention may be the better understood, I will now proceed to describe the same with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure l is a view in elevation illustrating a toy trackway constructed in accordance with an embodiment of my invention;
Figure 2 is a horizontal sectional view taken through the device as disclosed in Figure l Figure 8 is a view in perspective of the upper platform or table as herein disclosed, and the adjacent end portion of the track- Wav;
VFigure 4 is a view in elevation illustrating a further embodiment of my invention.
As disclosed in the 'accompanying drawings, B denotes a base member herein disclosed as somewhat connoidal in form and more particularly in simulation of a moun- 1924. serial no. 718,616.
tain. This member B as herein disclosed is hollow with its wall formed of papier mch or any other suitable material.
The wall of the base member B is provided with diametrically opposed openings 1 positioned at a predetermined point intermediateI the ends of the member B and arranged within said member and bridging the Space between the lower margins of the openings l is a track 2 maintained in ap plied or working position by the supporting and bracing members 3. The top or apex portion of the member B is flattened, said flattened surface` constituting a table or platform 4 disposed onthe desired incline, the sides of said table or platform converging toward the lower end of the table `or platform, said converging sides-and the upper wide end of the table or platform 4 are defined by the upstanding flanges 5.
Leading from the lower or restricted end of the platform 4 is a track 6 disposed on a predetermined incline and .extending spirally around the upper portion of the base B and leading to one of the openings 1, said` track 6 being continued by the track 2 disposed through the base B. Leading from the opposite end of the track 2 or the second'opening l is a track 7 extending on a predetermined `incline spirally around the lower portion of the base B, said inclina,- tion, however, as herein disclosed, being reversed to the inclination of the upper track 6. The lower or exit end of the track 7 is continued by a bottom table or platform 8 having its margins defined b.y the upstanding flanges 9.
The tracks 2, 6 and 7 as herein disclosed are each U-shaped in cross section with its base or intermediate portion a relatively narrow and with the side members or flanges ZJ thereof comparatively low orshort with respect to said intermediate or base portion a. l
Vln practice, a top T of any desired type is caused to spin upon the upper or top table or platform 4 and owing to the inclination of said table or Vplatform the top will be caused to enter upon the upper end portion of the track 6 and to traverse said track down to the track 2 and thence along said track 2 through the body B in an imitation of passing through a tunnel, it being understood that the track 2 is disposed on suflicient inclination to assure the requisite movement of the top T therealonf. As the top passes out of the body B it continues its travel down and along the track 7 and upon the lower or bottom table or platform 8 where -it is adapted'to spin out.
ln the embodiment of my invention as illustrated in Figure 4, I provide a'central tower C on the top of which is suitably mounted a table or platform 4 constructed andarranged in somewhat the same fashion as the'table or platform et hereinbefore referred to. The lower or exit end of the table or platform Li is continuedfby a track 10 disposed on a downward incline and spirally around the tower C, 'the lower end of said track l() delivering upon the bottom tableor vShell 8 substantially the same as the table or lower shell 'S hereinbefore referred to. rlhe Vtrack l at predetermined points therealong issupported and braced -by the members All suitably' secured 'to said track l and to the 'towerC` The track 10 is also til-shaped 'in crossisection andV` substantiallyT Ithe 'sa 'ie type as the tracks 2, 6 and 7 hereinbefore referred to.-V
From the `foregoing' description it is thought to lbe obvious that a toy trackway ,constructed 'in accordance with my inven- 'tion is paticularly well adapted for use.
by reason of the convenience 'and facility with which it lmay be assembled and operated, and it will alsobe obvious that my invention isy susceptible of some change and modification without departing from the "principles and spirit thereof and for this reason do 'not wish to be understood as limiting myself to the precise arrangement and formation of the several parts herein shown in carrying'out my invention in pracjticeezicept as hereinafter claimed.
l, claim 1^- i l. ik toy trackway adapted for use in connectionl with va spinning top comprising two platforms, means for supporting said platforms one above the other, the upper platform being arranged on an incline7 and a t'aok 'leading from the low point of the -upperplatform to the second platform, said track being U-shaped in lcross section, the marginal portions of the upper platform being provided with upstanding flanges op- :posed fia'nges converging toward the track.
2. A toy'trackway adapted for use in connection withfa spinningtop comprising two platforms, means for supporting said -p'latforms one above the other, the upper platform being arranged on 'an incline, anda track leading from the low point yof the up.- per platform to Vthe second platform, said track being U-shaped in cross section, "the trackbetween the platforms being' disposed in-an indirect'path and on a` downward inoline, both of said platforms havingftheir marginal portions provided with upstanding flanges, opposed flanges of the upper platform converging toward 'the track.
A toy trackway adapted for use in connection with a1 spinning top comprising, in combination, 'a substantially @omicida-1 supporting member having its top surface 'flat tened to' constitute'a platform and being dis-V posed on an incline, inargin'al'p'ortions `of the platform being defined by upstanding ianges and Athe llower portion of the platform being restricted, a track leading Y,from
fthe ylower or restricted end o'f the platform `and disposed spirall'y 'around Ithe suppo'rt.-
ing member on'a predetermined incline, the lower en'dof the track being continued by a platform, the "marginal portions of said lower platform being detined'by upst'a'n'dling, flanges. A
In testimony x'vhereof 'l hereunto aliik my signature. i
ELBERT o. HOWARD.V i