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May 17, 1938.
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J. A. SIGG
2,117,370
CIGAIIKETTE DISPENSIMG DEVICE
Filed May 1, 1957
2 Sheets-Sheet l
J INVENTOR
May 17,
2,117,370
J, A. $|GG
CIGARETTE DISPEiNSIMG DEVICE
Filed May 1, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
INVENTO~R
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Patented May 17, 1938
2,117,370
UNlTED STATES
PATENT OFFIQE
2,117,370
CIGARETTE DISPENSING DEVICE
Joseph A. Sigg, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Application May 1, 1937, Serial No. 140,147
5 Claims. (01. 312-746);
This invention relates to new and useful im
provements in ‘cigarette dispensing apparatus,
and it is among the objects thereof to provide a
cigarette dispensing device in the shape of an
ornamental ?gure, which can be constructed of
inexpensive materials and which shall be adapt
tegrally formed with a hat‘ l5, which is provided
with a slot 16 of a width to accommodate the
cigarettes H; the length of the slot being such
as to accommodate a full pack of twenty ciga
rettes. The cigarettes are charged into the slot
16 by removing a closure l8 that is hinged at
ed to dispense cigarettes individually by causing £9 and which is a jam ?t between the outer pieces
the ?gure to become animated in a novel and of ply-wood that make up the hat, and when
pleasing manner.
charging the cigarettes, the ?gure is tilted to
w Another object of the invention is the provi-1 the‘ position shown in Fig. 1. The closure 18 is 1,
sion of means for charging the device with a pack pulled forward and the cigarettes placed in the
of cigarettes, which are individually dispensed position shown in Fig. 2. If the cigarette does
by depressing a convenient portion of the dis
not align itself with the mouth opening 29, it
pensing device, and which shall function to hold cannot bend when forced forward by abutment
1:, the cigarettes within reach and for the conven
ient removal thereof by the person desiring to
use the cigarette.
The device is susceptible of various modi?ca
tions including the use of one or more actuators
00 for subjecting the device to its cigarette dispens
ing movement, and it may also be provided with
an ash tray, all as will become more apparent
from a consideration of the accompanying
drawings constituting a part hereof, and in which
1;, like reference characters designate like parts.
Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of a cigarette
dispensing mechanism embodying the principles
of this invention;
Fig. 2 a similar View of the upper portion there
;{U of showing one position of the dispensing means;
and
Fig. 3 a side elevational view of a modi?ed form
of the device.
With reference to Figs. 1 and 2 of the draw
1,5,. ings, the structure therein illustrated comprises
a base i having side boards 2 and an upright 3,
the spaces between the side boards and uprights
3 being useful as a magazine rack, the uprights
3 being shaped and colored to represent the
40‘ legs of a robot. Mounted on the upright 3 is
a body portion in the form of a coat designated
by the numeral 4, which is supported at 5 on the
upright 3, this being more clearly shown in Fig. 2
of the drawings. The coat portion 4 has inte
45 grally formed therewith a sleeve 6 and a hand
"i, with a thumb 8 extending upright. An ash
tray 9 is held between the hand and thumb by
a Wire strap Hi that ?ts in a groove beneath the
hand and which is pivotally attached to the tray
to 9. The upright 3 of the body portion and hand
It are made of ply-wood, as are the other ele~
ments of the ?gure. A lever II is pivotally
mounted at E2 to the body portion 4, and‘ a head
generally designated by the numeral i3 is pive
5 oted to the lever H at M.
The head I3 is in»
21' as the closure 58 will open and permit removal 15
of the misaligned cigarette.
The‘lever H is ?ared at one end 20, which in
one position» extends vertically, as shown in Fig.
1, and may be colored to have the appearance of
a cravat or blouse. By depressing the top of
the flared end 20 when the ?gure is in its normal N, 0
position, as shown in Fig. 1, lever ll will move
downward about the pivot l2 and by a notched
portion 2| will engage a pin 22 in the head of
the robot, Which tilts the head forward about its
pivot point 14.
A stop 23, Fig. 2, is provided
on the body portion
enlarged opening 24
movements of lever
The top of the lever
4, which is movable in an
of the lever to limit the
ll relative to the body 4.
H is provided with a cam
surface 25, Fig. 2, which interacts with a com— ‘
plementary concave surface 26 of the head, and
an abutment 2'! on the cam surface 25 of the
lever engages the cigarettes I? when the head is
in the position shown in Fig. 2. A spring 28 .
abutting the lower face of lever ll retracts the
lever after it has been depressed, forcing it up
ward and causing the head Hi to tilt back. In
this tilting movement, the cigarette abutting
against the face 21 of lever H is forced outward 40
through the mouth 29 of the robot, and a lip 30'
of a resilient'material holds the cigarette in fric
tional engagement to prevent its being thrown
clear of the robot.
The operation of the device, as shown in Figs.
1 and 2, is briefly as follows: When the ciga
rettes are charged in the hat portion by ?lling
the slot l6 through the removal of the lever I8,
the latter is moved to the closed position and the
robot is fully charged for use. To move a ciga 50
rette from the container IE to the position in
the mouth of the robot, as shown in Fig. 1, it is
only necessary, to depress the flared portion 20 of
lever H by pushing it downward. The lever in
its downward movement will engage the pin 22 of 55
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the head l3 and cause the head to tilt forward
about its pivot l4. Because of the leverage of
As the body 4|] pivots about its fulcrum 4|, the
head will have a decided tilting movement to
‘ie forward position, which is shown in Fig. 2,
arm 35 remains in the position shown in Fig. 3 as
in the forward tilted movement, as shown in
Fig. 2, a cigarette will drop between the lip and
the abutment 21 of lever H, and when spring
28 raises the lever H, the head l3 will tilt back
and cause the cigarette, which abuts against the
face 2?, to be forced outwardly through the
mouth of the robot, where it is ?rmly but yield
ingiy engaged by the lip 30.
The cigarette is then removed and another
cigarette will fall in its place to be similarly
dispensed by the oscillatory movement of the
head of the robot in the manner explained.
In the modi?cation shown in Fig. 3 of the
drawings, the robot may be actuated in the man
ner of the device shown in Figs. 1 and 2 and also
by depressing a lever 3| in the form of a foot,
which is pivoted at 32 to the leg 33 that is sup
ported on a base 34. The robot of Fig. 3 differs
from that of Figs. 1 and 2 in that a separate
arm 35 is provided, which is adapted to move
slightly forward when the vdispensing means is
30 actuated. The arm 35 is provided with a rela
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tively large pivotal member or trunnion 36 that
is biased by a spring 31, to retain the normal po
sition of arm 35. The spring is anchored to the
upright 33 by a metal strap 38. Arm 35 is at
tached to the trunnion member 36 by pins 39.
The body 4|! differs from that shown in Figs. 1
and 2 in that it is movable about a pivot point 4|,
which consists of a pin extending through the
body and the upright 33. A pin 42 acts as a stop
to limit the back movement of the ?gure, and body
49 is subjected to angular movement about its
pivot 4| by a wire 43 attached to the body 40
at 44, and attached to the shoe or lever 3| at 45.
By depressing the foot 3|, the body 46 is caused
r.
in to move forward.
The upper portion or dis
pensing means of the ?gure is the same as shown
in Figs. 1 and 2, and consists of a lever 46 piv
oted at 41, having a stop pin 48 to limit the back
movement. The head 49 is pivoted to the lever at
50 56, and the lever is notched at 5! to provide abut
ments for a stop pin 52. The mouth 60 is pro
vided with a yielding lip 6| to frictionally engage
the cigarettes as explained in connection with the
55
connection with Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings.
the hat portion from the fulcrum point l4, the
which depresses the spring 28, the latter func
tioning to automatically restore the lever H to
the position shown in Fig. 1. When the head is
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cigarette in the same manner as described in
remaining ?gures of the drawings.
Lever 4B is biased to its upright position by a
spring 62 pivoted at 62a, one end of which is
joined by a link 6222» to the spring 31, whereby
arm 35 is biased to the horizontal position, as
shown in Fig. 3, independently of movement of the
body 46. The head is provided with an integrally
formed hat 64, which constitutes the container
for the cigarettes and which is provided with a
narrow lever 65 pivoted at 66 to open for the pur
pose of charging the container with a pack of
cigarettes. An ash tray 61 is mounted on the
hand against the upstanding thumb 68 and is se
cured by a metal strap 69 that ?ts in a notch
ll] of the hand ll.
The operation of the dispensing robot shown in
Fig. 3 is briefly as follows: When the container is
charged with the cigarettes and it is desired to
withdraw one from the lip 6|, the foot 3| is de
the body is free to rotate about the trunnion 36.
However, as the upper portion of the body 40 is
swung forward, the arm 35 will be extended a
corresponding amount in a forward direction,
thus giving the ?gure the appearance of reaching
out with the ash tray 6?, and at the same time 10
causing the head 49 to snap forward in position to
dispense a cigarette when the head again assumes
its normal upright position. As the body 40 is
free of the trunnion 36, its forward movement
does not disturb the horizontal position of arm 35,
which is retained by the bias of springs 3‘! and
62. Arm 35 does, however, move forward in
response to movement of the foot lever 3| because
trunnions 36, while not rotating, will move for
20
ward with the body 40.
It will be apparent from the foregoing descrip
tion of this invention that a device as herein de
scribed presents a pleasing and useful means for
storing and dispensing cigarettes for use in the
home, at bridge tables or the like. It will also
be apparent that the animated parts of the
figure which are activated during the dispensing
action of the mechanism, produce a novel and
pleasing effect. The device may be constructed
of any suitable material such as ply-wood, which
is readily cut out and joined by wooden dowels or
the like, and can be sprayed to produce a highly
ornamental effect.
While several embodiments of the invention
have been herein illustrated and described, it will
be obvious to those skilled in the art that various
modi?cations may be made in the details of con
struction, and that the principles of the dispens
ing means may be embodied in ?gures of various
form and shapes, without departing from the
principles of the invention herein set forth.
I claim:
1. A cigarette dispensing device comprising a
stationary body and a movable head, a lever for
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30
35
40
actuating said head, said head being pivoted for 45
limited movement on the lever and said lever being
pivoted for limited movement on said body where
by, when the lever is actuated, the head will be
subjected to oscillatory movement relative to said
lever, said head having a chamber for storing 50
cigarettes, the bottom of which is provided with
an opening, and said lever being provided with an
abutment in register with the opening of the
container to engage the ends of the cigarettes, and
to individually eject the cigarettes through the 55
opening in response to movement of the head.
2. A cigarette dispensing device comprising a
stationary body and a movable head, a lever for
actuating said head, said head being pivoted for
limited movement on the lever and said lever 60
being pivoted for limited movement on said body
whereby, when the lever is actuated, the head will
be subjected to oscillatory movement relative to
said lever, and a spring for normally biasing the
lever to maintain the head in upright position, 65
said head having a chamber for storing cigarettes,
the bottom of which is provided with an opening,
and said lever being provided with an abutment in
register with the opening of the container to en
gage the ends of the cigarettes, and to individually 70
eject the cigarettes through the opening in re
sponse to movement of the head.
pressed, causing it to pivot about its fulcrum 32.
The wire 43 pulls the body 40 forward, which
ing a support, a lever pivotally mounted on said
causes the head to snap forward and dispense a
support for limited movement thereon, a con 75
3. A cigarette dispensing mechanism compris
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tainer for cigarettes pivotally mounted on said
lever for limited oscillatory movement thereon,
said container having a cigarette storing com
partment with an opening at the bottom for eject
ing cigarettes and said lever extending into said
container compartment and having an abutment
in register with said container opening whereby
in response to oscillatory movement of the con
tainer a cigarette is engaged by said abutment and
10 ejected through said container opening.
4. A cigarette dispensing device as set forth
in the next preceding claim characterized by
means in the container opening for yieldingly en
gaging the cigarette passing through said open
15 ing and for holding it in ejected position.
5. A cigarette dispensing device comprising a
stationary support, a movable body pivoted on
said support and provided with means for limit
3
ing its movement thereon, a lever mounted on
said body for limited movement thereon and a
container for cigarettes pivotally mounted for
limited movement on said lever, said container
having a cigarette storing compartment with an
opening at the bottom and said lever extending
into said container compartment and having an
abutment in register with said opening for en
gaging cigarettes and projecting them through
the opening of the container upon oscillatory 10
movement of said container, and a foot lever
mounted on said stationary support having a
link connected to the movable body to move the
latter forward and cause the container to be 0s»
cillated on the ?rst named lever to thereby sub—
ject the container and lever to the cigarette dis
pensing movements.
JOSEPH A. SIGG.
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