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Publication numberUS2589588 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 18, 1952
Filing dateJun 14, 1948
Priority dateJun 14, 1948
Publication numberUS 2589588 A, US 2589588A, US-A-2589588, US2589588 A, US2589588A
InventorsWinnemore Jullien F
Original AssigneeWinnemore Jullien F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy building boxes
US 2589588 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

March 1952 J. F. WINNEMORE TOY BUILDING BOXES 2 SHEETS-SHEET 1 Filed June 14, 1948 March 18, 1952 J. F. WINNEMORE TOY BUILDING BOXES 2 SHEETSSHEET 2 Filed June 14, 1948 II IIIIIIIIIIIIII/[IIIII/IIIIIIIIIIIIIII/II INVENTOR. 1722222 12201? Arrazmzy Patented Mar. 18, 1952 UNITED S TAT'ES PATEN T 2,589,588

TOYBUILDING Boxes Ju'llienT. Winnemore, Forest Glen, Md. Application June 14', 1948, serial nhiaz'guz 1- Claim. 01. 46 '-''1'9) This invention relates to amusement appa ratus.

The invention is more particularly concerned with apparatus in the form of construction pieces which embody a series of building" boxes and other pieces for association'therewith;

A primary object of the invention is' to provide a plurality of building boxes which embody cooperating pairs thereof, one of each pair simu lating the body of a house or a portion thereof, and the other of each pair being readily" su-pported on the first in the provision of'a roof, and all of said boxes being adapted forthe' formation of structures other than houses.

A further object of the invention is to provide a plurality of building boxes which are of successively smaller dimensions, whereby they can be readily arranged in nested relation when not in use, with the result that they are compactly arranged for storage or transportation.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a pair of boxe da t for toyhdfise.

construction and which have open tops, one; of the boxes serving as the body portion of ahouse and the other box being squarein'cross section and adapted to rest onthe dpper side edges of the first box with its bottom and one or the other of its sides forming the" roof of the house.

A still further object of the inventio'n is to provide a pair ofbuildi-ng boxes as above wherein the upper side edges of the box forming the house body portion are inwardly and downwardly beveled at right angles for seating engagement of the roof-forming box therewith.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a pair of toy house-forming boxes having open upper ends, one of the boxes providing the house body and the other box being square in cross section for seating engagement of one of its side walls and its opposite ends with the upper free side edges of the first box, whereby the bottom and other side wall of the second box provide the roof of the house, and the "opposite side walls and bottom of the second box being colored which blends from light to dark and vice versa from one side edge thereof to the other for different effects when the second box is rotated through an angle of 90 when supporting same on the first box.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent in the course of the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Figure 1 is an isometric view showing the improved construction boxes arranged in the form of a house.

i V c box and as viewed fronr above thefst 'fiirther'blending' to ligh adjacent he'- of reference characters; a p all Fig; '2'i's a longitudinal verti'carsectio of the boxes in nested relation" for storage or nan-s oi tati'on. I I I, v 5 Fig. 3 is a top planviewpf the boxes-innested' relation. I g Y Fig. 4' is atransvers'e" sectional '-'viewin '-the* plane ofline' 4 4 on-Fi'g; -11 v f H "Fig. '5 an isometric view "showing a further use'oft'he co'nstructi-onboxesr Fig; 6' isa top plan view offla rodfdorm g tu "f Fig. 4, the box being eoloredor -sh a fr light adjacent one free" edge? the-bcx-and blending into d ai'k adjacent the intersection of a sideandthe'bottom of the box and with a tion of the bottom and: t e othfer-s-i ea c sea.

Fig; 6-A shows a continliation oftheblending to theother' free edge of the bo'X-L Referring-now in detail to 'tlie drawingsbyuse i of succes' sively smaller dimensioned boxes are 'dsighated l0, H, I2, l3; Mand I 5 The boxes; while-being-"adaptd e l ing of various constructions nted-y use in house constiuction andwhi nalted I 0, I l, [2, l 3 ,and-' 4 15, learl rid-1- cated in- Fig=- The b'oxes ait-nave ope and' thesidej-efid; and; bottom-walls I are designated by the IeSPt-iV-f sdfiix I and c.

The boxes, due to their respectively smaller dimensions from box I0 to box I5, are readily adapted for compact storage by nesting the boxes, as is indicated in Figs. 2 and 3, and when so nested sufiicient space is provided for the storage of other small building parts, such as the chimneys I6 and I1.

When using the boxes for toy house construction, as in Fig. 1, one or more of the boxes Ill. I2 and I4 are supported with the open ends upward, and the corresponding boxes II, I3 and I5 are placed on the boxes I0, I2 and I 4 in providing the house roofs.

While all the boxes may be square in cross section, it is not necessarily so with the boxes [0, l2 and I4, but the roof-forming boxes II, I3 and I5 should be so formed for reasons later to ap-' pear.

The disposition of a roof-forming box on a house body-forming box is clearly indicated in- Fig. 4, wherein the bottom wall and one side wall of the box II form the roof and the major portions of the other side wall and the open top of the box are disposed within the box I0.

An important feature of the present invention is the provision of inwardly and downwardly directed bevels on the upper edges of the side walls of the house body forming boxes [0, l2 and 14. These bevels embody relatively wide surfaces which are at right angles to each other and which are for the purpose of quick and accurate seating engagement of the opposite end walls and one or the other of the side walls of the roof-forming box therewithr With this construction, a house, such as shown as an example in Fig. 1, may be readily constructed by quickly dropping the boxes ll, l3 and I into the open uppercends of boxes [0, l2 and I4 and then laying the chimney blocks on the ridges of the roof.

It is to be noted that the opposite side walls Ina, Ru and 14a of the boxes l0, I2 and [4 are relatively thick to provide for the bevel surfaces above referred to, and it is to be further noted that the end walls of boxes H, I3 and I5 are relatively'thick for ample contact with one or the other of the beveled surfaces. The boxes l0, l2 and M are preferably provided with suitable window and door markings on one side, and the boxes l2 and 14 may be similarly marked on one end. With the boxes so marked, they definitely simulate a house when set up as in Fig 1, and by omitting such markings from the other sides and ends, the boxes may be set up in inverted position as in Fig. 5, wherein the faces of the boxes as seen will be plain.

The boxes, while shown as six in number, are not limited thereto, since more or less may be used within the scope of the invention, and the boxes may be used for play building of constructions other than those shown.

The boxes may be painted in the same color, but preferably the boxes l0, l2 and [4 are of different colors and the end walls of the boxes ll, l3 and I5 are preferably of the same colors as their associated boxes l0, l2 and I4.

The bottom and side walls of boxes ll, l3 and I5 may preferably be of the same general color and such walls are preferably colored with variable tones as illustrated in Figs. 6 and 6-A.

As indicated in these figures, the color is so blended from light to dark that when the box II is placed as in Fig. 4 the lower edges of the roof sides will be light and gradually blend into dark at the ridge of the roof.

If, however, the box ll be turned through an angle of about its longitudinal axis and supported on box [0 the roof will appear as dark at the lower edges and blend into light at the ridge. Such blended coloring of the bottom and side walls of the roof-forming boxes provide for ready change of the appearance of the house.

While I have disclosed my invention in accordance with a single specific embodiment thereof, such is to be considered as illustrative only and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being defined in the following claim.

What I claim and desire to secure by U. S. Letters Patent is: I

Amusement apparatus comprising a pair of house building boxes, each box having side, end, and bottom walls and an open top, one of the boxes providing a house body when resting on its bottom wall with its open top uppermost, the other box being square in transverse section and adapted to be supported on the first box with one of its side walls and its opposite ends engaging the respective opposite upper edges of the side walls of the first box, whereby the bottom and one of the side walls of the second box provide the roof of the house, and wherein the side Walls of the first box are relatively thick and provided with inwardly and downwardly bevelled surfaces at their upper free side edges at right angles to each other and adapted to be engaged by the correspondingly angled side and end walls of the second box.


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

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US3577672 *Sep 1, 1967May 4, 1971Nutting WilliamModular rigid block-type dollhouse construction toy
US3691671 *Jan 11, 1971Sep 19, 1972Kroll Frederick HExpandable doll house
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U.S. Classification446/85, 446/69
International ClassificationA63H33/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/04
European ClassificationA63H33/04