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Publication numberUS902113 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 27, 1908
Filing dateJun 12, 1907
Priority dateJun 12, 1907
Publication numberUS 902113 A, US 902113A, US-A-902113, US902113 A, US902113A
InventorsFrederick Ruple
Original AssigneeThomas F Kirk Jr, Edward J Smail, Albert A Shepard, Frederick Ruple
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for making facial expressions.
US 902113 A
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PENNSYLVANIA.

Davies um mme Mcm annessione.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 27, 1908.

Application mod June 12, 1907. Serial No. 378,564.

To all whom 'it may concern.:

Be it known that I, FREDERICK RUPLE, a. resident of Pittsburg, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Devices for Making Facial Expressions; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description thereof.

My invention relates to devices for producing facial expressions, and has for its object to provide a cheap, simple and efficient device for producing different facial expressions for amusement, advertising and other pur oses.

y invention consists, generally stated, in the novel arrangement, construction and combination of parts, as hereinafter more specifically set forth and described and partlcularly pointed out in the claims. Y

To enable others skilled in the art to which my invention a'pertains to construct and vab e material and molde use my improve device for producing facial ex ressions, I will describe the same more fu ly, referring to the accompanying drawing in Whichigure 1 is a front elevation of my improved device for producing facial expressions. Fig. 2 is a rear elevation of the same. Fig. 3 is a vertical central section on the line 3-3 Fi 1 lookin in the'direction of the arrows. gs. 4 ang 5 are rear views of the device showin other forms of my invention.

Like sym ols of reference herein indicate like parts in each of the figures o f the drawin as illustrated in said drawin v1 represents the device for making facia expressions which consists of the facial ortion 2 formed of thin and flexible materia such as rubber or' other suitable material, and such portion is secured in any suitable manner to a rounded body or base 3 at the back of the same. The flexible portion 2 is formedor molded in a hollow shape to represent the vhuman face and with the wrinkles 4 within the same wherever they may be desired to appear, while eye and mouth openings 5 and 6 are also foi-med or molded within said ortion, as well as the extending or protru ing nose, cheek and chin portions 7, 8 and 9 respectively. The body or basej3 is formed of pa ier-mch, plaster of aris olother` suitto shapel to form the upper or forehead portion 1 1 for the fore- While the cord 24 extends down head portion 10 of the flexible portion 2, and with the lower or n'ose portion 12 thereon for the securingv of the nose portion -7 on said ortion 2y thereto, such portion 1'0 fitting oosely over the portion 11 of the base 3 and being secured at the sides and upper end of the same in any suitable manner.

The edges of the facial portion 2 can be vprovided with a wire spring 13 or other suitable device for supporting the depending or swinging portion 2 below the forehead portion 1() on the same and for allowin movement of the said ortion 2. Wit in the facial portion 2 an at the back of the same is the eye-plate 14, which extends across the eye openings 5 in the portion 2 and is provided `with the eyes 15 thereon and positioned o posite said openings. This eyeplate 14 1s adapted to swing laterally within a oruide 14 secured on the base 3 through rods 16 loosely connected thereto through loo ed portions 17 at the lower end of said ro s and on said plate, and through like loo ed portions 18 at the upper ends of said ro s and on fpins 19 which are secured to thev up er end o the body or base 3.

ithin the chin portion 9 of the facial portion 2 is the weight or block 20 which is hung from the side walls of the base 3 through wire springs 21 secured to said walls by the screwpins 22 at their upper ends, and the lower ends of these springs are connected to one end of rods 23 and to a cord 24 at a point a where they are secured b cementing or in any suitable manner to t e depending portion 2. The rods 23 extend up at angle from the lower ends of the springs 21 and are loosely secured at their opposite ends to a pin 25 on the nose portion' 12 of the base 3, at an angle from the said points a and is loosel connects ed to a pi'n 26 on the weight or b ook 2O by passing through a ring 26 on said pin 26.

The manner of using and operating my improved device for producl facial expressions is las follows :-'WhenmtIie device 1 is assembled as shown in the drawing it can be removably hung from a suitable support A,

as shown in Fig. 3, in any suitable manner,

and connected tothe base 3, or can be secured to saidsupport throughsaid base, and when in position and carried by a moving ob'ect, such as an electric, steam or other. ve 'cle or object the movement of the object Y will actv to shake the depending portion 2' of the portion 2 the flexible facial portion 2. By reason of the movement of' the object and the shaking of the portion 2 on the flexible portion 2, the e e-plate 14 will be swung laterally through t e rods 16, so that the eyesll on said plate will travel from side to side with said plate and give expressions through the openings 5 in the portion 2, while the weighted block 20 in thev chin portion 9 on said .portion 2 Jwill act to move said portion in different positions through the springs 21, rods 23 and cord 24. By the movement of the said portion 9 .through the weight 20 it will move the facial portion and give diHerent expressions to the eye and mouth openings 5 and 6, chin portion 9 and cheek portionS throughv the said Weight being connected or hung from of said'portion 2 at the points a through the rods 23 and cord 24 and such expressions will be assisted by the wrinkles 14 in the ortion2.

In Flg. 4 is shown another form of my invention which can be used for getting expressions of the face for artists andother such work, and this consists infplacing on the portion 8 by cementing or in any other suitable manner. 4o

The bag 28 forthe forehead portion 1l) of the facial portion .2 is placed horizontally along the basel 3 and is connect- A ed at itsends through slots 33 in said base to points c which are secured to said forehead 'i "portion 1'0 by cementing or in any other suitable manner.

Flexible tubes 34 are connected one to i each-one of the bags 27 and 28 and on the end of each tube is a flexible bulb like that Shown at 35, so that each of said-bags can be expanded, as shown by the dotted lines, to give the expression desired for the cheek portions 8 on the facial portion 2 or for the orehea'd portion 10 on said portion 2. In the expanding of the cheek bags 27 the lower end of the cheek portions 8 on the flexible portion 2 will be drawn' upward through the points b to produce the ex ression in said portion 8 by mating such c eek portions and drawing the corners mouthopening 6 upward, while in the expanding of the ba s 28, the ends of said bag will travel along t e slots 33 to roduce the expression by vertical wrinkles 1n the flexibleforehead portion 10 through the points o being drawn toward each other, and by of the drawing upward the outer corners ol' the eye openings 5. 4

ln Flg. 5 is shown another I'orin of ,my in-' vention in which sealing points c on the forehead portion l() ol' the flexible facial portion 2 have a cord 36 connected between the same through the slots 33 and this cord hv extending horizontally across the base, 3 allows for a vertical cord 37 to be connected thereto and to the weighted block 20, so that in any downward movement of said block the portion 9 on the portion 2 in being pressed downward, as shown in dotted lines, will also draw down the cord 37. As this cord 37 is also drawn down it will also act to draw down the centralconnected portion of the cord 36 as shown in dotted lines, and thereby draw towards each other the sealing points c, so that the flexible forehead por- 'tion 10 will produce an ex ression by vertical wrinkles therein, and y the outer corners of the eye openings 5 being drawn'upward. l

Various other modifications and changes in the use, design and construction of my improved device for producing facial expressions may be resorted to, without departing from the spirit of the invention or sacrificing any of its advantages.

It will thus be seen that my improved device for producing facial expressions is of such a form and construction that a variety of facialexpressi'ns can be produced auto- 1.

m'atically or otherwise thereby, and whcrrin use can be entertainmg and useful for a great many purposes, such as in forming part of advertising cardsand for assisting artists and portrait painters in obtaining different expressions of the human face for their work. lt-can be easily handled without injury to the parts composing the same and will not get out of order. The working parts-are easily made and when set in positlon there is no liability of breakage in handlin or when in use, while the form and materia for the facial portion of the device is of such design and nature that it can be made or molded to represent the dierent shapes or forms of '-human faces easily and without great ex ense. y

What claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is- I.

.1. In a device for producing facial expressions, the combination of a supporting head portion having a nose portion thereon, and a A.adapted to be engaged interiorly to form different expressions therein.

3. In a device for producing facial expresead - sions, the combination of a supporting portion having a nose portion t flexible facial portion over me f in irion dthmnig ex1 ac portion over an e n from said head and nose portion, and5 means interiorly engaging with said flexible portion for movln the same to form different exerein.

sions, the combination of asu porting rtion having a nose portion t ereon, a thin exible facial portion over `and de nding from said head and nose portion, a means connected to said head portion and engaging with the back of said exible portion for moving the Same to form different expressions thereinl 5. In a device for producing facial ex res sions, the combination of a su porting head portion having a nose portion thereon, a thin exible facial portion over and de ndig from said head and nose portion, and)e means on the back of said facial portion and engaging with the chin portion thereof for moving the same to form different expressions therein.

6. In a device for producing facial ex res sions, the combination of asu portingeadl portion having a nose portion t ereon, a thin and de nding from said head and nose portion, and)e means depen from said head portion and engaging with t e chin portion of said lexibleportion for moving the same to form different expressions therein; 1

7. In a device for producing facial ex ressions, the combination of a supporting head portion having a nose portion thereon, a

' exible facial portion over and depending from said head and nose portion, and a weight or block depen and engaging with same to form dlfferent expressions therein.

8. In a'device for producing facial vressions, the combination of a supporting ead portion having a nose portion thereon, a

different expressions therein.

Ieye o nings therein, and a from said head portion the chin portion of said' flexible portion for' moving the flexible facial rtion from, said hens9 and Weight or block de and e aglng with the chin rtion of said iiexibleg portion for moving thldosame to form producing facial ex ressions, the combination of a su porting ead rtion having a nose port-ion t ereon, a thin exible facial portion over and depending from said head and nose ortion adapted to 9. In a device for eye o nings therein, and laterally swinging m said head .portion and from sald lexi le facial portion be lvibrated to formdi erent expressions therein, said head and facial portions having eyes or moving along said openings to form different ex ressions therein.

1'0. In a evice for producing ex ressions, the combination-of a supporting ead portion having a nose portion thereon, a thin flexible facial portion over and ldepending from said head and nose ortion adapted to be vibrated to form erent` expressions therein, said'head and. facial ortions having aterally swingg p ate having eyes thereon for moving along said'openings to form different expressions therein.

11. In a device 'for the combination of tion having a nose iiexible facial from said head and nose portion adaptedto be vibrated to form di erent expressions therein, said head and facial portions having eye-openings therein, and a laterally swinging p ate depending from said mg eyes thereon for moving along said openings'to form different expressions thereln.

In testimonywhereof, I, the said FRED- producing ex ressions,

portlon thereon, a thin rmrcx RUPLE have hereunto set my hand.

FREDERICK RUPLE.

a supporting ead porportion over and depending head portion hav`

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Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA63H13/00