US 2144751 A
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Jan. 24,1939. R. M. BROWN FIGURE TOY CONTAINER 2 sheetssheet 2 -Ifile@ March 2, 1937 grown Patented Jan. 24, 19739 y FIGURE TOY CONTAINER Roy M. Brown, Brooklyn, N. Y., assignor to Jacob Marx, New York, N. Y., and Max Borden, Brooklyn, N. Y., a copartnership doing business as Jaymar Specialty Company, Brooklyn, N. Y.
ApplicationMarch 2, 1937, Serial No. 128,577v
This invention relates to containers and also to toys, and more particularly to a combinedfigure toy and containers. v
The primary object of my invention resid in v the provision of a container which is voluminous and useful and yet which forms a part of a iigure toy which itself possesses play value independently of the utility of the container. For example, a cylindrical container may be used as the body of a simulated human gure which stands upright on two legs, and in such case the container may be used for packaging candy, nuts or the like.
In accordance with still vanother object of my ,15 invention, the various parts of the figure are figure toy which is itself attractive and which en-I hances the play value of the necklace kit.
In accordance with a still further object of my invention, the container is lled not only with additional beads, but also with additional dowels, simulated heads and the like, and the container is provided with a variety of holes or sockets for vthe dowels such that the parts may be assembled to form a variety of gures. For example, a two-legged human ligure may be simulated, or a four-legged animal figure may be simulated, and in either case the relative proportions of the parts, that is, the length of the limbs, etc. may be Varied to alter the appearance of either the twolegged or four-legged figure.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and such other objects as-will hereinafter appear, my invention consists in the figure toy container elements and their relation one to the other as hereinafter are more particularly described in the specication and sought to be dened in the claims. The specification is accompanied by drawings in which:
Fig. 1 shows my ,invention as applied to a simulation of an upright body;
Fig. 2 shows the same with the closure, head and arms removed;Y 5s Fig. 3 shows the construction of the arms;
(Cl. 46-2Z) Fig. 4 is a. section taken in elevation in the plane of the line 4-4 of Fig. 1
Fig. 5 is a. similar section through one leg, showing how the legs may be lengthened if desired; 5
Fig. 6 is a perspective view showing a figure toy container set up to simulate a horse;
Fig. 7 is a section taken in the plane of the line I-l of Fig. 6; and
Fig. 8 shows a modiiication of the proportion- 10 ing of the parts ofthe figurato simulate a giraffe.
Referring to the drawings, and more particularly to Figs. 1 through 4, the figure toy container comprises a body B, limbs L, a closure C l5 and a head H. The body B is preferably a cylindrical container made up of a side wall I2, a bottom I4 and a top or closure I6. .'Ihe side wall I2 is made of cardboard, but may also be made oi' metal or other suitable material. The bottom 20 I4 is preferably a disc of wood cemented in place, but it will be understood that other materials may be used, for example wood pulp, moulded plastics, or the like. In the present case the closure IS is also made of wood, it diiering from 25 the bottom I4 primarily in the formation of a flange or ,shoulder I8 which limits the insertion of the closure.
The limbs L may be eitherstiff or flexible. In the present case the legs are sti and are 80 capable of supporting the figure, while the arms are ilexible. Specifically, each leg is made up of a dowel 20 over which are slipped suitable beads 22. The beads are preferably though not necessarily made of wood, and are of a type alreadyv35 sold in toy kits for the making of a necklace. The ends of the dowel are preferably slit, as is indicated at 24, thus insuring a tight frictional fit. The upper ends are inserted in mating holes formed in the bottom I4, While the lower 40 ends are inserted in simulated feet 26, which should be of adequate size to support the figure toy in upright position.
The arms are formed of elongated beads 28 terminated by small spherical beads 30 simulating 45 hands. These beads are strung on flexible cord which passes into the .body B. Speciiically, I prefer to use a single continuous necklace cord 32, best shown in Fig. 3. This cord is passed around beads 30 and through beads 28 in a manner 50 clearly evident from inspection of Fig. 3. Referring to Fig. 2, it will be seen that the container is slit near its upper edge at 34. The ends of cord 32 are dropped into the container and the double cord at the inner ends of the arms is forced into slits 8l which function to adequately hold thesame in position.
The head H consists ot a single beadzorfball drilled to i'orm a socket il which receives the split-upper end of a short-dowel Il. 'Ihe `neck is simulatedby a bead 4l through which dowel Il passes. The lower-end ofthe dowel is received in'an opening drilled through-closure le.
When. as is vhere the case, the simulation of onlya human tlgureissought, the peper on the outside o! cylindrical wall l2 indy, i1' desired, be
litbographed asshown to simulate a coat and neck-tiefetc. Howeverfwhenthe simulation of a variety of -ilgures is contemplated, the exterior surface'is leftl-plain in order not to be inconsistent with any ot the figures.
While the presentspecimen oi the tcyis not intended'to-simulate other ngures, such as tourlegged animal iigures, the human ngure vmay be varied by chansing therelative proportioning of the parts. For example. the arms or the legs maybe lengthcned vor'shortened The manner in which the arms orthelegs may be lengthened or shortenedis obvious, it being'merely necessary to add or :to subtract beads. 'I'he lengthoithe legs may bechanged by usingdiiierent doweis. and a supply ot dowelsas well as a supply of beads is incorporated'wlth the toy, as '.wiilvibe evident from inspection ot-Flg. 2 or 4.
Referring to Fig. 5,1t will be seen that theical have been'lengthened'hy using doweis Il and Il in endto end relation, the dowek belngheld together by a bead I8. The upper end o! dowel `4l is inserted in the bottom Il of the container, as before. The neck of the ilgure may lalso `be lengthened by usinga dowel longer than dowel Il and `adding one or more'beads.
`Referring now to Figs. 8 and?, I show a modifled 4form oi! the invention in which a horse'is. simulated. The container. is made up, as before, oi' acardboard cylindrical wail il, a wood bottom l! and a wood closure Il. Dowels 5l are used for the forelegsfthe upper ends being receivedfin holes drilled through the side of the container and into bottom l2. Dowels l! are used ashindlegs. these being received .in holes drilled into the closure il. Beads Il are tted at the lower ends of the doweis to simulate hooia. -If desired, beads mayrbeplaced over the doweis.
The tail is tormcd'by a serles'ot beads. strung on the necklace cord Il previously referred to. the said cord being received in container'ilas by drawing the same through a slit il. just as was described in connection with the arms of Pigs. l through 4.` The head il is a special block provided with a `hole or socket 10 which receives the upper end oi a dowel 12, the lower end of whichis received ina'hole' 1l drilledin the bottom Il. Al
bead 1| may be placed around dowel 12 tobetter u simulate the neck oi' the animal.
The animal iig-ure being simulated may be modiiied by changlngthe proportional dimensions of the parte. For example, in Fig. 8 I show the same toy modified to simulate a giraile. In this oase -jggthehead'llismountedattheupperendoiit single long dowel or a groupoi dowelsplaced end to endlas was described in connection with Fig. 5). and .a series o! elongated .beads Il ls used for the .neck simulation. A pair of doweis I! 7g is used tor the-forelegs, these doweis being longer o! the beads are omitted except-a terminal bead Il. thus .helping to indicate the diii'erence between the bushy tall ofa horse andthe slender tail of a giraile.
A single toy may be constructed for simulation oi either the human or an animal ilgure, and that illustrated in Pigs. 6 through 8 .is such a toy. Specifically, thebottom il is provided with hola which are adapted to receive the upper ends of doweis forming the ytwo legs of tbe human ilgureas described in connection with Figures l through 4. The closure I4 lsprovided with a central `hole not visible in the drawing, which is adapted to receive theneck dowel when using the container body i'or a human ligure. Similarly. the upper edge'of the container wail is provided with the slits u previously `referred to as re 4ceiving the arms ofthe iigure.
It is believed that the construction and manner of assembly. as well as the many advantages o! 4my -improved ligure toy container. will be `apparent vfrom the foregoing detailed description thereof. Ihe container `body is voluminous and -nm.y-;be used together'to form a necklace or the like. 'lhe varied supply offbeads and doweis may alsobe'usedto form an upright two-legged ligure of varying proportions. or a four-legged animal iigure of varied proportions. 'Ihe `toy is mar-` keted and soldasai'lgure toy,.and thisiorms an attractive way to merchandise .the same. It will be apparent that whilel have shown land `described my invention in preferred forms.
many changes and modiilcations may be made in thestructures disclosed without departing from the spiritof the invention deiined in the follow- I claim: l. Aoombined'ngure toy and container com- 'prisingia hollow cylindrical container-like body having bottom and-side walls and a `removable "closure,said bottom being made o! wood and said aide wall oi-cardboard, simuiatedlags detachably attached tothebottom of said container and extending downwardly therefrom. said 'legs'being formed of doweis with beadsslipped thereover.' the upper ends of the doweis being received in relatively deep mating holesformed in the wood bottom vof the container, and the lower ends of said doweis being received in simulated feetof suiilcient area tohold the figure toy upright on 'two legs. simulated arms, attached to the exterior of said container, said container actling as the torso of the'ilgure. and ahead to complete the simulation of an upright ligure.
2. A combined ilgure toy and container com- ,prising a hollow cylindrical container-like body having bottom and sidewalls and a removable closure, ithe side wall being made of cardboard. simulated legs ydetachably attached to the bottom oiv said container, and extending downwardly therefrom said legs being formed oi doweis Iwith beads slipped thereovex-,the upper ends of the doweis beingreceived in mating holes formed in .the bottom of the container, and the lower ends ofsaid doweis being received in simulated ieet kof sunicientsiae to hold the ligure toy upright on twolegs, simulated arms formed of beads strung on flexible cord, and attached to the exterior of said container. said container acting as ammi l the torso of the ngure, said cord passing into and being secured to said container by forcing the same into slits at the upper edge oi the container adjacent the removable closure, and a head to complete the simulation of an upright ilgure.
3. A combined ligure toy and container comprising a hollow elongated cylindrical containerlike body having bottom and side walls and a removable closure, simulated limbs detachably attached to the exterior o! said container, the container acting as the body oi the iigure, some of said limbs being formed of dowels with beads slipped thereover, the ends o! the dowels being ilxedly received in relatively deep mating holes formed in the container, and other limbs being formed of beads strung on flexible cord, a head detachably attached to the container to complete n the rlgure simulation, and an additional supply oi beads and dowels carried within said container, the various beads and dowels being interchangeable.
4. A combined figure toy and container comprising a hollow container-like body having bottom and side walls and a removable closure, said bottom and closure being made of wood and said side wall of cardboard. simulated limbs detachably attached to the exterior of said conf tainer, the container acting as the body o! the ligure. some of said limbs being formed of dowels with beads slipped thereover, the ends of the dowels being received in mating holes formed in the wooden parts of said container, and other limbs being formed o1' beads strung on flexible cord, said cord passing into and being secured lto said container by forcing the same into a split in the edge ot the container adjacent the removable closure, and a head detachably attached to the container to complete the iigure simulation, and an additional supply of beads and dowels carried within said container, the various beads and dowels being interchangeable.
5. A combined gure toy and container comprising a hollow container-like body having bottom and side walls and a removable closure, said bottom and closure beingA made of wood and 45 said side wall oi cardboard, simulated limbs detachably attached to the exterior of said container. the container acting as the body of the gure, some of said limbs being formed of dowels o with beads slipped thereover, the ends of the dowels being received in mating holes formed in the wooden parts of the container, a head detachably attached to the container to complete the hgure simulation. and an additional supply 55 of beads and dowels carried within said container, the various beads and dowels being interchangeable so as to permit changing the proportional dimensions of the parts of the iigure, or changing the nature of the figure being simulated, and the wooden parts of said body having openings such as to facilitate the formation of either a two-legged or a four-legged figure.
6. A combined figure toy and container, comprising a cylindrical piece of cardboard or paper board, relatively thick wooden discs permanently closing one end and removably closing the other end to form a usefully usable container-like body, and a plurality or limb-simulating dowels, said discs being provided with relatively deep holes to receive said dowels.
'7. A combined figure toy and container. comprising a cylindrical piece of cardboard or` paper board, relatively thick wooden discs permanently closing one end and removably closing the other end to form a usefully usable container-like body, a plurality of limb-simulating dowels and ya. neck dowel, said discs being provided with relatively deep holes to ilxedly 4receive said dowels, and a simulated head secured to said neck dowel.
8. A combined ilgure toy and container, comprising a cylindrical piece of cardboard or paper board, a relatively thick wooden bottom disc permanently closing one end and a relatively thick wooden top disc removably closing the other end to form a usefully usable container-like body, two leg dowels, said bottom disc being provided with relatively deep holes to fixedly receive the upper ends of said dowels, beads received on said dowels, simulated feet having holes to receive the lower ends of said dowels and large enough in area to support said body inupright position, and a simulated head secured to said top disc.
9. A combined figure toy and container comprising a hollow container-like body having bottom and side walls and a removable closure, said side wall being a cylinder made of cardboard, paper board or the like, and said bottom and closure being relatively thick wooden discs having holes adapted to receive dowels, the container acting as the body of the figure, simulated limbs detachably attached to the exterior of said container, some ofl said limbs including dowels received in the aforesaid holes,'other or said limbs being formed of beads strung on ilexible cord, and a head detachably attached to the container by means of a dowel to complete the ilgure simulation.
ROY M. BROWN.