US 3436163 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 1969 J. J. CALABRESE ET AL BINGO GAME MARKER Sheet of 3 Filed May 8, 1967 m ID m C 0 J m April 1, 1969 J. J. CALABRESE ET 3 BINGO GAME MARKER Filed May a, 1967 Sheet 2 of s I INVENTORS Joseph J. Ca/abrese Li/l/an 6am April 1, 1969 J. J. CALABRESE ET AL BINGO-GAME MARKER Filed May a, 1967 Sheet 3 of 3 INVENTORS 94 Joseph J Ca/abrese 9 /'///'a ang United States Patent f 3,436,163 BINGO GAME MARKER Joseph J. Calabrese, 1941 65th St. 11204, and Lillian Gang, 3100 Ocean Parkway 11235, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Filed May 8, 1967, Ser. No. 636,756 Int. Cl. B431; 29/20; G07d 9/00 US. Cl. 401-195 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Brief description of the views of the drawings FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of a bingo game marker embodying the invention shown posed over a bingo game card preparatory to marking a number on the card during the game of bingo, several numbers on the card being shown marked.
FIG. 2 is a vertical sectional view of the marker taken on the plane of the line 2-2 of FIG. 1, part being shown in elevation.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged vertical sectional view taken on the plane of the line 3-3 of FIG. 2, showilng the trigger lever in disc-supporting position.
FIG. 4 is a similar view showing the trigger lever in disc-dispensing position.
FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 1 showing the marker in inverted position for using the ink marking mechanism, the cap being shown removed and parts thereof being shown broken away.
FIG. 6 is a front perspective disassembled view of the disc and releasing means, on an enlarged scale.
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a trigger lever used in the device.
FIG. 8 is an enlarged cross sectional view taken on the plane of the line 8-8 of FIG. 6.
FIG. 9 is a front perspective view of a bingo game marker embodying a modified form of the invention, parts being shown broken away.
FIG. 10 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of the bottom end of the bottom section of the marker of FIG. 9, discs being shown supported therein in stacked formation.
FIG. 11 is a view similar to FIG. 10 showing the parts in disc-dispensing position, a dispensed disc being shown under the marker on a supporting surface.
FIG. 12 is a cross sectional view taken on the plane of the line 1212 of FIG. 10.
FIG. 13 is a similar view taken on the plane of the line 1313 of FIG. 10.
FIG. 14 is a top perspective view of the bushing shown in FIG. 9.
Detailed description of the drawings Referring now in detail to the various views of the drawings, in FIG. 1 there is shown a bingo game marker indicated generally at 10 in operative position over a bingo game card 12 having numbers 14 on the top surface thereof used in playing the game of bingo. The marker as shown in detail in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4 includes a hol- 3,436,13 Patented Apr. 1, 1969 low cylindrical or tubular two-section casing 16 composed of plastic material. The casing has a bottom section 18 and a top section 20 as viewed in FIGS. 1 and 2. The bottom section 18 is longer than the top section 20 and is joined to the bottom internal threaded end 22 of the top section 20 by external threads on the top end 24 thereof. Each section constitutes a self-contained marking unit.
The top section 20 is closed adjacent its threaded bottom end by a wall 26 and is open at its top end. The top end of the section is formed with an internally screw threaded reduced end portion 27. The open top is adapted to be closed by a cap 28 having perforations 30 therein. The cap is formed with a downwardly extending internally screw threaded flange 29 and is formed with external threads 31 on the outer periphery thereof at its top. A recess 32 is formed in the body of the cap 28 for seating a flat disc-shaped pad 34 of sponge rubber. The top section 20 is adapted to be threaded onto the reduced threaded top end 24 of the bottom section 18 and a gasket 40 is preferably interposed at the joint between the sections.
In accordance with the invention, the body of the bottom section 18 of the casing serves as a magazine or holder for supply of bingo game markers or discs 42 supported in stacked formation and urged downwardly by a compression spring 43. The markers 42 are loaded into the section 18 from the bottom open end of the section as viewed in FIG. 2. The stack of discs is supported at its bottom by a pair of opposed trigger levers 44, 44 pivotally mounted on pivot pins 46, 46 journalled in the sides of the body of section 18 adjacent the bottom end thereof. Each lever has a forked or bifurcated head 48 and an elongated slightly curved tail 50. A central bore 52 loosely receives the pin 46. The inner surface of the opposed sides of the body of section 18 of the casing is formed with opposed recesses 54, 54 to provide clearance for the tail end 50 of the levers in pivoting.
A sleeve or bushing 56 is slidably mounted on the inner surface of the body of section 18 of the casing in a cutout portion 57 at the bottom end thereof, the cutout portion terminating in a top shoulder 59. The sleeve is formed with a pair of opposed depending integral arms 58, 58 extending outwardly into an annular countersunk recess 60 formed in the cutout portion 57 of the body of the section 18 adjacent the bottom end thereof, the recess 60 having upper and lower shoulders 61 and 62, respectively. The arms and sleeve form top and bottom shoulders 64, 66, respectively, adapted to seat against the top and bottom shoulders 61 and 62 of the body of the section 18. Intermediate the ends of each arm 58, 58 an integral hooked finger 68 is formed pointing inward and downwardly. An integrally upwardly pointing lug 70 is formed on the bottom shoulder 66 in opposed line with finger 68, said finger and lug defining a space 72 between the finger and lug to receive the tail 50 of the trigger lever 44. The dimensions of space 72 between and inwardly of finger 68 and lug 70 and of the levers 44 are such that the head portions 48 are adapted to be swung outwardly of the inner surface of sleeve 56 to permit loading of the marker 42 through the open bottom end. A depending leg portion 74 is formed integrally with each bottom shoulder 66 of the arm 44 and normally extends outwardly of the open bottom end of the body of the section 18. Opposed pins 76, 76 with enlarged heads 78, 78 are slidably mounted in holes in the body of section 18 in line with the bottom shoulder 62 of said body. The bottom shoulders 66 of the arm 58 rest on the pins 76 and prevent downward movement of the sleeve and integral arm 58, the height of the grooves 60 in the body of the section 18 being slightly longer than the length of the arms 58 as best 3 seen in FIG. 3 to permit such operation. In loading the magazine 18 with markers 42, the levers 44 are swung outwardly of the inner surface of the sleeve 56. A coil spring 81 is seated on the top edge of sleeve 58 and impinges against the shoulder 59 of the cutout portion 57, urging the sleeve and associated parts downwardly.
Section 20 of casing 18 serves as a reservoir for a supply of ink 89 which is sealed therein by the top cap 28 and bottom wall 26 thereof.
In using the marker, either the bottom section 18 or the top section 20 may be used for marking numbers such as the numbers 14 on bingo card 12 as desired. If it is desired the use of section 18, the heads 78 of the pins 76 are grasped by the fingers and pulled outwardly until the inner ends thereof clear the inner surface of the groove 60 of the body of the casing 16. The casing 16 is then grasped by the thumb and forefinger and the lower end of the casing placed over the location where it is desired to deposit a disk 42, with the lower ends of the legs 74, 74 engaging the surface. A downward pressure is then exerted on the casing which forces the sleeve 56 and depending arms 58 upwardly, against the action of spring 81, the lugs 70 engaging the trigger levers 44 pivoting such levers and swinging the forked end thereof upwardly permitting the lowermost disc 42 to slip off the forked head of the lever and fall by gravity onto the area covered by the bottom of the casing 18. When pressure on the legs 74 is released, the spring 81 forces the sleeve 56 and arms 58 with fingers 68 downwardly against the tail ends 50 of the trigger levers 44 positioning the forked head of the lever under the lowermost disc 42 of the stack. The marker can then be raised and the dispensed disc will be left on the card 12. The length of the movement of the trigger lever 44 is such that only one disc 42 at a time will be deposited.
When it is desired to use section 20, the cap 36 is unscrewed off of the threaded end 38 of the body of section 20 and the casing is turned upside down as shown in FIG. whereby it is moistened by ink 80 seeping through the perforations 30 in the wall 28 of the section 20. The pad is now conditioned for making an ink mark on the desired area of a surface such as on the mark 82 on the number 17 on a bingo game card 12 as shown in FIG. 5.
Referring now to the modified form of bingo game marker shown in FIGS. 9 to 14, inclusive, the marker 10' differs from the marker 10 of FIG. 1 in that the pad 34' at the outer end of section 20 is uncovered, the cap 36 of marker 10 being omitted.
In section 18', in place of the coil spring 80 there is a rubber ring 80 seated on a washer 86 supported on the bottom shoulder 62' of the cutout portion 57' of the body of the section 18'. The sleeve 56' is smaller in diameter than the diameter of the annular groove 60'. The sleeve 56' has a pair of depending lugs 74', 74' depending directly from the bottom end edge thereof. The body of the sleeve 56' is formed with a pair of slightly curved slots 90, 90 on one side thereof and with a similar pair of slightly curved slots 92, 92 on the opposite side thereof, above the lugs 74', 74. The stack of discs 42' are supported on the top end edge of the sleeve 56' as shown in FIG. 10. The bottom end of the body of section 18' carries top and bottom pairs of radial pins 94, 94 projecting into the outer ends of the slots 90 and 92 in the sleeve 56 with the sleeve 56' normally disposed otfset from the axis of the center bore of the body of section 18 as shown in FIG. 10 thus supporting the bottommost disc 42' on the top end edge thereof.
In use, the bottom open end of the casing 10' is placed over the area to be marked or covered with a disc 42,
4 downward pressure is then exerted on the body of the section 18' whereby the rubber ring is squeezed and simultaneously, the sleeve 56 is slightly rotated by means of the connections between the pins and slots whereby it is centered as shown in FIG. 11 bringing the bore of the sleeve into line with the bore of the body of section 18' thereby removing the support from the bottommost disc 42 and permitting such bottommost disc to fall by gravity onto the supporting surface below and onto a number or the like on a card which it is desired to cover or mark. When pressure is removed from the body of section 18 the parts return to normal position as shown in FIG. 10.
While we have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of our invention it is to be understood that we do not limit ourselves to the precise construction herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A bingo game marker of the kind described, comprising an elongated tubular body with a. device in at least one end for marking the numbers on a bingo card and the like for identification while playing the game of bingo, said one end being open and the marking device including a plurality of discs supported in stacked formation inside the body in said one end, pivoted trigger levers in stacked formation, and sleeve means for pivoting said levers away from disc-supporting position whereby the bottommost disc in the stack is adapted to fall by gravity through the opening in said one end, onto a number on a bingo card, said means for pivoting the levers includes a slidable sleeve around the discs inside the body, a coil spring around the discs above the top end of the sleeve and seated thereon for urging the sleeve outwardly toward the open end of the body, manual means for preventing relative movement between the body and sleeve, arms extending outwardly from the other end of the sleeve and fingers carried by the arms, the levers being disposed in the path of movement of the fingers upon manual relative movement between the body and sleeve, said body at said one end being closed by a wall, said wall having perforations therein, and the marking device including a sponge rubber pad supported on the outer surface of the closure wall, a sealed reservoir in said body below the wall, said reservoir having a supply of liquid therein in the form of ink or colored water for moistening the pad when the body is turned upside down.
2. A bingo game marker of the kind described as defined in claim 1 wherein the manual means for preventing relative movement between the body and sleeve comprises a pair of opposed pins slidably mounted in the body below and normally supporting the arms of the sleeve, said pins adapted to be manually slid outwardly of the body away from the arms of the sleeve.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 478,764 7/1892 Shafer 156-573 597,720 1/1898 Karges 156573 2,413,652 12/1946 Pollock 401 199 X 2,865,533 12/1958 Taylor 401-52 X 3,089,182 5/1963 Lofgren 401-199 FOREIGN PATENTS 141,639 5/ 1935 Austria.
LAWRENCE CHARLES, Primary Examiner.
U.S. Cl. X.R.