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Publication numberUS2717781 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 13, 1955
Filing dateFeb 3, 1953
Priority dateFeb 3, 1953
Publication numberUS 2717781 A, US 2717781A, US-A-2717781, US2717781 A, US2717781A
InventorsReykjalin Charles
Original AssigneeLouis Koren
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Amusement device operated by automatic phonograph selector mechanism
US 2717781 A
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Sept. 13, 1955 c. REYKJALIN AMUSEMENT DEVICE OPERATED BY AUTOMATIC` PHONOGRAPH SELECTOR MECHANISM 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb. 5, 1953 AMUSEMENT DEVICE OPERATED BY AUTO'- MATI/II PHONOGRAPH SELECTR MECH.-

Charles Reykjalin, Melrose-Parkin., assigner to Louis. Koren, Chicago, Ill.-

Applcation February 3, 1953, Serial' No. 334,883`

16 Claims. Cl. 273-138) This invention' relates generally to an amusement.` device andmore particularly is concernedl with ani amusement device which is operated or controlled by the well'- known automatic phonograph selectorY mechanism.

The device is intended as any accessory to: an ordinary automatic` phonographI and as such isV not ofl a. construe tion requiring any important changes in the: mechanism of the. phonograph. As well-known, the modern automatic. phonograph is a self-contained unit. which has a coin receiving apparatus which unlocks the' machine and' permits` it to be played. The player usually selects the numbers. it is desired to be played, theA selection. being made either before or after the coin: is deposited in thel coin receiving lock.. Ina the present-day machines', the

player is usually permitted toy havey three numbers'.

played for a' twenty-tive cent piece.

The apparatus of my invention isl ai means of. amusement and is also a stimulus for thev playing of the aiuto'- matic. phonograph. It servesto' spread the play of the machine. over all of the records contained therein so that no particular one or ones will be played continuously to. thel annoyance of other patrons. of the establishment wherein the apparatus is loca-ted, thereby the. records are. uniformly worn, as'` well.

The principal object of the invention is to provide an amusement. device in which an indication, suchV as a bell', gong. horn, light or the like is actuated when a proper choice of selections upon anautomatic' phonograph is made..

Another object of the invention is to-provide asystem of the` character described in which the amusement device is rendered active by the insertion of the coin inthe automatic phonograph coin receiving mechanism,v but remains: active only for a predetermined time within which. the selectionsv must. be made, after whichV the- `amusement device is automatically renderedv inactive.

A further object of the4 invention1 lies in the provision of a system of the character described in' which the com'- binationof selections which will actuate` the indicating circuit are changed with each actuation thereof.

Many other objects. reside iny the: provision. of. various electrical circuits and structure. for accomplishing the above and' other objects. All of this will be brought out as the description of the device proceeds.` To the end that the patent statutes will be complied. with, I have illustrated and fully explained a practical and. preferred ernbodiment ofthe invention from an inspection and study of which the advantages and features of the invention should be fully understood and appreciated. It is pointed. out that considerable variation is possible without in any way departing from the spirit of the invention.

In the drawings,

Fig. l. is a schematic block diagram, showing the various components ot the invention and used to illustrate. andV describe generally the manner of operation.

Fig. 2 is a circuit diagram of the apparatus, certainmechanical portions being shown schematically.

Referring now to Fig. l, it is desired to emphasize United States Patent O ice that` the: blot-:ll diagram is not intended to represent elec*- tnieal components individually, nor are the inter-connectlng lines intendedf tot signify electrical pat-hs. The blocks merely represent' major parts of the apparatus, and the lines may represent either electrical conduits or unctionalf flow paths.

In general, the device. is attached to` or associated? withVL a; coinfoperated automatic phonograph. The player understands that of alli the` available selections that canbetplayedr by the phonograph, there is one, or two, or three @depending upon` the construction. of the' amusement apparatu's) selections which, if chosen, will cause a signa-l or indication signifyingv thisproper choice. For example, au bell: may ring or' a light il'ash. In other instances, a check or' checks may be dispensed` giving the player an opportunitytohear other selections from the phonograph iE he likes. In such a case variations of the indicating mechanism may be' used, such as. for example a signV reading Winner may be illuminated, andi/0r a relay operated to4 unlock a door or check dispensing mechamsm..

The` apparatus is provided; with amechanism throughwhich the.winni'ng; combination is controlled. The push button' or switcir selector mechanism of the phonograph is connected with this combination changer' and electrical' contacts are* provided', a pair for each number. Wiping' Contact arms: are arranged tobridge pairs of contacts to closecircuitsi tothe amusement apparatus; Each time therein ay win or indication, the wiping contact arms are changed, changing the winningv combination.

Upon deposit'. of a coin' in the phonograph apparatus, the amusement. device is'. unlocked for a pre-determined time, within-v which, unless the numbers. are properlly' selected' to give an indication, the: device. will automatically' become de-energized'. Thereafter, even if the proper. numbers are.l chosen andY thebuttons. pushed or switches closed, the amusement device will not operate. This arrangement prevents a player from attempting. to. alter his: selectionof numbers afterv he has deposited. his coin..

Referring now to the block diagram of Fig.. 1%, there is; illustrated inthe upperleft: hand cornerl a coin or check operatednztech'anismV 10.. This can be in. the4 form of an unlocking device, or it may be any of thev check operated devices: available' upon the market. Its principal. function insofar as the amusement device is concerned is to set. the device inoperation at the same time or'slightly after the automatic phonograph 1.4 hasV been energized. The' salme coin operated mechanism may be used for both. functions; Thus, for example, the coin-operatedmech.- atnismof the: automatic phonograph may have a pair ofV electric switch contacts independently connected with the amusement: device through a cable or the like.

When. the coin is deposited, the. power' relay 11' isy energized, this function being indicated by the line 12. The relay obtains power from a suitable source 13, starts'the` fifteen second delay mechanism. 15: and makes power availableY to the three relays 17, 18 and 19'. The actua-- tion. of the' delay mechanism 15 is indicated byl the How line 20; and the power availability is indicated by the line 21. The delay mechanism is in the form of a temporary switch mechanism that, when actuated assumes; a-4 closed` position for al given period of time, then returns tot open. position. This could be a thermal device, a motor-operated` device, or anyy of the known timing contrtivances. I have chosen a fiteeen second. delay for the preferred embodiment, but obviouslyl the apparatus` is not limited tothat time.

It. will' be seen'` that the delay' device` 1f5 has three flow lines 23, 24 and 25 which extend to the respective relays 17" 18; and 19'.. In elect, the delay mechanism unlocks these relays.y for a period of seconds, during whichV they can function. If permitted to run beyond the fteeu fr t) seconds, the delay device automatically locks these relays against operation. This gives the player a short time within which to make his choice of numbers. The choice may have been made before the coin was deposited in which case the player may decide to change one or two after deposit, but in any event the time within which this can be done should be short so that a great many trials cannot be made in order to find the unlocking combination.

In the lower left hand corner of the diagram I have shown a combination changer 30 which is actually a switch mechanism whereby circuits may be completed from the various selection switches of the phonograph to the relays 17, 18 and 19. It is pointed out that the circular member 31 has three concentric circular rows of contacts 33, 34 and 35. The contacts on the left hand may be connected at random with switches actuated by the selector mechanism of the automatic phonograph. There is shown a cable 36 conducting a plurality of wires to the changer 38 for this purpose. Power or other leads may be brought through this same cable. The right hand side of the member 31 has its three rows of contacts connected respectively to the relays 17, 18 and 19. In other words, all of the contacts in row 33 are connected to one another and to relay 17, the contacts of row 34 are connected one to the other and to relay 18, and the same with contacts of row 3S and relay 19. Three bridging members 37, 38 and 39 are insulated one from the other and commonly mounted on a pivot member 40 which is adapted to be actuated by a step relay 41. When the proper selections are made, circuits are completed from the automatic phonograph selector switches, through a contact in each of the rows 33, 34 and 35, through the respective bridging members 37, 38 and 39 to the relays 19, 18 and 17 thereby rendering these relays active. The circuit may be arranged so that the closing of the circuit to the respective relays may close the relays. In such case power may be obtained from the automatic phonograph or through the medium of a source in the amusement device itself. Which is utilized is immaterial to the invention.

The flow lines 43, 44 and 45 represents the unlocking of the relays 17, 18 and 19 through the medium of the rows of contacts and bridging members of the combination changer 30. Obviously if the selection buttons or switches which are actuated by the player at the automatic phonograph are not at the moment connected to be engaged by one of the bridging members 37, 38 or 39, the relays 17, 18 and 19 will not all become unlocked.

Consider that the power relay 11 applies power to the unlock relay through the three relays 17, 18 and 19 in series. If any of these relays does not provide for the passage of this power, the unlock relay will not open. The series path is indicated by the flow lines 50, 51 and 52. lf all three relays 17, 18 and 19 are energized, that is to say-unlocked, the unlock relay 54 is actuated. This occurs only when there is a winnner. The unlock relay 54 is now required to perform several functions. First it sets a motor in operation which closes a switch for a minute or some other desired time. This device is referred to as a one minute switch 56 and its connection with relay 54 indicated by the llow line 57. The unlock relay 54 also operates the step relay 41 through the line 58. This step relay moves the pivot member 41, swinging the bridging arms 37, 38 and 39 one step about the member 31. Obviously this will change the combination of winning selections each time there is a winner. In order to determine the number of winners between inspections ofV the device, the unlock relay 54 also actuates a counter 59 through the line 60. The one minute switch 56 actuates the indicator 63 through the line 64. This indication is then continued for one minute, during which the device used for indicating operates.

Through the use of self-holding arrangements the device is self-sustaining once there is a winner, enabling the apparatus to be resorted to completely de-energized condition while the one-minute switch is closed. Thus, after the indication is completed the device is ready for further play.

It is again desired to point out that the block diagram does not necessarily represent the actual connections and electrical leads of the device. It is merely to assist in an understanding of the actual circuit, a description of which follows. K

Referring now to Fig. 2, the same reference characters are generally used to designate the components of Fig. l insofar as is practical, but the electrical leads will be given other reference characters. In Fig. 2 the upper left hand corner illustrates a conventional llO volt line 13, which may be independent of the automatic phonograph 14 or may be brought from the phonograph via the cable 36. This line 13 is connected by leads 71 and 72 to the primary 73 of a transformer 74. The transformer 74 is a step-down transformer, and hence its secondary 76 is of lower voltage. As conventional in automatic phonographs and allied equipment, I utilize 24 volts. The equivalent components of Fig. l are indicated in the diagram. The power relay 11; relays 17, 18 and 19; the unlock relay 54; the combination changer 30; counter 59; step relay 41; all are generally indicated.

The delay device 15 includes a motor 80 connected across the line 13 through the contacts 81 and 82 of the relay 11. The armature 83 carries, among other such structures, a bridging member 85 which when closed completes the circuit to the delay motor 80 through the electrical leads 86 and 87. There is a connecting conductor 88 from the lead 72 to the contact 81. The motor 80 may have some cam or switch arrangement which has symbolically been represented as comprising a movable bridge member 90, contacts 91 and 92 normally closed, and an actuating linkage 93. Contact 91 connects by way of lead 95 to terminal 96 of secondary 76, while the contact 92 connects by way of the lead 97 to a terminal of the solenoid 9S of the relay 11.

The relay 11 is also provided with various bridging arms and contacts which, in addition to the normally open contacts 81 and 82 include the following: contacts 161 and 102, bridged by member 103, normally open; contacts 104 and 105 bridged by member 106, normally closed; contacts 168 and 109, bridged by the member 110, normally open.

The relay 17 is provided with various bridging arms and contacts as follows: contacts 112 and 113 bridged by member 114, normally closed; contacts 115 and 116 bridged by member 117, normally open; contacts 118 and 119 bridged by the member 120, normally open.

Relays 18 and 19 are constructed exactly like the relay 17, with the same arrangement of contacts and bridging arms. The contacts and bridging arms of relay 18 are: 122, 123 and 124; 125, 126 and 127; 128,

129 and 130. The contacts and bridging arms of relay 19 are 131, 132 and 133; 134, 135 and 136; 137, 138 and 139.

Each of the relays includes a solenoid and an armature for moving the bridging members to establish or break the various circuits. Relay 17 has solenoid 141 and armature 142; relay 18 has solenoid 144 and armature 145; relay 19 has solenoid 147 and armature 148.

The unlocking relay 54 has a solenoid 150, armature 151, a pair of contacts 153 and 154 bridged by member 155, and a pair of contacts 157 and 158 bridged by member 159.

In conjunction with the relay 54 there is provided the one minute switch 56. This includes a motor 161 driving a cam 163 through shaft 162. The cam 163 is shown to have a recessed portion 164 interrupting its otherwise continuous circumferential edge 165. Two pairs of contacts are controlled by this cam. The contacts 167 and 168 are normally open while the switch is quiescent and the contacts 170 and 171 are nor- 2,7' wat mally' closed. The switch' 56 is arranged" so that when the cam member 163 begins to rotate, first the cont-acts 167 and 1568- will close, and; immediately `afterwards the cont-acts' 170 and 171 will open. rl"his is symbolically represented by having each of the contacts 168i and; 170 provided with: a follower, as' shown at 137531 and 174, Thev normal position` is shown in the diagram with both followers in the recess 164. The direction of motion ofthe cam being clockwise, when the same begins toV rotate, the follower 173' irst will ride up onthe peripheral edge 165 closing cicuit controlled by contacts 167 and 168. As the cam continues to'rotate the follower 1174 will climb upon the edge 165 and open contacts 170i and 171.

The indicator 63 is connected across the motor 161 of the switch 56 byk leads E76 and 17'7 so that it is operating while the motor is` energized.

The combination changer' 30 is represented in' the lower right hand corner ofthe diagram of Fig. 2. For simplicity, the construction is shown' in a different manner from that of Fig. l. The left si'd'e' of the member 31' is represented on' the lower half" of the' changer 30 in Pig'. 2 as; aplurality of elongate contacts 180 arranged asemi-circle with the various leads 181 connected to the various cont-acts. Thus, this is the equivalent of connecting similarly positioned contacts of each of the three rows 33, 34 and 35 together and' to one lead 1:81 coming from aselector switch in the` automatic phonograph'. Obviously, each of the contacts 180- could be formed as three separate contacts if desired so that the same selector switch lead could go to a multiple of different contacts, or' incase the number of selector leads is sogreat that there isf room for threeV dii-ferent leads to be connected with three different contacts at any given radius of the member 31.

In the case of a construction like that of Fig. 2, the lower portions of each of the arms 37, 38 and 39 can be of the same physical length. The arrowheads on the various arms represent electrical wiping contacts.

The right hand' half ofthe switch 30 depicted in Fig. 1 iis-represented by three semi-circular rings 183, 184 and v185 whichk are adapted to be wiped by the respective arms 37, 38l and- 39 during movements of said arms about the center of they member 31. The contact rings are respectively connected to the relays 17, 18 and 19 by the electrical conductors 187, 188 and 189 respectively for a purpose which will be described.

The combination changer is operated by the simultaneous rotation ofthe arms (whose position relative one another may be readily adjusted) through a step relay 41v whose solenoid* 190` is inparall'el with the solenoid 150 of the unlock relay 54': The armature or actuating link of the steprelay is indicated at 191;

The counter 5-9f also: includes asolenoid 192 parallel with solenoids 150and 190i whose armature 194 actuates a conventional mechanical? counter 195i. The entire electrically operated counter iscommercially available as a single unit including relay, linkage, etc.

Operation 105, lead 203, solenoid 98, l'ead 97', contact 92, bridging member 90, contact 91, lead 95 and terminal 96 of the 24 volt secondary 76. The other terminal 205 of the secondary is connected to the lead 202 which completes the circuit.

Now the armature 83" of relay 11 pulls each of the bridging" members downwardly a'sviewed in Fig. The circuit including the coin switch 196` is thereby opened', while the* other three circuits controlledL byl this relay', are closed. Starting at the top of thejrelay' 1"I, the contacts 1'01I and 102 are bridged? byithe member 103 thereby establishing a circuit from the 24 volt winding 76- to the solenoid" exclusive of the coinI switch 196i This is caused by reason of thel establishment' of' the follow-'- ingr circuit: from vone side of the'secondary 76, i. e1, terminal 205l to l'eadt 2023', leadf" 207i, contact 101, bridging member 103, contact 1502,. l'ead 203, solenoid; 9'8,V lead 97, contactf 92, bridging' member 90', contact 91:, lead l back to the opposite side of the secondary 16, i. e., terminal 96. This is a holding circuit, and it renders the relay independent of the original actrequiredc to energize the amusement device, i. e., the placing of a coin in the coin lock 19'6.

The next circuit controlled by the relayJ 1I is that'of the motor 80 ofthe fifteen: secondi delay switch 15. Tracing thiscircuit we see that it is completed'as-` follows: starting from the rad1 71 ofy the no von me 11s, enough the lead' 86; motor 80; l'eadE 8T, contact 82, bridging member 85, Contact? 81'lead SSltfo'tlle` other side72 of the line 131. Obviously this is not a 24! volt circuit, but ist 110 volts, and it start-s" the motor 80. This motor will operate for iiiC teen2 seconds, and then open the contacts 91 andE 92 throughmovement ofthe bridging member 9`0 Byfway'of the lin-k 93:

Let us presume that the combination changerhas been setf as: indicated in Fig. 2 in which the three" vnun'rbe'rs which mustbe selected by the playerV are; startingA from thel'eiit, 3, 6 and: 10i Let us also'presumethat theV player chooses three numbers as hisselection to be played by the automatic phonograph, andl further that these three numbers are not includedi in this group of predetermined selections. Presume, for example that he chose 1,4f and 7. Obviously no circuits are completed through thev conL tactfs and rings ofl the' changer 30I tothe' leads 187; 188 and 189. Inthe embodiment shown, the automatic phonograph 14 is used toprovide the power for' initialactuation of the relays 17, 18 and `159, and hence there isa common return lead 208 coming through the cable 361' and connectedlr tothe common 24' volt return conductor 209-; It willi be noted that they lead 209 is permanently" con` ncct'ed with` the' terminal 96; Since no circuits are conrpleted throughl leads 187,V 1l88- and 189, none ofthe' relays 17, 18'1 or I9 are energized, and all remainin` thecondition shown irr Fig. 2".

Under the above conditions,` that is', when none ofthe three requiredr selections have beenl made, none' of the other equipment in the device isenergized beyond' the power relay FI, except for the delay switch 15; For' examp'le, note that theI leadA 72 connects withl contact 167 which is open and withl contact 153 which is open, the' latter connection; beingv byJ wayf of`y a; conductor' 210. Note' alsov that leadf 71 extends through motor" 161:V to lead 212i, conductor 213 and to contact 168t which is open', and contact 154 which' is open'. There is' ,also no energization ofI the indicator' 63 due to the open condi:- tionofthe circuits. t

'The' selflsustaining circuit, i. e., the holding circuit of relay 11 is in series with the delay' switch 15. Atl the en d of fteen seconds, presuming that the proper. choice of selections has not been made, the contacts' 90 and 91 open, de-e'nergizing the relay 11, causing same to' assume the position shown in Fig. 2, and thereby dee-energizing. the entire device. In the meantime, of course, the numbers chosen are playedl by the automatic phonograph wit-hout regard to what has or has not occurred in the amusement deviee';

Attention isl now invited' to the unlock. relay 54. It. is required that this relay' be energized in order for the indicator 63l to' operate', i. e., for a win to be achieved. Notethat while' the contacts- 1'57v and 158 are open, the

solenoid 150 is connected by way of lead 215 through each of the relays 19, 18 and 17 in series in that order across the 24 volt secondary 76. Following the circuit, from one `Vterminal 96 through the common lead 209 and lead 216 to the contact 115, across bridging member 117 (normally not engaging its contacts) to contact 116, lead 217, contact 125, bridging member 127 (normally not engaging), Contact 126, lead 218, contact 134, bridging member 136 (normally not engaging), contact 135, lead 215, solenoid 150, lead 219, lead 202, and back to terminal 205, the other side of the secondary 76. Obviously if any one or two of the bridging members 117, 127 and 136 are moved downward through the choice of one or two (but notthree) of the proper numbers, the situation will in nowise be altered because the solenoid 150 will not be energized.

Let us suppose now that the player has actually chosen the three proper numbers to be played, i. e., 3, 6 and l0. Such could have been made either before or after energization of the entire system by the insertion of a coin and closure of switch 196. Now, relay 11 has been energized, is holding itself in energized condition, and the delay switch has started its movement. Each of the relays 17, 18 and 19 is energized pulling the bridging members down. pletion of a circuit through the combination changer. Thus, taking number 3 selection, there is a 24 volt circuit completed from the selector switch in the automatic phonograph 14 through third lead 181 in the cable 36 to third contact 180, arm 39, ring 185, lead 187, contact 112, across bridging member 114 (normally engaged against its contacts) to contact 113, lead 221; solenoid 141, common return 209, lead 208 back to the 24 volt source in the automatic phonograph. This will energize the solenoid 141, pulling the armature 142 down and closing the contacts 115 and 116, completing one link in the series connection to the solenoid 150. Also, the contacts 118 and 119 are closed by the bridging member 120, simultaneously with the opening of the contacts 112 and 113. This removes the automatic phonograph 24 volt power from the solenoid 141 and applies the 24 volt power from the secondary 76 in a self-sustaining manner. Tracing the power circuit, starting from the terminal 205 of the transformer 74, lead 202, lead 222, contact 108, bridging member 110, contact 109, common lead 223, contact 118, bridging member 120, contact 119, lead 221, solenoid 141, common lead 209, back to the opposite side of the secondary 76 at terminal 96. Obviously the relay 17 will thereby become self-sustaining and disconnected from the power supply of the automatic phonograph.

It will be further seen that unless the relays 17, 18 or 19 are energized, the lead 223 is a dead end.

Like'circuits are completed through leads 188 and 189 to cause relays 18 and 19 to be energized. In each case there is a holding circuit and the power supply from the transformer 74 takes over the energization of the respective solenoids 144 and 147 to hold bridging members 130 and 139 against their respective pairs of contacts.

With the above circuits completed, the circuit to the Vsolenoid is now completed, and same is energized thus pulling armature 151 down and closing the contacts 153-154 and 157-158. The various functions that now simultaneously occur are best tabulated and handled separately:

. l. vThe step relay 41 is energized, its solenoid 190 being connected across the now active leads 215 and 219. Armature 191, moves the arms 37, 38 and 39 one step, sayin a clockwise direction so that the next time there isy a ,winner the selections 2, 5 and 9 will have to be made. Since the leads187, 188 and 189 are thereby opened, nothing occurs in relays 17, 18 and 19.

2. The counter 59 is also energized and registers one nit. Itssolenoid 192 is also across leads 215 and 219.

l 3. The bridging member 155 is'drawn against contacts 153V and 154. This completes a 110 volt circuit to In each case this is done by the comthe motor 161 by way of the following: lead 72, lead 210, contact 153, bridging member 155, contact 154, lead 213, lead 212, motor 161, lead 71. Leads 71 and 72 are connected across line 13, so the motor 161 begins to rotate.

4. The indicator 63 being across the motor and hence in parallel with the 110 volt line, is energized. If a light, it becomes illuminated. If a bell, or gong or buzzer, it sounds. If a check dispensing mechanism, it is energized and dispenses checks. Obviously it will remain energized so long as the motor is rotating and is energized.

5. The bridging member 159 is drawn against contacts 157 and 158. This completes a 24 volt circuit to the solenoid 150 independent of the other relays of the device in the following manner: from one side of the secondary 76 through lead 202, lead 219, solenoid 150, contact 158, bridging member 159, contact 157, lead 230, contact 171, contact (these last two contacts being normally closed), lead 231, common lead 209 and back to the other side of the secondary 76. This, then, is another sustaining or holding circuit for the relay 54.

lt is desired that the motor 161 be energized for one minute or whatever time is chosen for the indication to be given by the indicator 63. As the motor 161 commences to rotate the cam 163, rst the contacts 167 and 168 will be engaged, thereby cutting out the circuit through contacts 153 and 154 of relay 54. This renders the rotation of the motor 161 independent of the relay, this arrangement being in eiect a self-sustaining or holding circuit. Obviously, with the motor 161 independent of relay 54, it is likewise independent of the entire amusement device circuit, hence it is free to operate as long as it can, and keep the indicator device 63 energized also during that time. Obviously, the delay switch 15 may in the meantime de-energize the power relay 11, and hence de-energize the other relays 17, 18 and 19 without affecting the indication.

It is to be remembered that the relay 54 was self-sustaining through the medium of the normally closed contacts 170 and 171. If this situation were permitted to prevail, in addition to the fact that current would be flowing through the solenoids 150, and 192 during the entire minute that the motor 161 was rotating, when the minute period had passed, if the contacts 153 and 154 were still closed, the motor would continue to run, regardless of what happened to contacts 167 and 168. Hence, it is necessary to de-energize the solenoid 150 as soon as its usefulness ceases. The contacts 170 and 171 are arranged to open immediately after the contacts 167 and 168 have closed rendering the motor 161 self-sustaining. This is done in the manner described in connection with the recess 164 and cam edge 165.

With the solenoid 150 de-energized, when the contacts 91 and 92 are opened, everything in the device is decnergized except for the motor 161 and the indicator 63. When the recess 164 next comes around to the position of the followers 173 and 174, the contacts 170 and 171 are closed and the contacts 167 and 168 opened, de-energizing the motor and the indicator 63. In coming to the end of the cycle it is immaterial which pair of contacts is acted upon iirst. The contacts 170 and 171 must be closed to poise the device for the next Win but such closure at this time has no eiect upon the solenoid 150 because the contacts 157 and 158 have in the meantime been opened.

It is felt that the above explanation should be complete and afford a full description of the invention, its features, advantages and its uses and operation without further detail. It is emphasized that many variations are possible due to the wide variety of circuit components and other parts of the system, but it is desired that the invention should be limited only insofar as the claims set the same forth.

I claim:

1. In an amusement device of the character described associated with an automatic phonograph having manual selection means and adapted to give an indication when a predetermined selection is made and the phonograph i`s` ilnitial-l'y energized, an electrically operated indicating device, a source of power connected therewith and? adapted tol actuate the same, an electromagnetic switch for completing4 connection between said' source and indicating device, said electromagnetic switch having connection with said source and an interrupter between the source and switch and normally holding the connection open, a time delay mechanism for rendering the interrupter inoperative for a predetermined time after energization of said phonograph and thereafter rendering same operative to openV the connection between the source and switch, and an electrical circuit between a predetermined one of said manual selection means and the interrupter and serving to cause the interrupter to complete the said connection when the phonograph is energized.

2. In an amusement device of the character described associated with an automatic phonograph having manual selection means and adapted to give an indication when a predetermined selection is made and the phonograph is initially energized, an electrically operated indicating device, a source of power connected therewith and adapted to actuate the same, an electromagnetic switch for cornpleting connection between said source and indicating device, said electromagnetic switch having connection with said source and an interrupter between the source and switch and normally holding the connection open, a time delay mechanism for rendering the interrupter inoperative for a predetermined time after energization of said phonograph and thereafter rendering same operative to open the connection between the source and switch, and an electrical circuit between a predetermined one of said manual selection means and the interrupter and serving to cause the interrupter to complete the said connection when the phonograph is energized, a plurality of additional electric circuits extending from other of said manual selection means, and a second switch for connecting anyone of said additional circuits and said aforementioned circuit with said interrupter.

3. In an amusement device of the character described associated with an automatic phonograph having manual selection means and adapted to give an indicationl when a predetermined selection is made and the phonograph is initially energized, an electrically operated indicating device, a source of power connected therewithl and adapted to actuate the same, an electromagnetic switch for completing connection between said source and! ind-1- cating device, said electromagnetic switch having connection with said source and an interrupter between thes'ource and switch and normally holding the connection open, a time delay mechanism for rendering the interrupter inoperative for a predetermined time after energizationof said phonograph and thereafter rendering same operative to open the connection between the source and switch, and' an electrical circuit between a predetermined one of said manual selection means and the interrupter and serving to cause the interrupter to complete the said con'- nection when the phonograph is energized, a plurality of additional electric circuits extending from other of. said manual selection means, and a second switch for connecting any one of said additional1 circuits and said aforementioned circuit withv said interrupter and means for connecting saidV second switch from one circuit to a second circuit in a predetermined sequence when they indicating device is actuated.

4. In an amusement device of the character described associated with an automatic phonograph: having manual'- selection means and adapted to give an indication when a predetermined` selection is made and the phonographn is initially energized, an electrically operated indicati-ng, device, a source of power connected therewith and adapted. to actuate the same, an electromagnetic switch for com-` pleting connection between said source and indicating de- 10 vibe, said electromagnetic switch having connection' with said source and an interrupter between the source' and switch* and normally holding, the connectionopen, a time delay mechanism for rendering the interrupter inoperative for a predetermined time after energization of said'phonograph and thereafter rendering sameoperative to open the connection between the source andf switch, andV an electrical' circuitbetweeny a predeterminedl one of said manualf selectionV means and the interrupter and serving to cause the interrupter to complete the said= connection when the phonograph is energized, a plurality of additional electric circuits extending from' other ofsaid manual select-ionmeans', and a second switch for connecting any one of said additional circuitsy andl said aforementionedcircuit withI said interrupter` and meansl for connecting said second switch from one circuit toa second circuit in a predetermined sequence when the indicating device isactuated comprising ar step-relay connected withsaid source and energized' simultaneously with actuation of said indicating device.

5-. Int an amusement device of the character described associated with an automatic phonograph having manual selection. means and' adapted to give an indication when a predetermined selection is made and'l the phonograph isinitially energized, an electrically operated indicating device, a source of power connected therewith and adapted to actuate the same, an electromagnetic switch for completing connection' between said source and indi-v cating device, saidf electromagnetic switch having connection with said source and an interrupter betweenthe source and switch. and normally holding; the connection; open, time delay mechanismk for rendering the interrupter inoperative for a predetermined time. after energization of said phonograph and thereafter rendering same operative to opent the connection between thesource and.'v switch, and an electrical circuit between a predetermined one; of said manual. selection means` and the interrzupter.l andI serving: to` causev the' interrupter to complete the? said connection` when: the phonograph is energized and a self-sustaining, time-controlled switching device connested with: said, source for initial actuation by said electromagnetic switch, and: said switching device holdingsaid indicating device in operation for a predetermined. time after said initial actuation.

6e A device as described in claim` 2 in which there are a. plurality of interrupters and said second switch includes meansl for connecting certain? predetermined onesy of said electrical. circuits respectively to said interrupters.

7. A device as described in claim 2 in which there are a plurality of interrupters and said second` switch includes meanss for connecting` certain predetermined onesr oh saidelectrical: circuits respectively to said interrupters and*` means for actuating said second switch from one groupof circuitsY to another.

8. An amusement device adapted to be associated with. an automatic electric phonograph. having selector means enablingfmanual designation ot' the selections chosen by as player and a coinI operated unlocking device for controlling operation' of the phonograph for playing the selections successively, said device including an indicator devicer responsive to theA choice of. a predetermined combination ofselectionsto indicate that said combination waschosen, a source of electrical power, an unlocking` relay, a plurality. of other relays between said source andunlocking relay, an electrical circuit between said selector mechanism and said` other relays including switch means, and. a delay mechanism, said indicator being` conneetedthrough said. unlocking relay to` said source,` said` unlocking relay being connected to saidv source throughtsaid other relays and said. delay mechanism being connected with said other. relays, said. device being energized upon. insertion of a coin in` the coin-operatedA unlockingE device, the selection of said combination serving` to= permit current toii'ow in saidl electrical circuit to actuate the. said other relays through said switch means 11 whereby to complete the circuit to said unlocking relay and operate said indicator, said delay mechanism serving to maintain the amusement device operative for a predetermined time after insertion of the coin in said coinoperated unlocking mechanism.

9. A device as described in claim 8 in which said switch means comprises a combination changer having an electrical connection with each of the selections of the phonograph terminating in switch terminals, and further connections with said other relays and terminating in other terminals, the number of said latter terminals corresponding to the number of selections in said pre-determined combination of selections, and there being switch fingers movable to establish electrical engagement between a number of the said former terminals and the latter terminals respectively, and means for moving the switch fingers.

10. A device as described in claim 9 in which the last mentioned means comprises a step relay connected for operation with the indicator device Stich that each time said indicator device is energized the step relay will move the fingers one step to change the unlocking combination.

1l. In combination with an electric phonograph having circuit making selectors to be manually actuated to cause the phonograph to play records chosen in accordance with said selectors, an amusement device including a source of power, an indicator connected to the source of power but having the connection interrupted, an unlocking relay having contacts adapted to be closed to complete the circuit from the source to the indicator, an energizing circuit from the said source to the solenoid of the locking relay, a plurality of electroinagnetically operated, normally open, .series connected switches in the energizing circuit between the source and the unlocking relay solenoid such that said source cannot energize the unlocking relay unless the series' connected switches are all closed, a combination changer comprising a group of simultaneously movable, circuit-making switch arms, the number of arms corresponding to the number of said series connected switches, a plurality of first terminals on said combination changer, an electrical circuit extending from each of the said selectors to various of the said rst terminals, a plurality of second terminals corresponding to the number of said series connected switches and connected respectively with the solenoids of said switches, the arms being movable to complete circuits between said series switch solenoids and predetermined ones of said selectors and there being a power source energizing said last mentioned solenoids.

12. ln combination with an electric phonograph having circuit makingT selectors to be manually actuated to cause the phonograph to play records chosen in accordance with said selectors, an amusement device including a source of power. an indicator connected to the source of power but having the connection interrupted, an unlocking relay having contacts adapted to be closed to Complete the circuit from the source to the indicator, an energizing circuit from the said source to the solenoid of the locking relay, a plurality of electromagnetically operated, normally open, series connected switches in the energizing circuit between the source and the unlocking relay solenoid such that said source cannot energize the unlocking relay unless the series connected switches are all closed, a combination changer comprising a group of simultaneously movable, circuit-making switch arms, the number of arms corresponding to the number of said series connected switches, a plurality of iirs't terminals on said combination changer, an electrical circuit extending from each of the said selectors to various of the said first terminals, a plurality of second terminals corresponding to the number of said series connected switches and connected respectively with the solenoids of said switches, the arms being movable to complete circuits between said series switch solenoids and predetermined ones of said selectors and there being a power source energizing said Cil i2 last mentioned solenoids, said electromagnetically operated switches having contacts' for self-sustained closing of said switches after actuation and said contacts being connected to the source of power' within the amusement device, the power source for initially energizing the said series switch solenoids being connected in said selector circuits in the phonograph, but being disconnected from the solenoids immediately upon initial energization.

13. An amusement device adapted to be associated with an automatic electric phonograph having selector means enabling manual designation of the selections chose by a player and a coin operated unlocking device for controlling operation of the phonograph for playing the selections successively, saiddevice including an indicator device responsive to the choice of a predetermined combination of selections to indicate that said combination was chosen, a source of electrical power, an unlocking rela a plurality of other relays between said source and unlocking relay, an electrical circuit between said selector mechanism and said other relays including switch means, and a delay mechanism, said indicator being connected through said unlocking relay to said source, said unlocking relay being connected to said source through said other relays and said delay mechanism being connected with said other relays, said device being energized upon insertion of a coin in the coin-operated unlocking device, the selection of said combination serving to permit current to ow in said electrical circuit to actuate the said other relays through said switch means whereby to complete the circuit to said unlocking relay and operate said indicator, said delay mechanism serving to maintain the amusement device operative for a predetermined tirn-e after insertion of the coin in said coinoperated unlocking mechanism and a counting device connected through said unlocking relay to said source automatically to register a selection of the said combination upon operation of the indicator.

14. In combination with an electric phonograph having circuit making selectors to be manually actuated to cause the phonograph to play records chosen in accordance with said selectors, an amusement device including a source of power, an indicator connected to the source or" power but having the connection interrupted, an unlocking relay having contacts adapted to be closed to complete the circuit from the source to the indicator, an energizing circuit from the said source to the solenoid of the unlocking relay, a plurality of electromagnctically operated, normally open, series connected switches in the energizing circuit between the source and the unlocking relay solenoid such that said source cannot energize the unlocking relay unless the series connected switches are all closed, a combination changer comprising a group of simultaneously movable, circuit-making switch arms, the number of arm-s corresponding to the number of said series connected switches, a plurality of first terminals on said combination changer, an electrical circuit extending from each of the said selectors to various of the said irst terminals, a plurality of second terminals corresponding to the number of said series connected switches and connected respectively with the solenoids of said switches, the arms being movable to complete circuits between said series switch solenoids and predetermined ones of said selectors and there being a power source energizing said last mentioned solenoids and an electrically operated counter connected with said unlocking relay so that same will be automatically operated when said series connected switches are closed.

15. In combination with an electric phonograph having circuit making selectors to be manually actuated to cause the phonograph to play records chosen in accordance with said selectors, an amusement device including a source of power, an indicator connected to the source of power but having the connection interrupted, an unlocking relay having contacts adapted to be closed to complete the circuit from the source to the indicator, an

energizing circuit from the said source to the solenoid of the unlocking relay, a plurality of electromagnetically operated, normally open, series connected switches in the energizing circuit between the source and the unlocking relay solenoid such that said source cannot energize the unlocking relay unless the series connected switches are all closed, a combination changer comprising a group of simultaneously movable, circuit-making switch arms, the number of arms corresponding to the number of said series connected switches, a plurality of irst terminals on said combination changer, an electrical circuit extending from each of the said selectors to various of the said rst terminals, a plurality of second terminals corresponding to the number of said series connected switches and connected respectively with the solenoids of said switches, the arms being movable to complete circuits between said series switch solenoids and predetermined ones of said selectors and there being a power source energizing said last mentioned solenoids and a time delay relay connected with said series connected switches and arranged to open the said switches a pre-determined time after operation of the said phonograph is initiated so that selection of said predetermined combination of selections after said predetermined time cannot energize the solenoid of said unlocking relay.

16. In a device of the character described associated with an apparatus having a plurality of selector switches and in which an indicating device is adapted to be actuated to indicate the proper choice of a number of selections substantially less than the number of selector switches, a source of electrical power, an indicator device connected to operate from said source, a relay having switch contacts breaking the connection between said source and indicator device and having a solenoid adapted to be energized to close said connection, an electrical path between the source and the solenoid of the said relay, a plurality of electromagnetic switches of the same number as the number of selections which comprise said proper choice interposed in series in said electrical path whereby all must be closed to enable energization of the solenoid, a switching device establishing connection between the electromagnetic switches and the selector switches of the selections making up said proper choice and completing energization circuits thereby to operate said electromagnetic switches, and a step relay connected in parallel with the rst relay to change the said connections to other selected ones simultaneously with operation of said rst relay.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/138.2, 369/53.45, 369/34.1, 194/243, 340/4.37
International ClassificationG07F17/30
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/305
European ClassificationG07F17/30B