US 1714558 A
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May 28, 1929. F. HAUFF 1,714,558
INFLATED TOY Filed May 22, 1928 FREDERICK HAUFF, 01? AK Patented May 28, 1929.
Application filed May 22,
This invention relates to toys and more particularlyto an inflated toy and method of forming the same.
One object of the invention is to provide a toy formed from an elongated sack of sheet rubber which by proper folding of its closed end portion may be caused to define a head and body portion of a figure when inflated.
Another object of the invention is to so fold the elastic sack when forming the head that a flap will be provided between the head and body portion and prevent the head from being inflated beyond a desired extent when air is forced into the body through the open end of the sack and thereby cause the head to be properly proportioned with respect t the inflated body.
Another object of the invention is to provide a toy, of the inflated type vnich may be supported in a natural position by legs adhering to the under portion of the body and may have its head and body painted or otherwise marked to simulate a bird or animal and also to provide the headwith a representation of a bill in case the toy constitutes a representation of a duck or other bird.
Another object of the invention is to al- 7 low the body to be easily inflated and air retained therein by a simple manipulation of the open end portion of the sack.
The invention is illustrated in the; accompanying drawing, wherein V Figure 1 is a perspective view of an in- .flated toy representing a duck and con- 1 V structed in accordance with this inventlony Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the sack from which the inflated toy 18 formed, and
Fig. 3 is a vertical longitudinal sectional" thereof, -The flat d slrs provide very good view through the toy. V l
The inflated toy constituting the subjectmatter of this invention has been illustrated in the form of a duck, but it wlll be under stood that it could represent any otherbird desired or could be marked to representanf animal. lVhen making the'toy, a sack 1 of thin rubber is first-formed by dipping a properly shaped core in liquid rubber and allowing the rubber to dry upon the core; After the rubber has dried, it is stripped from the core or it can be again dipped and allowed to dry if the first dipping does not produce a sufficientthickness ofrubber. The
sack is of a tubular shape throughout the greater portion of its length but has its closed end portion enlarged, as shown at2,
1928. Serial No. 279,749.
and thisenlarged portion is oval in shape and tapers towards the tubular portion.-
After the sack has been formed upon its mold-0r core and removed therefrom, it is folded in slightly spaced relation to the inner end of the enlarged end portion 2 to provide a head 3 having a depending neck t whichinerges into the body 5. The surfaces which contact when the sack is folded are I secured toyeach other by cement or liquid rubber which when set will firmly connect them and the adhering portions of the sack provide a wall or flap 6 which extends be.
tween the head and body portion of the toy but/'18 free at its forward end. By this arrangement a certain amount of air may enter the'head when air is forced into the body may only beinfiated 'a' small extent. A wing 7 is painted or otherwise marked upon each side of the body and each side of the head hasan eye 8 marked thereon but it will be obvious that the-entire body and head may be marked to define feathers if so desired.
The hill 9 which projects forwardly from the head consists of a flat sheet of cardboard or 7 any other suitable material cut-the proper shape and having its rear endc'eniented or I otherwise secured to'the head so that it pro j'ects forwardly from the head in its natural position. There has also been provided feet and legs consisting of disks '10. and short rods 11 whichhave their lower ends glued to thedisks and their upper ends cemented to the body portion against the under surface supports to retain the'figure 'in an upright position when inflated and in addition provide a very good representation of the webbed feet of a duck. Inorder to allow the toy to be easily inflated, there has been provided a nipple 12 which is preferably formed of wood, and this nipple is fitted upon the rear end portion of the'sackand thisopen end rear, portion then rolled backaboutthe nipple, as shown at 13. Therefore, the nipple will be firmly held'in place.
YVhen the toy is in use, the nipple is placed irr'the mouth andthe air forced through the open end of the sack to inflate the body and head. A small amount of air passes into the head and the flap 6' is then pressed forwardly by air pressure until it assumes the position shown in Fig. 3. As additional air is forced into the sack, the body will be inflated and the extent to which it is inflated may be controlled by the quantity of air forced into it. After the body has been inflated much as desired, a turning motion is imparted to it while the tongue is held over the open end of the sack and this will cause it to be twisted, as shown at 14, and very effectively prevent the air from escaping. Since the twistedportion'of the sack will be disposed within the nipple and a frictional binding will take place between the nipple and the sheet rubber from which the sack is formed, air will be retained in the body andthe duck may be supported upon its feet, as shown in Fig. 1. While it is stated that the rear end portion is twisted to retain the air in the body, it will be'obvious' that the nipple could be placed within the open end of the sack and a suitable valve provided in the nipple'to retain the air inthe body until released or grace ually allowed to pass outwardly through the nipple.
Having thus described the invention, I
' claim 1. A method of forming an inflatable toy figure consisting of forming a bag open at one end and closed at its other end, folding one end portion of the bag towards its other end and joining contacting portions to divide the bag into head and body forming portions,
attaching supports to the body forming por 'tion, and applyingat the open end of the bag an element serving to allow the body and head to be inflated and air retained therein 2. A method of forming an inflatable toy figure consisting of forming a bag open at one end and having 1ts closed end portion enlarged, folding the bag adjacent the enlarged end portion and cementing contacting portions of the bag to form a head of the enlarged end portion and a body of the remainder of the bag, marking the head and body to define eyes and wings, applying a bill to the head and supporting legs to the body, and fitting intothe open end of the bag an inflating and air retaining nipple.
3. An inflatabletoy figure-comprising a sack OfGlLStlC material open at one end and having its closed end portion enlarged, the sack being folded adjacent its enlarged end portion to provide contacting portions, the
b said contacting portions being adherently se I cured to each other to provide a body and head and a flap between the same, and means at the open endof the sack tofac'ilitate inflation thereof and effect retention of air in the same.
4. An inflatable toy figure comprising a body open at one end, a head at the other end of the body communicating therewith, a wall between the body and head having one end free and serving to permit limited inflation between the body and head having oneend free and serving to permit lin'iited inflation of the head, a'bill carried by. said head, legs carried by said body and having support ing feet, the head and body being marked to define eyes and wings, and a nipple in the open end of the sack to facilitate inflation thereof and constituting means to retain the open end portion twisted after inflation toretain air in-the body.
An inflatable toy figure comprising a sack of elastic material open at one end and closedat its other end, the said sack being folded in spaced relation to its closed end to provide contacting portions, the said portions being adherently secured to each other to provide a body and head and a flapbetween the sameserving to permit limited inflation of the head when the bodyis inflated.
7. A. method of forming an inflatable toy figure consisting of forininga bag open at one end and closed at its other end, and folding the bag intermediate its ends to provide configure consisting of forming an elastic container having an inflating opening, folding the container in spaced relation to its opening to provide contacting portions, and securing the contacting portions together to 'divide the container into head and body forming portions having a wall between them free along one edge and serving to permit limited inflation of the head when the body is inflated.
'9. An inflatable toy figure comprising a sack of elastic material having'aninflating opening and having, a closed end portionfolded upon itself to provide cont-acting wall portions,'the said wall portions being secured together to. provide a body and head and a flap between the same serving to limit inflation of the head when the body is inflated.
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