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United States Patent 0‘ 1C@
3,034,786
Patented May 15, 1962
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is held by the rivet with a running ?t clearance so that
the member 13 is rotatable thereabout. The lower sur
face of the plate and the upper surface of the gear 15
are journal surfaces for the toy in use. It will be ob
served that the top head 17 of the rivet 16 is recessed
below the top surface of the plate 13‘ in order that the
toy may be used with either plate 13 or plate 14 upper
3,034,786
ACTION TOY
George D. Eddy, 2505 N. Pine St., South San Gabriel,
Calif., assignor of one-tenth to Orville R. Seidner,
Alhambra, Calif.
Filed Nov. 2, 1959, Ser. No. 850,241
4 Claims. (Cl. 272-57)
most.
This invention relates to toys in general, and is more
The embodiment shown discloses a noisemaker element
particularly concerned with an action toy of the type 10 18 disposed to cooperate with the teeth of the gear 15,
adapted to a further feature of a manifestation capable
and comprised of a leaf spring 19 having one end dis
of being sensed, as for example, a noise, when the toy
posed intermediate two adjacent teeth of the gear and
is put to use.
the other end secured by means of a rivet 20 to the
Since the disappearance from the childhood scene of
the Independence Day “red devils,” children have not
bracket 21. Fastening means comprising rivets 22 serve
to secure the bracket 21 to the lower face of the plate
13. In order to prevent rotation of the gear 15‘ relative
to the plate 14, the latter is provided with a small re
cess into which the small extension 23, on one face of
had at their disposal a toy or other means capable of
emitting a snapping or crackling noise when placed be
tween the foot and a sidewalk, for example, and there
after supporting the child for a pirouette or whirling
activity.
That is, there was no such toy until the advent of
the present invention, which is particularly adapted to
satisfy the craving urge of a child to whirl about or
pirouette on one foot, the toy simultaneously emitting a
snapping noise with perfect safety.
the gear 15, is snugly received.
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-It is now seen that as the plate 13 is rotated about
the axis of the rivet 16, relative to the plate 14, the end
of the spring 1% adjacent the teeth of the gear will follow
‘from tooth to tooth of the gear, and when the spring
end leaves one tooth it will snap over to the next follow
25 ing tooth. When the plates are rotated rapidly, relative
It is an object to provide an action toy adapted to
to each other, the sound is loud and crackling, hence very
provide a whirling or pirouette activity. It is a further
satisfying to children.
object in such a toy to provide a sensible manifestation
The device is also educational and developmental in
perceptible to one of the ?ve senses when the toy is put
that it may be employed to help develop the sense of
to use. It is a particular object to provide the mani 30 balance. To this end, the device may be utilized with
festation by way of a snapping noise.
like devices, as illustrated by the devices 10, 11, and
It is a general object to provide a toy comprised of
12 of FIG. 1. One such way in which this is done is
a pair of generally parallely disposed ?at plates, spaced
apart by pedestal means, and including an interrupted
as follows.
Two, three, or more of the devices are placed on the
surface de?ned by the pedestal, and further including a 35 ?oor, for example, spaced a short step apart. The child
flat resilient spring ‘fastened to one of the plates which
then steps on device 10 with the right foot, whirls part
is rotatable about an axis with respect to the other plate,
whereby the free end of the spring will clack against the
interrupted surface with a recurring snap when one plate
is rotated about the axis relative to the other plate.
It is a further object to provide such a toy which may
be advantageously adapted to a game of skill, particu
larly when the toys are used in multiple as will be de
scribed below in greater detail.
way around in a clockwise direction and then steps with
the left foot on device 11, whirls completely around in
a counterclockwise direction and then steps on device 10
with the right foot, whirls around in a clockwise direc
tion and then steps on device 12 with the left foot, after
which he whirls around in a counterclockwise direc
tion and then returns his right foot to device lit-all
of the action being continuous. With practice, an adept
Other and further objects will be immediately apparent 45 child can continue the action for quite a while.
to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the de
scription below when taken in connection with the draw
ing wherein an embodiment of the invention is shown.
The device is also adaptable to a party game, for ex
ample, in which the object is to see who can make the
most complete whirling turns without letting the other
FIG. 1 is a representation of the invention in use;
foot touch the floor.
FIG. 2 is an elevation view, partly in section, of the 60
It is now apparent that only a single embodiment of
invention;
the device has been disclosed but that a number of vari
FIG. 3 is a view taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 2; and
ations of structure are possible and readily apparent to
FIG. 4 is a view taken in the direction of the arrow 4
those skilled in the art. It is intended that the following
of FIG. 2.
claims will cover all such structures as would be fairly
Referring to FIG. 1, it is seen that a boy is represented 55 obvious.
as whirling around with the ball of his right foot resting
on the toy device 10 which is disposed on a floor, side
walk, or the like. Since the device 10 will be subject to
considerable stresses by the weight of the child using it,
it is evident that it must be sturdily constructed and adapt
ed to take the usual boy-handling punishment.
The embodiment shown was constructed of metal parts.
However, the toy device 10‘ may be constructed entirely
of metal, partly of metal and partly of plastic mate
rials, or of substantially all plastic, as will be apparent
to those skilled in the art.
The device 10 is comprised of two similar plate like
members 13 and 14, preferably of circular con?guration.
A gear 15 serves to holdthe members 13 and 14 in
I claim:
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1. An action toy, comprising: ?rst and second plate
like members; a central support member disposing said
members adjacent each other and providing an axis of
relative rotation of one member with respect to the other,
said members thereby being disposed with the outer sur
faces of said members in substantially parallel planes, the
outer surface of one of said members being arranged to
be faced down on a supporting surface, the outer sur
face ofythe other of said members thereby being faced
up and adapted to support a person, whereby the person
supported on the outer surface of said other of said
members may pirouette about said axis with said one of
said members stationary on said supporting surface; and
spaced apart relationship with a rivet 16 joining the parts 70 ?rst and second elements having respective, engageable
together. As shown in the ?gures, the plate member 13
means comprising a gear and an intermittently-tripped re
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members may pirouette about said axis with said one of
silient means cooperative with each other to provide an
interrupted sensible manifestation upon continued rota
tional movement of one of said elements relative to the
other, one of said elements forming a part of one of said
members and the otherrof said elements forming a part
of the other of said members, said central support mem
?rst and second noiseinaking engageable elements co
operative with each other to provide an interrupted audi
ble manifestation upon continued rotational movement of
one of said elements relative to the other, one of said
ber being disposed radially inwardly of said engageable
elements being de?ned by an interrupted surface associ
said members stationary on said supporting surface; and
ated with a part of one of said members, the other of
said elements including resilient leaf spring means associ
2. An action toy comprising: ?rst and second plate like
members; a central support member disposing said mem— 10 ated with a part of the other of said members, said central
support member being disposed radially inwardly of said
bers adjacent each other and providing an axis for rela
engageable elements.
tive rotation of one member with respect to the other,
’ 4. An action toy comprising: ?rst and second plate like
said members thereby being disposed with the outer sur
means.
faces of said members in substantially parallel planes,
the outer surface of one of said members being arranged
to be faced down on a supporting surface, the outer
surface of the other of said members thereby being faced
up and adapted to support a person, whereby the person
supported on the outer surface of said other of said
members may pirouette about said axis with said one of
said members stationary on said supporting surface; and
?rst and second noisemaking elements having respective,
engageable means comprising a gear and an intermittently
tripped resilient means cooperative with each other to
members; pedestal means disposing said members in
spaced apart relation adjacent each other and providing
an axis for relative rotation of one member with respect
to the other, said members thereby being disposed with
the outer surfaces of said members in substantially par
allel planes, the outer surface of one of said members
being arranged to be faced down on a supporting surface,
the outer surface of the other of said members thereby
being faced up and adapted to support a person, where
by the person supported on the outer surface of said
other of said members may pirouette about said axis
provide an interrupted audible manifestation upon con 25 with said one of said members stationary on said sup
porting surface; and ?rst and second noisemaking ele
tinued rotational movement of one of said elements rela
ments cooperative with each other to provide an audible
tive to the other, one of said elements forming a part
manifestation upon movement of one of said elements
of one of said members and the other of said elements
relative to the other, one of said elements being de?ned
forming a part of the other of said members, said central
support member being disposed radially inwardly of said 30 by an interrupted surface on said pedestal means, the
other of said elements including spring means having one
engageable means.
3. An action toy comprising: ?rst and second plate
like members; a central support member disposing said
members adjacent each other and providing an axis for
relative rotation of one member with respect to the
other, said members thereby being disposed with the outer
surfaces of said members in substantially parallel planes,
the outer surface of one of said members being arranged
to be faced down on a supporting surface, the outer
surface of the other of said members thereby being faced
up and adapted to support a person, whereby the person
supported on the outer surface of said other of said
end thereof cooperative with said interrupted surface and
the other end secured to one of said members, said
pedestal means being secured against rotation relative to
the other of said members.
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