Jan. 14, T947'. F. E. THOMAS 2,414,179 ' WOODPEGKER TOY Filed Feb. 1, 1944 ` , liebe/alor Fig/î E27/¿omas /// /////// Patented Jan. 14, 1947 2,414,179 ‘ UNITED- STATE sPATE NT oFFlcE 2,414,179 WOODPECKER TOEr V ‘y Frank E. Thomas, Chicago, Ill. A Application February l, 1944, Serial No. 520,607 `5 Claims. " (c1. ‘1c-11s) 1 2 This invention appertains to an animated toy, - producing animation in the said iigures, as well as producing a resultant tonal effect. the woodchopper are brought to bear _on the same or are brought in contact with the same, intermittently, as will be seen from the explana tion following in the description. Within this bole 5 is mounted a tube 9 which has a small tooth portion I0 bent ov'er from its One object of my invention is to provide a upper portion in order to act as a stop for the and is especially directed `to a structure com prising a gravity operated‘actuating tape mech anism-which actuates a figure simultaneously gravity operated actuating mechanism, which op counterweight I5 when it is raised, in order to allow its dropping to animate the Figures 6 and 1. At the upper portion a pivot II is mounted in which an idler pulley I2 is secured to operate rotatably, and to support thereon the tape or belting I3 which has its lower end I4 secured to erates in a ñuid lilled cylinder provided with ad justable exhaust means `so as to enable one to vary the rate of drop, or the gravitational veloc ity of the weight mechanism. Another object of my invention is to provide tonal effects in one or morefiigures mounted on ears on the counterweight I5. The belting I3 for a considerable lengththereof, is provided with openings 32 of suñicient dimension in'order‘to react with the toothed extensions 3l and 4U, re the toy. spectively, and cause the saine `to be‘tripped thus a winding44 means for winding the said belt or tape actuating mechanism simultaneously with the said winding action producing animation and ». A e I e Another object `of my invention is to provide actuating on their respective pivots, thefigures extension means on the said ligure which are,4 adapted to be tripped by openings in the said 6 and 'I providing animation and sound elïects as indicated by the dotted lines. "‘ , tape, belting, or conveyer actuating mechanism. The tubing 9 is preferably held in place by pins 33V which are driven into the bole 0f the tree in order to conñne the tubing 9 and prevent 25 motion thereof. The belting I3 is wound about Other objects, features and advantages resi dent in my` invention will become apparent from reference to the accompanying drawing in con nection with the ensuing description, in which ‘an idler roll 26 mounted on pivot 25 and in turn secured or fastened by rivet means 43 to the drum 21 of `the spool-like ß structure 28. The like numerals are used to designate like parts, and in which: . Fig. 1 represents a perspective view of my in vention. Y . Fig. 2 is an enlarged longitudinal cross-sec tion taken on a median line of Figure 1. spool 28 is secured to the axle `‘l2 and rotates At the lower end of the tubing and Within the hole I6 on the top of the casing 4 is mounted a bushing Il, provided with a small ori ñce I8, which connects with an enlarged threaded opening I9, and has a perpendicularly commu 30 therewith. . - Fig. 3 is a transverse cross-sectional view look ing inthe direction 3-3 of Figure 2. , Referring, more particularly, to Figure 1, 5 des `ignates the bole of a` tree which is, preferably, hollow in order t0 permit the mounting of suit able actuating mechanism therein,l 6 represents the figure of a woodpecker, whereas l, gener . ally, designates the figure of a woodchopper, 40 while 4, generally, designates a case on which the tree bole 5 is mounted >and in which suitable nicating lateral oriiice 20. The threaded portion . I9 is adapted to receive a screw 22 having a con ically pointed portion 23 to permit adjustment to various positions, being held in adjustment by virtue of the lock nut 2 I . The opening Zlin the case 4, provides acces sibility‘to the adjustment of the lock nut 2| and the screw 22. The conical portion 23 is: adapted to be adjustedso as to restrict `or enlarge the auxiliary mechanism is mounted in order to communicating oriñces I8 and 20, respectively, translate `the motion of the handle element 29 to produce actuation, as will be ,elucidated herein 45 so as to permit the air in the tube Sto be ex after in the description. ` Referring, to Figures 2 and 3,'it will be noted pelled by the descending weight I5 either more rapidly or more slowly. The said valve mech anism providing a controlling action to the gravi.. that the bole of the tree 5 is hollow, and is pro tational elîect of the weight I5 in its descent. vided with an opening 8, and an enlarged section near its base designated 4I in order that it may 50 The ligure 'I of the woodchopper is mounted on a bell crank lever having an extension 38, and a look like a natural tree and also to furnish space :bent extension 39 being articulately pivoted at in which to assemble the added mechanism nec.. 36, the tooth 4U being adapted to oscillate when essary. The tree bole is, preferably, made up of tripped by the holes 32 in the conveyer I3, and a highly resonant material so as to produce sound when the beak of the Woodpecker and the ax of 55 thus pendulate within the conñnement of the 2,414,179 4 3 solid and dotted lines indicated, thus actuating ing, a hollow resonant element, at least one iig ure pivotally mounted on the said hollow resonant element and provided with toothed trip means, counterweighted tape means provided with slot ted engaging means adapted to trip intermit tently the said toothed trip means, causing a portion of the said ligure to strike the said hol low resonant element, and fluid resistance means the ax 35 to the full and dotted lines, whence it will produce a resounding and harmonious eiîect when contacting the portion 4| of the bole 5. In like manner, the tooth 3| which is integrally mounted on the ligure 6 and which in turn is pivoted at the point 30 will cause the beak 34 of the figure 6 to contact the resonant bole of the tree 5„and thus` cause an additional sounding associated with the .said >rcounterweighted tape eiîect. The arrangement may :be so positioned 10 means adapted- to varyrthe descent Ófßthe coun that the action of the beak 34 and the ax 35 will terweighted element. be intermittent or will occur simultaneously. V 3. A toy of the character described compris It will be noted, that I provide a clearance 31 ing, a hollow resonant element, at least one iig in the top of the case 4 and a clearance 'opening ure pivotally mounted on the said hollow resonant 44 in the bole 5 in order to provide ample clear 15 element and provided with toothed trip means, ance for the movement of the iiguresî ‘and '1 Ycounteriiìeighted tape means provided with slot when animation occurs. f ted' engaging means adapted to trip intermittent The operation of the toy is rather simple, The ly the said toothed trip means, causing a portion handle of the toy 29 is- grasped in the hand and of the said iigure to strike the said hollow reso as seen in Figure 1, is rotated counter-clockwise 20 nant element, and adjustable ifluid resistance '1(as‘viewed in Figures‘l ¿and 2) in order to cause ¿thevveight l5 to rise tothe top »untillt contacts means associated withïthefsa'id »counterïweiglited tape means adapted 'to` vary the.~ descent ofthe "the -stop tooth l I) within the tube Yil. In doi-ng so, counterwe'ightedelement. .the conveyer belt I3 _is wound upon the-drum ’ 'Y 4. A `toy of the »character described 'compris ¿i2-Tof the spool'28, «and at the same time the 25 ing, a hollow base element, -'a"hollow»resonant openings 32 _cause the animation of the iigures element mounted `on the said 'base element; at ' tend 1 with their resultant tonal effects. when the weight is has reached the ton-the handle 2s ` least one'ñgure pivotally'mountedon the said resonant element and provided withtoothed 'trip "is released and the weight allowed to'drop; »its means, counterweighted tape means provided with gradual descent according to the ï'adjustment of» 30 slotted engaging’means -adapted to trip inter lthejoriñces >I8 and 2U respectively, thus’causes mittently the said toothed trip means during additional animation'and tonal effects toY be pro duce-d ¿by the ñgures until the-weight reaches the _downward movement ¿of the` tape, causing a'ïpor tien of the seid _ngure to strike the saidi‘he'llow top of" the bushing `I'l whence- the same cycle of y resonant element, adjustable ¿fluid vresistance operation may be repeated. Thefoperation of my 35 means associated with the said counterweighted toyr is _believed to furnish great Yamusement and tape means adapted-'to `varythe Vdescent of the -counterweighted element, vdrum means rotatably r¿pleasure/to youngsters, providing the »animation and ‘sound effects `hereinbeforey expounded. ` Altho `I have herein> disclosed Üa structure for providing animation-to two ñgures,V itis ¿under stood that more than --two ñgures may be utilized, lif’ it should be «so'desiredg Aand if mounted ïin the `pat-h of travel ‘of the actuating-beltingor member - i3, Yanimation to many other figures may be sup plied; _inasmuch as> my herein disclosure is sus-4 ‘cept'i-ble of _many Vmodiiìcations, alterations 4and >‘improv'ementsQI hereby reserve the'l-right to all l'such modiñcations, alterations'and improvements "which come within the scope Iand spirit fof my invention, within the'disclosure i-n--the accompany 'ing drawing, aswell as -within the purview Aof «the ' foregoing Adescriptionf'my invention to beïliniited ~lonly by the subjoined claims. Having thus disclosed Aand revealed my inven mounted in the said hollow base elementl >and se cured-to the free end ofthe said -counterweig-hted tape means, >andmotivating means associated with the said 7drum Lmeans. 5. A toy of the V«cl'iaracter described-compris ing, a vhollow *base element, ahollow'resonant element mounted “on vt-he saidbase element, at least »one ligure lpivotally-mounted»onïtheA said resonant velement Varid-provided, withï toothedïtrip means, counterweighted »tape means providedïwith slotted engaging means adapted ïto tripfinter rvmittently Athe 'said toothed `trip ~`means -`‘during 50 downward movement of theV tape, causing-a `por tion -of «the said> ñgure- tol'strikeï the vsaidiîhollow resonant element, Vîadiustable -fluld Yresistance meansv associated 'fwithïlthe- said counterwei'ghted tape means adaptedto vary'the -descentïòf the tion what-'I claim as nove1 and desire tol secure » ‘ counterweighïted element, drum ïmeans 'rotatably A“by Letters Patent is: "1.'A toy of the character Vdescribed compris mountedA in the -said ‘hollow base elementfand secured to the free endof-the ‘said’ counterweight -`ing, a hollow resonant element, at least one fig ed tape means, motivatingmeans associated with ure pivotally mounted on the said hollow resonant the said drum >meansïi'afnd a second 'l?igure ?piv element and provided with toothed trip means, 60 otally mounted on »said base element -?andf¿pro- and count‘erweighted `tape means provided vwith slotted engaging means adapted to trip intermit ï-te'ntly the said toothed trip means, causing a por tion >of the said-ligure to strike the-said -hollow vresonant element. V2. Aïto'y ‘of the -character'descrlbed compris vided with toothed’ trip means adapted tobe -in -termitte'ntly Ios'cillated vbythe “slotted »engaging means ‘of the _said counterweigfhted tape"means, causing a portion »ofïthe‘ saidïsécondaiigureito ` strike- the said hollow»resonant'element » FRANK THOMAS.