US 2283583 A
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y 19, 1942- H. SINGER 2,283,583
AMUSEMENT DEVICE Original Filed Feb. 20, 1940 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 "4 m i [I] HMFIIIIIIIIIII May 19, 1942. H. SI NGER AMUSEMENT DEVICE Original Filed Feb. 20, 1940 2 Sheets -Sheet 2 I Patented May 19, 1942 a 2,283,583 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Henry Singer, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, as-
signor of one-half to Charles Edison Ludin Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii Claims.
This invention relates to the class of games and toys and pertains particularly, to improvements in chance controlled devices.
This application constitutesa substitute for applicants prior application Ser. No. 319,971, filed February 20, 1940.
The primary object of the present invention is to provide a game device employing one or more rotating disks associated with a stationary indicator means, the disk being provided with a plurality of marked ofi indicia bearing areas in connection with which the indicator means operates to designate which of the areas selected by players wins after the disk has been spun or rotated and allowed to come to rest.
Another object of the invention is to provide-in association with a spinning disk game, a novel means for supporting one or more such spinning disks and for controlling the rotation of the same so that one person handling the game device may have a certain amount of control over the disks to slow up and stop the same, the disks having associated therewith a stationary indicator cooperating with markings upon a face of the disk.
A further object of the invention is to provide a novel game device, comprising a plurality of rotatable disks of different diameters arranged in graduated order upon a supporting axle with a stationary indicator associated with each disk, and a novel means under the control of a player of the game for retarding the rotation of all of the disks as a group after the disks have been set spinning whereby the length of time which the disks are permitted to rotate may be controlled.
The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings forming part of this specification, with the understanding, however, that the invention is not to be confined to any strict conformity with the showing of the drawings but may be changed or modified so long as such changes or modifica-' Figure 4 is a sectional view on thelin 44 of Figure 3;
Figure 5 is a longitudinal sectional view through a stand or frame supported form of the inven-: tion; and
Figure 6 is a sectional view on the line 6-6 of Figure 5.
The present invention has been illustrated in the accompanying drawings in several different forms or modifications but the basic feature'or,
features of the invention is present in each form. In referring more particularly to the drawings, reference will be first madeto the simplest form of the present invention which is illustrated in Figures 1 and 2. In this simple form, the invention may be constructed for the use of a child, in which case the rotating disk will be provided with areas having printed therein pictures or other matter which would be attractive to a child, which pictures may be designated by various,
numbers so that a number of children may be amused by each selecting a picture or number and then noting or seeing after the one handling the device has spun the disk, which childhas made the proper selection'by noting which picture stops adjacent to. an indicator. In the sim ple form of the device the-re is provided a shaft I having a head 2 secured atone end. This shaft passes through the center of a disk 3 which rotates on the shaft and upon one face 'of which areas may be laid off to receive pictures or other identifying matter.
The numeral 4 designates a handle for the toy which comprises an elongated fixed portion 5 and a shiftable portion 6, through the longitudinal centers of which portions the axle or shaft connection in the outer portion 5 of the'handle. The inner portion 6 of the handle has longitudinal movement upon the portion 5 and upon the shaft or axle and upon the end of the movable portion 6 there is fixed a stationary disk 8 at one point adjacent the periphery of which these pictures when the disk has been rotated. and allowed, to come to a stop or has been stopped by the disk 8 which functions as a friction brake 1 against the face of the disk 3. It will be readily apparent that in the use of this simplified form of the toy, the user will hold the toy by the bandle 4 and rotate the disk 3 on the axle. The disk may be allowed to come to a stop through loss of momentum or it may be stopped by the person holding the toy shifting the handle portion 6 with his thumb so as to bring the brake disk 8 against the face of the rotating disk 3.
By providing the head 2 with a kerf for the reception of a screw driver, the shaft I may be readily uncoupled from the handle and withdrawn through the disk 3 so that another or different style of disk may be substituted.
In Figures 3 and 4 there is illustrated a slightly more complicated form of the toy designed to be held in the hand for operation. In this form a number of rotating disks are provided which are indicated by the numerals i I, I2 and I3, and which are rotatably supported upon an axle or shaft I l. The shaft has at one end a fixed head l5 provided with a screw driver slot 16 and at its other end it is screw threaded to receive a securing nut 11. The end of the shaft receiving the nut l'i extends through a handle indicated generallyby the numeral l8 and comprising the outer fixed portion l9 and the inner shiftable portion 20, such inner portion carrying upon its end nearest the disks, a brake disk 2 i. As shown, the nut I1 is embedded in the end of the stationary portion I9 of the handle so that this portion can neither rotate nor shift on the shaft, but the portion 20, while it is held against rotation on the shaft, may be shifted longitudinally of the shaft. Between the adjacent rotating disks and between the disks I l and 2!, there are supported upon the shaft the freely rotatable spacer disks 22.
Instead of providing the brake disk 2! with an indicator or pointer as in the form of the invention previously described, the stationary shaft head has secured thereto an arm in the form of a wire 23 which extends radially therefrom and carries at its outer end the stepped axially extending bar 24 which extends across and in close proximity to the peripheries of the rotating disks ll, 12 and 13. These disks are of different diameters as shown, and are disposed in stepped arrangement upon the shaft 14, the smallest disk ll being disposed adjacent the brake disk 2| while the larger rotating disk is near the outer end of the toy. Thus all of the disks lying behind the smallest one will have a peripheral portion exposed to the view of the use of the toy and the disk I I will have a peripheral portion exposed around the edge of the brake disk 2| and these peripheral portions of the several disks are laid off in spaces, each of which is identified by a number or in some other suitable manner. Each of the rotating disks has the same number of spaces as the others and each disk carries stop fingers extending from the numbered face thereof, as indicated at 25, and located at the adjoining boundaries of the numbered areas.
The stepped arm 24 carries on each of the stepped portions thereof a swinging tab 26 which, when the toy is held with the supporting bar or wire 23 vertical, hang down across the faces of the adjacent rotating disks, each tab lying between a pair of the fingers 25 of the adjacent disk as shown in Figure 4. From this it will be readily understood that the tabs 26 function as means for gradually retarding the rotation of the adjacent disks through contactwith the fingers 25 and also for indicating which numbered.
area of each disk is a winner by the disk stopping with the fingers bordering such area upon opposite sides of the indicator tab.
After the several disks have been set spinning, they may be quickly stopped or their rotation checked by the operator of the device by movement of the shiftable portion 20 of the handle toward the rotating disks so as to force the brake disk 2| against the adjacent spacer 22 and move the other disks and spacers together into frictional contact. This will bring about a rapid checking of the rotation of the disks so that the winning numbers or spaces of the several disks may be determined quickly.
In Figures 5 and 6, there is illustrated a frame support form of the multiple disk type of the invention just described. In this construction there is provided a frame structure indicated generally by the numeral 21 and shown as having upwardly converging end bars 28 between the tops or apices of which is supported the stepped bar 29. The lower ends of the converging end bars are secured to a base frame 31] which may be provided with suitable cushioned feet 3| so that the device may be set upon a table or other supporting structure without danger of marring the same.
Extending lengthwise of the frame and supported at its ends by the end bars is an axle 32 on which is a shiftable brake handle 33 carrying a brake disk 34 which is concentric with the axle. The axle supports a series of rotating disks of graduated diameters, as indicated at 35, which correspond with the disks II, l2 and I3 previously described, and each of these rotating disks is located beneath anoffset or stepped portion 29. of the stepped bar 29, upon each of which portions a swinging tab 36 is suspended. The disks are provided with the peripheral axial fingers 31 for engagement with the adjacent hanging tabs 36 and for defining the numbered or otherwise identified areas upon the faces of the disks. Between the rotating graduated disks 35 the axle supports spacers 38 corresponding with the spacers 22 previously referred to. The operation of the table form of the invention is exactly the same as the operation of the hand supported form illustrated in Figures 3 and 4, therefore, a detailed statement of the operation for the two forms is not necessary as one statement will apply to both.
In using the game device described and employing the plurality of disks which, although here shown as having three disks, may be provided with any desired number, the person selected for running or operating the game spins the several disks by hand by an upward or downward movement of the hand across the periphery of each disk. Any previously determined arrangement may be made for betting on the disks or upon the numbers carried by the disks if the game is to be used in this manner, or if it is to be used merely for pleasure, the several players will previously select the numbers which they wish to have win, without putting up any stakes upon such numbers as it.is not essential that this game be played with stakes in order that amusement may be had therefrom. After all of the selections have been made by the players to the numbers which they pick to win, the operator of the device may quickly stop the rotation of the disks by shifting the brake disk carrying handle toward the spinning disks so as to bring such disks and the adjacent spacer members into frictional contact, thus slowing up and stopping the disks so that the tab associated with each disk will indicate the winning number or area for that disk.
From the foregoing, it will be readily apparent that there has been here disclosed a relatively simple but novel type of game device which may be employed for amusement by children or adults and which does not require any study or extensive knowledge for its operation.
1. An amusement device, comprising a shaft, a pair of spaced non-rotating members traversed by said shaft, one of said members being movable longitudinally of the shaft, an indicia bearing disk rotatably supported on the shaft between said members, an indicator supported above the shaft for coaction with the indicia upon said disk, and a handle slidably supported upon the shaft and connected with said movable member for effecting the movement of said member relative to the disk for effecting frictional braking of the rotation of the disk.
2. An amusement device of the character stated, comprising a, shaft, a head secured to one end of the shaft, a handle mounted upon the shaft adjacent the other end and having a portion movable axially of the shaft, a brake disk carried by the movable portion of the handle, a disk member rotatably supported on the shaft between said head and brake disk and having a diameter materially greater than said brake disk, said disk member carrying indicia upon the face adjacent the brake disk, and a fixed indicator means for coaction with said indicia.
3. An amusement device, comprising 'a shaft having a head fixed to one end, a handle member supported upon the shaft adjacent the other end and including a fixed portion and a portion movable axially of the shaft, a brake disk carried by said movable portion to be shifted therewith axially of the shaft, a plurality of rotatable disks supported upon the shaft between the head and the brake disk and having limited axial movement on the shaft, the rotatable disks being of different diameters and in graduated relation from the brake disk, the faces of the rotatable disks nearest the brake disk being provided adjacent their peripheries with identifying sym-.
disks, each tab indicating a symbol on the adjacent disk between a pair of fingers when the disk comes to rest, and said brake disk being operable to axially shift the disks together and frictionala face thereof, pin members carried by each disk and extending from the said face thereof parallel to the shaft, means connected with and supported by the shaft forming a, supporting frame, and a plurality of yieldable tabs supported by said frame and each disposed within the path of movement of the pins of a disk to be engaged thereby upon rotation of the disk, said brake member when shifted in one direction axially of the shaft shifting said rotating disks axially together to check the turning of the same.
5. An amusement device, comprising a shaft, c
a fixed member connected with the shaft, an elongated body supported upon and secured to the shaft and constituting a, handle, a brake member including a sleeve mounted upon the elongated body for longitudinal movement thereon anda disk having spaced relation with the fixed member, a plurality of disks of graduated size rotatabl supported coaxi'ally upon the shaft between the fixed member and the brake disk,
said plurality of disks each having indicia on a face thereof, pin members carried by each disk and extending from the said face thereof parallel to the shaft, means connected with and supported by the shaft forming a supporting frame, and a plurality of yieldable tabs supported by said frame, and each disposed within the path of movement of the pins of a disk to be engaged thereby upon rotation of the disk, a plurality of spacer disks supported upon the shaft and separating the rotatable disks one from another and separating said brake disk from an adjacent rotatable disk, said brake member when shifted in one direction axially of z the shaft engaging the adjacent spacer disk and shifting the rotating disks and spacer disks together to frictionally check the turning of the rotatable disks.