US 2672916 A
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March 1954 c. v. KENNEY BABY BOUNCING DEVICE Filed April 14, 1950 11 INVENTOR.
., Uzarlea flflimn y Patented Mar. 23, 1954 UNITED "STATES PTENT OFFICE "BABY BOUNCING DEVICE Charles Vr-Kenney, Chicalgmllh Kppiication Apr-i114, 1950,. SerialNb. 155,980
1 "the-present invention relates "generally to a childs toy, but'rnore aruc'uiany to a novel and improved baby bouncing chair.
' "Oneo'f the primaryobjects'of the present invention is to provide a novel and improved baby deviceor baby bouncing chair, which isnot only sturdy in construction, but which is als incapafile of being upset or turned over by the occupant thereof. 7 I
A further objector the invention is to provide a sturdy, simplified construction of 'a baby bouncing chair which'can be knocked down in arelat'ively comp act form so that the samemay be "packed into comparatively small containers for shipment and'at the same time, the device c'a'n'b'e readily and easilyset up or assembled forfuse;
thereby prevent the device from being upset "or turned overaccidentally. I
These and other objects are accomplished by providing a construction and an arrangement of the various parts in the manner hereinafter" described and pa'rtic'ul'a'rly' pointed out in the appended-claims Referring to the drawings:
Fig. l is a front perspective View taken from one sid'e of my improved baby bouncing device;
Fig; '2 i's-a side perspective View taken from one' 'sld'e of thesame;
Fig. '3 is an enlargedfragmentary view partly in cross section showing the manner in which the forward ends of the seat supporting structure orrodare inserted and secured in the tubul'ar base or main frame members;
Fig. -i's' an enlarged fragmentary view showmg: the" manner in which the rear transverse brace rod- 1's detachably secured to the upper rear ends-of th'emain frame members;
"Fig. 5'is a cross sectional view taken'o'n'the Fig. 6 is an enlarged cross sectional view sho' "In illustrating one form my invention may assume in practice, I have shown the same as comprising-a relatively wide base or main frame member; generally indicated by the reference 3 Claims. (CL- 155-18 .2 character Hi; This'main frame member ispreterably made in theform of two tubularinembers or pipes and 2. The portions l l and i2 of these pipes occupy the same plane and extend parallel to one another and are adaptedto lay flatly on the ground or floor and have their rear ends bent at right angles as shown respectively at H and i2. The inner ends of the portions terminate in fiat overlapping'portions I3,. which are adapted to be secured together by"suitable' bolts Hi extending through aligned apertures therein. The forward ends of these tubes or pipes H and it are symmetrically bent or curved as shown at l5 and 16 respectively and converge inwardly and rearwardly in a direction toward one another as shown at I? and T8. The upper portions El and it of the main frame members are again curved rearwardly as shown at l9 and 28 respectively, and terminate in cantilever-like horizontal and parallel extensions 2i and 22 re-- spectively. These elevated and horizontal portions 2! and 22 terminate in downward and rearward extensions 23 and 24 respectively, The rear ends 23 and 2-4 of the tubular-frame members i! and I2 are braced ordetachably secured together by a transverse b'owed rod 25. Located adjacent 'theopposite ends of the transvers'e'brac'e rod 25 are oppositely disposed recesses 26 which are adapted to engage the narrowed portions or slotted openings 21 in each of the keyholeslots 28 formed on the inner side of each of the downwardly extending portions 23 and 2 1 of the respective mainframe members H and 12.
From the above description it will readily be seen that by removing the bolts l4 and disconnecting the transverse rod 25 from the'opposit'e keyhole slots 28, the mainframe members ill and H of the device-can be knocked down so as to cccupy'a relatively small space with the seat supporting structure in a comparatively small shipping carton.
The canvas seat supporting rod and its asso ci'ated. tray are assembled together in one unit and similarly occupy small compact space for shipping purposes. This seat supporting, struc= ture' i's made up from a; single rod; generally indicated bytheireferenc'e character 29, and includes an inverted U-sh'ap'ed portion 29" which isnor: mally inclined rearwardly with respect'to the ve'rti'cal so as to engage and support the back portion of the canvas seat hereinafter described. The lower portions'ofthe inverted U-shaped portion 29' are bent at right angles to form substantially horizontally spaced apart fails, as shown at 30;
These-rod portions then diverge 'outwardly'and forwardly as shown at 3| and then substantially forwardly and horizontally as shown at 32. At these points the rod is curved or looped into spring-like coils 33 on the opposite sides thereof. The ends of this red 29 then terminate in forwardly bowed and downwardly extending portions as shown at 34. These forward end portions of the supporting seat rod 29 are adapted to be detachably secured in slotted openings 35 on the rear side of each of the upwardly extending portions I1 and I8 of the mainframe tubes and I2 as clearly shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings. A tray, generally indicated by the reference character 36, is supported on the seat rod 29 by oppositely projecting flanges 3'! which have their outer edges secured to and bent around the outwardly and forwardly diverging portions 3| of the side portions 30 of the rod. In this connection it will be noted that the tray, together with the opposite flanges rigidly brace two spring sections at the front portion of the seat rod support with respect to one another. The rear portions of the seat rod 29 is suspended from te horizontal portions 2| and 22 of the main frame by oppositely disposed extension springs 38 which have their lower ends connected to apertured ear brackets 39 which, in turn, embrace the opposite rod portions 30, as clearly shown in Fig. 6 of the draw-- ings. The upper ends of each of the springs have right angularly disposed coils 4b which are adapted to embrace each of the opposite horizontal portions 2| and 22 of the tubular frame members H and I2, as clearly shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 6 of the drawings. A canvas seat, generally indicated by the reference character t i, has a portion 42 formed integrally therewith. The back portion 42 has a rear section 43 sewed thereto so as to form in effect a pocket to telescopically engage the inverted U-shaped portion 25' of the seat support rod 29, as clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings. The seat portion ll has laterally projecting overhanging flaps 44 on the opposite sides thereof which are adapted to engage and be supported on the opposite horizontal portions 30 of the seat supporting rod. These flaps are secured to the sides of the seat at the opposite sides of the rod by snap buttons 45. A forwardly extending crotch strap or canvas strip 46 is formed integrally with the seat 4| and engages a transverse rod 41 secured to the rear side of the tray 36. This crotch strap 45 is detachably secured to the rod 4'! by a flap which, in turn, is detachably secured to the strip by suitable snap buttons 48. Rubber bumpers in the form of tubes 50 embrace the horizontal portions 2| and 22 of the tubular frame members H and |2 to protect the baby from injury.
From the above description it will be seen that by merely unsnapping the snap buttons 45 and 48, the canvas seat may be completely removed for washing purposes. In order to disconnect the seat support structure or rod 29 from the main frame, the transverse rod 25 may be detached by raising and unlocking the opposite ends from the keyhole slots 28 on the upper rear ends of the tubular main frame members Ill and I after which, by sliding the springs or coils 48) thereof rearwardly, the springs may be detached from the opposite arms 2| and 22. Then by withdrawing the downwardly projecting ends 34 of each of the opposite coils 33 from the openings 35 in tubular frame members II and I2, the seat supporting structure may beremoved from the main frame and then by removing the bolts 54, the two main frame members and I2 may be compactly inserted into a relatively small container with the seat structure for convenient shipment in compact form.
Summarizing the advantages and functions of operation of my improved baby bouncing device, it will be immediately observed that the widespread base Iil of the main frame, together with the upwardly and rearwardly converging supports ill and It, the seat as a whole is supported on spring-like horizontal portions 2| and 22 of the main frame to give spring-like action and at the same time, the additional spring supports 38 and coils 33 flexibly support the seat in position centrally with respect to the widespread base so that the baby cannot overturn the chain forwardly or laterally or rearwardly. It will further be noted that the transverse bar 25 in addition to rigidly securing the free ends of the tubular members together, also limits the rearward movement of the seat rod 29 since the rear or back portion of the seat will strike the opposite sides or ends of the rod 25 when it is depressed to the maximum degree.
While in the above specification, I have described one embodiment which my invention may assume in practice, it will of course, be understood that the same is capable of modification and that modification may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the following claims.
What I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Fatent is:
1. A baby bouncing device comprising a main frame in the form of two horizontally spaced apart base members having their rear ends secured together and their forward portions converging upwardly and rearwardly toward one another and terminating in elevated parallel portions projecting rearwardly in horizontally spaced apart relation, a seat and back supporting structure flexibly suspended from the elevated portions of said main frame, a seat and back member mounted on said supporting structure, and means positioned to the rear of said back and detachably securing the rear ends of the elevated portions of said main frame members together, said last named means engageable with said back for limiting the rearward movement of said back.
2. A baby bouncing device comprising a main frame in the form of two horizontally spaced apart base members having their rear ends secured together and their forward portions converging upwardly and rearwardly toward one another and terminating in elevated parallel portions projecting rearwardly in horizontally spaced apart relation, a seat and back supporting structure flexibly suspended from the elevated portions of said main frame, a, seat and back member mounted on said supporting structure, there being keyhole slots in the rear ends of said elevated portions of the main frame member, and a transverse rod having its opposite ends recessed detachably connected at the ends thereof in the keyhole slots in said frame members, said transverse rod located rearwardly of said back for limiting the rearward movement of said back.
3. A baby bouncing device comprising a tubular main frame having a base and two elevated cantilever arms positioned over said base, a seat and back support made from a single rod in the form of an inverted U-shaped back portion, spaced apart horizontal portions formed integrally with said U-shaped back, loops formed arms.
CHARLES V. KENNEY.
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