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Aug. (27, 1946. ‘I 4 ‘ w. A.‘ TRIIXTSCH _ " AMUSEMENT APPARATUS - Filed May 17,‘ 1945 . a 2,406,481 s Sheets-Sheet 1 I , In minute. M/em m/w f I ' ' “ Aug- ‘27, 1946- w-. A. TRATSCH‘ 2,406,481 AMUSEMENT APPARATUS Filed May 17, 1945 s Sheéts-Sheet 2 IN VEN TOR. B ‘(M/far /? 774/56? Aug. 27,1945. w; A. TRATSCH AMUSEMENT APPARATUS ' _File_d my 17,.194'5 Mm. 2,406,481 3- Sheets-Sheet 3 Patented Aug. 27, 1946 2,406,481 _ UNITED" STATES PATENT 'or‘rlc'zs‘"v Walter A. Tratsch, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Cl'alr- ' ence E. Threedy, Chicago, 111., as trustee . Application May 17, 1945,- Serial No. 594,297 ' ' '6 Claims. (01. 46-122) 2 1 driving discs 2|. Each disc 2| supports a_ pulley v 3 his invention relates to amusement appara 22. Each disc 2| provides a central hub 23 pro jected through an opening 24 formed in the pul More speci?cally the invention relates to a ley 22 supported by the disc. Each hub 23 ex mechanism for providing a staggered and inter-_ mittent movement of a plurality of objects each. 5 tends slightly above the top surface 25_of the adjacent pulley 22 so that the hubs are in effect simulating a race horse or a greyhound or other tuses. v V . _ > and to this end it is sought by this invention to accomplish the foregoing by a structure .which is resting one upon the other and support the discs 2| in spaced relation from the pulleys 22, 'asbest shown in Fig. 3. Each hub 23 is provided'with simple and economical in manufacture‘, requiring a transverse web 26 which ?ts into the longitu the minimum number of parts for effective oper dinal slot “3 formed in the shaft ‘l3 whereby to provide driving connection between the discs 2| and‘the shaft l3. >Each pulley comprises a groove animal or character, over an unobstructed track, ation. ' Other objects will appear hereinafter. The invention consists in'the novel combina tion and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed. 21 and a ratchet gear 28; is - In the grooves 21 of the pulleys work continuous ribbon-like belts 29. At the opposite end of the mounting plate ‘H1 ' The invention will be best understood by ref 3 there is secured‘a substantially U-shaped brack erence to the accompanying drawings showing the preferred form of construction and in which: et 30, the end portions 3| of which providesuit able bearings for the ends 32 of a shaft 33 dis 20 posed between the end portions‘3 |. v On this shaft _ Fig. lis a plan view of the amusement appa ratus embodying the invention; 33 there is arranged a plurality of pulleys 34 Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical sectional detail view taken substantially on line 2-—2 of Fig. 1; ‘Fig. 3 is a sectional detail view taken substan tially on line 3—3 of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a sectional detail view of the same taken substantially on line 4—4 of Fig. 3; spaced from each other by suitable collars 35 dis Fig. 5 is a sectional detail view of the same taken substantially on line 5--5 of Fig. 2; Fig. 6 is a diagrammatical plan view of a sug gested circuit arrangement embodied in the in- ‘ Vention. v The drawings illustrate the preferred form of construction by which the several objects of this invention are accomplished. In this connection a suitable mounting plate is indicated at I0. Po sitioned atone end of this mounting, plate is a 'U -shaped bracket | |, the end portions |2 of which are, arranged in parallel relation with respect to each other to provide spaced bearings for a driven shaft | 3 extending through the mounting plate l0 and extending vertically thereabove. The lower end portion of this shaft I3 is slotted as at I5 for the reception of a key l6 carried by the driv ing. shaft H, which driving shaft I‘! is rotated by a suitable driving power, such for example, an electric or spring motor (not shown).,. The major length of this shaft I3 is provided with a longitudinal slot l8 for reasons hereinafter set forth. Positioned upon the shaft l3 and ?xed thereto by means of a suitable set screw l9 and located adjacent the lower end portions l2 of the bracket | I is a collar 20. posed between the pulleys as shown. The top and bottom pulley of the pulleys 34, are spaced 25 from the end portions ‘3| of the bracket 30‘ by a suitable bushings 36. These pulleys 34 each com prise grooves '31 in which work the ‘continuous ribbon-like belts 29. V ‘ _ The lowermost of "the discs 2| (as shown in Fig. 3)'rests' upon the collar 20 ?xed to the shaft | 3 ‘by the set screw t9. ' The arrangement is such that when the shaft |3 is rotated by the shaft H, the pulleys 22, resting'u'pon the driving discs 2|, will rotate with the discs 2| except when prevented from doing so in a manner now to be described. ' " Fixed to the mounting plate It) is a supporting bracket 38. Carried by this bracket 38 are a plu rality of independently operated solenoids 39 each comprising a solenoid shaft 40 adapted to be pro-L jected outwardly toward the pulleys 22 by any suitable or well-known means successively en gage the ‘ratchet gears 28 of the pulleys 22 to mo mentarily hold one of ‘the pulleys against rotation '- witli its respective drivin'gor supporting‘ disc 2|. This successive engagement ‘between the sole noid shafts‘llt' and the ratchet gears 29 may be accomplished in any suitable manner,‘ butfor the purpose of illustration I have shown in Fig. 6 a circuit diagram ‘capable of this accomplishment. In this connection, 4| indicates a motor-driven switch arm, the motor being indicated at 42 and arranged in an electric circuit 43, in which cir Upon this shaft |3 in spaced relation with re cuit there is a master switch 44 to control opera spect to each other‘ are arranged a plurality. of tion of the‘motor 42. 'This switch arm'rllliis 2,406,481 3 adapted, in the present instance, to engage con tact buttons 45 having connection with the sole ,noids. The opposite side of these solenoids is con nected by the circuit conductors 41 to the source of electric energy 48. The arrangement is such that upon engage jment between the switch arm 4| and one of the ' ' object carried thereby will likewise momentarily stop moving, thus'permitting the other racing ob-' jects to advance forward of the racing object mo mentarily stopped. By this arrangement, the racing objects may advance ahead of one 'an other, thus simulating a fast-moving object and one which has been slowed up or momentarily stopped. As before stated, while I have not in dicated the mechanism for alternately engaging such button will be energized and the solenoid shaft 40 projected into engagement with the gear 10 the conductor buttons 45, such mechanism may 128 to momentarily hold the pulley with which _ be provided without departing from the spirit of that gear‘is associated, against rotation with its ' this invention. ‘ contact buttons 45, the solenoid coil connected to driving or supporting disc. This will permit the remaining belts 29 to rotate while the belt of the ‘pulley thus restrained from rotation will momen , From the foregoing description, it is apparent that there is provided an amusement apparatus "in which the racing objects may gain or. lose ac tarily remain stationary. While I have illustrated’ cording to the degree of rotation of the pulleys 22 controlling their movement over a track simu-' in Fig. 6 that the buttons 45 are successively en gaged, it is obvious that an arrangement maybe Y lated by the track rods 52. While I have illustrated and described the pre adopted for alternately engaging such buttons.‘ , ' Secured to each of the belts 29 is a spring-like 20 ferred form of construction for carrying my in 7 supporting wire 49 which supports a suitable ob ject 5!, which object may simulate a race horse, greyhound or other racing animal. This racing vention *into e?ect, this, is- capable of variation and modi?cation without departing from the spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish ‘ to be limited to the precise details of construc object may be supported ‘fromits respective wire support49 in a manner substantially similar to 2,5 tion set forth, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modi?cations as come‘within the ‘that’ disclosed-inapplication, Serial No. 574,436, ‘?led January 25, 1945. w ' i To complete the invention, a suitable structure ‘ iis‘provided to simulate a race track R. In this scope of the appended claims. ' » Having thus described my invention, what claim as new and desire to protect by. Letters ‘connection it is one of the objects of this inven 30 1'. An apparatus of the class described com tion to support this race track in a manner such prising a pair of spaced, supporting brackets, a ‘as would not interfere with the movement, of the shaft supported by each of said brackets, a plu ‘(wires 49 by the belts 129. To accomplish this ob ‘ rality of pulleys mounted in superimposed rela ject, there is provided a plurality of rod-like ele tion with respect .to each other on one of ‘said ments 52 equally spaced from each other as. best Patent shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 5, to ‘provide guideways 52', which in the present'instance are substantially 'QVQzl-Shétlil?d in plan view and between which the is: I ' V ' shafts and freely rotatable with respect there to, a plurality of pulleys arranged in superim- ' posed relation with respect to each other on the other of said'shafts and freelyrotatable with.re-. ‘1 These rod-like members 52'are arranged con 40 spec't thereto, with each pulley providing a ratch; et gear, a plurality of driven discs supporting, centrically with respect to each other to simu said last-named pulleys, means for connecting lateja racetrack. These red like members 52 are said discs to said other of the shafts for rotation supported by bars 5-3 arranged in spaced parallel therewith, continuous belt 'members rotatable relation with respect to each other and bent'to around said pulleys,'and means adaptedto selec provide vertical end portions 54 secured to the' tively engage said ratchet gears to selectively re rod-like members 52 by soldering or the like. ’ strain said last-named pulleys against rotation. ‘These bars 53 are further bent to provide hori 2. An apparatus of the class described'com zontal end portions 55 secured to plates 56 car wires 49 project and move; ried by the brackets l l. ' As the bars 53 are con prising a pair of spaced supporting brackets, a the track rods 52 in concentric relation with re rality of pulleys mounted in superimposed rela centric with respect to each other and support 50 shaft supported by each of said brackets, a plu ' :spect to each other, it is manifest that the guide tion with respect to each other on one of said shafts and freely rotatable with respect ‘there-to, ways- 52' ‘between each of the track rods 52 and , bars 53 are unobstructed, thus permitting the ‘ a plurality of pulleys arranged in superimposed 'wires 49 'tolmove through the passages 51 free 55 relation with respectlto each other on the other of said shafts and freely rotatable with respect from any interference. thereto, with each pulley providing a ratchet gear, The operation‘ of the amusement apparatus ‘is a plurality of driven discs supporting said last as follows: , . named pulleys, means for connectingsaid discs Upon rotation of the shaft IS the pulleys 22, by ‘reason of their frictional engagement with the 60 to said other of the shafts for rotation there with, said means comprising a longitudinal slot ‘discs 2|, will be caused to rotate and in turn the formed in said other shaft and a hub on each of belts 29 will travel around these pulleys and the said discs with a web formed in saidhub and pulleys 34.. As the belts 29 travel around the pul engaging in said slot, continuous belt members leys 22 and 34, the supporting wires 49 will move along ‘the track provided by the track rods 52. 65 rotatable around said pulleys, and meansfadapted to seIectively engage said ratchet gears to selec and carry the racing object 5| therewith. Upon operation of the motor 42, the. switch arm 4! will be successively brought into contact with the con ductor buttons 45 and successively effect energi ‘zation of the solenoid coils 46, thus successively ‘projecting the solenoid shafts 45 into engage ment with'the ratchet gears 28, momentarily re straining rotation of one of the pulleys 22. While restrained, the belt of that pulley, 29, will momen Mtively restrain said last-named pulleys against rotation. ' ' .7 a . 3. An apparatus of the class described, eom= prising a bracket member, a driven shaft sup? ported by said bracket member, a plurality, of grooved pulleys mounted in ‘superimposed-rela; .tion with respect to eachother and freelyrotat able with respect to said shaft, a'drive'n disc sup- ~ tarily stop traveling'and consequently the racing, 75 porting each of said pulleys and? having frictional 2,406,481 5 driving engagement with respect thereto, means 6 - with respect thereto, continuous 'belt elements for connecting said discs to said shaft for rotation therewith, and means for selectively restraining rotation of one of said pulleys with respect to the disc supporting said pulley, said last-named for supporting the pulleys mounted on said other ' means including a ratchet gear on each of said lectively and momentarily restraining rotation of rotatable over said pulleys, a plurality of discs ‘ i shaft, means for connecting the discs to said other shaft for rotation therewith, means for se pulleys and a solenoid shaft adapted to engage the pulleys on said other shaft, a plurality of said ratchet gear. racing objects above said track, means connect 4. An apparatus of .the class described, com ing said racing objects to said belt elements for prising a bracket member, a driven shaft sup 10 support above said track, and driving means for ported by said bracket member, a plurality of said other shaft. grooved pulleys mounted in superimposed rela 6. An apparatus of the class described com tion with respect to each other and freely rotat prising a, structure simulating a race track, a able with respect to said shaft, a driven disc sup mounting plate, spaced bracket members on said porting each of said pulleys and having fric 15 plate, shaft members carried by said bracket tional driving engagement with respect thereto, members, a plurality of pulleys mounted on one means for connecting said discs to said shaft for of said shaft members for free rotation with re rotation therewith, said means comprising a lon spect thereto, a plurality of pulleys mounted in gitudinal slot formed in said shaft and a hub superimposed relation with respect to each other formed in each of said discs and having a cen 20 on said other shaft member and freely rotatable tral web disposed on said slot, and means for with respect thereto, continuous belt elements selectively restraining rotation of- one of said rotatable over said pulleys, a plurality of discs pulleys with respect to the disc supporting said for supporting the pulleys mounted on said other pulley, said last-named means including a ratchet shaft, means for connecting the discs to said gear on each of said pulleys and a solenoid shaft 25 other shaft for rotation ‘therewith, means for se adapted to engage said‘ratchet gear. lectively and momentarily restraining rotation of 5. An apparatus of the class described com~ the pulleys on said other shaft, said means com prising a structure simulating a race track, a prising a ratchet gear provided ‘by each of said mounting plate, spaced bracket members on said pulleys and a solenoid shaft adapted to engage plate, shaft members carried by said bracket said ratchet gear, a plurality of racing objects members, a plurality of pulleys mounted on one above said track, means connecting said racing of said shaft members for free rotation with re "objects to said belt elements for support above spect thereto, a plurality of pulleys mounted in said track, and driving means for said other superimposed relation with respect to each other on said other shaft member and freely rotatable 35 WALTER A. TRATSCH. shaft. Li»NL. ' '