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Publication numberUS2159817 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 23, 1939
Filing dateAug 11, 1937
Priority dateAug 11, 1937
Publication numberUS 2159817 A, US 2159817A, US-A-2159817, US2159817 A, US2159817A
InventorsPierce Frank H
Original AssigneeSamuel E Witt
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2159817 A
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F. HQ PIERCE May 23,. 1939, i

Filed Aug. 11, 1957 mwa W HOC/M ATTORNEYS padd ` Il tached thereto in which F j lment of the invention with the ,m struck by a ball.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TOY FrankH. Pierce, New York, N. Y., assignor of seventy per cent to Samuel E. Witt, New York,

Application August 11, 1937, Serial `No. 158,459

` y 2 claims; (o1. is- 191) 1 This invention relates to improvements in toys `and more particularly toys in which abat or `a le `and areturn ball `attached thereto Vis used.

` l5.; `Anobject of the .invention is to provide an improved toy having a bat and return ball ata snapping noise or signal will be given when the `ball is properly struck or in winch a signal is heard when the 10, ball leaves the bat or paddle.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved bat having ornamental features not hitherto employed in bats of this character.

` 1li` `Further objects of this invention will be apparent `from the specification and drawing in ",Qwhichzf 1 is a top planview of the toy,A with the A @striking disk member partially broken away.

20 Fig. 2 isa sectional view on the line 2--2 ci Figi' 3 is a bottom p1an view, with the striking disk member partially broken away.

Fig. 4 is a top plan view of another embodistrikingV disk o member partially broken away.

` `Figures 5 and 6 are sectional views on the w {,iine s, 6 5, s of Fig. 4.

i i, Referring to Fig. 1, this shows a bat or padafdle having an upper or striking portion I and fa lower or handle portion I a. The bat or paddle can, be made of any suitable material, such i f' was Wood, fibre board or the like.

' As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the front face of l", `iggpthe bat is provided with a recess `2a at the central part of the upper portion I of7said bat. Said recess 2a is adapted to receive a striking `disk member 2, stamped out of any metal or other material adapted to` give a signal when Said disk 2 is stampedor otherf j wise` treated to' form a convex springy surface as clearly shown in Fig. 2 and the rolethis convex. disk 2 Vplays in giving a signal will be hereinafter explained.

" ,45 As shown in Fig. 2, said disk member 2 is provided .witha peripheral wall adapted to lt into the recess. 2a. Preferably, the disk member 2 A is "retained in the recessla by pins 5 as indicat- `fed in Fig. 1. The use of pins or the like may C5`0 be obviated when the construction oi?` the" disk 1 C 'V `member 2 is such that When'it is snapped into `theqrecess`2a its peripheral wall Will abut the wjyertical walls of the recess 2a and the disk will libe` held securely in position byv a irictional or 56 force nt between its peripheral wall and the ver- `flush with the playing Wall of the paddle'.

As shown in Figs. 2 and 3, theY rear part of' the upper `portion il. of the bat is provided with i'f an opening 4 which is countersunk at :4a. Said opening 4 is located opposite the recess 2a and communicates therewith. The opening 4 is coun` tersunk so as to retain a` leaf spring 3. Said spring 3 serves to maintain the disk member 2 10 in convex or bulged out form. Furthermore said spring 3 is adapted to yield in cooperation with the disk member when the latter is struck by a ball.

The reference numeral 'l indicates a rubber 15 ball having an elastic or rubber string 6, one

end of which is secured to the ball 1 and the opposite end to the bat or paddle by a tack 8 as shown in Figs. 1 and 2.

A snapping noise, signal or a series of signals may be given or noises may be emitted as follows:

The player grips the handle portion la` of the bat or paddle and imparts a swinging movement thereto. The elastic string 6 will stretch 25 and said string being attached to the bat, the ball 1 will perforce return to said paddle and if controlled accurately will strike the disk member 2 causing the same to yield together with the spring 3 and said disk and spring will assume a 30 slightly concave position as shown by the dotted lines in Fig. 2.

This will produce a signal or noise. The disk member 2 and the spring 3 will then immediately tion thus causing a second signal to be given.

` That is, a double signal is produced and this may be repeated indenitely if the player accurately aims and controls the return ball.

It is obvious that my improved toy paddle serves the useful purpose of an accuracy testing device in the nature of a noise producing target. That is, if the disc member 2 is properly struck, at substantially its central portion, a noise will be emitted, thus informing the player that he has scored a hit. In this way the players skill may be readily tested.

Figure 4 shows another embodiment of the invention and provides certain ornamental features. The bat or paddle l is provided with a recess at its upper or striking portion. Said recess is adapted to receive a convex disk member 9. Said disk member 9 is provided with a peripheral iiange and is securely held in said recess by a frlctional or force fit between the peripheral flange and the vertical walls of the recess.

vAn elastic or rubber string 6 is secured to one end to a ball 1 and at its opposite end to the disk member 9 by aknot l2 through an opening in the center of the disk. When the player causes the ball to strike the disk 9 as shown in Fig. 5, the disk member 9 is forced inwardly thus producing a signal. When the ball leaves the disk and the elastic 6 stretches outwardly, an outward pressure is exerted on said disk member and it then assumes the convex position shown in Fig. 6, thus producing a signal. These signals are independent of each other.

Fig. 4 shows two openings Il having varying colored windows l0. These windows may be peered through by the user and the bat or paddle now serves as a mask or the like giving the user an additional toy.

While I have shown the disk member 2, the recess 3a and the opening 4 as circular, I do not Wish to be limited in this respect. They may be square or of any desired shape. Likewise, they may be of any desired diameter. Nor do I wish to be limited to any particular form, style or shape of paddle or bat.

I have shown preferred embodiments of my invention, but it is clear that numerous changes and omissions can be made without departing from its spirit.

I claim:

1. A toy or the like comprising a paddle having a recess in one side thereof, a disk member located in said recess, a return ball attached to said paddle, said disk member being ilexible and having a normally convex face, said face being adapted to assume a concave position and to produce a snapping noise when struck by said ball and being adapted to return to its normal position when said ball rebounds from said face.

2. A toy or the like comprising a paddle having a recess in one side thereof, a disk member located in said recess, a return ball attached to said disk member, said disk member being flexible and having a normally convex face, said face being adapted to assume a concave position and to produce a snapping noise Vwhen struck by said ball `and being adapted to return to its normal position when said ball rebounds from said face.


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US20100252012 *Nov 30, 2009Oct 7, 2010Poof-Slinky, Inc.Racket toy ball launcher
U.S. Classification446/421, D21/466, 273/330
International ClassificationA63B67/20
Cooperative ClassificationA63B67/20
European ClassificationA63B67/20