US 832196 A
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No. 832,196. PATENTED OCT. 2, 1906.
W. J. HUSTBD.
APPLICATION FILED Lum, 1906.
UNITED sTATFs PATENT OFFICF..
WILLIAM J. HUSTFD, OF SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.
DANCING TOY. l
` Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Oct. 2, 1906.
i Application led January 2. 1906. Serial No. 294,167.
'To au whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM J. HUsTED, a citizen ofthe United States, residing at Sacramento, in the county. of Sacramento and ence to the accompanying drawing, in which the figure is a side elevation of the device.
Various devices for amusement comprising suspended figures with loosely-jointed legs have been constructed, such devices being usually operated by the aid of the fingers either to move the figure itself or in other ways to cause the necessary movement to imitate dancing.
It is the object of my invention to provide a means by which the operation is carried on without any other attention than to start the apparatus.
As shownfin the drawing of the present construction, A is a fixed platform, and 2 is an elastic platform fitted into an opening in the main stationary platform A, so that it .may be caused to vibrate, as will be hereinafter described.
The figure 3 has loosely-jointed legs 4, and it is supported by a curved or equivalent bar 5, fixed at some point in the rear and enter- 'ing the back of the figure, so that the figure is supported at such a point that its feet will just touch the vibratory platform.
6 is a shield or guard extending up behind the figure and serving to cut off the view of the operating mechanism. In order to vibrate the latform above which the figure stands, and thus cause the feet and legs to move so as to simulate dancing, I have shown a revoluble shaft 7, having u onV it a cam 8. This shaft is journaled beneat the front and free end of the platform 2 and at some distance below the platform.
9 is an elastic spring-arm fixed tothe lower surface of platform 2 and having its end extended out so that the cam when revolved will contact with thisend of the arm, and by reason of the elasticity of the platform and the spring-arm the action of the cam will cause the platform to movewith a peculiar life and elasticity.
i; In order to rotate the cam or crank and actuate the platform, various mechanical contrivances are employed. In the present case I havev shown a small motor, as at 10, and a suitable battery by which the motor may be energized, and by means of a belt 11, extending from the motor to a wheel 12 on the crank or cam shaft, the device will be operated so as to keep the movable platform constantly in motion, and the contact with the feet of the figure produces the imitation of dancing desired. It will be understood that in place of the motor clockwork or other mechanism may be suitably disposed with relation to the platform to operate it, or it may be operated y a hand-crank upon the cam-shaft.
Having thus described my invention, what AI claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
' 1. ,The combination with a figure having a xed support and loosely-jointedlegs, of an elastic vibratory platform with which the feet of the figure contact, a revoluble cam or crank contacting periodically with theplatform, said platform having a member flxed to it and projecting into the range of action of the cam or crank and a motor by which the cam is actuated.
2. The combination with a figure having a substantially fixed support and loosely-jointed legs of an elastic platform, with the free end of which the feet of the figure contact, a cam and means by which said cam is revolved beneath the platform, and a contact device fixedly secured to the platform and extending into the range of action of the cam, and by which the movement of the cam is transmitted to the latform.
3. The combinatlon with a figure having a substantially fixed support and loosely-jointed legs, an elastic platform with thefree end of which the feet of the figure are in contact, a revoluble cam or crank mounted beneath the platform, an arm fixed to the platform between its point of sup ort and free end, said arm projecting into tfie line of motion of the cam.
4. The combination with a figure having a substantially fixed support and loosely-jointed legs, a flexible elastic platform, with the free end of which the feet of the figure contact, of an elastic arm fixed to the lower surface of the platform between its ends and exupon a revoluble shaft and adapted to conarm, and a, motor by which the cam-shaft is .1o tact with the end of the elastic arm. revolved.
5. The combination with a e having a In testimony whereof I have hereunto set substantially fixed support and oosel -jointmy hand in presence of two subscribing wit- 5 ed legs, a exible elastic platform fixe at one messes. l
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