US 2644270 A
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y 7, 1953 M. P. MARONG 2,644,270
BALL AND RUNWAY TOY Filed Nov. 7, 1949 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Inventor July 7, 1953 M. P. MARONG 2,644,270
' BALL AND RUNWAY'TOY Filed Nov. 7, 1949 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Fig.4.
In ventar Michael R Marang ft' m u" BALL AND RUNWAYTQY" '1 Michael P.Marong,Warsaw; Y.
'Appjueauosma'nm 7,1949, Serial No. 125,956
My invention relates to ball and runway toys and is designed as anflimprovement over/the toy of my U. S. Patent Noi2,466,116 dated April 5, 1949. Y
The primary object of my invention is to provide a simplified amusing toy of the type in which a ball is caused to travel in a manipulated runway member, and which requires less dexterity to that of said member.
View of my invention, together with the precise Figure 2 is a view in transverse section taken I on the line 2--2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a similar view taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 1;
Figure 4 is a view in plan of a modified em bodiment of my improved toy;
Figure '5 is a view in edge elevation partly broken away and shown in section;
Figure 6 is a view in perspective drawn to a smaller scale and illustrating the manner in which the toy is used, in the modified embodiment.
Referring now to the drawings by numerals, and first to Figures 1, 2 and 3, my improved toy in the preferred embodiment thereof, comprises an annular, hollow runway member I' for a ball 2 fitting loosely therein.
The runway member I comprises a tubular segment 3 of sufiicient length to provide a hand grip and by means of which the ball 2 may roll in the runway member I through a hand grasping said segment 3. The remainder of the runway member is substantially tubular and provided with internal, preferably square, notches 4 spaced apart equidistantly around the inner circumferential portion of said member to provide sight openings spaced around the member substantially in correspondence with the length of the notches circumferentially of said member I.
The notches 4 are slightly larger than the diamstrong material, such-aspas 1c, I formed-of similar material contr ting i In using the described toy, the ball 2 may be inserted in the runway member I through any notch 4, the segment, or hand grip 3, grasped by one hand, as shown in dotted lines, in Figure 1, and the runway member I manipulated with a circular motion cause the ball 2 to roll around said member I and be retained therein under the action of centrifugal force, the ball being intermittently visible through the notches 4 and hidden from ,view intermediate said notches. If it is desired that the ball 2 shall not be touched by hand, in entering the same in the runway mem her I, said member I may be laid flat on a table,
or the like, with the ball 2 within the confines thereof and said member then slid to move a "notch 4 toward the ball 2 to enter said ball in the notch for picking up by manipulation of said member I with a circular motion. As will be seen, the. invention providesfor the ball 2 rolling around the runway member I while said mem-- her is grasped in the hand and thereby obviates providing a separate handle on said member. The notches 4 obviously provide for flash visibility of the ball 2. which, together with the dexterity required to keep the ball 2 rolling and in the runway member I, makes the toy particularly interesting and appealing to children.
In the modified embodiment of the toy illustrated in Figures 4, 5 and 6, an annular run-. way member 5 is provided with fiat top and bottom sides I and 8, respectively, and an internal transversely arcuate groove 9 extending around said member and forming with the bottom side 8 a. bottom feathered edge I0 onsaid member. A diametrical handle bar II is suitably fixed to the top side 1 of the runway member 5 with a knurled central hand grip section I2. A ball I3, substantially smaller in diameter than the groove 9 is provided for rolling around said groove.
In using the modified embodiment of the toy, the runway member 5 is laid flat on a table or other fiat surface with the ball I3 on said surface and within the confines of said -member. The handle bar II is then grasped, and the runway member slid toward the ball I3 andsaid ball picked up with a circular motion of said member to lift the ball into the groove 9 by. means of the feather edge I0, after which said member 5-may be manipulated with a rotary circular motion to keep the ball I3 rolling in the groove 9 under the action of centrifugal force.
' 3 The foregoing will, it is believed, sufiice to immotion to cause said ball to roll around the part a clear understanding of my invention, withmember and be retained therein under the action out further explanation. of centrifugal force, and a handle on said mem- Manifestly, the invention, as described, is ber for manipulating 'the same, said member susceptible of modification, without departing 5 being substantially tubular with circumferential from the inventive concept, and right is herein notches spaced around the inner circumferential reserved to such modifications as fall within the portion thereof providing for flash visibility of scope of the appended claims. the ball as it rolls around said member, said Having described the invention, what is handle comprising a tubular segme l portion claimedlaser ew iszr. n 7. 10 of said member extending between two of said 1. A my comprising; a; ball, an 'ollovv Tlid ci erentialportion. runway memberfor the ball 'in'which said'ball y according to claim 1 wherein said is visible and for manipulation with a circular ,,.,notches are of a size to pass said ball theremotion to cause said ball' to roll around the hrough into and out of said member. member and be retained therein under the action; 415 J; of centrifugal force, and a handle onesa id mern- H MICHAEL her for manipulating the same, "saidir'reinber "'"'gg being substantially tubulargwith;circumferential; notches spaced around the inner circumferential 'Cited in the file of this patent "UNITED' STATES PATENTS portion thereof providing for flash visibili'tfofo Name Date the ball as it rolls around said member. 591,876 Pace Oct. 19, 1897 2; A toy oo'rrlprisi'ng; a ball,-'-'an annular hollow 1;815-;378 1 LMenkus et a1; .Ju1y 21',;,193l
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