US 2968122 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
a 2,968,122 Patented Jau".- 1'73 1961i DOUBLE POP-UP TOY FIGURES Harvey M. Wescott, Cadmans Neck Road, South Westport, Mass.
Filedtune 1, 1959, Ser. No. 817,118
1 Claim. (Cl. 46-145) The principal object of the invention is to provide an air lled toy which has a body portion and parts adapted to snap out of the body portion when the toy is squeezed, and to snap back into the body portion when the squeezing pressure is released, and the snap-out parts of which arevconstructed and arranged in such a manner that they -snap out of the body portion in two stages, so as to produce a so-called double pop-up action during each squeezing operation.
Another object of the invention is to provide an action toy with snap-out parts, or projectable parts, which normally seat in openings in the toy and are adapted to snap out, first partially and then entirely, when the toy is squeezed and to snap back when the squeezing pressure is released, said projectable parts having substantially triangular-widened bulb-shaped portions adjacent said openings for preventing the sections surrounding the openings from moving with said projectable parts and for facilitating the aforementioned double-pop-up action.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a device of the character described which can be manufactured easily and inexpensively by dipping simple forms of its parts into latex or the like and turning the product inside-out.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claim, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangements of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.
In the accompanying drawing a preferred form of the invention has been shown.
In said drawing:
Figure l is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of my invention, representing a boxer;
Fig. 2 is an enlarged detailed fragmentary sectional view on the line 2--2 of Fig. l;
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary plan view of the detail of Fig 2;
Fig. 4 is a sectional view on the line 4-4 of Fig.- 2; and,
Fig. 5 is a perspective View of another embodiment of my invention representing a squaw.
Similar reference characters refer to similar part throughout the several views.
Referring first to Figs. l, 2, 3 and 4, the numeral 1 denotes a rst hollow body of a toy figure representing a boxer or the like. The body 1 has a wall 2, of rubber or of any other suitable elastic material provided with one or more openings 3; there are two openings 3 in the instance shown. The body 1 is of such an elasticity that it, after having been squeezed and released, immediately will resume its original shape. From each opening 3 is extended a second hollow arm or body 4 of elastic material consisting of three sections, that is, a
closed end portion 5, an elongated intermediate portion 6, and an enlarged bulb-shaped substantially triangular base or end portion 7. An outer ange section'10 of each bulb-shaped portion 7 is secured by means of vul'- canizing plastic welding, gluing, or the like to a diskshaped main portion 11 of a ring member 12, which is likewise secured to portions of the wall 2 surrounding the opening 3. A cylindrical ange or tubular portion 15 (Fig. 2) extends integrally from each main portion 11 of the member 12 into the body 1, and a circular reinforcement rim section 17 preferably is provided at the periphery of the main portion 11. The sections 5, 6 and 7 of the hollow body 4 preferably are set-oit from one another by reduced portions 20 and 21 respectively, as may be seen in Fig. 2. These reduced portions constitute circumferential seams or fold lines or grooves at the junctions of the three sections, which function as'follows. Assuming that the arm 4 is fully extended as shown in Fig. 2, upon retraction of the arm by release of pressure upon the body 1, the end piece 5 will snap into the intermediate arm portion 6 and tend to remain there for an instant or so. This is because the seam or groove 21 provides a line or groove of least resistance about which to fold or collapse, to the piece 5 as it turns inside-out. Similarly, the seam or groove 20 will, upon continued or further release of pressure, serve to snap the intermediate portion 6 into the position in which it extends to the left, Fig. 2, through the circle of the groove 20. Reversely, when pressure is applied to the body, the portion 6 will snap into the position thereof shown in full lines in Fig. 2 while the piece 5 remains collapsed therein as shown in broken lines at the right, Fig. 2. Then further application of pressure will completely inflate and extend the end piece 5. Upon collapse of the arm the ange 15 serves to center it in the recess 3 in alignment with the position which it assumes when inated. Hence this ange facilitates extension of the portion thereof positioned within the body when pressure is applied. The snapping action just described results from the clear-cut and sharp fold lines or grooves 20 and 21 which are, as shown in Fig. 2, sharp lines oi very narrow width, the grooves being angular in crosssection.
Whereas each bulb-shaped end portion 7 could be made as a semi-spherical hollow member, I prefer to make it substantially of the shape of a triangular cone, having three triangular sections 22 and three arcuated sections 23, of which one is interposed between each two adjoin-V ing sections 22. Normally each body 4 is withdrawn into the body 2, as is indicated by dash-and-dotted lines at the left hand side of Fig. 2.
The snapping out of the inturned portion 5 will appear as a second punching if the portions 4 represent a boxers arms (Fig. l). or it will appear as a second popping up in other toys of this type.
An example of such other toys is shown in Fig. 5. There, a first hollow elastic body 30 represents a squaw carrying on her back an infant, and a second hollow body 31 representing the infants head is constructed like the body 4 of Figs. 1 to 4, and has also a closed end portion 32, a tubular main portion 33 and a bulb-shaped or triangular frusto-conical or frusto-pyramidal end portion 34, which is attached to a ring member 35 encompassing an opening in the body 30. In this case the elements 31, 34 and 35, being constructed and arranged in the same manner as the elements 4, 7 and 12 of the embodiment of Figs. l to 4, a squeezing of the body 30 also will cause a double pop-up action of the element 31.
Since certain changes may be made in the above article and different embodiments of the invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is in- 3 t tended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawing shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having thus fully described my said invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patentis:
An air-lled pop-up action toy of elastic material` in- 'cluding a hollow main body and yat least one alternately collapsible and extensible arm attached at one end to the main body adapted to be extended from the main'body upon the application of squeezing pressure thereto and to be collapsed and sucked inward with respect to the main body upon release of said pressure, said arm comprising in part a tubular body open at both ends, said tubular body having a maximum diameter intermediate said ends thereof and minimum diameters at the ends thereof, the diameters of said ends of the tubular body being equal to each other, said arm further comprising a cylindrical body having the diameter of one end thereof reduced and equal to the diameter of the ends of said tubular body, said one end of said cylindrical body being secured to one end of the tubular body in alignment therewith, the other end of the cylindrical body having a closure thereon, the main body having a circular opening thereinto, an annular disc of larger diameter than said circular opening secured to the main body in alignment with said circular opening and having a cylindrical ameter of said flange being substantially equal to the diameter of said ends of the tubular body, a substantially frusto-conical hollow body open at both ends, one end of the frusto-conical body having a diameter intermediate between the diameter of said disc and the diameter of said ange and being secured to the outer surface of said disc in alignment with said ange, the other end of said frusto-conical body having a diameter equal to the diameters of said ends of the tubular body, the other end of said tubular body being secured to said other end of the frusto-conical body, the junctions of said ends of the tubular body with said frusto-conical body and said cylindrical body providing circumferential fold lines facilitating collapse of said cylindrical body into said tubular body and of said tubular body with the cylindrical body therein into said frusto-conical body and said flange upon release of squeezing pressure upon the main body.
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