US 2762161 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept- 1956 w. DANIELSON 2,762,161
HIGH CHAIR TOY SUPPORT Filed Jan. 25, 1954 46 50 so ze \J INVENTOR. JEAN W.. DANIELSON ATTORNEY United States Patent fine HIGH CHAIR TOY SUPPORT Jean W. Danielson, Lincoln, Nehr. Application January 25, 1954, Serial No. 405,847 1 Claim. (CI. 4632) This invention relates to toy supporting devices particularly adapted for use in combination with trays of high chairs and the like, and in particular a cover of flexible material having an elastic or draw-string in a continuous tunnel around the periphery and shaped to correspond with a tray of a high chair, and a plurality of toys, such as a rattle, teething ring, or the like, at tached to the cover with cords whereby, after being thrown from the tray, a toy may be recovered by an infant in the chair.
The purpose of this invention is to prevent contamination of toys discarded by infants in high chairs resulting from contact of the toys with a floor upon which the high chair is positioned, and also to provide means whereby an infant in a high chair may recover toys thrown from the high chair.
Substantially all children of high chair age develop a habit of throwing rattles, teething rings, and .the like from the high chair after using or playing with the rattles, rings, or other toys at relatively short time, and in numerous instances the toys are thrown repeatedly as fast as they are returned. It is very seldom that such toys are washed after coming in contact with the floor and, consequently, such children are continuously subjected to dirty toys. Furthermore, considerable time is consumed in picking up and returning the toys.
With these thoughts in mind this invention contemplates means for suspending rattles, teething rings and other toys from trays of high chairs whereby the possibility of the toys contacting the floor is obviated, and wherein the toys are adapted to be recovered by the infant or child in the high chair.
The object of this invention is, therefore, to provide means for attaching toys, such as rattles, teething rings and the like, to high chairs whereby the toys are adapted to be used in the conventional manner and wherein the toys are adapted to be recovered by a child in a high chair to which the toys are attached, after the toys are thrown from the tray.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for suspending toys by cords from a tray of a high chair in which the toys may be positioned on the tray and removed therefrom as desired.
Another important object of the invention is to provide means for attaching toys and the like to trays of high chairs so that the toys are adapted to be used freely by infants in the high chairs and wherein it is impossible for toys thrown from the high chairs to contact a floor upon which the high chair is positioned.
A further object of the invention is to provide means for maintaining rattles, teething rings, and the like used by infants in high chairs in a relatively clean condition.
A still further object of the invention is to provide means for temporarily suspending toys and the like from trays of high chairs in which the suspending means is of a simple and economical construction.
With these and other objects and advantages in view the invention embodies a sheet of cloth or the like having a continuous peripheral hem providing a tunnel with an elastic or drawstring extended through the tunnel for retaining the sheet over a tray of a high chair, and a plurality of toys and the like suspended by cords the upper ends of which are secured to the intermediate portion of the sheet of cloth whereby exposed sections of the cords are adapted to be gripped by an infant in a high chair on the tray of which the device is positioned.
Other features and advantages of the invention will appear from the following description taken in connection with the drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing a high chair with toys suspended by cords from a sheet of material on the tray of the high chair.
Figure 2 is a view looking upwardly'toward the under surface of the tray of the high chair shown in Figure 1, showing the elastic retaining tunnel of the sheet of material to which the cords of the toys are attached, and showing the tray supporting arms broken away.
Figure 3 is a cross section through the tray taken on line 33 of Figure 2, with the parts shown on an enlarged scale and also with the tray supporting arms broken away.
While one embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the above referred to drawings, it is to be-understood that they are merely for the purpose of illustration and that various changes in construction may be resorted to in the course of manufacture in order that the invention may be utilized to the best advantage according to circumstances which may arise,without in any way departing from the spirit and intention of to be limited only in accordance utility of the invention it remains obvious that it may be employed in any other capacity wherein it may be found applicable.
In the accompanying drawings, and in the following specification, the same reference characters are used to designate the same parts and elements throughout and in which the numeral 8 refers to the invention in its entirety, numeral 10 indicating a sheet of material, such as cloth or the like, numeral 12 an elastic band positioned in a tunnel 14 extended around the edge of the sheet of material, numerals 16, 18 and 20, articles such as a teething ring, rattle, and spoon, suspended by cords 22, 24, and 26, respectively, and numeral 28 a strip of shirred material attached by stitching 34) to the sheet 10 and positioned to cover the points where the upper ends of the cords are attached to the sheet 19.
As illustrated in the drawings the sheet 10 is positioned over a tray 32 which is carried by arms 34 and 36, the arms being pivotally attached by pins 38 to the back 49 of a high chair having a seat 42 supported by legs 44. The tray is provided with a straight side and an arcuate or substantially semi-circular side the ends of which merge into the ends of the straight side with arcuate portions; and the sheet of material it) is patterned to conform to the shape of the tray.
The strip 28 and also the sheet of material 10 may be formed of a suitable flexible material, such as cloth, plastic, or a combination of materials, and the cords 22, 24 and 26, may also be of plastic, tape, or elastic, and these cords may be of any suitable length.
As illustrated in Figure 3, the sheet of material 10 is patterned to correspond with the shape of the tray 32 and the edge of the sheet is provided with a hem 46 which is attached to a mounting strip 48 with stitches 50, and the tunnel 14, in which the elastic band or draw-string is positioned is formed by folding the edge of the strip 48 upon itself and securing the edge in the folded position with stitches 52. It will be understood that the sheet 10 Patented Sept. 11, 1956 p the device, which is. with the appended claim. And while there is stated the primary field of may be formed and secured to the tray of'the high chair by other means.
means considerable time of the parent or attendant is saved as it will not be necessary to pick the toys up from the floor. The device is also sanitary as the toys will not become contaminated by continuously contacting the floor.
Although the part 10 is described as a sheet of material it will be understood that it may be'of single or double thickness, or may be of laminated layers of material 7 providing a lamination.
From the foregoing specification it'will become apparent that the invention disclosed will adequately accomplish the functions for which it has been designed and'in an economical manner, and that its simplicity, accuracy, and ease of operation are such as to provide a relatively inexpensive device considering what it will accomplish, and that it will find an important place in the art to which it appertains when once placed on the market.
It is thought that persons skilled in the art to which the invention relates will be able to obtain a clear understanding of the invention after considering the description in connection with the drawings. Therefore, a more lengthy description is regarded as unnecessary.
Changes in shape, size, and rearrangement of details and parts, such as come within the purview of the invention claimed, may be resorted to in actual practice, if.
Having now described the invention that which is claimed to be new and desired to be procured by Letters Patent, is:
In an amusement device, the combination which comprises a high chair tray including a panel having supporting arms extended from the under surface, said tray having a straight side and an arcuate side, the ends of which merge into the ends of the straight side with arcuate portions, a sheet of material patterned to conform to the peripheral shape of the tray positioned upon the upper surface of the tray, a mounting strip secured to and extended from the edges of the sheet of material, said mounting strip having a continuous tunnel therein and extending over the edges of the tray, an endless elastic band extended through said tunnel and positioned below the tray urging the mounting strip toward the central portion of the tray, a plurality. of cords attached to said sheet of material at points positioned intermediate of the edges thereof, toys secured to extended ends of the cords, and a strip of shirred material attached to the sheet of material covering the points at which the cords are attached to the sheet of material preventing an infant separating the ends of the cords from the sheet of material, said cords being of sufiicient length to permit the toys to be suspended below the tray.
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