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June 20, 1961 c. J. SAMUEL SPINNING TOYS Filed Sept. 4, 1959 5 INVENTOR.
Q3 5575? Jiamaa ATTORNEY United States Patent 2,988,846 SPINNING TOYS Chester J. Samuel, 19223 Mapleview, DetroitS, Mich.
Filed Sept. 4, 1959, Ser. No. 838,221
1 Claim. (CI. 46-62) This invention relates to improvements in spinning toys of the spaced string mounted type wherein a spin element is spun by alternately applying and releasing tension axially on spaced mounting string thereof after first turning the spin element in respect to its spaced mounting strings.
The primary object of this invention is to provide an improved spaced string-mounted spinning toy wherein the spin element is impaled on oppositely extending mounting strings each looped through a pair of spaced apertures located centrally through the spin element, the loop of each mounting string being disposed on the opposite side of the spin element with respect to the extended end of said looped mounting string.
Another object of the invention is to provide an improved spaced string-mounting spinning toy consisting of a main spin element and auxiliary spin elements disposed adjacent opposite sides thereof, and a pair of oppositely extending mounting strings each looped through a pair of spaced apertures located centrally through the said main spin element and an auxiliary spin element, the loop of each mounting string being disposed on the outer side of one auxiliary spin element adjacent the opposite side of the main spin element with respect to the extended end of said looped mounting string, the loop of each said string element holding an auxiliary spin element tightly adjacent said main spin element as said main and auxiliary spin elements are spun by alternately applying and releasing tension on said mounting strings after first turning the said spin elements with respect to said mounting strings.
Still another object of the invention is to provide an improved spaced string mounted spinning toy consisting of a main and auxiliary spin element impaled on oppositely disposed looped strings wherein the auxiliary spin elements are normally U-shaped with their central position disposed adjacent said main spin element and their outer portions disposed parallel to said strings,
, said auxiliary string elements being flexible to become extended radially outwardly from said looped strings responsive to the spinning of the said main and auxiliary spin elements by first turning them in respect to the spaced mounting strings and then alternately applying and releasing tension longitudinally of said mounting strings.
Other objects of the invention will become apparent by reference to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a string mounted spinning toy embodying the invention with the spin elements turned slightly to twist the spaced mounting strings thereof, the auxiliary spin elements being in their retracted position.
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the construction shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view similar to FIG. 2 except that the spin elements are shown in the attitude assumed thereby when spun with suflicient rapidity that the auxiliary spin elements become disposed in their extended position.
FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged detailed sectional view through the center of the spin elements showing the arrangement of the spaced mounting strings through the main and auxiliary spin elements.
Patented June 20, 1961 of mounting strings 11, a pair of auxiliary spin elements 12, and a pair of string Spreaders 13.
The central spin element 10 is provided with a pair of parallel spaced apertures 100 therethrough located on opposite sides of the center of the central spin element 10. Each mounting string 11 is centrally looped at 111 and threaded through the spaced apertures ltltlin the central spin element 10 from opposite sides .thereof as" best shown in FIG. 5. The outer free endsof .each mounting string 11 are securely knotted at 1100l-after first having been threaded through a. suitably'apertured string spacer 13. Obviously, the string spacers 13 may be omitted inasmuch as the fingers of child or person using the spinning toy may be substituted therefor.- A spinning toy embodying the invention may be as just above described and as shown in FIGS. l-6 inclusive but without the auxiliary spin elements 12 shown in the drawings.
An auxiliary spin element 12 suitably apertured at its central portion 120 at 121 may be impaled on the mounting strings 11 as best shown in FIG. 5, in which event, the loop 111 of each mounting string 11 engages one of the auxiliary spin elements 12, preferably at the central portion thereof. The said loop 111 of a mounting string 11 holds the auxiliary spin element firmly against the far side of the central spin element 10 with respect to the side thereof from which the free ends of the mounting string '11 impaling the auxiliary spin element extend. After each mounting string 11 engages an auxiliary spin element 12 at its central portion 120 and is extended from one side of the central spin element 10 through the apertures 100 in the said'central spin element 10 and through the apertures 121 of the other auxiliary spin element 12 on the other side of the said central spin element 10, the free ends of each said mounting string 11 may be provided with a spreader 13. The said mounting strings 11 are threaded through spaced apertures in the spreaders 13, and are knotted at 1100.
The said auxiliary spin element 12 is preferably formed of a resilient flexible plastic or other resilient material and may be scored and folded at 122 into a U-shaped element so that the outer ends 123 thereof will normally be parallel to the mounting strings 11 as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5. Force to spin of the central spin element 10 and the auxiliary spin elements 12 is accomplished by alternately applying and releasing tension longitudinally on the said mounting strings 11 from the knotted ends 1100 thereof after first twisting the mounting strings 11 by rotating the central spin element 10 a turn or two. The spinning of the said central and auxiliary spin elements 10 and 12 not only produces enjoyment to children, but, spinning the said spin elements fast enough creates a centrifugal force sutficient to extend the outer ends 123 of the auxiliary spin elements 12 from their folded position shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 to their extended position shown in FIGS. 3 and 4.
As an example, but not as a limitation, the central spin element 10 may be made to represent a baseball, and the auxiliary spin elements 12 impaled on the mounting strings adjacent the said central spin element 10 may be made to represent pennants which may have suitable indicia printed thereon or embossed therein. Thus a toy embodying the invention may be made into a souvenir for baseball games or other occasions. The central spin element and the auxiliary spin elements may be of any convenient size and shape and designed to represent animals, airplanes, clowns and many other items of interest to children, and, may be formed and colored as? advertising novelties usable in publicizing products.
Although but one specific embodiment of the invention has been shown in the drawings and described in'detail, it is obvious that many changes may be made in the size, shape, arrangement and detail of the several elements of the invention, all without departingv from the spirit and scope thereof as defined by the appended claim.
A string mounted spinning toy comprising a central spherical spin element having parallel spaced apertures therethrough located on opposite sides of the center thereof, a pair of mounting strings each looped through the said central spin element from opposite directions with the loop thereof disposed adjacent said central spinelement, auxiliary resilient spin elements consisting of a central portion including oppositely disposed extending portions, said resilient spin elements being creased ad jacent' said central portion and the extending portions normally disposed on opposite sides of and substantially parallel to a mounting string, the central portion of each said resilient auxiliary spin elements having spaced apertures therethrough aligned with the apertures through said central spherical spin element, each said resilient auxiliary spin element being impaled on a mounting string element withthe central portion thereof disposed adjacent said central spherical spin element,- and means holding the outer ends of each said mounting string element in spaced-apart relationship, the said auxiliary spin elements being sufficiently resilient at the said creases therein to permit the extending portions thereof to extend outwardly normal-to said mounting strings when the central and auxiliary spin elements are spun at high speeds.
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