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Publication numberUS2570778 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 9, 1951
Filing dateSep 6, 1949
Priority dateSep 6, 1949
Publication numberUS 2570778 A, US 2570778A, US-A-2570778, US2570778 A, US2570778A
InventorsVane Augustus Hiram De
Original AssigneeVane Augustus Hiram De
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Advertising dummy
US 2570778 A
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Oct. 9, 1951 A, H. DE VANE 2,570,778

ADVERTISING DUMMY Filed Sept. 6, 1949 INVENTOR. A. H. DEVANE Patented Oct. 9, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE ADVERTISING DUMMY Augustus Hiram De Vane, Hot Springs, Ark.

Application September 6, 1949, Serial No. 114,134

(Cl. IO- 126) 1 Claim.

This invention relates to the art of advertising and moreparticularly to an advertising. device" simulating .an animate object and in which a portion of the device is actuated or caused to move by power means in order to attract attentiO'Iia.

Numerous devices of this general character have: been developed inthe past but many of which were complicated While others were subject to frequent breakdown and expensive and represented a relatively large investment to the user.

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a power-operated advertisin device simulatingan animate object such as, for example, a bellhop and in which a portion thereof is operated; to attract attention, and which may be economically constructed from simple metal stampings or the like, and in which the poweroperating mechanism is of extremely simple and rugged- -construction capable of rendering long and trouble-free service.

Other objects and the nature and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Fig. l is an elevation illustrating one application of the invention with parts in section for greater clarity and with the arm of the figure in extendedposition in full lines and in downward position in dotted lines; and

Fig. 2, a horizontal section on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1, with the arm of the figure in lowered position.

An advertising device of the nature disclosed in this application may take many different forms and may be constructed in many different ways. Likewise the mechanism for actuating any movable portions thereof may be of many diversified types this depending somewhat on the nature of the movement produced and the number of movable parts.

In order to maintain this disclosure relatively simple and yet to be sufiiciently illustrative of the invention, merely one type of device is illustrated and described herein, and relatively simple driving mechanism is utilized to actuate the movable member of the device, such as the arm. The advertising device may simulate a bellhop or other person and have abody with one arm extended at an angle thereto. The lower portion of th arm is pivoted at the elbow and is power-driven to oscillate through a limited arc in order, by means of this mount, to attract the attention of persons passing by or in the vi- 2 cinity. In the hand or at the end of the arm illuminated means is. mounted in order to further attract attention.

With continued reference to the drawings, a figure I0 is provided which simulates a man, preferably dressed in the uniform of a porter or bellhop, doorman, or the like, the figur I0 being preferably of hollow construction and may be approximately made of any desired materia1 such as stamped metal sections II and 12 secured together at convenient locations by welds, by bent tabs or other desired means. If preferred, the figure LG might b molded from plastic materials constructed of wood, or might conceivably comprise askeleton framework covered with fabric or other suitable materials.

-One arm is of the figure .Hl projects substantially at right angles to the body, with the lower arm portion I' l pivotally mounted atthe elbow for oscillatory movement in a substantial vertical plane through an arc of approximately as shown by the full line and dotted line positions in Fig; 1. The lower arm M is fixed to a shaft 15 extending substantially at right angles thereto, such shaft being journalledinbearingslo and i? disposed within the interior of the upper portion of the arm l3- and adjacent thenormal elbow joint.

The shaft t5 may be provided with a collar 13" fixed thereon in engagement with the bearil" in order to limit axial' movement of the shaft i5 and prevent separation of the lower arm it from the upper arm I3. Also fixed on the shaft i5 is a lever arm 19 provided with an aperture 20 adjacent the outer end thereof for pivotally receiving a connecting rod 2| extending through the upper arm l3 into the interior of the chest portion of the figure.

Mounted within the figure It on a bracket 22 or other suitable supporting means is a source of power in the form of an electric motor 23 having a power shaft 24 to which is attached a crank 25. The crank 25 is pivotally secured to the opposite end of the connecting rod 2| from the end thereof secured to lever arm [9.

With the structure described when the power shaft 25 is rotated, the lower arm [4 will be oscillated about the axis of the shaft l5 through an angle determined by the length of the crank 25 and the length of the lever arm [9. In the form illustrated in the drawing the length of this are is approximately 80 through which the upper arm I4 is moved or swung from approximately an upright or vertical position to a position slightly above the horizontal and in front of the upper chest portion of the figure [0.

In operation the device described above is intended to be located near the entrance to a restaurant, a hotel, a place of amusement, or other place of business where it is desired to attract attention and to direct such attention to the establishment advertised or indicated. Obviously any desired type of figure may be employed as well as any preferred character decoration including the style and color of the same.

In order to increase the attention attracting characteristics of the device, a multi-colored electric light bulb 26 or illuminating or signalling device may be secured to' the hand 21 at the outer end of the lower arm 14. Conductors 28 for supplying current to the bulb 26 may extend inwardly through the hand 27, the interior of the lower arm [4; and the upper arm l3 into the interior of the figure l0, and outwardly to a source of electricity. If desired, such conductors could pass from the forearm through the joint member I5. It is further contemplated that the signal might be the displaying of a worded sign or the playing of a recording, when for example the device is used in front of the entrance to a tourist camp or hotel, such as come in and enjoy our fine food and excellent rooms.

While the figure of a person has been illustrated in the drawing and described in the specification, obviously this figure may simulate an animal or bird or the object may be utilized in any manner desired.

It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that various changes may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and therefore the invention is not limited to what is shown in the drawings and described in the specification, but only as indicated in the appended claim.

What is claimed is:

An advertising dummy comprising a substantially hollow body simulating a human figure and having arms including a hollow upper arm projecting horizontally laterally and forwardly from said body, pivot means mounting forearm will be visible from front and rear of said body, said means comprising a shaft journalled in said hollow upper arm, the extremity of said shaft extending through said upper arm and into said hollow forearm and being fixed thereto, a vertically disposed flattened bearing portion on the forward surface of said hollow upper arm surrounding said extending shaft, said vertically disposed flattened portion lying in a plane in front of said body, a complementarily flattened portion on the inner face of said forearm engaging said bearing portion, a lever arm fixed tosaid shaft within said upper arm, a link extending from said lever, means for actuating said link for swinging said lever and said forearm comprising a motor mounted within said body on a horizontal plane in substantial alignment with said shaft and including a shaft to be driven by said motor, a crank on said last mentioned shaft connected to said link so that upon operation of said motor the forearm will be raised from a position in front of said hollow body to a substantially vertical position above said upper arm and beyond the outline of said body, signal means mounted upon said forearm adjacent the extremity thereof, and means whereby said signal means is actuated upon movement of the forearm to a definite position, said signal means being of a character to be electrically energized.


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U.S. Classification40/414, 362/808, 446/354, 40/419, D21/634, 362/428
International ClassificationA63H13/04, G09F19/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63H13/04, G09F19/08, Y10S362/808
European ClassificationG09F19/08, A63H13/04