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Nqv. 1, 1938. G. D. FLEAK 2,135,176 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed Dec. 18, 1957 4 Sheets-Sheet l Nov. 1, 1938. G. D. FLEAK 2,135,176 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed Deo. 18, 1937 J7 j! ` ji si J5 S 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 Nov. 1, 1938. - G, D_ FLEAK ‘Y y 2,135,176 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed DeG. 18, 1957 5 77 62-9 73 4 Sheets-Sheet 5 76%)72 9 fig@ _35 27 25 ,g5 Nov. 1, 1938-. G. D. FLEAK ' 2,135,176 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed Dec. 18, 1957 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 _ 2,135,176 Patented Nov. 1, 1938 ¿UNI-TED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,135,176 AMUSEMENT DEVICE Glen D. Fleak, Beaumont,-`Tex., assignor of .one fourth to H. A. Mitchem, one’ëfourth to C‘.` M. Lewis, both of Lake Charles, La., and one "fourth‘to W. D. Fleak, Chicago, Ill. Application December 18, 1937,`> Serial No. 180,584 4 Claims. (Cl. 273-86) f Fig. 10 isV a'view in side elevation of the mecha The present invention relates to amusementV de lvices ‘or> games, and hasv asiits principal object to "nism `shown in Figs; 8 and 9. Referring now to the drawings in detail, the :fprovideça- device ofY this character where two or ïfmore players‘may compete with each other in a ' present invention is embodied in a machine of 'i5 »way that‘involves the speed and skill of operation the type commonly referred to as a- carnivalk ma- -5 »_ by. a player of a flever to. produce movement of a YVchine, in which provision is-made for a plurality ‘i lvisîble’objecttoward a‘goal that determines the f» of contestants to engage in a game of skill. The Winner by indicating the first object Vto arrive in i machine embodies. a plurality of climbing figures « I0 which are caused to move up and down a plu ‘ amaccurate and effective manner. '50.0 ` This >invention .is .an' improvement upon my `zPatent'No.- 1,965,140. In that patent, a plurality of»ffig‘l.1resv maybe caused to climb -poles in re .'.spcnse to-theplays of two or more contestants. :Theipresent invention contemplates certain im ßi 5;'prov'ements over the device shown in that patent i wherebythe position of the contestants lwith re rality of vertical rods I I. As shown in the draw-"10 ings, there are three of the climbing figures, al though Vofcourse there may be as many as de sired within practical limits, without changing the naturevof'the invention. >vlîlach'íigure is con nected by its lower limbs I2 to a vertically mov# 15 ~ able plunger I3 slidably mounted in the rod II. :upspect toA thesíñgures may.. be somewhat remote The upper limbs I4 of'eachvfigure are connected uwithoutnadversely affecting the play. In the >to» a separately-movable plunger I5, also slidable >»present device novel driving means’for causing -20'4 the climbing ñgures to move in response to ac curate. shots by the contestants are also’ provided. It'isapurpose of the invention to provide, in :la 4.machine of the character described, means vwhereby, when two or moreY ñgures approach the -f2.5.:` goal» almostat thesame time, extremely accurate i. meansoi indicating the -winner may be employed. v Other and’morefdetailed objects and advan Vinthe rod II. The rodsA II are hollow, and on the sides opposite the players they are provided 20 ~with vertically extending slots, as indicated at I5 in Fig. 2, the connection of the limbs of the ñgures >being 'made through the >slot I5 to the Vrespective plungers. The lower >plunger I3 «is >Vmoved upwardlyby means of cable or wireÁI1125 which passes up 4through the upper plunger I5 over a pulley-I8, then horizontally to the rear of the machine over a pulley I9,v and downwardly to a winding member 20. The upper plunger I5 A,.30'lwherein a preferred form of the linvention is 4is movedby a second cable 2l which extends 30 shown. :It is to be iunderstood, however, that the lover vsimilar pulleys 22 and 23 and is also connect ¿'drawin‘gs and description are illustrative only, ed to the winding member» 20. The winding mem ber» 20> is so constructed and the cables I'Il and 2| *and lare not to be taken as llimiting the invention, -are so connected thereto, as shownY best in Figs. @except insofar as ïit ‘is limited by the claims. 5 »and 6, that upon actuation of the winding mem-- ~35 1-35 ln'theldrawings, Fig;I lis a view in front ele the lower plunger I3 is pulled up ñrst and vation of a portion of the machine embodying -ber -then remainsstationary vwhile the upper plunger ”: tageswilL-appear. as thedescription proceeds in fr connection ` with the accompanying drawings ' ~the invention; Fig.l 2 isa sectional view on the line 2-2 of "Figa 1; ~ Fig. 3 -is asectional view taken on the lineV 3-3 A of Fig. 2; =Fig. 4 isa fragmentary sectional view show Iing -the details of the operating mechanism by "which the contestant plays the game; Figçä is av rear view looking at the back of the machine shown inFig. 1; I5 is pulled up the-same distance. This causes the lower limbs of the V’figures to move upwardly iirst, and the upper Alimbs then move upwardlygo so as- to simulate the natural climbing action of van animal. ' I ¿The winding member 20 is provided with in tegral stub shafts 24 and 25-which are journalled -in a frame 26. The cable Il is threaded through ~-4.5 an eye 2l in a lever 28 that passes throughv a bear -ing`29 formed >on the lwinding member~20. The ‘ Fig. 6` is a plan sectional view taken on the ~ cable I1 is then secured at 30 to one cable> receiv ' ing portion 3l of the winding member 20. The 'line Iì--"-Ii` of‘ Fig. 5; Fig.' l'I` is an end view looking toward the left cable 2 I-is secured to another cable receiving por- -50 ...T50 hand' end of the machine shown in Fig. l; `tion 32 of the winding member 20; the portion V32 I j Fig. 8 is a fragmentary plan view looking down being directly opposite the portion 3| but oiïset “axially ’of 'the'member 20. The 'lever 28 is ex Vonthe mechanism shown in Fig:2; 'Fig'. 9 is a plan sectional View taken on the line tended through a zdisk 33 that is integral with `the stub shaft 24 and carries a stop» pawl 34 which ~ 55 „55‘59-9 of Fig. 5; and 2 2,135,176 is adapted to strike a shoulder 35 that is provided on the frame 26. A pin 36 on the disk 33 limits counter-clockwise movement of the lever 28 and the pawl 34. In the normal operation of pulling up the ñgures, the tension upon the cable |'| is > suiñcient to hold the lever 28 over into alignment with the member 3|. In this position of the le ver 28, the pawl 94 is drawn into the dotted line position shown in Fig. 'l so that it will clear the shoulder 35. This is also true on the downward movement of the iigures as long as part of the cable 1'! is wound around the portion 3|. At the end of the downward movement of the figure, however, the cable I1 finally swings free of the portion 3| so as to move the lever 28 counter clockwise with respect to the portion 3| through a very small angle. This movement takes place just before the figures reach their lower-most posi tions, and as a result, the pawl 34 swings out against the stop 36 so as to be in position to engage the shoulder 35 and thus stop the ligure at a different position. A light spring 28’ connects lever 28 with disk 33. Of course, on the winding up action which 25 raises the figures, the winding member turns in a counter-clockwise direction, as shown in Fig. 9, and starts the winding of the cable |'l upon the 30 portion 3| immediately, thereby forcing the pawl 34 inwardly by drawing the lever 28 toward the portion 3|. ‘ 51 by a hammer 59 on the end of a lever 60. The lever 6D is held in retracted position by a spring 6| and can be advanced to hit the ball 56 by swinging it around its pivot 62 by means of a ilexible Bowden wire member 63. The Bowden wire leads to a thumb lever 64 that is mounted on a platform 65 in front of the figures and at any desired distance from the figures. The thumb lever 64 is enclosed in a shell 66 and carriesa stop member 61 which may be adjusted to main 10 tain the wire B3 free of slack. It will be obvious that if the thumb lever 64 is depressed quickly, it will swing the lever 6€) in a clockwise direction and cause the hammer 59 to strike the ball 56. If the proper speed is imparted to the ball 56, it will 15 travel up the ball race 5l and drop into the ver tical ball race 55 so as to strike the lever 54. »If too much or too little force is applied to the ball 56_it will either go on into the ball race 58 or return back through the ball race 5l. Thus a contestant may exercise his skill and speed in manipulating the thumb lever 64 in endeavoring to cause the ball to enter the race 55. Each time the lever 54 is depressed by the ball 56 it releases the stop 49 on’the lever 46 and permits the Wind-:.225 ing member 2U to complete one revolution. 'I'his will cause the ligure to execute one climbing movement. The operation of . the motor'42 is controlled ' ' by - a mercury switch 68 which is connected by suit-"î The winding member 20 is driven by a friction able, wiring (not shown) into the circuit of the 30 disk combination embodying one disk 3'! integral motor 42, which is a reversible motor, so that with the winding member, and a second disk 38 when the switch is in the position shown in Fig. pivoted on the stub shaft 25. Both of these disks 7, for example, the motor will be caused to run V35 have suitable coverings 39 of friction material in one direction to drive the winding member-in adapted to engage a friction wheel 49 upon a a clockwise direction, as shown in Fig. 2, and 35 drive shaft 4| which is driven by a motor 42. The thus cause; the figures to climb. When the switch disk 3l has a recess 43 in its periphery whereby, S3 is tipped in the opposite direction, it reverses when the recess is opposite the friction wheel 46, the motor and thus drives the friction wheel 40 no driving force will be directly placed upon the in a direction to turn the winding member 2li'v disk 3l. This disk, however, is provided with a in a counter-'clockwise direction, as shown in 40 plate 44 that'rests against the disk 38 in order Fig. 2, and thus lower the figures to starting po that the disk 38 may, by the frictional engage sition. The switch 68V is controlled by a link ment between the plate 44 and the disk 38, start and lever arrangement4 which comprises a lever the disk 37 into rotation. A` spring 45 presses the 69 ñxed to the switch 68, a long link 'lû having ai.“ disk 33 against the plate 44. ` Vpivotal connection with the lever 69, a second Of course, thel disk 3l and the winding member link "il, and a lever 12 which is iixed to a shaft 29 would continue to rotate `all the time while the » 73. The lever 'l2 is connected to a control link shaft 4| is rotating if some means were not pro 13 by a lost motion connection provided by a vided to prevent such rotation. This means is slot ‘M in the link 'i3 and a pin 'I5 on the lever provided in the form of a lever 46 pivoted at 4l 12. The link13 connects to a handy lever 16 at 50 upon a suitable standard 48. The lever 46 has a its lower end.' 'I‘he function of the hand lever stop portion 49 adapted to engage a projecting lip 16 is to effect a return of the lever 12 when this 59 on the portion 32 of the winding member 2U. lever has been raised to the dotted line position 55 As shown best in Fig. 2, this stop portion is so shown in Fig. 7. Other functions of the lever 55 located with respect to the recess 43 in the disk 'I6 will be explained hereinafter. 3l that it stops the disk 3'! with the recess 43 The shaft 'I3 to which the lever 12 is ñxed opposite the friction wheel 49 when the lip 56 extends across the top of the machine in back comes against the stop 49. It is clear, of course, of the hollow rods || and carries over each rod that if the lever 46 is depressed out of the way a permanent magnet 11 which is Vfixed to the 60 of the lip 50, then the winding member will be ro shaft 13 so as to turn therewith. VThe, shaft '|3 tated to wind up the cables l1 and 2| the amount also carries a weighted arm 18 which is of suiiî measured by one complete rotation of the winding -cient weight to turn the >shaft 13 :and lift the member 26. Of course, if the lever 43 were held lever l2 with its associated links '|| and 10 to out of the way, the winding would continue stead tilt the switch 68 into motor reversing position.`- ily. The lever 46, however, is normally held in stop position by a spring 5| `and is only released by lifting it against the pressure of the spring 5|. This is accomplished by means of a link 52 and a lever 53 which has a portion 54 projecting into a ball race 55 where it may be struck by a ball 56 entering the ball race 55 and falling downwardly. The ball race 55 is a vertical channel between -two semi-circular ball races 51 and 58. ‘ The ball 56 is propelled upwardly through the ball race Over each of the tubes || there is also provided 65 an indicating plate ‘I9 wlL'ch is pivoted on the shaft 'I3 and has a portion underlying the mag net '|'|. The winner of the race between the figures is indicated by raising the plate 19 of 70 the winning figure in the following fashion: Upon theupper plunger l5 there is provided a pin 80 which projects upwardly and is adapted to engage that part of the plate ‘i9 which extends over the tube Il as the plunger I5 is raised into` ff'direc'tion :tof cause; the?iiflgures‘v .to'` climb 'ifi Vtheir ’fiithe< ~'plate 119: and Yturns fit‘- upon‘li the îshaftî’ 1 3 until wrespectivefrwinding: members L are connected to. the ïzftheüplate‘~ is'lbroughtl into contact "»with .the .1 mag v»Si driver fshaitf 4I . i' î'l‘heîèlevery 162km -:order » to start 1=vnetï~11. -¿Thislmagnet isl'of siiilicientkstren’gth to A play, :must tl'ienîv be »returned to. l-the ‘fullgli-ne“ po ëïfits’fuppermost position. ’I'Thec‘pin l'ßll‘jlrstafstrikes 5 l 5u h'oldë themplate oncel itlëisïlbrought into contact ...therewithibut is .anot- strong.' enou‘ghfitoßilift Vthe ¿the-arm' k91)... into'- the` « full» line. :position ’shown in ‘"«plate when‘itv is spaced> below the" magnet. 'îAÍter Figs 1;l thus `retractingn‘the l.bari 85 and: releasing fthe-.plate `1 9.. and theimagnetl11.arebrought to Lftheïïballs'ß256 for play. ".¿The :motor »will continue to run and the figures will beïicausedv-to climb »each time theb'all associated therewith is madeïîlli) .dgether „byISthe1-pinl180,-î `theigpin V'continues . its ver 10 `itic'al movementrowith 'thelèplungervl5 iwhich, of »Ucoursaßturns «the :shaft-13 sufficiently to move .the ~-:wei~`ghtî-:18«overiétheßverticalïcenter line of the y«to .pass ïthrough’ftheQ-ball' race 55. ' .ièshaftî 13r- 'aften` which l :theiß weight î' .18S ». falls . over «i ‘From the .above description it «is . rbelievedath‘at »the construction- andI operation ¿ofi this ï devicefwill into the positionf:shownlsiinudottedï lines `rinrFig. ‘i >vbe' ».readily: apparent .-tor :those I skilled :in the art. ¿Having thusrïdescribedamy ßinventionfewhat.- E115 '-15 7,iíther`eby«-fcausi-ng the lever 12 to reverse the motor and move the indicating plate 19, which . claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat has been brought into contact with its magnet 11, into a vertical position. The reversal of the motor, of course, prevents any of the other fig 20 ures from being advanced further, and therefore only the figure whose plunger l5 pushed its plate into contact with the associated magnet 11 will have the plate 19 raised. In order that a plate 19 once stuck to the 25 magnet, will not continue to be lifted each time the machine is operated, I provide means for ent is: 1. An amusement device having a plurality of upwardly extended guides, a figure operatively connected to each guide to be movable along the 20 guide between a starting position and a goal, ca ble means for each ñgure for raising and lower ing the ñgures along the guides, rotatable wind ing members for said cables, a common drive means frictionally connected individually with 25 said winding members, stop means for each separating the plate from its magnet before low winding member operative to hold it against ro- ' ering the figures for a new contest. This is ac complished by means of a small shaft 8| which tation in one direction only, manually actuated 30 runs in front of the shaft 13 and which carries a. series of wire loops 82, one loop in front of each of the plates 19. The shaft 8l has a lever 83 thereon which can be operated by a pull cord 84 to swing all of the loops 82 back toward the 35 plates 19, and thus force any plate which is at tached to its magnet away from the magnet so that it will fall into horizontal position.It is necessary, in order that the contestants may all start at the same time, to control the 40 balls 56 so that they will all be released for playing at one time. To accomplish this result, I provide a horizontally sliding bar 85 with a plurality of pins 86, one for each ball, which pins are located to extend into slots 81 provided in the back plate 88 of the ball race frame. The pins 86 are so located as shown best in Figs. 2 and 3 that if the bar 85 is moved to the right from the position shown in Fig. 3 it will move the ball 56 upwardly toward the ball race 51, out 50 of the range of the hammer 59. The lever 16 has an arm 69 which is adapted to bear against a pivoted arm 90 that is pressed outwardly by a spring 9|. The arm 90 is linked to a lever 92 which is íulcrumed on a post 93 and connected, CII Ul at the end opposite to arm 90, to the bar 85 by a pin 94 sliding in a slot 95 in the bar 85. When the lever 16 is in the full line position shown in Fig. 1, it holds the arm 90 flat against the frame of the machine and thus pulls the bar 85 to the left, permitting the balls 56 to rest in playing position. Now, however, as the lever 16 is moved in a counterclockwise direction to the first dotted line position shown in Fig. 1, it ñrst moves the arm 89 away suiîiciently to permit the- arm 90 to move out and force the bar 85 to the right, thus forcing all the balls up out of playing po sition. Further movement of the lever 16 into the second dotted line position shown in Fig. 1 pulls the link 13 down to bring the lever 12 into the full line position shown in Fig. 7, and to restore the weighted arm 18 to its active posi tion shown in full line in Fig. 7. This, of course, results in the lever 12 setting the switch 68 in the position shown in Fig. '7, which is the driving position where the motor is caused to rotate in a means individual to each stop means for releas ing it, said drive means being reversible to turn 30 said winding members in the other direction, and holding means individual to eachwinding mem ber to prevent rotation thereof in said other di rection, each of said> cables being connected to the corresponding holding means to hold it in 35 inoperative position until the cable is unwound ' from its Winding member. 2. An amusement device having a plurality of upwardly extended guides, a figure operatively connected to each guide to be movable along the 40 guide between a starting position and a goal, cable means for each ligure for raising and low ering the figures along the guides, rotatable winding members for said cables, a common drive means frictionally connected individually 45 with said winding members, stop means for each winding member operative to hold it against ro tation in one direction only, manually actuated means individual to each stop means for releas ing it, said drive means being Vreversible to turn 50 said winding members in the other direction, and holding means individual to each winding mem ber to prevent rotation thereof in said other di rection, each of said cables being connected to the corresponding holding means to hold it in 55 inoperative position until the cable is unwound from its winding member, said device having manual control means for reversing the drive means when said winding members are stopped by their respective holding means. 60 3. An amusement device having a plurality of upwardly extended guides, a ñgure operatively connected to each guide to be movable along the guide between a starting position and a goal, cable means for each ñgure for raising and low 65 ering the ñgures along the guides, rotatable winding members for said cables, a common drive means frictionally connected individually with said winding members, stop means for each winding member operative to hold it against ro 70 tation in one direction only, manually actuated means individual to each stop means for releas ing it, said drive means being reversible to turn said winding members -in the other direction, and holding means individual to each winding 75 4 2,185,176 member to prevent rotation thereof in said other > direction, each of said cables being connected to .the corresponding holding means to hold it in inoperative position until the cable is unwound from its- winding member, said device having an individual indicator for each figure operable by the figure as it reaches goal, and means actuated by the iirst figure to reach goal, for reversing Y said drive means. 10 4. An amusement device having a plurality of figures mounted for movement in- competition with each other to a goal, manually controlled means individual to‘each ñgure for imparting movement to said figures, indicating means at thegoal for each figure adapted when moved by its associated ñgure to indicate that ñgure as the Winner, means movable with each ñgure for initiating movement of its indicating >means when it reaches the goal, and means common to «all of the figures operable upon the initial move-4 ment by any one of said figures of its indicating means to raise that indicating means into Win ning position to the exclusion of the remaining indicating means, said means comprising a shaft, a magnet for each figure secured to the shaft; 10 the indicating means having metal therein which when the indicating means contacts the magnet will be attracted by the magnet and held thereto, and means to move said shaft. GLEN D. FLEAK.