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Publication numberUS3782028 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 1, 1974
Filing dateOct 19, 1972
Priority dateOct 19, 1972
Publication numberUS 3782028 A, US 3782028A, US-A-3782028, US3782028 A, US3782028A
InventorsKelly H
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy operated by drinking straw
US 3782028 A
A toy comprising a hollow tube through which liquid can flow; a screw in the tube and rotated by the flow; a crank rotated by the screw; a linkage secured to said crank to convert the rotary motion to up and down linear motion; and a horse secured to said linkage and moved up and down thereby.
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United States Patent 1191 Kelly 1451 1611. 1, 1974 [5 TOY OPERATED BY DRINKING STRAW 3.332,622 7/1967 Lombard .1 46/41 1,582,153 4/1926 Young 46/127 [751 Invent Henry Kelly, Buffalm 2,988,847 6/1961 Smith 46/127 [73] Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization,

New York, Primary Examiner-Louis G. Mancene Assistant Examiner-J. Q. Lever 7 [22] Filed Oct l9 2 Att0rneyRichard S. Shreve, Jr. [2]] Appl. N0.: 298,851

[57] ABSTRACT [52] US. Cl. 46/41, 46/116 51 Int. Cl A63h 29/10 A my comprlsmg a tube hmugh whlch llquld 58 Field 61 Search 46/7 41 44 127 can flow; a screw in the tube and rotated by the flow; a crank rotated by the screw; a linkage secured to said crank to convert the rotary motion to up and down [56] References Cited linear motion; and a horse secured to said linkage and UNITED STATES PATENTS moved up and down thereby.

434,817 8/1890 Waller 46/44 1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures 1 TOY OPERATED BY DRINKING STRAW FIELD OF THE INVENTION My invention is directed'toward a childs toy wherein when the child drinks liquid through a straw, a horse or other simulated animal will be caused to move in a simulated gallop or the like.

SUMMARY To this end, a vessel containing liquid is secured by suitable tubing to one end of a hollow tube while the straw is connected to a port in the tube adjacent the other end.

A screw connected to a crank is disposed in the tube whereby the screw rotates when the liquid flows therethrough and the crank rotates in a circle. A linkage secured to the crank converts the circular motion to up and down linear motion. This motion is transmitted to the horse or the like to produce the desired motion thereof;


FIG. 1 is a side elevation of my invention; FIG. 2 is a plan thereof; and

FIG. 3 is a detail thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS A drinking cup contains suitable liquid. The cup has lid 12. A siphon 14 extending downward through the lid below the liquid level is connected by its upper portion to one end ofa hollow tube 16. A port 18 in the tube adjacent its other end is connected to drinking straw 20.

A screw 22 having a horizontal axle 24 is disposed rotatably in the tube. As the liquid is drawn through the tube from the vessel to the straw, the flow of liquid rotates the screw and axle. A crank 26 secured to one end of the axle is rotated thereby in a vertical circular path.

An arm 28 is secured at a lower end to the crank. The

arm extends upward therefrom through a slot 30 in support bracket 32. The upper end of arm 28 is secured to one end of arm 34. The mid point of arm 34 is pivotally secured at 36 to a vertical extension 38 of the bracket.

The other end of arm 34 is secured to the top end of vertical arm 40. This arm 40 extends downward through a slot 42 in horse housing 44 to connect via linkage arms 46 to movable horse legs 48 whereby the desired motion is obtained.

A simulated rider 50 can be secured by springs 52 to the horse whereby the rider will move up and down in the saddle.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.

Having thus described this invention, what is asserted as new is:

1. A drinking cup for containing a suitable liquid:

a lid for said cup;

a siphon extending downward through said lid;

a horizontal hollow tube above said lid and connected at one end to said siphon;

said tube having a port therein adjacent its other end connected to a drinking straw;

a screw having a horizontal axle and rotatable in said tube;

a crank secured to one end of the axle;

a support bracket secured to the top of said hollow tube and having a slot; a housing attached to said support bracket;

linkage means comprising an arm secured at a lower end to said crank and extending upward through the slot in said support bracket;

the upper end of said arm being secured to one end of a lever which is pivotally attached to a vertical extension of said bracket;

a vertical arm secured to said lever and extending downward through said housing; and

ajointed toy figure mounted in said housing and connected to said vertical arm,

whereby when fluid flow is produced through said tube the screw turns said crank which, through the linkage means, activitates said jointed toy figure.

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U.S. Classification446/200
International ClassificationA63H29/14, A63H29/00, A47G21/18, A47G21/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H29/14, A47G21/182
European ClassificationA47G21/18E, A63H29/14