US 2590476 A
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;-March 25, 1952 T. H. STOUGH CANDY CONTAINING MUSICAL TOY TELEPHONE Filed June 25, 1948 INVENTOR. 9%,
ZHSZO Patented Mar. 25, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT 'DFFI-CEE CANDY CONTAINING 'MU SICAL T'OY I TELEPHONE Turney H. 'Stough, Jeannette, ia.
Application June 23, 1948, Serial No.134i6t0 2 Claims.
. i I v 1 This invention relates to certain new and usein! improvements in musical toy telephones.
object of this invention is to make a simple screw cap novelty container, which has the .appearance of a telephone instrument, and has a musical mouth-piece.
Another object is to .make the body of the above container of glass, forming a bracket for the mouthpiece out of stamped light sheet material with a side extension, cut out to form a receiver hook, and having 'an opening to fit over the neck of the glass container under the screw cap so as to be held in place thereunder.
A further object is to make a simple musical mouthpiece of stamped sheet material, with a couple of tongues out in a sheet metal diaphragm to form reeds for vibration when the user blows thru the mouthpiece, to provide musical notes of the same or different tones, depending on the length of the tongues, the mouthpiece having an internal flange made by rolling in the edge of the rear opening, and a ring on the bracket adapted for rolling its inner edge into this opening and over the internal flange, to hold the mouthpiece in place above the cap. I
A further object is to provide a wooden blank simulating a telephone receiver adapted to hang on the hook in the extension of the above bracket, and to tie a piece of string to it at one end and fix the other end to the bracket to simulate the telephone wire connection.
A further object is to fix this other end of the string by cutting out a small ear from the extension portion of the bracket and crimping it over said end of the string.
Other and more specific objects will appear in the following detailed description of one illustrative embodiment of the present invention, having reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the novelty container,
Figure 2 is a front view of the upper portion thereof, showing in section a part of the receiver hung in place on its hook, V
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2, and
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4--4 of Figure 3.
Briefly described, the invention relates to novelty candy containers, and more particularly to glass candy jars, made in the shape of a telephone instrument with a screw cap on top, and having a light metal bracket holder for the telephone mouthpiece with an opening fitting over iii the neck of the iiar under the cap so as to be held in place thereby. The bracket has anex tension to one side of the neck, formed "to hold the telephone receiver, which is simulated by --a wooden blank, having a piece of string tied to it at one end and fixed to the bracket at the other end.
The novelty container illustrated in perspective in Figure '1 is shown filled with candy in the form of shot balls -I, which maybe vari-colored and show through the glass body 2 of the contamer. This body may be "provided with a fiat circular surface 3 at its base simulating a dial or a telephone number disc holder. A bracket '4 stamped out of sheet 'metal is formed as shown having an opening 5 therein to fit over the neck 6 of the container, and is adapted to be held in place by the cap l when it is screwed down, as more clearly shown in Figure 3. Another opening 8 is out out in the side extension 9 of the bracket, to form a hanger for the receiver Ill. The receiver may be a wood blank turned in the shape of an actual receiver, with a groove H around its smaller-end. -A piece of string 12 has its one end tied around this groove and its other end is crimped under a small ear I3 cut fromth'e extension portion 9 of the bracket.
The upturned portion [4 of the bracket has a rib l5 stamped therein for reinforcement purposes. A ring it is fixed as by soldering at I] to the end of this portion l4, and has its inner edge rolled into the opening at the rear of the mouthpiece l8, and over the internal flange I9 thereof, to support the mouthpiece above the closure cap I.
The mouthpiece is a stamping formed as shown with the opening at the rear formed by the internal flange l9 referred to above, a step 20 and a rolled over edge 2| in front. A thin metal diaphragm 22, preferably of brass, is cut round to snugly fit in said step, as shown, and has two tongues 23 and 24 cut out of it, of different lengths, which are offset slightly so that when air is blown through the mouthpiece, they will vibrate at different rates, producing two distinct notes which may be harmonically related to sound a pleasant chord. This diaphragm is held in place by a ring spacer 25 and a disc 26 which has a press fit in the mouthpiece. The disc is perforated in the center at 21, as shown.
As will be understood from the drawings, the container may be employed at will as a carrier for the candy pellets or other commodities either with the addition of the simulated telephone equipment of receiver and mouth-piece, these being in the form of a unit assembly demountable bodily at will, or as a simple container, since the unit is carried by the neck zone of the container and is held in position by the cap closure; removal of the closure permits the unit to be removed bodily, after which the closure is restored to normal container-closing position.
One of the advantages of the present arrangement, as disclosed moreparticularly in Figure 3, is due to the fact that the detail structure of the unit is such that the position of the mouth-piece prevents complete unscrewing of the cap closure while the unit bracket remains in its normal position on the neck zone, so that to open the container it is also necessary to raise the unit from such normal position to permit complete unscrewing of the closure. The advantage of this lies in the fact that the container is practically sealed against loss of contents excepting to one familiar with the required regimen, since it is necessary to also raise the unit as the closure is raised; hence, during transportation, the sealed status remains, even should the closure work loose, the same condition being present when a person unfamiliar with the required regimen-whether adult or childattempts to gain access to the container contents.
As will be understood, in manipulating the reeds by blowing into the mouthpiece, the user is even simulating the position of a user engaged in actual telephone communication.
The bracket, cover cap, mouthpiece and receiver may be given a coat of bright paint, and will thus present a very attractive appearance of a miniature telephone instrument, while at the same time it will furnish a child endless amusement by blowing into the mouthpiece to emit a soft chord of notes. Obviously, the container may be filled with attractively colored candies and will thus serve also as a package of goodies to satisfy the palate of the young recipient.
This inexpensive container, and similar containers embodying minor variations in construction, has the advantage of being easily manufactured and assembled because of the simplicity of design, and at the same time forms a very attractive novelty.
What is claimed is:
1. A telephone simulating candy filled toy including an elongated container having an en- 4 larged base, a reduced threaded neck and a screw cap closure, and an attachment for said container comprising an elongated flat plate having an opening through one end thereof slightly larger than the neck of said container and positioned thereover and clamped between said cap and the shoulder on said container defined by the reduced neck, said plate further having an opening through the opposite end thereof defining a ring for loosely holding the enlarged end of a simulated telephone receiver, said receiver being normally positioned in said ring and having a cord attached to its smaller end, means on said plate for fixedly holding the free end of said cord, said attachment also comprising a mouthpiece supporting arm extending from said plate upwardly and over the neck engaging opening, and a mouthpiece simulating element secured to the end of said arm.
2. A toy as set forth in claim 1 wherein the mouthpiece simulating element of said attachment is disc shaped and has musical, vibrating reeds formed therein and positioned in the plane of said disc whereby said reeds may be activated by the breath of the user when the novelty telephone is in normal position for simulated use.
TURNEY H. STOUGH.
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