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Publication numberUS932403 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 24, 1909
Filing dateJul 1, 1907
Priority dateJul 1, 1907
Publication numberUS 932403 A, US 932403A, US-A-932403, US932403 A, US932403A
InventorsGeorge A Long
Original AssigneeGray Telephone Pay Station Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-controlled apparatus.
US 932403 A
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t apparatus especially designed for telephone chutes.; 4 is .asimilar view,'illustrati UNITED "STATES PATENT @HCE Groer A.. LONG, or HARTFORD, courrant-UT, assraNoR To THEGRAY l sTATioN company, or HARTFORD, coNNEcTrcUT, AeonroRATroN or coNNEcTxcuT.


To all @071.0711 di may concern.' l

it known that I, GEORGE A. LONG, acitizen of the United States,'residing at Hartford, in the county of I- Iartford and- State of Connecticut, have invented Vcertain new and useful Improvements in Coin-Controlled Apparatus, of which the lfollowing a specilication.

This invention relates to coin-controlled p:,\.y-stations, although capable in someI of its details of use with other devices, andin which coins of different value are employed for accomplishing various results.v

Primarily the object of the invention is the provision of means for preventi when a coin .of a different value or the service*rendered is inserted ili'a slot of the machine. l l

A further object of the invention is the provision ot a coin-chute havin l'aguide-way which is perforated or provided with a socket' at its upper end to receive a ball which when the portable frame is in normal vertical position Will permit of the ready passage of the coin, but which, when the frame is tilted or otherwise manipula-ted, will roll by gravity into said perforation or socket, and will prevent the passage of a coin of Wrong denomination untilthe frame is brought to norma-l position when said coin will descend, slip through a trap of the chute and will fail to sound the signal.

A further object vof the invention is the Iprovision of a com ound Coin-chute in which, :tor instance, a be l-signal will be sounded once for a live-cent iece, twice for a dime, and once, by what is nown as a cathedralgong, for a qua-rter.

@ther objects of the invention will be set forth in the following description. f

.ln the ac'companyin' drawings, Figure 1' is a view in elevation o a portable telephone pay-station inrolving Vthe features of the in-E vent-ion. Fig. 2-is a rear elevation, partially ign section .of the device with the baeklate or oever removed. 'Fin'. 3 is a seetiona .de-1 tail on fline 8-3 of Fig. 2, illustrating the normal 'position Iof the Aballs in the cointhef action of j the ball in 'objstruetfng the;` mouth of the chute when theframe 1s Specification oi Letters Patent.

Application led July 1,' 1907. Serial No. 381,631.y

fraud Vwhich the coin Is meres .newest .as'ftlpgtin'wliieh the escape slot to which alinsign-hals Vbeen made, is located althoug, 110

7 is a like view i I apparatus when the framefis tipped or tilted. Like numerals designate' `similar parts throughout the severalyiews '..Referring tothe drawings, the l'iumrall` indicates the frameof the vportable appa-v and 4 the receiver, all as usually constructed, and constituting nov part of the present-'invntion.- "f

a coin of improper 4denomination'andA Fig.

lustrating the' faction v.of thev ratns, 2 the coin-drawer, 3 the transmitter,

To the back of the frame is-secured are? movable vcover' 5,andl at the topf thereof is a .Qn the top of the frame 'are the mouths l or openings' 7 to the coin chuteshereinafter veniently carried. Y

described, and located within the virginie, said mouths or openingsbeing respectively marked" tol indicate the various 'delitjrriix.-l whfrclrthe appara-tusis ml tended, for instance, cts.,' "l0 ct's.,; 25 cts.,

tions of coin forv etc. f

Within the frame, oreasingfare located the coin-chutesand signaldevices rof the machine, and,

value lof coin the chute thereforisfdesig nated by 8, and is provided'lwithna down- Wardly-lnclined upper lpart 9 having' a trap 10 through which a coin ofimp'r'oper decommencing 'with the klovvest nomination and size Will "fall, as illustrated in Figu.

L Communicating Withthe-thpfof tlleco'inchute 8 is one ofthe receiving-openings 7 in primarily inserted,` and Iin inclinedfportionof said chute 1s formed :a

pocket which isushown as' consisting of'y la hollow boss or tuhesection 12 locatedaproximately at right angles toandexten mg outward from said inclined portion and. adapted for the reception ofA aball I13, which when the `apparatus is in normal position Will remain in' the location illustrated` in Fig. 3, but should` `the device be tippedl` in the manner illustrated4 will prevent the-passage of a coin through the chute 8. In'this Way `fraudulent manipulation `oi theA frame or standard f the machine by-tilting itin the manner'shown, 'in order that asignal maybe seundd by. 'a winni 'improper value. will' be prevented. E j' .A 'Thqgtrgveling roller ongua'rd membercl e ehute'from the same'side i'n this vclass of ap aratus to indicate aurally the reception oft e cnoin of a certain value, ,for example, a ten cent piece, land, therefore, in this connection a chute 14 is provided with'one of the ,openin 7 for the reception of a dime which is in diameter the smallest coin capable of use in the' machine,'and this chute Vis of skeleton-frame, and is constructed with a rabbet. 16 which will enable the coin to 'strike the ,top of a. bell 17 on its assage downward. Furthenon the chiite iscurve'dat 18 and has anangular portionv 19 throu h which the coin passes' andstrikes against t e lower portion 17 of the bell betacle 2. l

Coming now to the ,quarter-chute' it is designatedpb7 20, is also of skeletonfoim, and is provided with 'a socket 1Q similar to the socket illustratedin Fig. 3, and in said socket is placed aball 13 for accomplishing 'a like purpose.. j i f IDesignatedzby 21 isa coiled wire or catheing 22 in I'chute 20 so that a 'quarter inserted in the 25-cent Slotor mouth of the machine while passinthrou'gh said chute will cause the gongto e sounded, thereby indicating that a coin of the proper value. has been placed in the machine forV the service to be rendered. These chutes are so arranged that 4 they loverlap eachother, and each chute is providedwith a trap or escape-opening forA permit-ting thedischarge of a coin of improper yalue. By the variance of the signals and the dileren'ce in the sounding of the same the operator at receiving headquarters can readil. 'detect whether or not `a coin inout-h of the chute for which it is intended. To illustrate,-when a 25 cent coin is )laced lin the mouth of chute 20 it will un er orsurance that the correct coin yfor the receiv ers record has been' employed.

As illustrated by Fig'. 5 when a coin of `the proper value is inserted it will not escape y-'through the'trap in the chute', bii-t shouldA a coin of inferior" value be inserted it will i of a coin of improper size,

= scribed. So too, other Idevices stituted for the roller's or balls for autoore it enters the` coin-box` of the recepv dral gong 21Y positioned. adjacent an op'en.Y

of proper va ue has been inserted in the -the bell once, thereby givingjpositive asfunder normal conditions fall out of the trap l0 as illustrated in Fig. 6.

Guards 2 2 and 23 protect gong 21 and bell 17 respectively from being sounded by improper coinsrwhich may be deflected by the traps ofthe chutes. lVere not means provided to prevent the passage of any coin while the appara-tus is tilted or otherwise manipulated an improper coin could be made to pass thetrap in the chute.

From what has been stated it will be obvious that positive means for preventing the assage of a' coin except when the frame is' in vertical osition is provided, and that should said rame be tilted to obtain a fraud lulent sounding ofthe signal by` an inferior cointhc ball 13 will assume the position illustrated in Fig. 4., and will prevent the passagefof said coin.

Changes may be made in the various details of` the invention without departure therefrom, and the invention is not limited to the precise construction shown and de may be submatically preventing the insertion of a coin when the apparatus is thrown out of normal.


Havingtliusdescribod' the invention, what l clarin is:

l. A telephonepay station comprising a 'chiite, acoinoperable signal, and a bodilymovable member vautomatically movable into position' toprevent a coin reaching said signal when said. hutje is moved ont of itsl normal position.

chute, a coin-operable signal, and ya. ,ball'in coperative relation with said chiite and adapted to roll intoposition to prevent al coin reaching said si nal when-the chute from its norma position. y .y

3.`A`telephone pay station comprising a chute having' an opening in its side for the escape of an improper coin, a. signal, and a bodily movable member incoperative relaioo' ' 2. A telephonepay station comprising a.V

is moved tion with said chute and adapted tobeI proi jected into the reaching said signal when thestation =is moved from normal position.

4. A telephone pay-station Acoinprisinga pathA of a coin. `above said o nin to hold the coin and revent it.

Pe g P iis cliutefhaving an inclined portionthe 'latten being provided with 'an opening on one `side "for the escape of a cinof improper size and outwardly-extending ho erablesignal disposed below said b oss and opening, and a ball in said boss adapted to il be prolected into the path of the coifnl `when the station is tipped out 'offits ndlinal plosibeingprovided onthe-opposite side with an low boss, A a coin-op signal disposed belovsr s-aid slot, and a bodi1y-v In testimony whereof I avi-Hx my signature movabllle member in coperative relation with' in presence of two Witnesses.

said c nte and rojectabve across' t e same. l y

above said signallJ and from the side of said A -GE'QRGL A' LDA G' 5` ohute op osite that having said openn 'Witnesses when the 'tation is tipped out of its norma' y F, E. ANDERSON,


priglt position.

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Cooperative ClassificationG07D5/02