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Feb. 13, 1968 A. HECKATHORN 3,368,228
FLOATABLE TOY Filed Jan. 6, 1967 Fij l INVEN TOR. Grace A. Hec/(arhom United States Patent 3,368,228 FLOATABLE TOY Grace A. Heclraihorn, Rte. 1, Box 55A, KennewichWash. 99336 Filed Jan. 6, 1967, Ser. No. 607,682 5 Claims. (Cl. 9-1) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A tire-like floatable toy having an inner liner for a person to sit on.
This invention relates to amusement devices, and more particularly a toy.
It is therefore the main purpose of this invention to provide a toy which is suitable as a playground unit and is designed to carry one or more occupants as it rotates about its axis.
Another object of this invention is to provide a toy which is of educational value as it exposes occupants to centrifugal forces.
Another object of this invention is to provide a toy which is adapted to be used as a floating tire on the water surface.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a toy which is made of resilient material such as rubber, being provided with a hollow portion for floating purposes, is of generally rugged construction, may be massed produced, is of amusement value, may be inexpensively manufactured, may be reasonably priced, and provides maximum joy to the youngsters using it.
Other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein a satisfactory embodiment of the invention shown. However, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the details disclosed but includes all such variations and modifications as fall within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims.
In the drawing:
FIGURE 1 is a side view of this invention shown in elevation and partly broken away.
FIGURE 2 is a cross sectional view taken along the lines 2-2 of FIGURE 1.
According to this invention a toy 10 includes a circular resilient member which assumes a sectional U-type shape and is preferably made of resilient substance. An insert member 12 is snugly secured within the inner walls of member 11 for reducing the possibility of puncture or damage thereto. A resilient liner 13 is suitably secured to the outer edges of insert 12 and circular member 11 foryproviding seating means to the youngsters within said tire-like toy 10. Each side of circular member 11 includes at least one handle 15 which is made of rubber or any other resilient material and assumes a 3,368,228 Patented Feb. 13, 1968 "ice semicircular configuration. Handle 15 is suitably adapted to be used as grasping means for the occupant or occupants seated on the resilient liner 13 within circular member 11 and insert member 12.
It will also be noted that the area enclosed by insert member 12 and resilient liner 13 forms a circular pocket of vacuum thereby facilitating the floating capability of toy 10. Thus, in addition to rolling or rotating capability of circular member 11 (with the occupants inside seated on liner 13), this invention provides for floating of said member 11 in a life raft fashion.
The foregoing illustration and description of the preferred form or embodiment of this invention is not primarily intended to define or limit the scope or spirit of this invention in any way but is intended merely by way of explanation and example to disclose this invention. In view of this, it is obvious to anyone skilled in the art, to make the necessary modifications, changes and/ or corrections without departing in any manner from the subject matter of this invention.
What I now claim is:
1. A toy comprising, in combination a circular outer member of sectional U-type configuration, an insert member of sectional U-type configuration snugly secured within the inside Walls of said outer member for protecting said outer member from puncture, a resilient layer secured to the top edges of said insert member and providing seating means to the occupants of said circular outer member when said toy assumes a rotating position, and said insert member and said resilient layer forming a circular pocket of vacuum for causing said outer member and said insert layer to float on the surface of water, and handle means secured to the inside edge portion of said outer member for providing grasping means to the occupants of said toy.
2. The combination according to claim 1, wherein said outer member and said resilient layer are made of flexible rubber material.
3. The combination according to claim 1, wherein the inner walls of said insert member assume corrugated configurations.
4. The combination according to claim 1, wherein said handle means is consisting of a pair of spaced apart, semicircular handles each of which being secured to the inner edge portion of said outer member at its respective end portions.
5. The combination according to claim 1, wherein the exterior of said outer member is covered with a plurality of contrasting colors for the esthetic value thereof.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,135,978 6/1964 Grasmoen 9347 MILTON BUCHLER, Primary Examiner.
T. M. BLIX, Assistant Examiner.