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Publication numberUS1744513 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 21, 1930
Filing dateJun 4, 1929
Priority dateJun 4, 1929
Publication numberUS 1744513 A, US 1744513A, US-A-1744513, US1744513 A, US1744513A
InventorsSmith John H
Original AssigneeSmith John H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sound-producing dancing shoe
US 1744513 A
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Jam. El, 1939. J. H. SMITH fl fi SOUND PRODUCING DANCING SHOE Filed June 1929 w W M I MH In venior Jbiwz $2raa 7A/ By @mm A iiomey T UNITED STATES PATENT. O FFI CE 1 JOHN H. smITH, or ROLINDALE, MA SACHUSETTS soeam-rnonucme mmcme snon Application filed June 4,

The present invention appertains to new and usefulimprovements in amusement devices and moreparticularly to a noise producing dancing shoe.

The invention briefly ing devices suitably mounted thereon and electrically connected through zit-switch to a suitable current supply source, so that by actuating the switch at various rythmatic dance movements of the feet, the sound producing device will produce a sound, with the end in view of increasing the elitertaining eifect of the dance.

important object of the invention is to provide a dancing shoe with a noise pro ducing device which can be s ounded at predetermined intervals at the discretion of the dancer. i

Other and important advantages of the in vention will become more apparent to the reader after considering the invention as described and claimed hereinafter.

In the drawing:

Figure 1 represents a side elevation of dancing shoe equipped with the novel sound producing means.

Figure 2 represents an enlarged frag,

mentary longitudinal sectional view through the shoe showing the switch means employed. Figure 3 represents a fragmentary sectional view through the heel portion of the dancing shoe showing the electrical socket carried thereby and also showin in side elevation -3 a corded plug extending from a current sup- I pl source.

%igure 4 represents a diagrammatic view disclosing additional supply of current and the switch and sound producing device on the shoe and constructed with the current supply cord.

In the drawings wherein like numerals designate like parts, it will be seen that the present invention is applicable to a dancing shoe which is referred to the drawings by numeral 5. An electric socket structure 6 is mounted within a cavity 7 in the heel of the shoe and from the socket 6 extends the wires 8 and 9. These wires are disposed be- 50.tween the inner sole 10 and the outer sole consists in providing dancing shoes with electrical sound produc- 1929. Serial No. 368,420.

A pair of contacts 13 and 14 are exposed through the top surface of the inner sole 10.

These contacts are interposed in the conductor 8 and a spring arm 15-secured at one end to one of the contacts (preferably to contact 14:) adapted to contact at its free end with the other contact when pressure is exerted against the same by the foot of the dancer.

In this manner a circuit is completed through the sound producing device 16, preferably mounted upon the toe of the shoe, 6 as substantially shown in Figure 1. This sound producing device'may be in'the form of a magnetic hell, or in fact any other suitable electroresponsive device capable of producin a sound suitable for'the purpose.

In igure 3 the cord 17 has a. plug 18 of the usual construction secured at one end while its opposite end is connected to the current supply source. Obviously when a dancer is about to commence his performance, as he will insert the pin into the socket 6. The Cord 17 may be 0% a suitable length so that its activity may carry him'over the desired area without liability of the plug .pull- I ing loose. I so It is to be understood that various changes in the shape, size, materials may he resorted to in the production of this novel dancing shoe, without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed as hereinafter.

Having thus described the invention, what -ll claim as new and desire to secure by Letshoe comprising an electrino scribed comprising an electric circuit in said shoe, an electrically actuated sound producing device mounted on the shoeand interposed in the circuit and a circuit closing switch interposed in the circuit Within the forward end portion of the shoe comprising a pair of spaced contacts, a spring arm fixed to one of the contacts and extending adjacent the other contact and normally disengaged therefrom, said arm adapted to be engaged by the toe of the wearer of the shoe in a manner to close the switch.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification36/8.3, 36/139, 472/75, 446/404, 446/26, 36/113
International ClassificationA43B5/12, A63H5/00, A43B5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B5/12, A63H5/00
European ClassificationA63H5/00, A43B5/12