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Publication numberUS882403 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 17, 1908
Filing dateJul 26, 1907
Priority dateJul 26, 1907
Publication numberUS 882403 A, US 882403A, US-A-882403, US882403 A, US882403A
InventorsWenceslaus F Mikolasek
Original AssigneeWenceslaus F Mikolasek
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 882403 A
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PATENTBD MA311?. 1908.





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specification of Lettersratent. Patenteamarcn 1'7, 1.908.

Application ledvIuly 26,1907. Serial No. 385,722.

.To all inkom it may concern.'

Beit known that I, WeNeEsLAUs F. Miko-- LASER, acitizen of the United States, residing at Vodnany, in the-county of Bonhomme 'and State of ,South Dakota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the followingis a specification. Y

This invention contemplates certain new and useful improvements in automatic toys of that type in which the toy simulates a 'human or other ligure and is arranged to walk, and the invention has for its object an 'improved construction of toy of this type Wluch will be positive in action and of comparatively simple construction and capable of a variety of uses and motions.

. With these'and other objects in. view, as will r'nore fully appear as the description prnceeds, the invention consistsl in certain constructions, arrangements and combinations .of theparts that I shall hereinafter fully describe and'clairn. Y

For a full understandin@r of the invention and the meritsthereof and also to acquire a knowledge of the details of construction and the means for effecting the result, reference is to he had to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which.-v

Figure 1 is a vertical sectional view of my improved walking toy. Fig. 2 is a similar view on the line 2 -2 of Fig. -1. Fig. 3 is a detail perspective view of the legactuating rods and their connections. Fig. 4 is a .similar view of the -arin actuating parts.

arm actuating mechanism. illustrating one application 'of the toy'. Fig. 7

. is a'detail view of one of the hands. Fig.. S

Fi 9 is a Vdetail view of a jointed hand.

orrespondingtand like-parts are referred to in the followin description and indicated in all theiviewso :the drawings by the same l V referencecharacters.'

rined i1`1`^'an3'f` desired 'ape so fasi.; to` referablyfthe' `lmdy-portion of n thinjthe ycasi-ng 1' 'ware two main that [areE substantially triangular. n Fig. Supported ini/tl Slilfi Qi ,T S'Ll'desfignated 3, v4and'5, respecy the said rodsjbeing arranged parallel.-r The d s Band Sarefrnouted'to'rotatefbult Fig. 5 is a detail view of one. portion of the FigL is a viewv is a detail viewof one of the/arms ofthe toy.

.The 'of my'improved .walkingtoyt` .y desired material;

'lth'eit Q'standards 2am three.

. thejinlddle roda-lis stationary- The rod..3.

provided with two relatively' large cranks 6, v6, set at about one hundred and eivhty de- Urrees from each other, andl said rod is also formed with two relatively small cranks 7 and'7i set at' ninety degrees from each other. The rod 5 is similarly provided with cranks 8, XPthat are one hundred and eighty dcgrees apart and ninety degrees ,from their complemented'cranks 6 and 6, and the rod 5 is a so formed with two relatively small cranks 9, Q set parallel. to the cranks 7, 7a, respectively. nected together by a rod 79 and the corre sponding cranks 7 L* and 9 are connected by a similar rod 79u.-

A pair of bars 1() is suspended from the crank (i, a similar pair of bars 11, is suspended from' the crank (5l andthe lower ends of the respective pairs of bars l() and 11 are attached to couplings 12, 1.3', secured in the movable sections 14.15,7 of the two legs A and B of the figure. .A'lianger rod 16 devponds from the rod 4, and asimilar rod 17 depends from the rod 4 at a point in alinement with the crank 6a, the rod 1.6 being in alinelnent with the crank 6F A pitman 18 is swung from the crank 8 and has a sliding connection with the hanger rod 16, and a similar pitman 1.() is swung from the crank 8a and as a sliding conneeti n with the hanger rod 1 7. These sliding connections in the present instance are constituted by collars 18 and 19a, slidingly mounted ori the respective rods 16 and 17.

tions of the legs A and B are hinged to the lower end of the body portion or casing 1, the rotation of the shafts or rods 3 and 5 will result in alternately lifting' (he bars l() and .l-1, it boing understood that one leg is rcstilljg von the ground and practically mo- .t ionl \ss, while the othelflog isv being raised and carrwl vforward and, again. lowered in contaci with thi" ground'. they leg with thcflgiirsll .is thestationary'.log upon which ..i.l\(\-. ,|r\.\;i l #ad ,'wliilje tliefcn'i" "ll ra' wi ypermit it 1. posilion atar idran'ced A i H'afrlo ng'nii'l loi'vorcil. AVVln,orilrr to ylornrn poiseor' eight for the fi'ggnr duringl the opbrai-ior. valking so thatlit.nfill-srcst'in a stnlilii coji'iih ion onone .the otl'ier is'. advent-cd,Tlconnect .In the practical operation of' walking, it" being understood that thc man1 upper'por- The cranks 7 and 9 are conthe cranks 6 and 6 with rods 20, 21, that are respectively connected to the ends of a tank or casin 22 mounted with a free and vertically'r'oo ing motion upon the forward and rearwardly extending shaft 23. This casing contains sand, and as it is tiltedfrom side to side under the influence of the cranks and the rods 2O and 21, it is manifest that the reponderance of wei ht of" the sand on the ower side or end of t e tank will throw `the proper amount of Weight on the leg ;whic is on the ground while the other leg is beingcarried upwardlyA and forwardly. In orderto actuate the various parts, the

415 shaft or rod 3 may be provided with a miter gear wheel 2`4`\meshing. with a similar gear Wheel 25 driven by 'a spring or other motor 26, said motor bemgsupported on a standard 27 in the lower end of the body portion or-ca`sing 1. i

The miter gear wheel 24 also meshes with a similar gear wheel 28Il `provided with a 'spur periphery which meshes with the spur pinion 28 on the vertically extendi shaft 29 journaled in the casin The sha 29 iS provided at the upper en of the `casing with a vspur pinion 3() meshing witha similar pinion 31 to which va pitman 31a is eoeen* trically connected :at o 'ne end. 'lhe'pitmall4 Blaprojects through a bearing 32 'and has freey movement therein, and the opppsite. end of the itmanis connected to a lever 33 fulcrumed ntermediate of' its ends on a depending arm l34 secured to the upper portion- 35 of the casing 1. The lever 33 is connected b-y a link 35 to a rod 36 which is rigidly co'nnected to. the interior of the arm (1 This arm is'jointed at the elbow and is ivotally connected at the shoulder, as V at t e point4 440 36%, with the to of the casing 1. As shaft 29 turns it is o vious that 'the Pitman Sl'f will impart a rocking motion' to the lever 33 and this will efect a sidewise4 motion of thearm C, `that is, to and from the iig means of agcordor Vthe like 37aL` Suspended within the arm from the' point 36" and extending around a-w'heel 37h close 4to 'the joint when the loop on the opposite end of. the arm` is slipped over the hook 37X of the forearm. At a point diametrically opposite the pinion 31,V a similar inion, 3S meshes V'with the pinion 30. T 'e pinion 38 is' mounted lon the same shaft with a, miter,

'55 -pinion139 -and the latter meshes with a simiar pinion 40 on the shaft 41.." `The shaft 41 carries at'its outer end an eccentric 4 1 to l which -the pitinan 42 is connected, said 'ilt'man being located in the upper portion'of @0 i her arm De.: This arm is provided with .-ntthe elbow, 4and thepitrnan 42 is ro.` d with a hook 4 3 designed for'de tdchableen a ement with a'loo .431'n'the fora-arm o t 'e right arm, yso t at the said arin may be moved up and downand the prevent it fromY tilting downwardly in a orward direction. Any .rearward tilting jmovement will be prevented by the Weight urel 45 The varno. may be crooked at' the elbowby 'is claimed as new 1s:

1. A toy o f the character-described, em.-

4rods,` being; each provided with e "cranks, and the cranks'of both of said rode 130 toy used as an organ grinder or a peanut roaster, or the fore-arm may drop and hang down freely, by detaching the hook 43 from the loop 43". l

Above the pinion or spur gear 30, the

-shaft 29 carries .a relative y small wheel 44 to which a link 45 is eccentrically connected at one end. The other end of this link is pnvotally attached tothe head 46 of thegure, said head turning in a horizontal lane Within the upper portion of the cast lng. A s the rod 29 turns, itis obvious that the head also gives a back and forth side- Wlse motion. Stationary arms 47 vcarry preferably stationary e eballs so4 that as the 80 head turns from si e tofside, the toy will have the appearance of rolling the eyes.

As illustrated in Figs, 7 and 9, the hands 48 of the toy are preferably provided with jointed fin ers 49 and they are provided g5 with a oo r 50 connected to a common cord 51,4 the latter being provided Witha hook 50 that engages Awith a small loop 5()b on the wrist orpalm portion of the hand so that the cord may be drawn tightand the, iingers fixed around some object. Y

As illustrated in Fig. 6,v the device may be used as a Japanese coolie or jinriksha man, and he, may either have theshafts 48 of the vehicle held in his hands or connected to the body bye4 waist belt 48.A This figure is mounted on rear traveling. wheels 5 9 and is provided withI a seat 50?. It. is also provided with one or more steps 51' and 52.

Preferably also a standard 54 depends from' 160 l the device at a point in advance of the main wheel 59, an auxiliary'sup'porting Wheel 53 being journ'aled inan end of the standard so as toy support the figure at that point andA of the figure.

Having thus described the invention, what 5' bodying a body portion, 'arIns, a head-and two legs, the up4 er portions of which le s are hingedl toV the ody portion," the sai legs" being 'provided with relatively movable foot 11's -portions, a pair of crank rods mountedin-tlna` Od? 130111911 and each providedwith-aj'pair s of cranks set opposite eachother, the (s1-'ankaof one rod being in alinement With the corre sponding cranks of the other rodballsfon-` 129:

necting thel cranks of one rod wit the Inioiyrf'; able portions. of the respective" legs," an .pitman connected'to the cranks of tlieot Y rod and having'a'sliding connection withtl saidA movable portions of the legis.

2. In a toy of the character ves'cribed, the combinationwith the casing, ofthree parallel rods .mounted therein, the'two Vouter-mos; I an' o i shaft, oi" rods connected to yo'f thel outermost rods, pitmeu sse,-

connected together v,for simultaneous movement, means for rotating said two outermost rods, bars suspended from the cranks of one suspended from the cranks of the other outermost rod, legs havingupper portions hingedto the casing and lower portions movable in the upper portions, hanger rods suspended from the intermediate rod, the pitrnen having a sliding connection with thesaid hanger rods, respec-l tively, and couplings connectingthe hanger rods to the movable portions of the legs.

3. In a toy of the character described, the combination with the'body portion, hinged legs, and the means for moving said legs alternately, said means including a crank the cranks of said shaft, there being two such cranks, a tank mounted for tilting,r movement in the casing and containing pulverulent material, the ends ot' the said tank being mounted over the said legs, and the said ends of the tank being connected to the said rods, respectively, as and for the purpose set forth. Y

4. In a toy of the character described, the combination of a casing, legs upon which said casing is mounted, a head pivotally supported on said casing, a shaft extending vertically in the casing, meansforturning said shaft, the shaft being provided at its upper end with a wheel, and a link eccentrically connected at one end to said wheel and at itsI other end tothe said head. l

5. ln a toy of the. character described, the combination of a casing, legs upon which said casing is mounted, a head pivotally supported on said casing, a shaft extending vertically in the casing, means for turning said shaft, the shaft being provided at its upper end with a wheel, a link cccentrically connected at one end to said wheel and at its other end to the said head, arms held stationary and extending up into the head, and-- eyeballs carried by said arms.

Asaid pinion,

6. In a Ytoy of the character described, the combination with the body ortion, 4legs and head, of armsconnected to t e body ortion,

a shaft extending vertically Within t e body portion, and provided near the upper end of the body portion vwith aspur gear, means for turning said shaft, a pinion mounted in the casingr and meshing with said spur gear, a pitman eccentrieally connected at one end to a guide through which the said pitman extends, a lever fulcrumed interme.- diate ofits ends and connected at' one end to the pitman, a support for said lever, a link connected at its inner end to the other end of said lever, one of said arms being hinged t0 the upper en'd of the body portion and rovided on its interior wit-l1 a rigidly attac ed rod connected tothe outer end.,of the said link. f 7. In a toy of the character described, the combination with the body portion, legs and head, of a shaft extendingvertically 1n the casing, a spur gearrwheel iiicunted' on said shaft near the upper end of the casing, a horizontal shaft jourualed in the upper end of the casing and havinga driving connection With the spur gear wheel, last nal'ned shaft being provided with an eccentric, arms connected lto the up er end of the body portion, one of said armsblbeingl provided with aljointed forearm, and a pitman connected at one end to the eccentric Within the upper portion of heilig provided at its'lower endwith a hook and the forearm of said arm b'eing provided with a loop designed for engagement. with said hookl In testimony whereof I affiir my signature in presence of two Witnesses.

VWiiiiciismus r. iIiKoLAsEK. [u s] Vitnesses:


the outer end of said said arm, the pitmanl Aso

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Cooperative ClassificationA63H29/12