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July 23, 1946-v
v. H. HURT
‘ WATER
TOY
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' 2,404,729
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Filed May 24, 1944
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INVENTOR.
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BY “57%
ATTORNEY
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Patented July 23, 1946
2,404,729
UNITED STATES PATE NT
OFFICE
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‘WATER TGY
Victor H. Hurt‘, Qran‘s‘ton, R. I., assignor-to United
States Rubber Compan
poration > of New Jersey
Application May 24, 1944, Serial No..537,'117.
5 Claims.
(01.‘9-417)
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The present inventionwrelates to in?atable water
toys of ‘the type having ~ppntoon-like ‘members ‘at
the sides of the, toy to provide a stabilized C011.
struction, and. the invention relates more par
ticularly to an improvement in. water toys 9f the
type disclosed in the Hubbell Patent No. 138513768
The Huhbeu patent is directed to
in?atable
water toy such, as a swan, having pontoon-like
stabilizing means secured to each (side 0f the
swan’s. body at they lower portion thereof to cause
the swan toremain in an upright or natural posi
tion when it floats on the water withonly a Small
portion of the body submerged This HubbeH toy,
however, is not stable in water when therbody is
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downwardly in. thewaterrunder the Weight ‘9.1? the
load. ‘the ‘relatively Stiff. ‘less. will bend ‘outwardly
and upwardlyunder the-buorangy 9f ‘the balloon
like members. This willhelp to maintain thetoy
in-astable-condition whether it is submerged to‘ a
small or large degree.
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The above and other features of the :present
invention will be more ‘fullyunderstood from the
following description when read in sonneéiion
with the accompanying drawing wherein:
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Fig. 1 is a perspective ‘view Qf'the ‘ride-able Water
toy of the present invention shown largelyl‘subé
merged in water and with a person sitting Iastride
the back of-the toy.
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Fig. 2 is a side view of the in?ated toy of Fig.1
The present invention provides a rideable toy
shown standing on the ground .upon its fourlegsj
largely submerged.
designed toberidden in water key/a child or adult,
3 ‘is a side view of the‘ltoy of Fig. 1" shown
and provides a mount that is stable when the
submerged .to a considerable degree, and; ‘
greatenportiqn or the .toy is submerged under‘the
Fig. 4 is a iront view of Fig.
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weight of the rider.
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The vrideabl‘e inflated‘ toy‘ constructed in accord
The rideable ‘Water toy contemplated by the
present invention preferably resembles in appear
ance a:fo11r1egged~animal, ‘such, for example, as a
ance with the present invention maygbe made to
resemble any one of a large master of ‘four-‘legged
animals-in appearance, and one’ good’ construction
residesin ‘the in?atable horse s'how'n'in ‘the. draw
horse, ‘and has a body, and four legs‘, extending
downwardly from the ‘body but each leg ter 25 ing and which hasabodyl 6, .a. head 'l‘l, friont'legs '
minates‘in ‘a large "oblate spheroidal or balloon
like member. These legs will support the weight
of the in?ated toy, whether it stands on the
I? ‘each ‘ofwwhicli terminate in‘ a large balloon}
like or oblate spheroidal member l3, and rear'legs'
l4 each of which terminates in a similar balloon
ground or on the surface of the water, and the
like or oblate spheroidal member i5. The toy also
balloon-like members act as stabilizing pontoons 30 preferably has the tail l6, and the air inlet valve
at each side of the toy when the toy is partly or
H of usual construction located at any desired
largely submerged.
point‘ for in?ating and de?ating the toy. The
‘ One important feature of the present inven
entire toy may be formed of sheet rubber or of
tion resides in the arrangement of the legs and
rubberized fabric.
The legs l2 and 14 preferably have the form of
so that as the body of the toy is submerged the
hollow rounded tubes that communicate with the
legs will bend outwardly and upwardly to permit
interior of the body Ill so that when the body is
the buoyant balloon-like members to rise at the
in?ated the legs and the balloon-like members
sides of the toy to the approximate height of the
formed integrally with the legs will also be in~
upper surface or back of the body of the toy, to 40 ?ated. As the result of this construction the legs
thereby render the toy stable when it is nearly
and balloon-like members when fully in?ated will
submerged by the weight of a person riding the
be sufficiently sti? to support the weight of the
same.
animal-like toy so that it will stand erect in a
Another feature of the present invention resides
normal position as shown in Fig. 2 upon the
in an in?ated water toy resembling a four-legged " land and in the water, when not weighted down,
animal and constructed so that when a person sits
except that in the water the balloon-like mem
on the back of such toy in the water, his legs will
bers i3 and I5 will be partly submerged.
hang downwardly in the clearance space between
If increasing weight is gradually applied to
the front and rear legs of the toy. A further
the back of the body ID of the toy so as to force
feature of the present invention resides in rounded 50 it down in the water the relatively stiff legs l2 and
in?ated legs which attach the buoyant balloon
M will spread outwardly away from each other
like members to the body of the toy so that these
and upwardly in the arc of circles under the
legs, when the toy is in?ated will be stiff enough
buoyancy of the balloon-like members l3 and
to support the weight of the animal-like toy when
15. This will give a large amount of stability to
it stands on land, and when the toy is forced 55 the toy as the body It! rests on or in the water,
the large balloon-like members attached thereto, 35
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and four in?ated rounded legs extending out
wardly and downwardly from the body and ter
minating in enlarged oblate spheroidal members
which are yieldingly held in spaced relation to
the body by said in?ated legs which are adapted
position approximately as high or slightly higher
than the upper surface of the ‘back’ of the toy '
animal.
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2. A water toy comprising an in?ated body
and as the weight upon the back of the toy is
increased the relatively stiff legs will gradually
bend upwardly substantially as shown in Fig. 4,
to a position in which the buoyant balloon-like
_members rise at the sides of the body [0 to a
to bend as the body is submerged, the total
lengths of the legs and enlarged members be
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ing su?icient to rise at the sides of the body
The buoyant pontoon'members l3 and ill will
exert a stabilizing effect upon the toy, so long 10 to the approximate height of the upper surface
as they are not completely submerged, but when
' of the body.
3. ,A water toy resembling an animal and com
prising an in?atedbody and four in?ated legs
extending outwardly and downwardly from the
body and terminating in elongated oblate sphe
roidal member the lengths of the legs and the
members being such that as the body is sub
merged the legs will fold toward the surface of
the water and the members will rise at the sides
20 of the body to the approximate height of the
completely submerged lose most of their sta- _
bilizing effect.
Therefore the construction of
' the present invention is such that when the wa
ter-toy is largely submerged under the weight of
the rider as shown in Fig. 1, the balloon-like
members l3 and [5 will still be partly out of
the water so that if the toy leans to one side or
the other the buoyant members at the lower side
towards which the toy leans will exert an in
upper surface of the body.
a
creasing lifting action upon the toy to restore
4. A water toy resembling a four-legged animal
the same to its even keel. The total displace
and comprising an in?ated body having attached
ment of the four members l3 and I5 should pref
thereto a head and four legs extending down
erably equal at least one half that of the body
[0 to impart the desired degree of stability to 25 wardly from the body near its opposite ends, and
each leg terminating in a large balloon-shape
the rideable toy.
member which is ?exibly connected to the body
It will be seen from the foregoing that when
by its leg, and the combined length of the leg
the present four-legged toy is in?ated it will
and balloon-shape member is such that as the
sta‘ndin a normal condition on its four legs under
its own weight, and when ridden in water it will 30 body is submerged said member will rise to the
?oat in a stable manner even when mostly sub
merged.
Having thus described my invention, What I
claim and’ desire to protect by Letters Patent
1s:
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1. An in?ated water toy comprising a body
and four ?exible legs extending downwardly from
the body and terminating in enlarged oblate
spheroidal members which are so connected to
the body by thev legs that as the body is sub
merged the legs will bend and permit the buoyant
oblate and spheroidal members to rise at the
sides of the body to the approximate height of
the upper surface of said body and thereby in
crease the stability of the toy when largely sub 45
merged.
approximate height of the upper surface of the
body and thereby stabilize the toy when it is
largely submerged by the‘weight of a person rid
ing the toy.
5. A water toy comprising an in?ated body and
in?ated rounded legs extending downwardly from
the body and terminating in large balloon-shape
members which are yieldingly held in spaced re
lation to the body by the in?ated legs that are
stiff enough to support the weight of thebody
without bending, but are adapted to bend up- .
wardly as the body is submerged by added weight
and permit the balloon-like members to rise at
the sides of the body to the approximate height
of the upper surface of the body.
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VICTOR H. HURT.
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