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Publication numberUS944407 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 28, 1909
Filing dateApr 12, 1909
Priority dateApr 12, 1909
Publication numberUS 944407 A, US 944407A, US-A-944407, US944407 A, US944407A
InventorsEdgar C Beebe
Original AssigneeW T Boyer, E J Colgan, Edgar C Beebe
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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E. 0. BEEBE.

AMUSEMENT DEVIGE.

APPLICATION PILED APR. 12, 1909.

' 944,407. v Patented Dec.28,19094 2 BHEETS-SHEBT 1.

%TT% PATENT EF@E DGAR C. BEEBE, OF KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, .ASSXGNOR DE ONE--ALF T0 W. T. BOYER, OF KANSAS CITY, MISSO'RI, AND E. J.,COLGN, GE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

AMUSEMENT DEVICE.

Specfication of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 28, 1909.

Application filed April 12, 1909. Serial No. 489,484.

T0 au whom 4273 may concem:

Be it known that I, EDGAR C. BEEBE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Kansas City, in the county of Wyandotte and State of Kansas, have invented certain new and nseful Improvements in Amusement Devices, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in amusement devices, and it embraces, broadly speaking, a hollow onter member and an inner member, Which latter has a universal connection with the former whcreby the equilibrinm of said inner member is always maintained irrespective of the posi tion which the outer member may assume.

The device, in its prei'erred form, is of snfficient size and stability t0 safely carry passengers clown an inclined plane, but may be made in smaller sizes to answer as a toy.

In the acoompanying drawings, Figures 1 and 2 show side and plan views, respectively, of the device in position on an inclined plane. Figs. 3 and 4: are vertical sec tions of the device on lines HIHI and IVIV, respectively, showing the universal connection between the inner and outer members in difi'erent positions.

1 designates the outer member, which is preierably arranged in the form of a hollow foraminous sphere, provided With a door 2, for the ingress and egress of passengers. Member 1 is preferably formed of two semispherical sections 3, separable from each other, so that they may be nested for shipment. VVhen in an operative position sections 3 may be secured together by any suitable means, such for instance as bolts 3&

4 designates the inner member arranged preferably for seating passengers and 10- cated below the center of the onter member so that it may maintain its eqnilibrium irrespective of the position which the outer member assumes while in motion, for instance as when rolling clown the incline A.

In the drawings I have shown the universal connection consisting of two annuli 5 and 6, the former of which is freely connected to the sphere by a pair of diametrically-opposed pivotal members 7, While the latter is connected to the former by a pair of diametrically-opposed pivotal members 18), extending at an angle to the pivotal memers 7.

The inner member 4 is freely suspended from annulus 6 by a pair of hangers 9, which connect with said annulus at an angle to the pivotal members 8, and also extend at an angle to the pivotal members 7.

VVhen a rolling or revolving motion is imparted to the sphere, the universal connection permits annulns 5 t0 revolve with the sphere and also adjust itself independently thereof, npon its pivotal members 7. It likewise permits annnlns 6 t0 revolve with annulns 5 and adjnst itself independently thereof on the pivotal members 8, While the hangers are permitted to revolve in a horizontal plane with annnlns 6 and adjustthemselves independently thereof With member 4, which is below the center of gravity of the sphere so that it will'always retain its equilibrium. VVhile the hangers 9 permit member 4- to swing laterally more or less with the passengers, there is no danger of npsetting the latter as the pivotal points of said hangers, thro'ugh the intermediacy of the universal connection, cannot move far enough out of a horizontal plane t0 endanger the passengers.

Bdesignates a tower at the foot et the in cline A, provided With an elevator C for returning the sphere to the top of the incline. A reception room Will be provided at the upper or lower portion of the tower, where the passengers may enter or leave the sphere.

Although I have shown an incline where loy motion may be imparted to the sphere by permitting the same to roll clown said incline, I do not confine myself to this arrangement, as it is obvious that motion may be imparted to the sphere in varions ways, and if desired it may be mounted upon trannions and revolved like the Ferris wheel without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

Having thus describedmy invention, what I daim is:-

1. An amusement devioe consisting of a hollow revolving outer member, an inner member arranged therein, and a universal conneotion loetween the outer and inner members whereby the equilibrinm of the inner member is maintained.

2. An amusement device consisting of a hollow foraminous revolving outer member, an inner member arranged therein, and a universal connection between the enter and inner members whereby the equilibrium of the inner member is maintained.

3. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving sphere, an inner member arranged therein, and a universal connection between the sphere and said inner member whereby the equilibrium of the latter is maintained.

4:. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving foraminous sphere consisting of two detachable sections, an inner member arranged withn said sphere, and a universal connection between the sphere and said inner member whereby the equilibrium of the latter is maintained.

5. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving sphere, a door therein, an inner member arranged within said sphere, and a universal connection between the sphere and said inner member, whereby the equilibrium of the latter is maintained.

6. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving sphere, an inner member arranged therein, a second member to which the inner member is operably connected, and a third member operably connected to said second member and the sphere.

7. An amusement device consisting ofa hollow revolving sphere, an inner member arranged therein, a second member to Which the inner member is operably-eonnected at' diametrically-opposed points, and a third member operably-connected to the sphere at diametrically-opposed points, and to which the second member is operablyconnected at diametricaliy-opposed points.

8. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving* outer member, an inner member arranged therein, an arinuIus from which the inner member is suspended 0 re: volve wth said annulus and swing independently thereof, and a second annulus to which the firstmentioned annulus is pivotally-connected to revolve therewith and independently thereof, said second annulus being pivotally-eonnected to the outer member to revolve therewith and independently thereof.

9. An amusement device consisting of a hollow revolving member, a door therein, a passenger conveyance within said membel, and a universal connection between the revolving member and said passenger conveyance whereby the equilibrium of the latter is maintaine 10. An amusement device consisting of a revolving outer member, an inner member arranged therein, a universal connection between the outer and inner members whereby the equilibrium of the inner member is maintained, and means for imparting a revolving motion to the outer member.

11. An amusement dvice consisting of a revolving outer member, an inner member arranged therein, a universal connectiori between the outer and inner members whereby the equilibrium of the inner member is maintained, and an incline down which the hollow -member is adapted to roll.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses.

EDGAR o. BEEBE. VVitnesses F. G. FISCHER, M. Cox.

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Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA63B19/02