US 2664667 A
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Jan. 5, 1954 H. P. BURROUGHS TOY BALLOON HOLDER Filed Nov. 7, 1949 INVENTOR. HflL BEET PBUEROUGHS BY A TTORNEYS Patented Jan. 5, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TOY BALLOON HOLDER Halbert P. Burroughs, Seattle, Wash.
Application November 7, 1949, Serial No. 125,961
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This invention relates to improvements in means for the attaching of air inflated rubber balloons to sticks or stem types of holders, and it has for its principal object to provide a novel securing means that will serve both to hold the inflating neck of the'balloon so that the inflating medium cannot escape and also to support the balloon in an upright position at the end of the holding stick.
For a better understanding of the present invention and its various advantages, it will here be explained that it has been a general practise in the past to attach the common types of air inflated toy balloons to sticks of reed-like character by twisting the inflating neck portion of the balloon and. then so looping or tieing it about an end portion of the stick that the balloon will be secured thereto in its inflated condition. While this method of securement of a balloon is effective, there is the undesirable result in this manner of securement of causing the balloon to project laterally from the holding stick. From the standpoint of sales promotion, it is desirable that the balloon should have the appearance of being held captive against a tendency to ascend, and such manner of connection as has previously been used gives the opposite impression.
In view of the above, it has been the principal object of this invention to provide a simple and inexpensive balloon mounting and securing means that may readily be applied to the end of a stick or reed, and to which means the air inflated, toy balloon may be readily applied in a manner to hold it against deflation, and also to support the balloon in the desired manner for imparting the impression of its being held captive and having a tendency to ascend.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a balloon mounting means comprising an annular support, or seat, that is fixed to the end of a holding or supporting stick, coaxially thereof and in a plane perpendicular thereto, and with which mounting or seat is included a part to which the twisted neck portion of the inflated balloon may be applied to prevent deflation of the balloon and also to anchor the balloon and also to draw it tightly against the annular seat, thus to hold it in a substantially fixed position relative to the stick holder.
Further objects of the invention reside in the detail of construction of the balloon mounting seat and its mode of application to, and relationship with the holding stick or stem.
In accomplishing the above mentioned and other objects of the present invention, I have provided the improved details of construction the preferred forms of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein- Fig. 1 is a side view of an inflated toy balloon, secured to a stick or stem by means of a mount ing embodied by the present invention.
In that embodiment of the invention illustrated in Fig. ,1, the balloon holder comprises a stick it equipped with a balloon securing seat which is designated in its entirety byreferen'ce numeral l2. The stick, or stem, in its usual form, comprises a wooden strip about two feet long, and. about in diameter, and of flexible, reed-like character. The securing seat l2 comprises a round piece of wood, plastic or other suitable material, that is pressed, or turned to cup-like form, about in diameter, and drilled with a hole [4 in its base to provide for mounting the cup I2 on the end of the stick Ill. The hole M should be of such diameter that it will contain the end position of the stick in a friction tight fit and thus glue or the like will not be required to insure securement of the parts together.
In the various views, the stick or stem I0 is shown to be applied to the base of the cup in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the annular rim portion. However, the hole l4 might likewise be directed into the body of the cup but angularly with respect to the plane of the rim, if this should be so desired.
Formed in the side wall of the cup-like slot, and extending from the rim to near the axial line, is a slot l5, about $4 wide. The relationship of the stick to the cup or mounting I2 is well shown in Figs. 1 and 4, and it will be understood that the mounting is held rigid relative to the stick.
Toy balloons that are to be used with the present device are of rubber and have an inflating neck portion. In the drawings a balloon has been designated by numeral [6. After the balloon has been inflated, the neck portion thereof, designated at liar, is usually twisted and secured to retain the inflating air in the balloon.
The mode of use of the present device is as follows: First, the balloon I6 is inflated and the neck portion I61: thereof is twisted in the usual way. Then the outer end of the neck portion is pressed against the base of the cup and while the neck is stretched quite taut, it is wound once or twice about the stick, and is drawn upwardly into the slot [5, permitting the inflated balloon to be seated in the cup, as has been illustrated in Figs. 1 and 5. Thus the neck of the balloon. will be ateen a'men h win. P eventany possible'escape of air and, because of its being held under tension, the balloon will be; firmly seated against the rim of the cup. This securement holds the balloon substantially in a fixed position relativ to the stick. Thus when the stick is in vertical position, as in Fig. l, there is the allusion of the balloon being held against ascension.
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It is desirable also that the stem l0 be equipped at its lower end with a knob as at I02: as an aid to holding and also to be an insurance against injury.
Having thus described, what I claim as new therein, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
A holder to: inflated toy-balloons comprising a balloon holder stick; a balloon securing support comprising a block element having an under surface extending laterally from said stick and an upper surface which latter constitutes a seat onlwhich, an inflated balloon may rest, said seat being concave. and substantially coaxial with said stick, and said block element being providedwith a slot extending from its marginal edge inwardly and substantially toward said stick and terminating, in a wall. closely, adjacent: said stick, said. walk being substantially parallel to.
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