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Publication numberUS2638706 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 19, 1953
Filing dateJul 11, 1951
Priority dateJul 11, 1951
Publication numberUS 2638706 A, US 2638706A, US-A-2638706, US2638706 A, US2638706A
InventorsSeale Frank E
Original AssigneeV P Seale
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spinning disk with embossed indicia
US 2638706 A
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May 19, 1953 Filed July 11, 1951 0012 MISSISSIPPI 001: I6 VANDERBILT 3 OCT. 30 CINGINN I HOME HOME cmrgo Inventor Frank E. Sea/e mug way Em Patented May 19,1953

SHNNING DISK WITH EMBOSSED mmom Frank E. Scale, Lexington, Ky., assignor to V; P.

Scale, doing business as Bill-E-Company, Lexington, Ky. 1

Application at 11, 1951, Serial No. 236,166

The present invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in spinning devices and has more particular reference to a unique spinning disk or token with embossed indicia an:

other novel characteristics.

Stated somewhat more specifically, the invention appertains to rotatable game pieces and perhaps, in a remote way, to spinning tops. However, and precisely speaking, it is neither of these but takes thiorm of what may be conveniently called a lucky pocket-piece. It ranges in diam eter or size from that of a half-dollar or a dollarpiece and may be carried about in'ones pocket as a souvenir, keepsake, or, as above stated, as a good luck pocket-piece,

One object of the invention is to provide a pocket-piece which has remarkable balance and free spinning properties and has fiat top and bottom faces provided with embossments which may be used so that one face provides advertising -media for the sponsor and the other face provides schedules for football games, basketball games ,and similar events and activities. Thusused as a token the disk becomes a practical permanent advertisement for those who sponsor it and give it free of charge to their customers.

Another object of the invention, primarilyirom va structuralpoint of view, has to do with a manually twirled spinning-type pocket-piece which takes the form of a disk of a diameter to be conveniently grasped in ones finger and spun, in familiar fashion, into rotation, said disk having fiat obverse and reverse faces, being of lightweight metal such as aluminum and bein provided on its bottom or reverse face with an axially centered spindle, said spindle being relatively short so that the stated reverse face sweeps the supporting surface, a table or the like, with a mininum of clearance, thus limiting the tendency of the disk to wobble and promoting prolonged spinning results.

A still further object is to provide a disk having the aforementioned structural characteristics and which is also provided on its top or obverse face with an indicating arrow denoting the stopping place of the disk when the momentum gives out and the disk comes to a standstill, said arrow being situated in close proximity to the periphery of the disk and serving as a pointer.

Other objects and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following description and the accompanying sheet of illustrative drawings.

In the accompanying sheet of drawings where- 1 Claim. (c1. 46-64) optional.

z in like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the views:

Figure 1 is a View showing a fragmentary portion of a table or the like, showing the disk resting thereon and showing the manner in which it is adapted to be spun for tell-tale andother purposes;

Figure 2 is an enlarged top plan view of the spinning disk showing what is hereinafter referred to as the flat obverse face of the same;

Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the reverse face thereof; and,

Figure 4 is an exaggerated central section taken on the plane of the line 4.4 of Figure 2,. looking in the direction of the arrows.

The spinning disk as an entity is denoted by the numeral 6 and in practice it is preferably light in weight and usually constructed from aluminum. As a general practice the disks in use range from the size of a half-dollar to a silverdollar, although the factor of size is more-or-less Generally speaking, the disk should be of a size to permit it to be conveniently grasped between the thumb and index and second fingers as shown in Figure 1, in order that it may be easily twirled in a familiar manner and thus spun, let us say, in the direction of the arrow in Figure 1. The top or obverse face is perfectly fiat and denoted at 8 and the bottom or reverse face I9 is likewise flat. The peripheral edge of the disk is circumscribed by an annular rim I2 having its upper and lower marginal edge portions defining flanges 14 and 16 respectively. There is an extruded spindle at the exact axial center of the disk and this is denoted by the numeral. l8 and has a pin-point pivot 20. The extrusion step leaves an indentation as at 22 which is of no moment, funtionally speaking. Both faces 8 and ID are provided with predetermined embossments and these vary in nature although all the embossments are within the confines of the flanges l4 and I6 and generally speaking between the same and the spindle l8. Looking at Figure 2, the principal embossment is a pointer or indicating arrow 24 and this is situated adjacent to the flange l4 and is radial and functions to denote, obviously, the stopping point of the disk after the momentum has stopped and the disk has come to a standstill. Diametrically opposite to the indicating arrow is an embossed symbol which in the instant showing is a four-leaf clover 26 companion to the adage Good Luck 28 which happens to be on the arrow side. The in-between embossments or indicia denoted at 30 may be classified as suitable advertising media. The reverse or bottom side 10 displays other embossments denoted generally by the numeral 32 and these may be football schedules, basketball schedules and other messages of a timely nature and arranged chronologically or otherwise.

It will be understood that the subjects-matter covered by the various in icia embossment is, of course, not fixed and t de c iption oi some is not limiting. Generally speaking, however, the obverse face 8 will invariably carry a pointer such as the arrow 24, an ad of a suitable type and some message of surpassing merit that the disk may be classified as a charm or lucky pocket-piece. The arrow 24 is significantly important in that it denotes the stopping point or place after the disk has been spun and comes to a standstill. The disk may be used on a card, table for selecting a dealer for example; or, may be used in a refreshment parlor or restaurant to pic the person who, as a result of the spinnings, is designated to p y for the meal nd so on. The information constituting the indioia 32 on the reverse side is p rely for n ormat ve purposes, as is obvio s,

The essence of the invention is struction shown in Fi ure 4 whe ein it w ll be observed that the surfaces of the empossments 32 are all in the same plane and in a plane w in til connne A. The surfaces or the edg s or flanges l are on .a lower p ane repr s nted by th character B and the pivot point of the sp ndle, the point 20, occupies the plane C. It is clear, thereiore, that the isk is suspend d by p vo poi from the surface D of the table and. so suppor ed causes the embossments 39 and edges 16 toglear v embossed soft drink bottle or a milk bottle represented in order to inject the idea of spin the bottle? Minor changes in the shape, size, material and arrangement of parts may be resorted to in actual practice without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, as claimed.

Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:

A manua ly twi d spinnies tyne pock -p p ima il i advertising urpo a comprising a light weight non-corrosive disk of a diameter to be conveniently grasped in ones fingers and spun into motion on a table or other support surface, said disk having planar obverse and reverse faces, said observe face being centrallgg depressed to provide a spindle with a pivot point or the revers face, sa d p nd e p j ting beyond said reverse face a relatively short distance in comparison with the area of said disk, whereby said reverse face sweeps the support suriace with a minimum of clearance, thus limiting the tendency of the disk to wobble and time while pi ning, said disk having a perip tilnl rim with 119F 3 and lQWfii' marginal 81 56 projecting above and below the respecti e ob.- verse and r verse iaoes to m mu deg ee and the pivot po of id spin to pro ect ng o a olaneslis tly below t e ma e oi the ow r ine sinal. edge of sa d rim to cause lett r t c ear the s pport suriaee w th requisite e anc a d said reverse .fa ha ing n ieie embessm nts hereon he area between sa d sp dle and lower ma g n l e e sai embe ments a l being in the same plan a niece whi h. i higher the plane ccupi d by s d w r dge- FRANK Referenc s Gites, in he file of patent UNITED STATES PATENTS

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U.S. Classification446/256, 273/147, 40/27.5
International ClassificationA63H1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H1/00
European ClassificationA63H1/00