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Publication numberUS916243 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 23, 1909
Filing dateMay 27, 1908
Priority dateMay 27, 1908
Publication numberUS 916243 A, US 916243A, US-A-916243, US916243 A, US916243A
InventorsMarcus T C Wing
Original AssigneeMarcus T C Wing
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 916243 A
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v M. T. G. WING.



Patented Mar. 23, 1909.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented March 23, 1909.

Application filed May 27, 1908. Serial No. 435,315.

To all ,whom 'it no'y concern:

1 Be it known that l, MARCUS T. C. W ING, i

acitizen of the United States, residing at Pittsburg, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new anduseful improvements in Toys, of

which the following is a specification, refereuce beingluidto the accompanying drawings. -My invention relates to improvements in toys and'more particularly to one consisting of a number of metal parts which may be connected together in different ways to produce toy bridges, Ferris wheels, towers, tank )latforms, elevators, framework for buildrugs and various other mechanical, archi-z tcctural and engineering structures.

The object of the invention is to provide a toy of this character having a great variety of uses and forms with a minimum of complex parts and difficult details and one which a bright boy cannot break or harm, or exhaust the playing possibilities of ina week or two, and wluch will develop the constructivc and inventive faculties.

With the above and other objects in view, theinvention consists of the novel features of construction and the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter fully describedand claimed, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- ,Figure 1 is a perspective view of a toy :Ferris ,wheel constructed in accordance with my invention; Figs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are perspective views of the several different parts from which the toy is made.

My improved toy bears the same relation to structural iron work that toy building blocks bear to structures of masonry, and it consists of a plurality of metal strips which may be readily connected together by re movable bolts or tie rods to produce various architectural, mechanical and engineering constructions according to'the ingenuity of the child playin with the toy. The metal strips may be at, angular, channeled, or of other shape in cross section and of any length and width and they are formed with a ertures to receive the bolts or tie rods and a so with apertures by means of which sheets of card-board or other devices may besttached to them by suitable removable fastenings such as the ordinary paper fasteners.

The Ferris wheel shown in Fig. 1 is, composed of two star-shaped sides, each of which is formed from a plurality of metal strips .1 of the same size and length and having apertures 2 adiacenl. to their ends, the apertures in the different strips being the same distance apart so that when three of the st'r s are placed together with their ends in overlspping relation and their apertures registering, they will producc an equilateral triangle. The upcrtuics 2 are adapted to rcceive short connecting bolts 3 or longer tie rods r. The bolts ii are ordinary machine bolts, em h having a head at one end and a nut upon its other screw threaded end, while the tie rods 4 are cylindrical rods having their ends screw threaded to receive a pair of clamping nuts 5 between which the strips l are clamped. The tie rods or bolts 4 are arranged between the points of the starshaped sides of the wheel and also at the center of the latter, the one at the center serving as the pivot upon which tho-wheel may rotate and the ones at the wilds serv' ing as pivots from which suit-a )lc cars or carriages (not illustrated) may be suspended.

Said tie rods also serve to space the two sides of the wheel apart. The short bolts 3 are arranged at other points upon the sides of the wheel where several of the strips 1 have their ends brought together in overlapping relation. The pivot for the wheellis mouhtcd in two upright sup )OIiZS or frames each of which is composed its lower end secured to one of the upturnedends of the strip 1, the other end of which latter is connected to .the strip or :strips 1,- as clearly shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings. Said strips of the two pivot supports or frames are conncctedby the short bolts 3 which are passed through suitable apertures arranged in said strips.

said strips and upon different portions or flanges of the same so that the strips'inay be I of two angle metal stri s l a channeled metal stri l Said apertures may ,be arranged ad acent to the ends and at suitable mtervals throughout the length of used in various ways to produce different shaped structures.

lhe toy is composed of a lurality of each of the several parts above escribed so that angular strips united at. their upper ends, a

any bright boy can readily construct various toy structures. The use of the toy, therefore, develops the inventive'and constructive faculties and will at the same time interest and amuse.

H ving thus described my invention What I claim is;

l. A; toy Ferris wheel comprising two up right supports, a wheel proper having si e frames, each composed of apertured metal strips arranged in overlapping relation with their apertures in alinement, bolts passed through the apertures in certain of said stri s to unite them, tie rods arranged between t e side frames of the wheel and also passed through the apertures in certain of said strips to unite the latter and space the side frames apart, one o the tie rods being ccntrally arranged in the wheel and mounted in said supports to serve as a pivot for the wheel,

2. t tte Ferris wheel comprising two up right supports each consisting of converging connectin strip between their diverging lower en s, another strip extending outwardlfy from said connecting strip and achanneled bracing ,stiip between the outer end of the last mentioned strip and the converging ends of the angular strips, 2. Wheel proper having side frames, each composed of apertured metal strips arranged in overlapping relation with their a crtures in alinement, bolts passed through t e a ertures in certain of said strips to unite tiem, tie'rods arranged between the side frames of the wheel and also passed through the' apertures in certain of said strips to unite the latter and space the side frames apart, one of the tie rods being centrally arranged in the wheel and mounted in said supports to serve'as a pivot for the wheel.

In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.


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US2894345 *Jul 30, 1956Jul 14, 1959William L BushnellDecorative star
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Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/042