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March 29, 1938. A. RANDAzzo 2ßî12fß57 AUTOMATVIC CIGARETTE DIS'PENSER Original Filed Aug. 26, 1935 5 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 ~ 26 ll / 5l 27 32 55 29 ' j! M35 \ 37 9 10 4 55 v 45 ` INVENTOR » ATTORNEY March 29, 1938. ` A. RANDAZZO AUTOMATIC CIGARETTE DISPENSER Original Filed Aug. 26, 1935 3 Sheets-Sheet 7 u ALRandaZZO E" @#HQÉQQÀÃÈC; ATTO R N EY Patented Mar. 29, 1938 2,112,651 UNITED. STATES PTENT OFFECE 2,112,657 AUTOMATIC CEGARETTE DISPENSER, August Randazzo, San J ose, Calif. @riginal application August 26, 1935, Serial No. 37,855, now Patent No. 2,085,121, June 29, 1937. Divided and this application May 25, 1936, Se rial No. 81,655 7 Claims. (Cl. S12-67) This invention relates generally to a cigarette of the lower edge of the back wall. Depending dispensing device for use on a motor vehicle, and from the side walls of the housing 2 and pro-ject is a divisional application of my copending ap ing rearwardly therefrom are supporting ñanges plication on Automatic cigarette dispenser and 4. Projecting laterally from the housing 2 are lighter, Serial No. 37,855, filed August 26, 1935, vertical flanges E adapted to be secured to the now Patent No. 2,085,121. instrument panel of a motor vehicle and through The principal object of my invention is' to pro an opening in which panel the device projects. vide a device actuated primarily by suction and Secured between the flanges 4 is a plate 6 which which will dispense a cigarette from a container forms a. floor for the housing 2 as well as project ing forwardly and rearwardly therefrom. This l O and support the cigarette in a position readily ac cessible to the person desiring to smoke the same. floor plate 6 has a transverse slot 'I cut there 10 A further object of my invention is to provide through just back of the front face of the hous an ash tray which is normally mounted beneath ing 2, said slot being of suiiicient length and the cigarette dispensing device but which upon width to permit a single cigarette to pass through 15 actuation of the device will be projected forward the same. The iioor plate 6 extends forwardly a l5 to an open or usable position. short distance from the slot and extensions 8 ex Additional objects of my invention are to pro tend forwardly fro-m the plate at its sides, termi vide a device in which a relatively large number nating in down turned flanges 9. The ilanges 4 of cigarettes may be held prior to dispensing and to provide means for humidifying the cigarettes 20 while in the removable container. A further object of the invention is to produce a simple and inexpensive device and yet one which will be exceedingly effective for the purpose for which it is designed. 25 These objects I accomplish by means of such structure and relative arrangement of parts as will fully appear by a perusal of the following specification and claims. 30 In the drawingsA similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several views: Figure 1 is a sectional elevation of my auto matic cigarette dispenser and lighter. Figure 2 is a sectional plan view on line 2--2 of Figure 3 is' a sectional elevation illustrating a cigarette as pushed into the receiving or sup-port ing cradles. Figure 4 is a sectional plan view as in Figure 2 40 taken when the cigarette pusher is in the same position as in Figure 3. Figure 5 is a sectional plan view taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 1, but with the cigarette con 45 tainer removed. Figure 6 is a cross sectional view of the base portion of the device taken on line 6-6 of Fig ure 4. Figure '7 is a perspective view partially out away of the removable cigarette container. 50 Referring now more particularly to the char acters of reference on the drawings, the numeral I denotes a rectangular metal wall which forms the back wall 0f a rectangular forwardly open ing housing 2 and a rectangular rearwardly open 55 ing suction chamber 3 which terminates short extend forwardly along and below the outer edges of the extensions, as shown, so as to form hous ings for the heater and suction elements used in igniting the cigarette. Extending between and in front of the flanges 9 and pivotally mounted thereon by bearings B is a shaft Ill upon which spaced cigarette receiv- „ ing cradles I I are mounted. A torque spring I2 on the shaft between one cradle and the‘adjacent extension acts to rotate the shaft, such movement being limited by a stop element I 3 which per mits the shaft to rotate only until the cradles 30 reach an upright position, as illustrated in Fig ure 1. A rectangular cigarette container M is remov ably secured in the housing .2. This cigarette container is formed with a series of holes I5 along 35 each side in ord-er that the cigarettes in the con tainer may receive moisture from humidifying elements I6 supported in vertical slotted cases I‘I formed within the housing 2 on each side thereof. The cigarette container I5 is divided into front 40 and back compartments by walls I8 and I9 mounted within the container and secured to gether in unitary parallel relation by a top cross member 20, and forming the back compartment. This wall unit is pivoted in the container by a 4,5 shaft 2l adjacent the upper end of wall I 9. A compression spring 22 between the top of the container and the cross member 20 acts on the wall unit to move the same towards the back of the container. Two spaced cigarette supporting 50 platforms 23 are mounted within the container at the bottom and just below the movable wall unit. The back wall I9 has a tongue 24 depend ing between these platforms, while the back wall of the container is cut away between the plat- 55 2,112,657 2 forms as at 25 in order to expose the tongue for engagement with a pusher as will hereinafter appear. Secured to the suction chamber 3, which is open towards the back of the device, is a bellows 26 having- a rigid back plate 21. An arm 28 eX tends centrally down the back plate of the bel lows and projects some distance below the same. Secured to this arm 28 immediately below the 10 back plate 21 is a cross member 29 orificed at each end to slidably receive one end of rods 39 which extend from the cross member below the suction chamber 3 and are swivelly secured at their other end to the back wall l under the suc 15 tion chamber. Compression springs 3l on rods 3B normally keep the bellows in an extended position. Another rod 32 slidably projects at one end through an opening in the cross member 29 and arm 28 intermediate the rods 30. The other end of rod 32 passes through an opening in the back wall l and terminates in a pusher head 33 of greater diameter than the opening in the wall through which the rod projects and positioned to engage 24 of wall I9. Compression springs 34 25 and 35 are held on the rod on opposite sides of the arm 28 by means of a collar 36 and a nut 31 which is threaded on the rod. v A rectangular base plate 38 is supported from the flanges 4 below and in spaced relation to the > floor plate 6 of the device, and terminating in line with the front edge of said floor plate. This base plate 38 is also extended forward along its side edges beyond the front edge thereof in order to provide a bottom closure for the heater and the pivotal end of the arm with a flexible suc tion tube 5I leading from a connection with the suction chamber 3. The suction head is normally held clear of the plane of the adjacent end of a cigarette until the latter is dispensed onto the cradles II by means controlled by the movement of the slide unit in a dispensing direction, as fully set forth in said copending application. A heater element 52 is mounted at the oppo 10 site side of the dispenser in line with the suction head for movement toward and from the adjacent end of a dispensed cigarette; being normally held away from the plane of said end until a cigarette is dispensed, by means also controlled by move ment of the slide unit in a cigarette dispensing direction. This structure and the operation thereof is also fully described and claimed in said aforementioned c‘opending application., and in itself forms no part of the present invention. A rod 53 projects at one end through arm 28 below the base plate and has loose-play connec tion with said arm. The rod 53 is slidable through a sleeve 54 formed on the bottom of the base plate and terminates adjacent a strike plate 55 25 secured on and depending from shaft l0. An ash tray 56 is slidably suspended from the base plate, the upper edges of said tray at front and back being notched to miss rod 53. The arm 28 is bent forwardly at its lower end in order 30 to engage against the back end of the ash tray when sa1d arm begins to move forward. ~ suction element housings, open only on adjacent The suction in chamber 3 is controlled by the following mechanism: A tube 51 leads directly from the intake mani sides. Mounted between the floor plate 6 and base `plate 38 is a cigarette pushing slide 39 which is 58 in chamber 3. A pivoted spring-closed valve 59 normally closes the opening in the valve block. slidably supported on parallel upstanding guides 49 mounted on the base plate and spaced from the sides thereof. This slide rides in slots 4i cut inthe upper edges of these guides, said slots limiting the relative forward movement of the slide. The slide 39 adjacent the forward portion “ thereof is offset inwardly from the sides while the front edge of the slide is turned down to form a cigarette engaging face 42, normally disposed just An auxiliary slide 43 is mounted beneath slide The two slides are held together in proper relative slidable relation to each other by cooperating finger and slot units 44 on the horizontal mem In 5.x bers of the slides. A leaf spring 45 mounted be tween the forward vertical faces of the slides nor mally holds said faces separated and in the rela tive positions indicated in Figure 4, the separat ing movement being limited by stops 45 on the slide 39. A rod unit 41 has loose-play connection at one end with the arm 28; its forward end diverging laterally to the vertical face of the auxiliary slide, to which it is swivelly connected as shown. Both the floor plate 5 and base plate 38 are .~ slotted adjacent the back edges thereof as shown for the purpose of permitting free movement of the arrn 28 in a forward direction. An arm 48 is pivoted at its rear end to the base plate 38 between one side thereof and the adja cent guide 40, This arm extends along the base plate under the adjacent extension 8 where the arm is formed with a laterally facing suction head 49 disposed in a transverse plane just in front of plate 6. An electro-magnet 60 is mounted within the chamber 3 with the core of the magnet adjacent 40 the metallic arm of the Valve so as to open the valve whenever the magnet is energized by means of electric supply wire 6I. Wire 6| as well as the heating element 52 are connected in circuit with a switch (not shown) mounted on the instrument 45 panel of the vehicle and which switch is employed to control the passage of electricity through the circuit. back of slot 1, as shown in Figure 1. » 39 and is of the same general configuration. fold of the engine of the vehicle to a valve block This arm and head has a suction pas sage 50 therethrough, which passage connects at ' The tube 51 is larger in cross sectional passage area than tube 5I whereby a partial vacuum can 50 be created in the bellows to collapse the same even though tube 5| leads from chamber 3 to suction passage 50 and an atmospheric opening. Operation 55 The cigarette container is first filled with cig arettes. The back compartment is filled before the container is inserted in the housing, this being done by inverting the container, and tilting said back compartment clear of the platforms 23. 60 When said compartment is filled, it is released and the container uprighted, the platforms 23 preventing the cigarettes dropping down. The container is then inserted into the housing, being temporarily held forwardly tilted at the top to allow the front compartment to be loaded from the top, which is open. The lowest cigarette in the front row actually drops clear of the con tainer through slot 1 and rests on base plate 38 immediately in front of the cigarette engaging 70 face 42 of the upper slide. This is illustrated in Figure l. The figure also illustrates the respec tive positions of the elements of the device in a normal or inoperative position. To automatically dispense a cigarette the elec~ 75 2,112,657 tric switch (not shown) is closed. This energizes the electro-magnet 60 as well as the heater ele ment 52. When the electro-magnet becomes en ergized, valve 59 is pulled away from the valve block and subjects the entire chamber 3 to the action of the suction, causing the bellows 26 to be collapsed and arm 28 to be moved forwardly. This causes rods 41 and 53 to move forward. As rods 41 move the cigarette engaging face of the upper slide engages and pushes the cigarette forward, the resistance of spring 45 being greater than that of the cigarette. At the same time rod 53 engages the strike plate 55 and turns the cradles I l down to a cigarette receiving position, in line with the suction head and heater. Due to the fact that the slide must move a greater distance while rod 53 acts to turn the cradles down, the cradles are in a cigarette receiving position before the slide pushes the cigarette into the down turned cradles as illustrated in Figure 3. After the upper slide has pushed the cigarette into the cradles said upper slide comes to a stop against the end of the slots 4I in guides 40. The lower slide 43 however continues to move for 25 ward, causing the suction head and the already energized heater element to be moved into en gagement with the corresponding ends of the dispensed cigarette, as explained in said copend ing application. 30 As the arm 28 moves forward rod 32 tends to also move forward due to the action of the com 3 clear of slot 1, another cigarette drops onto plate 38, ready for a succeeding dispensing operation. 'I'he ash tray of course is not retracted and re mains in a forward open position where it is usable by the operator while he is smoking and must be manually slid back under the device when it is no longer needed. From the foregoing description it will be readily seen that I have produced such a device as sub stantially fulñlls the objects of the invention as 10 set forth herein. ’ While this specification sets forth in detail the present and preferred construction of the device, still in practice such deviations from such detail may be resorted to as do not form a departure 15 from the spirit of the invention, as deñned by the appended claims. Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and useful and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: 20 r1. A cigarette dispenser comprising a horizon tal support for a single cigarette, a cradle unit to receive such cigarette, means turnably mount ing the unit in front of the support for move ment from an upwardly facing position to one 25 facing rearwardly and in horizontal alinement with the support to receive a cigarette, means to advance a cigarette on the support onto the cradle unit, means normally maintaining the unit in said upwardly facing position, and means 30 pression spring 34 but when cigarettes remain in the container between wall I8 and the front functioning with the cigarette advancing means to turn the unit to a cigarette receiving position before the advancing cigarette has reached the wall of the container pusher head 33 on the end same. 35 of rod 32 cannot move wall I9 of the pivoted wall unit ahead. This results in the spring 34 merely being compressed; the rod 32 sliding through the arm 28. However should all the cig arettes in the front compartment of the con 40 tainer be exhausted, wall I9 would be pushed ahead into the front compartment, allowing a cigarette from the back compartment to drop through slot 1. Thus the device will automat ically feed ñrst from one row of cigarettes and 45 then from the other row of cigarettes. When the arm 28 initially moves forward with the collapse of the bellows the lower end of the arm engages against the back end of ash tray 5B and slides the same forward to an open position 50 as indicated in Figure 3, where it will catch any ash dropping from the cigarette being lighted. When the cigarette has been pushed into the cradles and suction applied at one end and the heater element at the other end for a suñîcient 55 time to properly ignite the cigarette, the electric switch is opened, causing. the heater to be dls connected from the circuit and the electro-mag net to be de-energized, closing valve 59. 'I‘he suction in the chamber 3 is immediately lost 60 due to atmospheric pressure entering the bellows through the suction head and a leaf spring L within the chamber 3 on wall I and engaging the back plate 21 of the bellows causes the same to expand and return to a clear normal expanded 65 position. This moves arm 28 rearwardly, re tracting rod unit 41 which in turn draws the slides back and forces the suction head and heater away from the ends of the cigarette. The rod 53 70 is also retracted from engagement with strike plate 55 which permits torque spring I2 to rotate the cradles to an upright position; the stop ele ment I3 preventing any further movement. The lighted cigarette may then be readily removed 75 from the cradles. As soon as slide 39 moves back 2. A cigarette dispenser comprising a horizon 35 tal support for a single cigarette, a cradle unit to receive such cigarette, a shaft supporting the unit and turnably mounted in front of the sup port, a spring acting to turn the shaft to nor mally maintain the unit in an upstanding posi 40 tion, means to turn the shaft rearwardly in opposition to the spring to a position such that the unit may receive a cigarette advanced from the support, and means incorporated in part with said shaft turning means to thus advance a 45 cigarette. 3. A cigarette container and dispensing unit comprising a substantially vertical container, a compartment open at its lower end mounted in the container at the back thereof for forward 50 movement at its lower end to place such end at the front of the container, said front of the con tainer being open at the bottom, such compart ment andthe space in front of the same being adapted to receive separate substantially vertical 55 rows of horizontally disposed cigarettes, a means preventing the cigarettes in the compartment from dropping onto the support when said com partment is in its normal back position, a sup port for a single cigarette below the container 60 in alinement with the front row of cigarettes to receive the bottom cigarette of such row, a cig arette receiving unit in front of said support, a cigarette engaging slide, means supporting the slide in a plane between the bottom of the con 65 tainer and the support and normally behind the latter, means to advance the slide on said means whereby to push a cigarette from the support onto the unit, said means including an upstanding - arm mounted on the unit above the slide for for ward swinging movement and secured adjacent its lower end to the rear portion of the slide, and operative means between the arm and the com partment to shift the latter forwardly and func 75 4 2,112,657 tioning only when the front row of cigarettes in the container is exhausted. 4. A structure as in claim 3 in which said last named means comprises a rod projecting at its forward end through the container and positioned to engage the back Wall of the compartment, said rod being slidably disposed at its rear end through the arm, a stop on the rod in front of said arm, and a normally slack compression 10 spring on the rod between the stop and arm. 5. A cigarette dispenser comprising a horizon tal support for a single cigarette, a cradle unit to receive such cigarette, a shaft supporting the unit and turnably mounted in front of the sup 15 port, a spring acting to turn the shaft to nor mally maintain the unit in an upstanding posi tion, an arm pivoted on the dispenser rearwardly of the support and shaft for forward swinging motion, a strike plate depending from the Shaft, 20 a slidably mounted rod secured at one end to the arm and projecting forward to a termination at its other end adjacent the strike plate for en gagement therewith upon forward movement of the rod, whereby the cradle unit will be turned to face the’support to receive a cigarette, and a cigarette pushing slide also operatively connect ed to the arm and )normally disposed back of the cigarette support in position relative to the rod to engage and advance a cigarette from the sup port toward the cradle unit asY the latter is turned to a cigarette receiving position by the forward movement of the rod. 6. A structure as in claim 5, in which the cradle unit is turned to a cigarette receiving position 10 before the advancing cigarette reaches the unit and the strike plate is arranged so that the rod then passes under the same whereby to hold the unit and said receiving position and allow of further advancing movement of the pushing slide. - 7. A cigarette dispenser comprising a cigarette support, a holder unit for a single cigarette mounted in unitary connectionY with the support, means to engage and move a cigarette from the 20 support onto the holder unit, and manually con trolled suction means to actuate said advancing means. AUGUST RANDAZZO.