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July 5, 1938. E. R. BEVERLEY 2,122,973 PARKING METER Filed March 22, 1937 S Sheets-Sheet 1 ,_.___________________ /,_’--------—-— _, _ _ _ _ _ _ \ ATTORNEY July 5, 1938. E. R_ BEVERLEY 2,122,973 PARKING METER Filed March 22, 1957 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 ' INVENTOR Ernest, I2. Beverly B ATTOR July 5, 1938. E, R BEVERLEY 2,122,973 PARKING METER Filed March 22, 1937 5 Sheets-Sheet 5 42 ATTORNEY Patented July s, 1938 ’ 2,122,973 ‘UNITED STATES. PATENT OFFICE 2,122,973 PARKING METER Ernest R; Beverley, Kansas City, Mo. Application ‘March 22, 1937, Serial/No. 132,239 3 Claims. (Cl. 194-95) Figure 5 is a similar view showing the rela— This invention relates to automobile parking meters. It is one of the objects oi’ the present invention to provide a parking meter of the type that is actuated responsive to the insertion of 5 a coin thereinto, so that an indicating ?ag is moved to its paid position and retained there for a definite time interval to indicate that the tive position of the parts after a coin has been inserted to set the timing mechanism‘ in oper ation; Figure 6 is 9, view similar to Figure 5 and show ing the released position of the timing lever ef fected by the passing of a coin through the me Oi motorist parkedadjacent the meter has paid the ter; and . Figure 7 is a front view’ of the lower portion parking fee, and has not been parked in that m location for more than the period fixed by stat ‘of the mechanism showing the coin release le 10' ute or regulation. It is a further object of the ver as actuated by the coin to release the pre present invention to provide a meter of the viously inserted coin. ' ‘ Figure 8 is a cross-sectional view taken on above character whichshall be simple and eco nomical of construction and reliable in action. the line 8-8 of Figure 6. Referring now ‘more particularly to the draw 15. 15 In order to obtain simplicity of construction and reliability of action it is an object of this inven- ' ings, the meter comprises a suitable casing i having a back and rim extending around the .tion to provide a construction wherein the in dicating?ag is moved to the‘ payment indi same, which rim constitutes the sides and the cating position by the direct weight of the coin top of the casing. The casing l is open at the 20 inserted. It is a further object of the present front and is closed by a front cover plate 2 which invention to provide a parking meter of the above has a projecting tongue at its lower edge that mentioned character wherein the ‘indicating ?ag fits into a groove in the front of the casing, and which has a rearward projection 3 that includes is latched or otherwise held in its indicating po sition, subject to release of the latch by a time ‘ a notch into which a cam 4 of a key controlled locking mechanism 5 extends. When the cam 25 controlled mechanism which commences its tim ing operation upon the movement of the flag 4 is in the position illustrated in Figure 2 the to its indicating position. It is a still further cover is held locked in place. The cover may be object of the present invention to provide a released by insertion of a key into the lock and mechanism of the above character wherein the turning of the cam 4 until it leaves the groove _ 30 time interval for releasing of. the ?ag may be in the projection 3. altered in a simple manner so as to allow for , The cover 4 has a coin receiving opening 5 greater or lesser parking intervals as deter therein and a transparent window 6 for viewing mined by the setting of the mechanism, which the indicating flag when the same is moved to setting may be altered on diiyferent days of the its parking position, and a coin viewing win 35 week when the parking problems are different. dow 1. The windows 6 and ‘I ‘may comprise one The attainment of the above and further ob- ' unitary piece of glass. The various ‘operating jects of the present invention will be apparent and indicating mechanism for the meter are from the following speci?cation taken in con— mounted upon the front cover plate 2, and in junction with the accompanying drawings form . elude anindicating ?ag i0 pivoted at H and 40 ing a part thereof. In ‘the drawings: ‘ - Figure l is a front elevational view of the park ing meter, the indicating ?ag being shown by dotted lines in its upper or normal non-park 45 ing position, and in full lines in its lower or tim ing position; ~ ‘ Figure 2 is a central vertical section through the meter housing with the mechanism therein shown in elevation; 50 Figure 3 is a rear elevational view of the tim ing mechanism and the mounting plate there for; Figure 4 is a front elevation of the timing mechanism with its indicating ?ag in its up 55 per or normal position; having a notch or tooth l2 for receiving a catch IS on a .lever N that is pivoted at I5 upon a plate It which is secured to the front cover 2 but spaced therefrom. The lever I4 is urged in a counter-clockwise direction, that is, in a di rection to bring the catch i3 into engagement with the notch I! by a spring IS. The lever i4 is also provided with a projection i9 against one side of which the spring l8 bears and against the other side of which bears a cam 20 of a ?oating bell crank 2| pivoted at 22 on a tim ing release lever 23, which is in turn pivoted 24 to the plate iii. The timing release lever is urged to its normal position, as indicated Figures 4 and 5, by a spring 26. A spring normally urges the indicating ?ag iii in at 23 in 21 a 2 2,122,073 counter-clockwise direction to its normal or non parking position. The ?ag I0 swings in front of a plate 30 that is secured to but'slightly spaced from the plate It. The plate 20 has an arcuate in slot Ii therein which is curved about the ?ag pivot II as a center. The ?ag II has apin l2 projecting laterally therefrom and extending into and through the slot 3|. A pair of coin guides 344! are also provided between the plates 10 l8 and 30. The ?oating bell crank 2| is provided with a gear segment having teeth 2| adapted to engage a pinion 39 which is continuously driven in a clockwise direction by a clock ll, which maybe a spring controlled eight day clock, or any other suitable timing mechanism. A releasable pin '2 limits the extent of turning of the bell crank 2| about its pivot 22, said pin being placed selec tively in one of four holes, indicated at 42, thereby affording a controlled variable amount of permissive movement of the bell crank 2i. The operation of the parking meter is as fol lows: Upon insertion of a coin, indicated at 50, (Fig. 6) into the slot I the coin ?rst engages the time release lever 28 and moves it to the position indicated in Figure 6. This moves the floating pivot 22 about the pivot 24 and thus moves the gear teeth 3! out of engagement with the pinion 2!.‘ It also moves the lever“ to its releasing 30 position. Continued movement of the coin be tween the guideways 34-25 and between the plates II and 20 causes the coin to engage the pin 22 on the flag 4. and by its weight it moves 'the ?ag downwardLv to its ‘indicating position. As soon as the coin passes the release lever 23 this lever is returned to its original position, thus permitting the return of the lever II to its orig inal position. In the meantime the coin has lowered the ?ag to the position indicated in Fig~ 40 ure 5, so that when the lever ll returns to its initial position the catch l2 thereof engages the notch l2 oi’ the lever and locks ‘the ?ag against return movement to the position illustrated at Figure 4. The coin continua to drop until it reaches the position illustrated in Figure 5 where it is held in front of the window ‘I by a pin 55 that is located at the end of a bell crank lever B‘ pivoted at l‘l, said pin extending through and moving within a slot ‘I in the plate Ii. A spring ll holds the bell crank lever 80 in the position illustrated‘ in Figure 5. when the lever 28 returns to its normal posi tion the gear teeth 22 engage the teeth of the pinion ll and as a result the lever 2| is slowly turned about its pivot 22 in a counter-clockwise direction. After a predetermined time interval, depending upon the initial position of the pin 42 which limited the amount of downward move ment of the lever 21, the arm 2| engages the projection ll of the lever ll and swings the lever' about its pivot II to retract the catch I! from the notch l2 of the nag ll, whereupon the flag is returned to its initial position, indicated in Figure 4. by the spring 21. The coin it remains in front of the window ‘I until it is released by the dropping of a subse quent coin into the parking meter, whereupon the coin II drops into a suitable receptacle '0. This is accomplished as follows: When a subse 70 quent coin is inserted into the meter and actu ates the mechanism in the manner previously described. the coin drops into engagement with a pin 6| at the end of one arm of the lever N, which pin rides in a slot It in the plate it. 'Ihe 76 weight of the coin swings the lever 50 clockwise thereby moving the pin 5! in the slot II to re lease the previously inserted coin. when the ‘subsequent coin disengages the pin 65, the pre vious coin having dropped into the box 60, the lever II returns to the position illustrated in Figure 5 and thus holds the last coin against dropping into the boxill. From the above description it is apparent that I have provided a simple and reliable parking meter wherein the permissive parking time may be varied in a simple manner, and wherein the mechanism is si'm'ple and reliable in its action and economical oi construction, and wherein the coin itself effects the necessary movement of the ll) flag to its indicating position, thus obviating the need of complicated or other mechanism'for mov ing the flag to its indicating position when a coin is dropped thereinto. In compliance with the requirements of the patent statutes I have here shown and described a preferred embodiment of my invention. It is. however, to be understood that the invention is not limited to the precise construction here shown, the same being merely illustrative of the principles of the invention. What I consider new " and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: 1. Control mechanism for a coin controlled parking meter, comprising a movable signal ilag, means engaged by an inserted coin for moving the flag from a ?rst position to a second posi 30 tion, a latch for holding the ?ag in its second position, and means for releasing the latch com prising a coin actuated pivoted release lever hav ing a gear segment pivoted at one end thereof, a clock, a pinion driven by the clock and engag $1 ing the gear segment, said gear segment having means for releasing the latch upon' movement thereof by the pinion, means forming a coin passageway, said lever extending into said pas sageway and being moved by passage of a coin in 40 said passageway, said gear segment being moved out of engagement with the pinion by the coin controlled movement of the release lever where upon the segment returns to its initial position for reengagement with the pinion upon return movement of the release lever. 2. Control mechanism for a coin controlled parking meter, comprising a signal ?ag movable from a ?rst position to a second position, a latch for holding the ?ag in its second position, and means for releasing the latch comprising a coin actuated pivoted release lever having a gear seg ment pivoted at one end thereof, a clock, a pinion driven by the clock and engaging the gear seg ment, said gear ‘segment having means for re leasing the latch upon movement thereof by the pinion, means forming a coin passageway, said lever extending into said passageway and being moved by passage of a coin in said passageway, said ‘gear segment being moved out of engage ment with the pinion by the coin controlled movement of the release lever whereupon the segment returns to its initial position for reen gagement with the pinion upon return movement of the release lever, said ?ag having a pin secured thereto and projecting into said coin passageway, said ?ag being moved to its second‘ position by the weight of a coin on the pin, and spring means for returning the ?ag to its ?rst position upon release of the latch. 70 3. Control mechanism for a time controlled parking meter comprising a pair of parallel plates, means between the plates forming a coin passageway, a signal flag pivotally mounted on one of the plates and movable in front oi.’ the ior II 2,122,078 ward one o! the plates from a ?rst position to a ’ second position, the forward one of the two 10 plates having an arcuate slot therein, said ?ag having a pin secured thereto and extending into said slot in said coin passageway, said ?ag being so balanced about its pivot that when the pin is engaged by a coin moving in said passageway the weight of the coin disturbes the balance‘su?l ciently to move the ?ag to its second position, a latch for holding the ?ag in its second position,' and timing means for releasing the latch a ?xed 3 interval 01 time after the ?ag has been moved to its second position, said timing means including a clock, a pinion driven by the clock, a gear seg ment engaged ‘by the pinion and driven thereby, cam means actuated by the gear segment for 5 releasing the latch,, and a coin controlled lever for resetting the gear segment to a starting posi tion each time that a coin is moved through said coin passageway. 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