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Publication numberUS2818678 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 7, 1958
Filing dateJan 14, 1954
Priority dateJan 14, 1954
Publication numberUS 2818678 A, US 2818678A, US-A-2818678, US2818678 A, US2818678A
InventorsLemelson Jerome H
Original AssigneeLemelson Jerome H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Crying doll
US 2818678 A
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Jan. 7, 1958 I J. H. LEMELSON CRYING DOLL Filed Jan. 14, 1954 United States Patent CRYING DOLL Jerome H. Lemelson, Staten Island, N. Y.

Application January 14, 1954, Serial No. 406,557

3 Claims. (Cl. 46-118) This invention relates to animated toys and toy mechanisms and particularly mechanisms generally associated with dolls. It is a continuation, in part, of my copending application entitled Action Toys, Serial No. 392,186.

It is a general object of this invention to provide new toy noisemaking mechanisms.

It is another object of this invention to provide a toy noisemaking mechanism for use in dolls and the like which will emit a repeated series of wailing or crying noise.

It is a third object to provide simple mounting means within the shell of a doll for the doll noise producing mechanisms of this invention.

It is a fourth object to provide a simple motor driven noise producing mechanism and doll structure constructed to permit easy assembly between the two.

It is a fifth object to provide a doll and automatic sound producing mechanism which will cease to operate when an object is placed in the mouth of the doll.

Other objects and the nature and advantages of the instant invention will be apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Fig. 1 is a vertical section view of a doll illustrating the noise making control apparatus embodied in the present invention; and

Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view similar to Fig. 1 showing a second position of the noise making control apparatus.

Referring now to Figures 1 and 2, a vertical sectional view of a hollow doll is illustrated, the doll including a head and an integral torso 11. The hollow doll contains a normally continuously operating collapsible bellows which is actuated by a motor, the operation of which will be described hereinafter.

Figures 1 and 2, in addition to illustrating the bellows motor assembly, further shows a means for controlling the operation of the assembly when an object such as a toy nipple is inserted into an opening defining the mouth of the toy. It is seen that the simulation of a crying baby is obtained until the toy nipple is inserted into the mouth opening.

Referring again to Figure l, a motor 24 is shown secured to a rear wall of the doll torso 11, a section 24' of the rear wall of the torso 11 being provided to permit the motor 24 to be quickly and securely mounted thereon. A hole is formed in the rear Wall of the torso 11 and through the motor mounting section 24', thereby permitting a wind-up key 25 to be inserted through the torso into engagement with a shaft 26 of the motor 24. A second shaft 23, driven by the motor 24 projects outwardly from the motor in the hollow torso and is formed with a crank portion 23". The crank portion 23" terminates in an end portion 23, the end portion 23 being rotatably mounted in an opening 11 formed in a projection 13 that is integral with the front wall of the doll. The crank portion 23 is pivotally connected to a link 6 which extends upwardly to an end plate ,Of c01 lapsible bellows 28, the bellows 28 being secured to a shelf 55 that extends laterally from the front wall of the hollow torso 11. It is seen that rotation of the shaft 23 will cause the bellows 28 to alternately expand and collapse as the pivotally'connected link 63 is reciprocated by the crank portion 23. A reed is mounted for vibration in the noise making bellows 28 opposite a hole 61 formed in the shelf 55 and emits a crying sound when air is forced therethrough upon the collapsing or expansion of the bellows 28. Holes H are formed in the front wall of the torso 11 and emit the crying sound exteriorly of the doll.

The doll is designed to operate such that the noise making mechanism will normally produce an intermittent crying, sound but will be prevented from operating when an object is pushed through an opening, such as a mouth, formed in the head 10 of the doll. The sound stopping operation may be accomplished by having the object that is inserted into the mouth formed in the head engage an actuating member that is pivotally mounted and is adapted to contact the crank portion 23", thereby preventing the shaft 23 from rotating. As seen in the drawings, the actuating member is defined by a pivoting arm 57, an upper end 58 being normally positioned directly opposite an opening 62 formed in the head 10 and defining the mouth of the doll. The arm 57 is pivotally mounted on a pivot pin 54 that is secured to a bracket 56 connected to the neck of the doll. A spring 64 is secured to the lower end of the arm 57 and to a projection 65 extending from the rear wall of the torso 11. The spring 64 is adapted to normally bias the arm 57 so that the upper end 58 is continuously urged into contact with the mouth 62 formed in the head 10. The lower end of the arm 57 is thus normally maintained out of engagement with a projection 27 that is formed integral with the shaft 23.

Referring now to Figure 2, the operation of the device is illustrated and as shown, a toy bottle nipple 66 is inserted through the mouth opening 62 of the doll and engages the upper end of the arm 57, thereby causing the arm 57 to be pivoted so that the lower end thereof contacts the projection 27. The shaft 23 is thereby pre vented from rotating and the motor 24 and noise making bellows 28 are restrained from movement, the simulated crying sound thereby being discontinued.

It is seen that the noise making device will operate when the doll is disposed in any attitude and is not dependent for the operation thereof upon gravity. The eyes of the doll may also be made to pivot with the insertion of the nipple into the mouth 62, thereby producing an effect that the doll is being induced to sleep. This latter action is accomplished by the provision of a crank or ring 60 pivotally connected to the arm 57 and secured to an eye pivoting shaft 37 that is secured to an eye 38. It is seen that movement of the lever 57 moves the lever 60 to cause the eye to simulate a sleeping effect.

I claim:

1. In a doll, a head having a torso joined thereto, a motor mounted in said torso, a sound emitting device positioned in said torso, means operatively connecting said motor to said sound emitting device, the operation of said motor causing said sound emitting device to operate for producing an audible crying sound, said head having an opening formed therein defining the mouth of said doll, an arm mounted in said head and torso, the upper portion of said arm being normally urged into close proximity to said mouth and the lower portion of said arm being positioned in close proximity to said connecting means, said mouth receiving an externally applied object therein, said object engaging the upper portion of said arm and moving said arm to cause Fatented Jan. 7, 1958;.

J t the lower portion thereof to engage said connecting means, said motor thereby being Testraincdfrom movcment to discontinue operation of said sound emitting device.

21111 a doll asset forth in mwmen nremaes when said obiect is insertedi'nto sa'i'd openinginto. en-

gagement with the upper portion of said "arm. 3 I

'35 In a .103, "a hollow body, a motor mounted in said body, a sound emitting'de'vice' positioned in said body, means operatively connecting vsaid sound emittingdevice to said motor, said "sound emitfingd'evice' being Tespon;

sive to operation of said motor to produce 'aniauiiible sound, an opening formed in said body, anactuafing member :pivotailly mounted in saidnbody, one end of :said actuating member beingnormally f i ged into closeproximitytosaid opening, the other end of said actuating member being normally 'po's'ifiidnedin close proximity to said "connecting means, said opening receiving an externai-ly applied obiect therein, said object engaging the end of said actuating member adjacent said opening to pivot- 'aliy move said actuating member whereby the other end of said actuating member engages said connecting means for restraining operation of said motor, the audible sound from said sound emitting device thereby being discontinued.

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U.S. Classification446/190, 446/301, 446/191, 446/303
International ClassificationA63H3/33, A63H3/00, A63H3/31
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/31
European ClassificationA63H3/31