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Publication numberUS511291 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1893
Filing dateMar 25, 1893
Publication numberUS 511291 A, US 511291A, US-A-511291, US511291 A, US511291A
InventorsBenjamin S. Dodge
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-controlled vending-machine
US 511291 A
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(No Model.) Y


No. 511,291. Patented 1390-. 19,1893.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 511,291, dated December 19, 1893.

Application filed March 25, 1393. Serial No. 467,613. (No model.) i'

To all whom it may concern:

Beit known that I, BENJAMIN S. DODGE, of the city of Minneapolis, county of Hennepin,

.State of Minnesota,have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Coin-Controlled' Vending-Machines, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a coin controlled vending machine for dispensing dierent ar-y which, as the bars are forced out, wedges the. com down betweenv the lugs thereof to dis charge the same.

My invention further consists in various details of construct-ion and in combinations all' as hereinafter described and particularly pointed out in the claims, and will be more readily understood by reference to the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view showing one of my devices secured to the back of an opera chair or seat. Fig. 2 istan enlarged sectional vlew thereof on the line -x of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a vertical longitudinal section on the line y-Jy of Fig. 2. Fig. 4t is a horizontal section on the line z--z ot' Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a sectional view on the line w-w of Fig. 4, the box being turned upon its side. Figs. 6 and 7 are getailed perspective views of the two sliding ars.

As shown in the drawings, the moving parts of my device are arranged Within a shallow box, which box is separated by partitions 2, 3, et, 5 and 6 into chambers or compartments for the reception of the coins, the operating bars and the packages. The horizontal partitions 2 and 3 form the guides for the operating bar 7 and the ejecting bar or bolt 8. The bar 7, as shown, is of greater breadth than the ejecting bar and is prevented from bearing thereon by shoulders or ledges 9 arranged in the partitions or walls 2 and 3. In the outside cover or face 10 of the box I pro- `vide a horizontal slot 11, and the shank 12 ot' the knob 13 projects through this slot and is secured in the outer end of the bar 7. The bar and the knob are both held back by a spring let secured to the end wall of the recess 15 in which the spring is accommodated, the opposite end of the spring being fastened to the end wall 16 ot' the case or box. The inner and longer bolt 8 has a similar recess 17 to accommodate a strong spring 18 having its ends secured to the wall 16 and to the bolt itself whereby the bolt is held back. 'Phe outer end ofthe inner side of the ejecting bolt 8 is recessed or shouldered to accommodate a coin placed edgewise therein, and from the upper and rear corner of the bar 7projects a lug or pin 19 so arranged that the distance l between it and the beveled corner 20 of the shoulder 21 on the part S, is less than the diameterot the particular coin Ito be used in operating the box. Hence when a coin is dropped-.through the slot 22 in the top of the box it falls down through the chute 23 and is held in the position shown by dotted lines in Fig. 3. The knob 13 may then be forced forward and the ejecting bar 8 Will 4be carried along with the bar 7, thecoin serving tolock the two together. The chute 23 has anv open side or slot and as the bars are carried forward the top of the coin strikes the inclined vwall 24 and is thereby gradually pressed down, and the coin serving as a wedge, presses the bar 8' forward in advance of the bar 7 24 until the binding action of the two lugs or c shoulders upon the coin is insufficient to hold the coin in place, whereupon the same will drop down through the slot 25 in the. bottom partition 2 and thence into the coin pocket or chamber 26. The coins mayonly be removed through the small door or slide 27 arranged in'the lower part of the box. Between the Walls l.tand 5 is the pocket 27 for the packages 28 containing candy or other articles. This pocket maybe made of greater depth in order to accommodate more of the packages, and in order that the user of thel box may know that the box contains one or more packages I provide the pocket with a glass face ICO 2S through wl'iich the articles may be seen. The wall 5 is provided with the large opening 29 through which a package may be forced and the end of the bolt 8 projects through anV opening in the wall 4, so that when the box is operated by a coin, the bar is pressed against the end of the package to force the saine out over the upraised ledge or blind 30 and into the drop chute 31 arranged between the walls o and 6. The chute is provided with acup 32 at its lower end, which part projects beneath the underside of the box,and the chute preferably has an irregular form, the ends of the Walls 33 and 34 shown in dotted lines in F1g.2b eing intended to prevent the insertion of any instru ment whereby packages may be drawn intothe drop chute without first placmg a coin in the box. I preferably provide a small door or slide 35 in the top of the box abovethe pocket so that new packages may be easily inserted therein.

Ithus provide a device made up of very few parts, all of which are strong and durable, and further, which may be adapted for using packages or articles of almost any shape, such as packages of candy, gum, tobacco, cigars, stamps, or like articles.

I-Iaving thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent-` y 1. Ina vending machine, the longitudinally arranged bars, each provided on its inner side with a lug or shoulderand a longitudinal slot being provided between said lugs, in combination with gui des for said bars, springs for normally holding back said bars, an inclined wall or shoulder with which the coin engages and by which it is pushed down to force one of said bars forward with respect to the other to enlarge the slot and permit the discharge of the coin,'substantially as described.

2. In a vending machine, the longitudinally arranged bars, each provided on itsinnerside with a' lug or shoulder anda longitudinal slot being provided between said lugs, in combination with guides for said bars, springs for normally holding back said bars, an inclined wall or shoulder with which the coin engages and by which it is forced down to force one of said bars forward with respect to the other, to enlarge the slot and permit the discharge of the coin, a coin receptacle arranged beneath said bars, a package receptacle provided opposite the end of the bars and a package discharge chute or opening, substantially as described. y

3. The combination, in a coin controlled vending machine, of the box havingthe coin chute 23, with the bars 7 and 8, theguides thereof, said guides provided with shoulders 9, said bar 7 provided with the lug 19, the operating knob connected with the bar 8, the inclined wall 24, and the springs 14 and 1S, attached to said bars, said wall serving to force down the coin to separate the bars and permit the discharge of the coin, substantially as described.

4. The combination, in a coin controlled vending machine, of the box having the coin chute 23, with the barsy 7 and `8, the guides therefor, said guides provided with shoulders 9 said bar 7 provided with the lug 19,- the op erating knob connected with the bar 8, the inelinedwall 24,the springs 14 and 18, the package pocket, the blind ledge 30, and the tortuous drop chute provided with the receiving cup, all substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 15th day of March, 1893.


In presence of- C. G. IIAWLEY, P1. S. LYON.

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