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Patented Oct. 25, 1938
« Leslie M. Hansen, Chicago, Ill., assignor tolflrenco,- .-, f "
Inc., Chicago, Ill., ya corporation of` Illinois
v Application January 2, 193s,` serial Nq. 57,211l ' E
4 claims.
(ci. 27a-'121)
and has for its principal object the novelcombi
nation and arrangement of parts which -willybe
highly eñicient inïuse and economical in con
Another object of this invention is to provide a
coin into- the coin slide.
When the Vcloinjslide >I4,is’'withdrawi'i (from, right
torleft,` Figs."1'__t_'o.3), the V»slide vpanel is returned
to its normal position (as shownkzih the> drawing)
"Other objects will appear hereinafter.` _
I The invention consists in the novel combina
tion and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter`
described and claimed.
leased bythe foregoing movement of the slide
panel I3, liey drop by gravity onto va .ballv return :
runway >2l -'and'gravitate ,overy the latter. intok a
,transverse- runway "22 which directs therballs to '
a'vconventional ball velevating device (not shown) .
coin operated game apparatus in which it ispos
sible, by the skillful operation of the same,l to
obtain a free .second operation without inserting a
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in vertical alignment vviiéhftlie` score pockets Aof
» out opening I 6.
When balls trapped in the.: pockets I6- are' re-L
This invention relates to game apparatuses,
by resettingsprings 28.
«Referring more rparticularly , to >the' invention;v
there isa pocket- or‘out opening23 formed in- the
The invention will be best understood by refer-k. play board, and `disposed below this opening 23 is u.
ence to the accompanying drawing showing the ` a ball actuated switch 24 which is mounted upon
the slide panel I3.y Mounted uponthe under side
preferred form of construction, _and in which:
Fig. 1 is a top plan view_of- a pin and marble of the play 'boardÍ'íIZ atits upper endiright end, ,
game embodying the present invention;
Figs. 2 and`3) is a solenoid 25 which _has an arma- -
Fig. 2 is av longitudinal’section taken online ' ture 26A that' is linked to theslide panel I4 vby ai>
2_2 in Fig. 1;
yoke 21, for reasons to be presently described. - f
A switch v3ll`ismou'nted in the cabinet I I, as at
Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view of severalv'of theA
29,v adjacent thefcoin chute I4. This switch 30
parts embodied in the present invention; and
Fig. 4_ is ‘a schematic wiring diagram of an elec
has a pair of- resiilentI larms which'fare -normally
25 trical circuit embodied in the present invention. . disposedout of engagementwith each other. 'I'he 25
In the drawing, a game apparatusis generally " coin chute,I I4 hasa cam edge 3 II on the side which
indicated at I0 and is embodied in a 4cabinet II ~ is- adjacent theïswitch' 30. This cam 3| is engage- »n
which contains an inclined play board iI2. upon»v ablewith> the switch 30 lso. `as to,- urge the resilient4
which. played balls are adapted to\ be projected» armsv of *thefswitchvßllinto engagement‘with each- K
30 by»a"plunger"l5, and formed in the., play board I_ZY other..
are out pockets or score openings IS.
d l
v,In l conventional , coin chutes> there is .a free ,
A slide panel I3 is slidably mounted >adjacent Y motionwhich is‘limited by pawls, latches andthe
the lower face of the play board I2 for horizontal like to prevent _the inner end of the c_oin chute I4
movement in a plane parallel tothe play board I2. « from engagingV the depending` arm 'I:9„,but,` how
35 The slide panel I3 when in normal position forms>
a gate or vseat for balls which may be trapped in
ever, allowing the inner endof' the coin chute~ I4 35
40_ ings Il are adjacent the pockets I6, that is, out of
intoengagement with ach 'other'.for reasonslto
be eirplained hereinafter;
A<conventiona1 time switch, such'-asttheíïlo’ne.v
to be moved from initial position '(Fig'..y 3)A vto a; ._
the pockets I6. There `are formed in the slide ., point adjacent the depending arm I9.> - In.r4 this
paneli3 a number of openings Il corresponding light it may be seen that >by thispartial movement
to the number of out openings I6, and these open-` the resilient arms of the 'switch 30 maybetbrzojught
vertical alignment with but on the 'same longi- '
tudinal axis as the latter."
' Mounted in the'front wall I8'of the cabinet II
. and 1,795,969,` islembodiedfin the presentinvem ‘
is a conventional coin chute I4 which is engage
tion, and is indicated at" 32. This time switch
ablefwith an arm I9 which depends from they» Y 32 >is mounted‘upon a wall within Athe cabinet -I I` 45'*
slide panel I3 upon which it is mounted.- ..
, and is` actuated byl an arm_ A33 ‘which'vextends
When a coin of proper denomination and size is laterally kfrom the ' c_oin 'chute'Y I4.
placed in' the aperture 20 of the coin chute I4?,
The presentï invention embodies an> electrical
i' circuit 35 inwhich is arranged a ysource of` cur'
seen'in the drawing) into full stroke position, and rentïï34 inthe form’wofv'aïbattery'of dry cells, vthe
vin the course of its movement the inner end of the ‘ solenoid ~,25,A the ball `actuated switch 24, thercam
slide I4 will engage the depending arm I9 _and 4’ actuated switch lili,l and the time switch_32.-
` 50 the `latter may bemoved from left to right v(as
cause the »slide panel I3 -to'be moved into ball'` ~ During the performance ofthe game, ,thatv is, '
releasing position; that is,'with the openings l'll when` the' balls are Vprojected onto. vthe play ' board
by the operation of the projector I5, the person
operating the projector may by skillful operation
of the latter cause a ball to be projected into the
pocket 23, whereupon the ball will come to rest
on the switch 24 and cause the resilient arms
thereof to engage each other, it being understood
that when a game is started by the use of a proper
coin in the coin chute i4, as has already been ex
plained, that the time switch will be'actuated for
a predetermined lapse- of time so ‘as to allow a
complete operation of the game apparatus.
If at the completion of a game (one operation)
Va ball has been trapped in the pocket 23, the coin
chute may be partiallyinserted, that is, up to a
-16 point where it is limited »by >means of pawls,
latches, and the like, so that the cam edge 3| of
the coin chute I4 will engage the resilient mem
bers of the switch 30 to urge them into >engage
ment with each other; whereupon the circuit 35
20 will be opened and current will ñow from the
source of» energy 34 through ‘the solenoid 25,
switches 24, _30 and 32, and b_ack into the’source
of ‘energy 34.
tioned'below said board closely adjacent a ball
aperture thereof for operation by a ball played
into said aperture substantially as described.
» 2. “Free-play” mechanism for use with game
apparatusof the pin ball type which has a play
ing board provided with a ball exit opening anda shuiiie panel mounted for sliding movement be-'
klow the board and provided with an exit opening,
said >shuil‘leßparuil being slidable-back and forth
to move said exit opening into and out of regis 10
tered relation with the exit opening in said board,
said “free-play” mechanism including spring
means normally urging said shutlle panel and the
`>exit opening thereofj out of registered relation
withthe exit opening in said board, a solenoid
having a plunger operably connected with said 15
shutile panel, said solenoid being arranged in cir
cuit With switch means mounted on said shuiile
panel in a position to be operated by a ball rest
ing in said exit vopening of the board, amanually
operable control and switch means operable
thereby and cooperable with said first-mentioned
switch means such that said solenoid may be en-.
ergized'to move said shuiiie panel and the exit
opening thereof into registered relation as afore
'I'he foregoing flow of currentwill cause the
coil of the solenoid 25 to attract the armature 26
(left to right), Ywhereupon the slide panel'which
is linked‘to the'armature 28, as _at 2_1, will be
drawn into ball releasing position, that is, y.with
said byy operating `said manual control when said
first-mentioned switch means is roperated by a
ball as aforesaid, said manually operable control
the openings I‘Il in vertical alignment- with the ' being provided with coin-released `detent means
30 score pockets i6, against theaction. ofY the re~
and mechanism operatively connecting the con
setting springs 28. All the balls, includingV the ~ trol with s'aidfshuille panel for movement of the 30
one disposed in the pocket 23, will thenï'drop by
gravity onto the ball return runway 2l, 'and will
gravitate into the transverse
latter independently of said solenoid when said
détent means' is released.
directs them to a conventional `elevating .device
3. In a game apparatus Ao_f the type including
a' manual control provided with coin-freed de 35
tent means normally permitting limited idle
stroke movement of the'control and operable by
deposit of a coinj therein to permit full stroke
When thevswitch 24 is moved with the slide
panel into ball releasing position andthe ball
released from the pocket 23,‘the switch 24 will
40 break the circuit by its own vresiliency,.and the . movement of the control, together with a movable
resetting means arranged to be moved by said
current in the circuit 35 will cease to flow; where- ` control upon a full stroke operation of the same
upon the solenoid will release'the` amature 26
to release- an instrumentality used'in playing the
so'that the latter and the'slide panel I3 may be
game for further play, “free-play” means> com
returned toinormal position by the resetting- prising:` electrically operable means for moving
springs 2B.
4said* resetting means, _a tfirst _switch `'means ar
While I have illustrated and described'the pre- _ ranged in said game apparatus to be engaged by ,
ferred form of construction for carrying my in-` said instrumentalityfand a second switch means
vention into effect, this is capable of_`variation` operable 4by said _manual control upon idle4 stroke
and 'modification without departing from the>v movement of the same to close a circuit and en
50 spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish
ergize vsaid electricallyjoperablc means for the>
to be limited to the precise details of construction f purpose aforesaid when said ñrst switch means
set forth, but desire to avail myself of such vari-` is operated by said instrumentality, whereby said
resetting means may be moved independently by
ations and modifications as_come within the .scope
of the appended‘claims..
' said manual control without_,__de`pos_it of accin ,
Having thus described my invention, what` I
claim as new and desire to protect by Letters
Patent is:.
1. “Free-play” mechanism for Vuse `with game
_ the type having an apertured ball
4. lIn-a game apparatus voi" the type having a
ì ball playing> board with ball exits therein and a '
shuille panel» below said board and normally clos- '
ing said ball exits to vretain balls in the latter,
playing board andan apertured baiile movablek ' but movable Vto vopen the same to release said
back_and forth below ,s_aid board to hold and re# balls for further play, coin controlled mechanical '
lease balls played >into the apertures in the board, ' means for moving the shuille panel as aforesaid,
a coin-freed manuallyoperable controlhaving a electrical means for moving said shuiile panel for
the purpose aforesaid and arranged in a power
stroke freedom of movement and ar
rangedïto move said baille into ball-releasing po- . circuit including a switch arranged to Vbe actu-.,
sition when moved in full stroke operation, spring ~. ated by said coin’controlled means Awithout neces--V
means normally holding said baille] in ball-retain-,` . sitating deposit of a coin in the latter, and a sec
ing position, said “free-play? mechanism includ~
ond supervisory switch means also arranged in '
ing electro-magnetic means for moving said said circuit and positioned in said game appa-f
70 baille into ball-releasing Position, switch means`_` ratllls
to beeng‘aged and actuated by- a ball played
operable by a ball and arrangedjnn circuit with into a particular one of said ball exitswhereby
said .electro-magnetic means and `a manuallyY
' to permit movement of said shuiile panel .by-said
operable switch positioned» for operation" by saidI ‘ electrical means for further play without the
coin-freed control upon idle stroke movement of necessity of depositing a' second coin. A l
75 the same, said ball operated switch being posi
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