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Publication numberUS2529407 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 7, 1950
Filing dateMay 23, 1947
Priority dateMay 23, 1947
Publication numberUS 2529407 A, US 2529407A, US-A-2529407, US2529407 A, US2529407A
InventorsStephen P Midouhas
Original AssigneeStephen P Midouhas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy soda fountain
US 2529407 A
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Nov. 7, 1950 s. P. MIDOUH'A'S 2,529,407

TOY soDA FOUNTAIN Filed May 25, 1947 zsheeps-sheet 1 f, 5y MQW. 5'

Nov. 7, 1950 s. P. MlDoUHAs 2,529f407 TOY soDA FOUNTAIN Filed May 23, 194'?v 2' sheets-sheet 2 Patented Nov. 7, 195.0


This invention relates to a toy soda fountain and the details of its construction.

The primary object of the invention is to provide an amusement device or toy -which realistically simulates the appearance and operation of the conventional dispensing apparatus for ice cream, syrups and soda water commonly used by ice cream parlors and drug stores.

Further objects will be apparent from the speciiication and drawings in which:

Fig. 1 is a front elevation of the toy soda fountain;

Fig. 2 is a plan of the structure of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a rear elevation having the rear member partly broken away;

Fig. 4 is a section taken along line 4-4 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 is an exploded view illustrating the component parts of the cabinet; and

Fig. 6 is an enlarged sectional detail of the liquid pump contained in each bottle.

The toy comprises essentially a cabinet formed from stampings of light sheet metal such as aluminum, which supports a plurality of bottles containing liquid dispensing pumps. The bottles may be supported on a sloping front surface of the cabinet in a manner similar to the conventional drug store soda fountain or some of them may be supported on a horizontal cut-out portion of the cabinet front. A hinged imitation lid simulates the ice cream compartments on a fullsized cabinet and a plastic sink with drain board and imitation taps is also tted on the horizontal top shelf portion. Access to the bottles is provided by means of a conveniently pivoting rear section of the entire assembly.

A plurality of conventional dispensing bottles, each designated by the numeral I are supported in inclined position on the sloping front portion I I of the cabinet. The bottles and the pressure liquid dispensing device are of conventional construction and comprise a threaded cap I2 having a center bore I3 accommodating a tubular plunger I4. The pump illustrated in Fig. 6 consists of stationary housing I which seats upon the bottom of the associated bottle and has an inlet orice I6 at the bottom, closed by a ball check I'I. A piston I8 within said housing is secured to plunger I4 and is spring loaded by means of helical spring I9. When plunger I4 is vigorously depressed, liquid which has entered the housing from the bottle by way of inlet I6 is forced through the hollow plunger and out of nozzle 20 which is internally connected with the bore of plunger I4 through button 2l which may have appropriate markings (not shown) if desired. Each bottle is supported in the face I I by means of threaded cap I2 which when turned down on the bottle neck 22 securely clamps the face II between bottle shoulder 23 and the cap. The construction shown is provided with four holes 24 in surface II, and a ith hole 25 in a central cut out and recessed portion of the cabinet front for reception of vertical bottle Ia.

The bottles and pumps in themselves form no part of the invention and are readily available on the market, but they greatly enhance the realistic effect of the fountain since it is intended that a harmless liquid such as various colored water or even carbonated water may be squirted from nozzles 2U. Specifically, the four bottles which iind support in the sloping front wall II may contain syrups, while the middle bottle, located in central recess 2B, may contain the charged or plain water.

The cabinet proper is assembled from stampings of which the front member 2I has a lower vertical portion 28, and a horizontal shelf 29 having two openings 30 and 3I. Thisstamping 2'I is then bent back at an acute angle to form outwardly sloping face 32 terminating at right angles to and in the lower edge of sloping portion I I. The top of the cabinet has a at portion 33, also a part of stamping 2l, which is cut out near its mid-section to provide relief for the recessed portion 26.

Side portions 34 and 35 have inwardly extending lips 36 which may be conveniently attached to the member 2l by means of sheet metal screws. A cover 3l is then secured over flat portion 33 to hide the cut-out 26 and to enhance the appearance of the completed article.

The back member 38 ts between side members 34 and 35 and is pivoted to them at 39 and 4|] (Fig. 3) A convenient ringer hole 4I pro-vides means for pivoting back 38 when access to the interior of the cabinet is desired.

Hinged cover 42, having a longitudinal frame 43 and a plurality of transverse grooves 44 is positioned in opening 30 to simulate the appearance of the conventional ice cream compartment llids of a soda fountain. Knobs 45 appropriately located on the top or" lid 42 enhance this appearance.

A combined sink and drain board 46 is located in opening 3l and has a basin 4'I, drain board 48, taps 49 and spigot 50. The entire sink assembly 4l is conveniently formed from a pressure molded plastic material.

The construction of the cabinet provides an extremely realistic toy inexpensive to manufacture and which has at the same time the advantage of actual operation of the dispensing de- Vices.

I claim:

l. A toy soda fountain comprising a cabinet having a horizontal shelf, an imitation sink and ice cream compartment lid supported on said shelf, a rearwardly and upwardly inclined portion overhanging said shelf, a sloping shelf disposed above the at shelf, a plurality of liquid dispensing bottles secured on the sloping shelf by means of bottle caps threaded to the bo-ttle necks, whereby the shelf is tightly clamped between the cap and the bottle.

2. A toy soda fountain comprising a cabinet constructed of a unitary sheet metal stamping having a forward vertical front, a horizontal fi shelf, a sloping forwardly disposed shelf having circular apertures therein adapted to receive the necks of liquid dispensing bottles, a flat top; a pair of sides for said cabinet, said sides being formed of sheet metal stampings; means for securing the sides to the first-mentioned stamping, and a plurality of liquid'dispensing bottles positioned in said circular apertures by means of bottle caps threaded to the bottle necks.v


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in thele of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,509,812 Replogle et al. Sept. 23, 1924

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U.S. Classification446/475, 312/140, D07/307, 222/180, 222/129
International ClassificationB01L99/00, B67D7/02, B67D1/06, G01F11/28, A45D44/02, A63H33/30, B01J4/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45D44/02, B67D1/06, A63H33/30, G01F11/28, B01J4/008, B01L99/00, B67D7/0205
European ClassificationA63H33/30, G01F11/28, A45D44/02, B67D1/06, B01J4/00D, B67D7/02B, B01L99/00