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I Patented Nov. 5, 1946
vJoseph L. Friedman, Manhasset, N. Y.
Application October 10, 1945, Serial No. 621,527
4 Claims. (Cl. 46—83')
a toy embodying the invention. The same in
cludes a handle i! made of any suitable rigid
material such as metal, wood or plastic and
One objectv of the invention is to furnish a
toy of the character described having improved
means for ?ight of the propeller in a path aligned
with the handle of the device or at an angle
thereto, at will.
A particular object of the invention is to fur
nish a game of skill, Wherefore the toy includes
improved means. such that the angle of ?ight of
fore, is submitted merely as showing a preferred
exempli?cation of the invention.
Referring in detail to the drawing, Ill denotes
This invention relates to toys and has par
ticular reference to. such devices. employing pro.
pellers adapted for free ?ight into. the atmos
having an axial passage l2 extending from the
upper end l3 to the lower end It thereof’. Slid
ably, frictionally ?tted in the passage I2; is an
10 element 15 of resilient. material, which may be
the propeller is partly controlled by the tension
exerted on a draw string that causes rotation of
the propeller.
Since the propeller is initially carried by a
rotary head which is subject to friction, the speed
of rotation varies with the tension of the draw
string subject to the effects of friction. Hence
the toy thus permits a degree of control of the 20
in the nature of a wire having an upper end
portion I6 and a lower headed end portion l-l.
Carried by the upper end of the element I5
is a bearing or tube l8. formed at its upper end
with a flat head it. Said bearing may have a
similar head 20 at its lower end, or such head
may be formed on an adjacent portion of the
element It. The bearing l8 may be rigidly se
cured to the latter as by press ?tting thereinto
the end portion [6.
Other objects and advantages of the inven
tion will become apparent as the speci?cation
Journaled with suitable friction on the bear
ing is is a pulley head 2| retained thereon by
the portions I9, 20 so that the pulley is main
tained in a given‘ position on the, rod it}; whether
the same be in the low position of Fig. 2 or in
the high position of Fig. 3. Wound around the
pulley is a straw string 22 one end of which
may be ?xed thereto in any suitable manner.
_ direction of ?ight.
The skill of the operator
may reside, for instance, in causing maximum
flight of the propeller at certain angles consistent
with the setting of the toy, as hereinafter more
fully described.
With the aforesaid objects in View, the inven
tion comprises the novel features, combinations -
Carried coaxially by the headv 2| is a propeller
23 releasably operatively engaged, in any suit
and arrangements of parts hereinafter described
in their preferred embodiments, pointed out in
able manner therewith. Thus, the pulley 2! may
have a pair of pins 25 therein releasably en
the subjoined claims, and illustrated in the an
nexed drawing, wherein like parts are designated
by the same reference characters throughout the
proper speed the propeller is adapted to fly off
several views.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of a toy embody
described. The operator grasps the handle H,
ing the invention.
Fig. 2 is a vertical central sectional View there
of with parts in elevation, showing the toy set
for vertical ?ight of the propeller.
Fig. 3 is a View in elevation showing the toy
set in a different position for angular ?ight of
the propeller subject to the skill of the opera 45
gaged in holes 25, of the propeller, so that at a
from and to disengage the pulley.
The operation of the. toy will now be brie?y
and with the toy adjusted as in Fig. 1,v the draw
string is. pulled hard to unwind it and cause a
rapid rotation of the pulley and hence of the
propeller 23 causing the latter .to soar into the
atmosphere after disengaging. the pins, 24. The
?ight. of the propeller is in a path aligned with
the passage 12 and the handle II, subject of
course to wind currents and the like, until the
momentum of the propeller substantially di
minishes so that the path curves downward and
the propeller falls, to be retrieved for further
use. In the position of Fig. 1, the element
embodiments may be produced involving less than 50 20 rests on the end l3 of the handle, the sec
tion l5 being completely received in passage I2
the whole.
reenforced by the handle so that no de
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art
?ection of the axis of propeller can occur.
to which the invention appertains, that the same
Now the ?nger piece I’! is manipulated to push
may be incorporated in several different con
rod [5 upwardly to any selected position as
structions. The accompanying drawing, there
FI‘he advantages of the invention as here out
lined are best realized when all of its features
and instrumentalities are combined, but useful
in Fig. 3; the rod is normally frictionally re
tained at that elevation. Initially, the pulley
2| is aligned with the handle but when the draw
string 22 is pulled to rotate the pulley, the ten
sion exerted causes the rod t5 to resiliently bend
or de?ect in the direction of the pull on the
draw string as shown in Fig. 3. Thus the axis
of the pulley and its propeller is inclined, and as
rotational speed increases, the propeller ?ies oil
into space at a like angle. The angle of ?ight
relative to the handle is determined by two fac
tors: the length of the section of the element
I5 which is external of the handle at the top
thereof, as at 26 and hence laterally unsup
at variable angles, the said stem portion com
prising a, bearing for the rotatable element where
by the latter is held against movement along
the member.
2. A toy having a draw string operated pulley
head releasably carrying a propeller rota-ted
thereby so that the propeller is adapted to ?y off
.the head, an elongated member, and a handle of
rigid material having a longitudinal bore, thev
10 member having upper and lower respectively rela
tively rigid and ?exible sections, with the pulley
head journaled on the upper sec-tion and the low
er section being ?tted in said bore for frictionally
sliding into and out of the bore .to expose dif
ported by the handle; and the degree of tension 15 ferent lengths of the ?exible section, at will, out
exerted on the draw string 22. The greater the
side of the handle to permit different degrees
length of the section 26, the greater the angular
of de?ection in response to a varying pull on the
de?ection for the same stress, and vice versa.
draw string, to .thus cause the rigid section to
The draw string tension may be varied as be
tween a hard, steady pull or an extremely power
ful jerk which may achieve maximum ?ight. In
a cheap construction such as is used in a toy,
there is naturally a fair amount of friction at
the bearing surface and this will afford a meas
ure of retardation to permit the operator to
gauge the tension applied.
rIl‘hus by the invention a game of skill may be
played with the hand held vertically or so mount
ed in a support, the operator seeking to cause
assume di?erent angles for angular ?ight of the
propeller, the pulley head being engaged by the
rigid section against relative axial movement, the
?exible section being adapted to be so fully re
ceived in said bore as to reduce said re?ection
substantially to zero to cause ?ight of the pro
peller in substantial alignment with said bore.
3. A toy having a draw-string operated rotat
able pulley head, a propeller releasably opera
tively carried by said head so as to ?y off there
from upon rotation of the propeller, a handle of
propeller ?ight at a certain angle, for example, 30 rigid material having a longitudinal passage, and
relative .to a tree, building or telephone pole, and
a rod like member, the head being journaled
yet obtain a maximum ?ight or to cause the pro
thereon, means to maintain the head journaled
peller to come within a certain range of an ob
at an upper end of the member without permit
ject. For this the operator may adjust the dis
ting relative axial movement of the head, the
tance 26 as well as'the tension applied on the
rest of the member constituting a section slid
draw string.
ably frictionally ?tted in said passage with the
-It will be appreciated that the element l5, l8
handle stiffening the member, the member being
may be regarded as a one piece structure or rod
resilient throughout, or as a one piece rod
Y adapted to be partly advanced from the handle to
leasable interengaging means permitting the pro
tatable pulley head releasably operatively carry
free a part of said section which part is resilient
thicker at l8 and thinner at 15; and other 40 and adapted to be angularly de?ected by a pull
changes may be made within the scope of the‘
of the draw string in causing'rotation of said
following claims.
head, the upper end portion of the member be
I claim:
ing unaffected by the resilient de?ection whereby
1. A .toy including a propeller element, a, ro~
the head is freely rotatable at di?eren-t angles.
tatable element therefor, the elements having re
4. A toy having a draw-string operated, r0
peller element to travel away from its companion
ing a propeller coaxially therewith so that the
element when the latter causes rotation of the
propeller is adapted upon rotation to ?y on’ from
propeller element, a draw string element wound
said head, a handle having an axial passage there
around the ‘rotatable element for causing rota
through, a rod of resilient material extending
tion thereof, a handle, a member having a stem
through said passage so as to project from both
portion on which the rotatable element is jour
ends of the handle, one end of the rod constitut
Vnalecl, the member having a resilient elongated
ing a, ?nger piece, a bearing of rigid material for
portion below the stem portion, the handle hav
the head ?xedly secured on the other end of the
ing a part having a longitudinal passage for slid 55 rod, the rod being of such length that it is fric
ably frictionallyreceiving the said resilient por
tionally movable in said passage to move the hear
tion and reenforcing the same, with‘the resilient
ing toward and away from the handle and when
portion being axially movable to different degrees,
the bearing is moved away from the handle the
at will, out of the said part whereby the resilient
adjacent part of the rod is free of the handle for
portion is adapted to be angularly laterally de 60 resilient angular de?ection in respect to a pull
?ected with relation to the handle in response to
ofthe draw string. '
ya pull on the draw string for causing rotation vof
the rotatableelement and travel of the propeller
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