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April 19, 1938.
Filled Aug. 12, 1957
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April 19, 1938.
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Patented Apr. 19, 1938
John A. Mangold, Largo, Fla.
„Application August 12, 1937, Serial No. 158,809
10 Claims.
This invention relates to the class of card pic
ture and sign exhibiting and pertains particu
Fig. 9 is a sectional view similar to Fig. 7 but
showing a card partly in position therein.
larly to an improved combined exhibiting device
and amusement apparatus.
The present invention has for its primary ob
ject to provide a novel advertising `display mech
IIl_IU of Fig. 6.
anism in combination with an amusement device
making use of puppets with a novel mechanism
coupling the amusement and display device
whereby the display device will control the opera
tion of the amusement device to effect the inter
mittent operation of the latter, and by this means
serve to first attract the attenion of passersby
and then exhibit the display material after the
amusement device has stopped functioning.
Another object of the invention is to provide
in a puppet show mechanism a novel means for
suspending and joggling 'the puppets so as to
give to them life-like movements in the execution
of the play or show which they are putting on.
Still another object of the invention is to pro
vide in a puppet show in the nature of a boxing
match, lnovel means whereby the boxers when in
action will appear to go into clinches.
Still `'another object of the invention is to pro
vide in an exhibiting mechanism a novel card
holding frame and means for progressively mov
ing each of a series .of the same into .a desired
exhibiting position.
The Yinvention will be best understood from
a consideration of the following detailed descrip
tion taken in connection with the accompany
ing drawings forming part of this specification,
with the understanding, however, that the in
CO Ul\ vention is not confined vto rany strict conformity
with the >showing of the drawings but maybe
changed or modified so long as such changes or
modifications mark `1,10 material departure from
the salient features of the invention as expressed
4C) in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a View in front elevation of a device
constructed in acco-rdance with the present `in
Fig. 2 is a sectional view through the device
taken in la. plane parallel with the front wall
Fig. 3 is a sectional View taken on the line
3_3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a sectional View taken on the line
4_4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is ‘a section taken on the line 5_5 of
Fig. 2.
Fig. 6 is va View in elevation of Vone of the card
Ol -en holding frames constituting a novel element of
the invention.
Fig. 'l is a sectional view on the line `-I_‘I of
Fig. 6.
Fig. 8 is a sectional view on the line 8_8 'of
Fig. 6.
Fig. 10 -is a sectional View taken on the line
Referring now more particularly to thedraw
ings, the numeral I generally designates a cabi
net structure having two front openings 2 and 3
which respectively constitute areas for the dis
play of advertisement carrying units and the
puppets or show mechanism with the apparatus 10
for operating the same. These two iront open
ings look into chambers formed by the parti
tioning wall 4 which thus forms the cabinet into
the chambers 5 and 6.
Extending across the opening 2 are the de 15
pending and upstanding walls l and 8 respec
tively, and transversely of the central part of the
chamber 6 there extends the shaft 9 which at o-ne
end is rotatably supported in a suitable bearing
opening 'III in a .side wall while its other end ex
tends through the bearing I I in the partition wall
4 and into .the mechanism chamber 5 where it
carries the spiral gear I2.
At the end of the shaft 9 remote from the
wall 4 there is secured to the adjacent wall of 25
the cabinet ‘the cam block I3 through which the
shaft 9 passes, and this cam block has a rounded
top cam surface 4 and a cam point I5 at the rear
side -of the rounded topi surface, as` is clearly
shown in Fig. 3.
Secured to the shaft 9 adjacent the partition
wall 4 is a wheel IE and at the opposite end the
shaft carries a similar wheel I'I which` is disposed
inwardly from the cam block I3. Interposed be
tween these wheels I6 is a series of exhibit card 35
carrying frames., each of which is generally des
ignated I8, and Aeach of these frames consists o1"
the top and bottom bars I9 and 2G respectively,
and the connecting side bars ZI. The to-p and
bottom bars are -of channel formation, being 40
preferably formed of a suitable weight of metal
which can be bent into this form, and as is clearly
shown in Figs. '7 and 9, each of the tcp and bot
tom bars has one side of greater width than the
other. ’I'hese sides of the bars are both disposed 45
upon the same side of the frame so that the in
sertion of an exhibit card such as is indicated
at 22, Ais easily effected.
The -end edges of a card, after having its side
edges engaged in the channel bars, as illustrated 50
in Fig. 9, are held by clamp units 23 which are
pivotally mounted on the side bars 2i. Each
clamp unit consists of two V-shaped wires 23a
disposed in side-by-side relation and joined to
gether at the ends of two adjacent arms by a pivot 55
yoke 23h which passes through an opening 2W
in the bar 2|. One arm at the other end of the
V is turned to form a latch finger 23c which en
gages ín >the opening 2lb when the clamp is in
card-holding position, thus pointing the apices of 60
the wires inwardly and locating the wires of each
clamp on opposite sides of the inserted card 22.
The dotted line illustration of the clamps 23 in
Fig. G, shows the positions to which the clamps
Cil are moved prior to inserting or removing a card.
Extending from the ends of the top bar I9 of
each frame are the trunnions 24 and 25, and
these trunnions respectively pass through aper
tures in the wheels l5 and i1 so that the frame
10 may be suspended therefrom. The trunnion 25
is provided with the right angularly extending
crank arm 25, which lies between the wheel i1
and the adjacent wall ci' the cabinet so that as
the wheels are turned by the shaft 9 this crank
15 of each card frame will be brought first into con
tact with the cam point i5, as illustrated in Fig.
3, to cause the frame to swing rearwardly and up
wardly in the cabinet. lt will then ride over the
rounded top surface if: of the cam to complete
20 the upward and forward swing of the frame so`
as to bring it into position as illustrated in Fig. 3.
The width of the frames i3 is such that when a
frame has been raised to a vertical position over
the cam E3 and then falls forwardly, its bottom
25 bar Zi@ will come to rest against the rear of the
top flange 1 of the display opening, and as will
be seen the arrangement of parts is such that
two frames will normally rest against the flange
1 and thus if an air current should strike the
30 forward one of these frames it will be prevented
by the next rear one from being blown back into
the cabinet as the crank arm of the next suc
ceeding frame will contact with the curved sur
face i-’l of the cam and prevent this movement.
The trunnions of the series of card frames are
equidistantly spaced throughout the circular ex
tent of the wheei to which they are attached so
that there will always be a series of frames in
hanging position and two frames in the vertical
40 forwardly inclined position with intermediate
ones moving up. As the forward one of the upper
display frame i8 passes beneath the top flange 1,
it will swing forwardly and downwardly bygravity,
and this downward swinging movement is checked
45 by means of the spring latch 21 which is secured
to the side wall of the cabinet in a position where
a side bar of the frame will ride across the nose
portion 22 and cause the latch to be ñexed so as to
allow the frame to pass. This latch in addition
50 to checking the downward movement of a drop
ping frame, also prevents rebound of the frame,
thus stopping it in the desired display position.
The front portion of the exhibit chamber 5 in
which the hereinafter described puppets are dis
55 played, has an upper front wall 29 and within
the chamber 5 behind this wall there are mounted
the two electric motors 35i and 3l. The motor 3Q
is connected through suitable reducing gear
mechanism which is not illustrated, with a shaft
60 32 which extends forwardly over the worm gear
i2 to a bearing 33 which supports its forward end.
Upon this shaft is a worm fifi which is in mesh
with the worm gear and with the reducing gear
mechanism of the motor which cuts down the ro
65 tation of the shaft 32 to approximately fifty rev
olutions per minute, and due to the ratio of the
worm 34 to the gear i2 the shaft 9 is caused to
rotate about one~hali revolution per minute.
The numeral 35 generally designates the cur
70 rent supply line for the two- motors and the wires
36 carry the current in to the motor 30 through
the switch mechanism 31 while the main line
wires pass into the cabinet tol a switch 38 of the
pull-chain type. Such a switch is of well known
construction and includes an arm 39 to which a
suitable pull element in the form of a chain or
rod may be attached. In the present case, this
arm 39 has connected with it the pull link 40
which leads to a pivot 4i secured eccentrically to
the worm wheel I2.
Detachably connected with the pull switch
socket 38 is a plug 4i which takes off current from
this switch and carries it by means of the wires
42 to the motor 3i. The motor 3l is suspended
by a suitable bracket 43 and this bracket also
supports a shaft 44 and a gear 45, the gear 45 be
ing in mesh with a much smaller gear 46 which
is coupled with the shaft of the motor. Thus the
number cf revolutions of the shaft 44 is greatly
reduced from the revolutions of the motor shaft. 15
The shaft 44 carries a bar 41 upon one end
of which is attached the weight 43. At its other
end the bar has a suitable opening to receive
the laterally turned end of a two-part suspension
rod 49. The two parts of this rod are coupled to 20
gether by a swivel 58 and the other end of the
rod carries a hook or eye 5I through which is
engaged the elongated or elliptical ring 52 which
is formed at the central part of a yoke bar 53.
This yoke bar constitutes, a supporting means
for a pair of puppets, each of which is indicated
by the numeral 54, and the puppets are connected
by fine wires or threads 55 with the ends of the
bar 53 which are here illustrated as being in
the form of hooks 56.
The puppets 54 are designed to represent box
ers and each is provided with boxing gloves 51
from which project spurs 58.
In the operation of the present apparatus, both
motors 30 and 3l will run together until the 35
wheel i2 has made one revolution, where upon
the beginning of the second revolution the rod
40 will pull the arm 39 of the pull switch so as
to shut off the ñow of current to the motor 3|
which operates the puppets. During the running 40
of the motor 3| the puppets will be given a jog
gling which will cause them to swing about and
thus appear to be boxing, and this movement is
made particularly realistic by reason of the el
liptical ring or loop 52 which will permit a 45
slight slipping of the yoke bar 53 and by reason
of the spurs 58 upon the gloves of the puppets,
which will cause them to intermittently cling
together as boxers do when in a clinch.
operation of the puppets is designed to draw the 50
attention of persons passing the display, and
after the puppets have been operated for a pe
riod of time the switch 38 will be opened in the
manner described so that the p-uppet show will
be discontinued, but the motor 39 will continue 55
to run and thus continue to bring into View in
the opening 2 the cards carried by the several
frames I8 which are pivotally suspended between
the wheels I6 and I1. By this means the device
will operate to draw a crowd and then; the 60
crowd’s attention will be taken off of the puppet
show and directed to the advertising matter in
stead of being continuously drawn to the amuse
ment part of the apparatus.
By the provision of the switch 31 the motor 65
30 may be stopped and the puppet show con
tinued indeñnitely so that it will be apparent
that the device may be used as a combined ad
vertising and amusement mechanism or may
be employed merely as an amusement device or
by removing the coupling plug 4I from the
socket of the switch 38, the show may be dis
continued and the advertising mechanism con
tinued in operation.
By providing the suspension rod 49 with the 75
swivel 50 to connect the two parts of the rod,
the yoke 53 is permitted to revolve so that the
relative positions of the boxer puppets will be
constantly changing and therefore the puppets
will be made to more accurately similate the
movements of living boxers.
What is claimed, is:
l. In a display novelty, the combination of
mechanism for successively presenting display
10 material to the View, attention-attracting means
in the nature of a puppet show, power means
for animating the puppets of the show, and
mechanism actuated periodically by the display
material operating mechanism which is so con
15 structed and arranged that the puppet animating
power means will be stopped for spaced periods
while the display presenting mechanism is ccn
tinuing in operation.
2. In a device of the character disclosed,
20 means for presenting a plurality of members to
view including a rotary unit to which the mem
bers are connected to have movement imparted
thereto, a crank connected with and rotated by
said unit, show means including movable pup
pets, electrically operated mechanism which
when energized animates said puppets, a switch
for controlling the íiovv of electric current to
said mechanism, and means connecting said
crank and switch together operating to alter
30 nately open and close the switch as the crank
3. In an advertising novelty including a rotary
shaft operating advertising displays, a stage ad
jacent the said displays, characters on the stage,
35 means suspending the characters for free move
ment, said suspending means including an elec
tric motor and means for imparting a life-like
movement to the characters when the motor is
energized, means for conducting electric cur~
40 rent to the motor, an electric switch controlling
said current conducting means, and means con
trolled by the display operating shaft for periodi
cally opening and closing said switch.
4. In an exhibit of the character described, a
45 prime mover, a jointed rod vertically disposedI
and connected at one end to said prime mover in
a manner to be vertically reciprocated thereby, a
yoke comprising a body having a centrally ar
ranged elongated loop, means loosely coupling
50 the other end of the rod with said loop, the long
axis of the loop being horizontally disposed, and
puppets suspended by flexible suspension means
from said yoke.
5. In an exhibit of the character described, a
shaft, means for rotating the same, a crank at
tached to the shaft to turn therewith, a rod
formed in two parts joined by a swivel, the rod
at one end having a laterally turned portion
passing through an aperture in the crank, a yoke
60 consisting of a bar formed to have an elliptical
' longitudinally extending loop intermediate its
boxer’s glove for tangling with the means of the
gloves of the other boxer to simulate clinching.
7. In a display device, a cabinet having a front
opening with a depending ñange across the top
thereof, a shaft transversely of the opening, wall Ul
supporting means at each end of the shaft, a
wheel secured upon the shaft at each end thereof
and concentric therewith, a plurality of frames
each having a side edge in parallel relation with
the shaft and in opposed relation at each end
with a wheel, a trunnion extending from each
of said edge ends through the adjacent wheel, all
of the trunnions passing thru one wheel having a
laterally turned crank, a cam secured between the
said one wheel and adjacent wall and having a
surface adapted to be engaged by the cranks as
the wheels and shaft rotate together and relative
to the cam, the said cam Surface having an in
wardly projecting point upon the side of the shaft
away from said opening and in a plane above the 20
shaft whereby rotation of the wheels in one di
rection will bring the ends of the cranks suc
cessively under and over the point and swing they
attached frame rearwardly and upwardly and
then forwardly toward the opening, and said
cam point merging into a rounded top surface
over which the cranks pass to maintain at least
two of the frames in forwardly inclined position
and leaning at their top edges against the rear
of said depending ñange.
8. A display card holder, comprising a frame
having top and bottom bars connected at their
ends by end bars, each of said top and bottom
bars being channeled and the channels being in
opposed relation, the side walls of the channels 35
being of greater depth on one» side of the frame
than upon the other whereby the side walls of
greatest depth will guide into the channels the
top and bottom edges of a card inserted from the
side of the frame remote from said last side walls, 40
and a pair of members projecting in spaced re
lation inwardly from each side bar of the frame
to receive an end edge of a card therebetween.
9. A display card holder, comprising a frame
having top and bottom bars connected together 45
at their ends by perpendicular end bars, said top
and bottom bars having their opposing sides
channeled and having one side wall of the chan
nel of greater height than the other, the said
side walls of the channels being upon the same
side of the frame, a pair of shiftable clamp mem
bers each supported by an end bar and each
comprising two spaced V-Shaped wires joined
together by a pivot yoke extended through an
aperture in the supporting bar, and a laterally
turned latch linger forming an integral part of
one wire of each pair and adapted to engage in a
receiving aperture in the adjacent supporting bar
whereby the apices of the two wires will be di
rected inwardly of the frame when the clamp is in 60
card-holding position.
ends, said loop passing through an eye at the
l0. In an amusement device, a pair of puppets
other end of said rod, a thin ñexible cord sus
pended from each end of the yoke bar, and a
simulating boxers, mechanism coupled with the
65 puppet suspended from each cord.
6. In a puppet show of the character described,
a pair of puppets simulating boxers, means for
to cause the same to take on life-like movements
suspending and joggling the puppets to simulate
natural motion therein, the puppet boxers having
10 boxing gloves, and means projecting from each
puppets which is so constructed and arranged as
in simulation of boxers in action, and means for
effecting the chance holding of the puppets to
gether while in motion to simulate clinching.
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