US 1987835 A
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5. H. LOVE VENDING MACHINE Jan. 15, 1935.
Original Filed Sept. 24, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet l 5. H Lat 8, 8% 734% Jan. 15, 1935. s. LOVE 1,987,835
VENDING MACHINE Original Filed Sept. 24, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 v Q Q m W a a w l a g a? m R gwwzntoa H. Law- Q 4 Patented Jan. is, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT a;
scum. (Cl. 184-4) This invention relates to a vending machine and in part constitutes a continuation of my pending application, Serial No. 490,737, filed October 23, 1930.
The machine is generally of the character whereby bottled goods are sold, and incidental to the vending of a bottle, a check is elected and which check will enable a coin representing the value of the bottle, to be returned upon placing the empty bottle in an appropriate part of the machine.
It is particularly aimed to provide a machine having novel means adapted to receive an empty bottle. previously vended. with means to move the bottle into the machine and through such movement to cause ejection of a proper coin, in the presence of a proper check, representing the value of the bottle.
Another object is to provide a novel construction wherein the mechanism described. is operable from substantially the same location or front of the machine, as the bottle vending mechanism itself.
The more specific objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the description following taken inconnection with accompanying drawings illustrating an operative embodiment.
In said drawings:-- a
Figure 2 is a front elevation thereof,
Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3.
Referring specifically to the drawings, the machine comprises a suitable cabinet at providing a refrigerating space, adapted to contain ice or be refrigerated in any other desired manner and in which space, one or any suitable number of containers are disposed and .in which bottled goods are contained to be vended. The bottled goods are supplied to the containers through suitable doors 1:, hinged as at 13 to the front of the cabinet and which doors are adapted to be locked in any suitable manner so as to be capable of being opened by the proprietor alone. Each door 12 has agiass or other transparent panel 14 therein so that the contents may be viewed. A i n l plate 15 is located in each compartment and so mounted as to normally urge it to a position where it may be viewed through the panel 14 when all of the bottles contained therein have been dispensed and which signal preferably displays the word Empty or the like thereon, the signal being held from display position while there'hre one or more bottles in the compartment.
The ice or refrigerant may be supplied to the cabinet 10 through the top, which is normally closed by one or more hinged covers or the like 1'7, the hinges being shown at 18 and secured to the covers and to the cabinet.
Shafts 24 are provided to dispense the bottles from the compartments under appropriate coin control, the bottles being discharged into a tray 28 or the like from which they may be removed by, the purchasers. The coin controlled mechanism is contained within a casing 30 associated with each of the bottle compartments, said shaft 24 extending completely through and journaled in the walls of the casing 30 and at the front of the casing shaft 24 is provided with an operating crank 32. 46 designates a slot for inserting a coin into the coin control within the casing 30, hereinbefore referred to. Cabinet 10 has supporting legs as shown at 29. 1.
Empty bottles are adapted to be returned to the machine through a downwardly and rearwardly inclined chute 80 projecting at itsentrance forwardly beyond the front of the machine and at the inner end communicating with an inclined chute 80 which empties into another inclined chute 80", the lower portion of the cabinet being relatively large to accommodate the parts mentioned. The empty bottles may be removed by the proprietor, upon opening a side door 81, normally maintained locked.
As the bottles slide down the chute 80, they engage a lever 91 pivoted at 92- to the chute and operable in a slot 93 provided in the adjacent wall of such chute. Adjacent said slot 93, a coin return casing 94 is fastened to the chute and to the cabinet.
Within the casing 94-is a channel member 95 with the interior of which a chute 96 communicates, the same serving for the deposit of the checks 60. Such checks upon entering the channel member remain vertical, supported from below on the bottom wall 97 of the casing 94 and'bet'ween rods 98 having a block 99 fixed thereto but moving freely and loosely in an ejector block 100. Such ejector block 100 however is slidable in the channel 95 and in the presence of such check 60, will move forward so that a portion 101 thereof may enter a coin tube 102, and eject the lowermost coin through a slot 103. In the event the coin deposited into the machine for the purchase of a bottle of goods is a dime, the coins in the tube 102 may be nickels, thus giving the purchaser a nickel in exchange for the empty bottle, the construction providing against the malicious placing of other empty bottles into the machine since the check is necessary in order to obtain one of the coins in the tube 102. A link 104 is pivoted to lever 91 and also to the rods 98 and a contractile coil spring 105 is fastened to the lever 91 and to the casing 94, serving to normally urge the lever 91 into the path of movement of the bottles. The check 60 initially rests on the wall 97 but as the lever 91 operates, the blocks 99 and 100 move to ejecting position and bring the coin 60 over a slot in the wall 9'? at 106, through which it falls into a collecting tray at 107, under lock control by the proprietor.
Various changes may be resorted to provided they fall within the spirit and scope of the invention.
I claim as my invention:-
1. A device of the class described having means to eject a coin, relatively movable parts normally positioned for check connection through the deposit of the check, a lever connected with said parts, a chute, a spring urging projection of the lever into the chute, and. said lever being adapted to be actuated by travel of articles through said chute and means whereby all of said parts are restored to position for check-connection through the action of said spring.
2. A device of theclass described having a chute through which an article is adapted to be returned, a slidable block, a lever and link mechanism normally extending into the chute for engagement by the article, spring means normally maintaining the block retracted, rods extending from the block, an ejector block in which the rods are slidably mounted, a chute for blocks whereby they may be actuated as a unit,
means whereby the check is released from the rods and blocks and a chute through which the ejector operates to eject a coin therefrom.
3. A device of the class described having a chute through which an article is adapted to be returned, a slidable block, a lever and link mechanism normally extending into the chute for engagement by the article, spring means normally maintaining the block retracted, rods extending from the block, an ejector block in which the rods are slidably mounted, a chute for the deposit of a check between said rods and blocks whereby they may be actuated as a unit, a chute through which the ejector operates to eject a coin therefrom, a casing containing said block and having an opening in its bottom wall into registry with which the check is moved by the block, and a check receptacle below said opening.
4. A device of the class described having a chute through which an article is adapted to be returned, a slidable block, a lever and link mechanism normally extending into the chute for engagement by the article, spring means normally maintaining the block retracted, rods extending from the block, an ejector block in which the rods are slidably mounted, a chute for the deposit of a check between said rods and blocks whereby they may be actuated as a unit, a chute through which the ejector operates to eject a coin therefrom, the receiving end of said first mentioned chute being inclined, and the lever 01 said mechanism having an inclined portion disposed in the first mentioned chute for direct 'engagement by the article.
SANDY H. LOVE.