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Publication numberUS2372799 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 3, 1945
Filing dateNov 29, 1943
Priority dateNov 29, 1943
Publication numberUS 2372799 A, US 2372799A, US-A-2372799, US2372799 A, US2372799A
InventorsEricsson Smith Elizabeth
Original AssigneeEricsson Smith Elizabeth
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2372799 A
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April 1945- E. E. SMITH 2,372,799


Filed Nov. 29, 1945 s Sheets-Sheet 1 INVEN-l-Q E. E. SMITH April 3, 1945.


Filed Nov. 29, 1943 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 April 3, 1945.

E. E. SMITH DOLL Filed Nov. 29, 1943 s Sheets-Sheet a INVEN'FE! R 525m 3 7312,

Patented Apr. 3, 1945 um'rso STATES PATENT OFFICE DOLL Elizabeth Ericsson Smith, Walpole, Mass.

Application November 29, 1943, Serial No. 512,091

2 Claims.

The present invention relates to dolls, particularly those made in part from paper cut-out blanks.

The object of the invention is to make it possible for small children to make cut-out dolls which are sturdy and substantially three-dimentional, and which have a greater variety of postures and more life-like attitudes.

In accomplishing this object, the invention embraces the combination of wooden clothespins and garments cut out of paper blanks, the garments being adapted to fit or cooperate with the clothespms.

The dolls chosen to illustrate the nature of the invention are members of a Christmas creche assembly. One is a king bearing a gift and the other is a king ofiering his crown. These two are depicted in order to show how the dolls, unlike the usual paper cut-out figures, can be used in tableaux and to represent a human posture or act.

In the drawings,

Fig. l is a perspective view of a standing doll holding a box;

Fig. 2 is a perspective of an ordinary clothes- P Fig. 3 is a plan view of a garment blank, showing the cut-lines.

Fig. 4 is a similar view of a garment removed from its blank;

Figs. 5 and 6 are like views ofan arm and a decoration, respectively.

Fig. '7 is a view of a crown in cut out and finished form;

Fig. 8 shows the kings present, a box, in cut out and in perspective;

'Fig. 9 is a detail View in perspective showing the first step in making the doll;

Fig. 10 is a detail view in perspective showing further steps in the construction;

Fig. 11 is a perspective view of a second doll shown in kneeling position;

Fig. 12 is a perspective view of a clothespin with the legs cut off;

Figs. 13, 14 and 15 are all plan views of additional garments as they appear when first cut from the blank, and

Fig. 16 is a perspective view showing a step in the construction of the kneeling doll.

The clothespin I shown in Fig. 2 has a head- 2, neck 3, shoulders 4, and a body portion 5 which has legs 5a and 5b. The blank 6 for a garment (Fig. 3) is marked with solid out-lines I and dotted fold lines 8. The garment 9 outlined by the lines I has a curved neck edge ID, a curved bottom II, and two straight but angularly out sides I2 and I 3. The side I2 is adapted to overlap the side 13 to permit fastening tabs l4 to enter the slits l5 in the side I3. The fastening tabs are formed with one rounded corner It and a pointed corner I7. this shape enabling the tabs to enter the slits I5 at a slant but keeping them from being pulled out. Two slits I8 and I9 are cut to receive the arms, which will be described later.

The garment 9 is Wrapped about the clothespin I so that the sides I2 and I3 are overlapped (Fig. 9) and the tabs I l are Within the slits I5. At this time the neck edge Ill and the bottom edge II form concentric circles, and the whole garment is frusto-conical. The circular neck opening ID fits the neck 3 of the pin I closely, while the wide base of the cone described by the bottom edge II keeps the doll from tipping over. The garment 9 is preferably long enough so that the doll is entirely supported by it, the legs 5 of the clothespin being slightly higher than the edge I I of the garment. The part of the garment that passes over the shoulders 4 of the pin is just large enough to clear them. The garment cannot slip off the pin I in either direction as the small neck opening Ill will not pass either over the head 2 or the shoulders 4 of the clothespin.

Other pieces of clothing may be added over the garment 9. The trimming 20 (Fig. 6) may be cut from a blank having a different color from that of the blank 6, and thereafter slit along the line 2| to appear as shown in the assembly views or said trimming may be partly folded along the line 2|. The tab 22 is then folded over and slipped in between the neck edge I9 and the neck 3 of the doll. Likewise a cloak 23, preferably also of different colored material, may be secured to the doll by slipping the tabs 24 and 25 through the slits I8 and I9 and slipping the tabs 25 and 21 in between the collar 16 and the neck 3 of the pin (see Fig. 10).

The tab 22 of the trimming 20 and the tabs 24 to 21 inclusive of the cloak are all held in place by the cooperation of the clothespin and the first garment, making it unnecessary to glue them and avoiding the use of exposed fastening tabs.

Arms 28 and 29 may also be out from a blank and the socket ends 30-38 passed through the slits I8 and I9.- These ends are likewise held between the first garment and the clothespin so that other fastening is unnecessary. The hands 3| and 32 may be engaged in some activity, such as holding a box 33. The box is made from a suitable blank 34 having cut and fold lines (see Fig. 8) and glued together. The hands may be glued to the box, or, if preferred, slits may be made in the box to receive them. Some form of headgear, such as the crown 35, may be cut from a colored blank 36 and placed on the head of the doll.

9, but is shorter and has a portion 39 which maybe folded back from the full line position in Fig. 16 to that indicated by dot-and-dash lines underneath the clothespin to form a base for the doll. This base should be out long enough to extend for a short distance behind the doll, as it represents his robe trailing on the ground as he kneels. The base line 40 of the robe 38 is provided with a tab 4| adapted to penetrate a slit 42 formed in the portion 39 as indicated in Fig. 16, said tab being thereafter folded against the underside of the portion 39 (Fig. 11) and glued thereto. The robe 38 has arm slits 43 and 44, and fastening tabs 45 and 46 adapted to be received in slits 4'! and 48 when the garment is in place. This garment, like the garment 9, is frusto-conical in shape when in position about the clothespin 31 (see Fig. 16). The neck portion 49 is adapted to fit snugly about the neck 50 of the clothespin so that the garment cannot be slipped over the head 5| or the shoulders 52 of the pin.

Acloak or train 53 may be cut from a piece of colored paper, preferably a color different from that of the robe 3B, and secured at the neck of the doll by a tab 54 in the manner previously set out. A collar piece 55 may be placed about the neck of the doll and draped over the shoulders. The arms 56 and 51 are formed and put in place in the manner heretofore described, and the crown 58 held between the hands 59 is made in the same way as the crown 35.

I claim:

1. A doll that children can construct from paper cut-out blanks and clothespins comprising, in combination, head. neck, shoulder and trunk portions formed of a wooden member such as a clothespin, and a garment made of stiff paper out to form a frusto-conical covering for the lower part of the wooden member, the conical garment having a large base by which the wooden member is supported and a small circular neck opening that fits tightly about the neck of the wooden member, leaving only the head portion exposed, an intermediate portion of the garment passing in close proximity to the shoulder portions of the Wooden member.

2.- A doll that children can construct from paper cut-out blanks and clothespins comprising, in combination, a wooden clothespin, a cutout paper garment forming a frusto-conical covering for the lower part of the clothespin, the small end of the frusto-conical garment fitting snugly about the neck of the clothespin and the large end of the garment serving as a support to hold the doll in upright position, slits formed in the sides of the paper garment opposite the shoulders of the clothespin, and paper arms passed through the slits and held in position between the paper garment and said shoulders.


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U.S. Classification446/72
International ClassificationA63H3/08, A63H3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/08
European ClassificationA63H3/08