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Publication numberUS2202915 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 4, 1940
Filing dateMay 11, 1939
Priority dateMay 11, 1939
Publication numberUS 2202915 A, US 2202915A, US-A-2202915, US2202915 A, US2202915A
InventorsFrank Maltese
Original AssigneeFrank Maltese
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Advertising device
US 2202915 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June4,1940. M E 2,202,915 ADVERTISING DEVICE Filed May 11, 1939 FUSE 26 HOA/OG/QAPH INVENTOR BY I m 4 @152 PIC/(UP soc/r57 ATT RN Y AMPL/F/E s a/r54: 775 6 66 JPEA/fffil SOCKET Patented June 4, 1940 Frank Maltese, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Application May 11, 1939, Serial No. 272,945

2 Claims.

This invention relates to advertising devices. More particularly to a device intended to give oral announcements timed with the movement of a human figure.

It is an object of this device to simulate an announcer making announcements through a megaphone and to provide such a figure in which the announcer places a megaphone to his lips and in timed relation thereto the announcement is given forth.

The invention accordingly comprises the features of construction, combination of elements and arrangements of parts, which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter set forth and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the claims.

For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be had to the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in


Figure 1 is a front elevation of the device embodying this invention.

Figure 2 is a diagram showing diagrammatically the operating mechanism therefor.

Figure 3 is a side elevation thereof.

Figures 4 and 5 are mechanical details.

In the drawing numeral designates an electric motor adapted to be protected by a fuse block connected to a power socket l2. The electric motor has upon its shaft a pulley I3 which in turn, through a reduction gear device, drives a shaft l4 mounted in suitable bearings I5. This reduction gear device comprises any train of gears which will reduce the speed of the motor such as to make the shaft l4 revolve once for each time that the announcer is to make his announcement. This gear train is here illustrated diagrammatically by pulley l6, worm gear |'||B and by gears |9-20 and 2|, but they are not more specifically referred to, as details of them form no part of this invention.

, The shaft |4 mounted in suitable bearings |5|5 has upon it a concentric roller 22 upon 45 which is mounted a copper band 23 which is of a length partially but not completely to encircle the roller as seen in Figure 5. An insulating block 24 carries a'pair of conducting arms 2B-2| in position to make a circuit through the copper band 5 Whenever both arms are in contact with it but to break the circuit when either contact arm. reaches the segment 28 between the ends of the copper band.

, The block 24 may be pivoted at its base and spring arms 30 and 3| may be connected to the upper portion thereof to hold the contact arms 26 and 2'! in engagement with the copper band. The'function of this circuit breaker is to close the circuit from the socket l2 to the motor of a phonograph 32, which will be later described, to if cause the operation of the phonograph when the circuit is closed and this opening and closing of the circuit is in timed relation with the operation of the figure as will be hereinafter described.

Mounted upon the shaft I4 is an eccentric disc 10 or cam 33 adapted to cooperate with rollers 34 carried by a pin 35 fixed upon a vertical post 36 slidable in vertical bearings 31. A spring 38 attached to the frame at 39 is also attached to the post 36 to urge the post upwardly and hold the 15 rollers 34 in engagement with the eccentric 33.

The numeral 40 represents in generafa figure of a man having journaled across the shoulders a shaft 4| to which is rigidly attached at one end an arm 42 carrying in the hand thereof a mega- 20 phone 43. The shaft and arm and megaphone are rigidly connected together so that the rotation of the shaft will move the megaphone to the lips 44 of the figure or allow it to fall to the side thereof. Upon the other end of the shaft 85 4| is loosely mounted the other arm 45 which by reason of its weight may be allowed to hang always in the downward position, the extension of the shaft being used merely as a convenient means of hanging the left arm. Mounted upon 80 the shaft 4| is a bracket arm 46 to which is pivoted at 41 an arm 48 attached to the upper end of a rod 49 which is connected at 50 to the post 36. With this construction the arm 46 serves as a two-ended lever one end extending 85 forwardly and pivotally connected by the arm 48 to the rod 49, and the other extending rearwardly to support the counterweight 80. Thus the forward end serves as a crank arm to impart a partial rotary movement to shaft 4| as rod 49 40 is recip-rocated. A spring 52 is connected to the framework at 53 and to the rod 49 at 54 so as to hold the rod in its upward position as far as it will go consistent with the engagement of the rollers 34 upon the eccentric disc 33. The rod 49 will be drawn downwardly by the eccentric disc and this will cause the figure to drop the megaphone from his lips. As the eccentric disc rotates, however, the springs 38 and 52 draw the rod 49 upwardly.

The phonograph 32 is conventionally illustrated by a turntable 60 operated by a motor not shown which is fed through wires 6| and 62 from a plug 63]? insertable in socket 63S which in turn is connected to the power plug l2 through the contacts 26 and 21.

The numeral 64 designates the electric pick-up of the phonograph connected by wires 65 and 66, pick-up socket 76S and plug 1GP to an amplifier Bl which in turn operates a loud speaker 68 through wires 69, T0, speaker socket 17S and plug HP. Power is furnished the amplifier from a socket HS through plug HP and wires 12 and '13 connected to the power plug l2 by wires 74 and '15. A weight 80 is now used to counterbalance the arm 48.

In the above described circuit, the amplifier is always on or connected to the power circuit, but if desired, the amplifier can be made to be on only when the phonograph is operating by disconnecting wire 74 and. using wire I4 as shown dotted, instead. In this circuit, the power supplied to the amplifier is regulated by contacts 26--21.

With the foregoing construction it will be clear that when the power is connected to the motor ID the eccentric 33 will cause the figure to raise the megaphone to his lips once for each revolution of the shaft I 4 and similarly the copper strip 23 will make contact with the phonograph motor once for each revolution of the shaft l4 and these are so timed that the message delivered by the phonograph occurs during the time when the phonograph is placed to the lips of the figure.

Since certain changes may be made in the above construction and different embodiments of the invention could be made Without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawing shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween.

Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:

1. A figurine resembling a living figure having a horizontal shaft pivoted therein at the shoulder, for oscillatoryrotary movement, an arm rigidly attached to said shaft,a simulated sound instrument carried by said shaft, constructed and arranged to move from the lips of the figure to the side thereof as said shaft is oscillated; a motor driven shaft mounted below said figure having a cam and circuit breaker thereon, connection between said cam and horizontal shaft for oscillating said horizontal shaft,a phonograph, means for operating said phonograph controlled by said circuit breaker in timed relation to said oscillation of said horizontal shaft.

2. A device according to claim 1 in which the means for connecting the cam to the horizontal shaft comprises a follower for said cam, a reciprocating rod operated by said follower, and a crank cam on said horizontal shaft and connected to said reciprocating rod.


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US2603912 *Jun 26, 1948Jul 22, 1952Gruber Mathew BSound for figures or puppets
US4828530 *Sep 30, 1987May 9, 1989Lee Yeong RApparatus for activating doll's limbs
U.S. Classification40/455, 446/302, 40/419
International ClassificationG09F19/00, G09F19/08
Cooperative ClassificationG09F19/08, G09F2019/086
European ClassificationG09F19/08