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Publication numberUS3008265 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 14, 1961
Filing dateJan 23, 1959
Priority dateJan 23, 1959
Publication numberUS 3008265 A, US 3008265A, US-A-3008265, US3008265 A, US3008265A
InventorsMaurice Converse
Original AssigneeMaurice Converse
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 3008265 A
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Nov. 14; 1961 M. CONVERSE 3,008,265


Filed Jan. 23, 195-9 IN VEN TOR mwriw Cameras 3 (2123A, ,w/aww ATTORNEYS United States Patent Filed Jan. 23, 1959, Ser. No. 788,615 4 Claims. (Cl. 46-49) This invention relates to improvements in toys, and more particularly to a rotatable toy having moving parts for presenting an entertaining and colorful display of motion as well as producing noise upon rotation.

Although it is known in the art of toys to provide a rotatable toy with moving parts which exhibit a colorful display and provide a noise-making function, the known devices of this type are rather complex and would be relatively difiicult to manufacture inexpensively. Furthermore, none of the prior toys of this type contain a relatively large number of separate spinnable color effect producing devices which also accomplish a noisemaking function.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide a rotatable toy for producing a colorful display of motion and percussion effect using the same components.

It is also an object of this invention to provide a color producing and noisemaking toy which may be easily and simply constructed of a relatively small number of component parts.

Other objects and advantages of this invention will be apparent in the following description and claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, which disclose, by way of example, the principles of this invention and the best mode which has been contemplated of applying these principles.

In the drawing:

FIGURE 1 is a side elevation view, partially in section, of a preferred embodiment of the toy of this invention;

FIGURE 2 is a sectional elevation view taken along line 22 of FIGURE 1.

In general, this invention contemplates a toy having a member which is rotatable about a horizontal axis in a supporting stand and the rotatable member carries a plurality of various color spinnable paddles. The revolvable member also carries a weight and upon rotation of the member, the weight will strike the paddles, causing a noise by the percussion and the paddles themselves will spin upon their own axis as well as being rotated with the revolvable member thereby providing a colorful display of motion and an entertaining noise for a young child operator.

Referring to the drawing, a platform-type base carries a pair of inverted V-shaped upstanding support standards 12 and 14. Standards 12 and 14 may be steadied by suitable braces 16 and 18.

At the upper vertex of the inverted V-shaped standards, suitable holes are provided, which holes function as a bearing for a handle member 20. The handle member 20 may have suitable hand grips 22 at each end thereof and the hand grips are revolvable with respect to the handle.

Rigidly attached to the handle member 20 is a revolvable member 24. This member is spaced from the upright standards 12 and 14 by suitable spacing washers 26.

The revolvable member 24 may be constructed of a pair of disc-shaped side pieces 28 and 30 which are connected by a pair of rings 32 and 34 to provide an enclosed annular space 36 near the periphery thereof. The revolvable member may be constructed of clear plate plastic or lightly colored plate plastic.

Carried Within the rim space 36 of the revolvable member are a plurality of paddles 38 having pointed projections 40 on each end thereof. These projections 40 cooperate in support points in the adjacent sides 28 and 3,008,265 Patented Nov. 14,1961- ice.

30 of the revolvable member 24 and provide a free support for the paddles 38 so that they may freely revolve about their pivots. As shown in FIGURE 1, there may be a large number of these revolvable paddles, iLe., l8, and each paddle may be constructed of a difierentcolored plastic to provide a plurality of various colors.

Also carried within the rim space 36 is a suitable weight such as a ball 42. As shown in the drawing, this ball is loose within space 36 and therefore will assume a position at the bottom thereof due to gravity.

Although the operation of the device is believed to be self-explanatory for the foregoing description, a brief summary of the operation will now be described.

The device is intended for use by a young child who will be the operator and will rotate the handle grip 22 thereby rotating handle 20 and revolvable member 24 about its horizontal axis. Rotation of member 24 will cause the weight 42 in the bottom of the rim space 36 to strike the paddles 38 in succession, and since these paddles are free to rotate, they will therefore spin upon being struck by the weight 42. The striking of the paddles by the weight 42 will cause a sound like a percussion instrument thereby creating a noise which is entertaining to the young child. In addition to the noise, the spinnable paddles which are constructed of various colored plastics will provide a colorful display of motion.

While there have been shown and described and pointed out the fundamental novel features of the invention as applied to the preferred embodiment, it will be understood that various omissions, substitutions and changes in the form and details of the device illustrated and in its operation may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is the intention, therefore, to be limited only as indicated by the scope of the appended claims and reasonable equivalents thereof.

What is claimed is:

1. A toy for simultaneously producing color and sound effects, said toy comprising: a member rotatable about a horizontal axis, said member having enclosed transparent annular rim, the rim being concentrically mounted and remote from the horizontal axis, a plurality of freely rotatable paddles carried by the member within the enclosed rim thereof, individual pivotal mounting means cooperating .with each paddle and a side of the transparent annular rim remote from the horizontal axis, such that each of the paddles is mounted for free rotation on a separate axis parallel with and remote to the horizontal axis within the rotatable member, the paddles being constructed of different color materials to produce a desirable color effect when rotated and a weight freely carried within the rim of the member, the weight being adapted to contact the freely rotatable paddles on rotation of the member to thereby produce a noise and spin the paddles about the axes.

2. A spinable toy for producing a colorful display of motion and percussion sound effects, the toy comprising: a supporting base, a pair of standards extending upwardly from said base, a member rotatably supported by said standards for rotating about a horizontal axis, said member having a pair of side discs and concentrically spaced connecting rings defining an enclosed transparent peripheral annular rim, the rim being concentric with and remote from the horizontal axis, a plurality of paddle members freely pivotable upon the side discs and carried within the enclosed portion of the rim, individual pivotal mounting means cooperating with each paddle and the side discs of the transparent annular rim remote from the horizontal axis, such that each of the paddles is mounted for free rotation on a separate horizontal axis parallel with and remote from the horizontal axis within the rotatable member, the paddles being co'iistruc'ted'of various color'm'aterials to produces. desirablepolor eflect when spun, a weighted ball loosely supported within the enclosed peripheral rim of the member, the ball being of such a size to contact edges of thefre ely pivotalgle 4 V V 4/A to as defiiie'c'liii 'elair'n 3'whi'ei1'i saidliandl extends thrqugh the horizontal axis of saidmemher and wherein said weight is in the form of a weighted hall.

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U.S. Classification446/243, 446/265, 482/60
International ClassificationA63H33/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/00
European ClassificationA63H33/00