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June 18, 1963
N. A. GREENE
3,093,925
BUBBLE MAKING TOY
Filed Feb. 6, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
ATTOP/VEKF
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June 18, 1963
N. A. GREENE
3,093,925
BUBBLE MAKING TOY
Filed Feb’. 6, 1961
FIG‘. 3
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2 Sheets-Sheet 2
United States Patent Office
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3,393,925
Patented June 18, 1963
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upper end of the stick 14, and which is in ?ow communi
cation with the bellows through the hollow stick for
‘upward movement in response to air compression when
the bellows is squeezed. There is also a ‘well 28 for
bubble solution, this being secured to the upper end of
BUBBLE MAKING TOY
Norman A. Greene, New Rochelle, N.Y.
(101 W. 55th St., New York 19, N.Y.)
Filed Feb. 6, 1961, Ser. No. 87,203
8 Claims. (Cl. 46-—-'8)
the stick. A dip ring 30 is carried ‘by the slide 26, in
This invention relates to toys, and more particularly
this case by a curved arm 32 secured to the upper end
te bubble making toys.
The primary object of the present invention is to
generally improve such toys. A more particular object
of the slide by means of a cap 34. The dip ring is moved
into or out of the well 28, as shown by the change from
FIG. 3 to FIG. 2 of the drawing.
There is also an air hole 49 which is normally closed
is to provide a toy having a head with openable jaws
by the slide 26, as indicated in FIG. 3, but which is
which simulatedly blows bubbles through the open jaws
or mouth.
opened for air discharge when the slide moves all the
A further object of the invention is to provide a toy 15 way up ‘as shown in FIG. 2. At this time the dip ring 30
is raised out of the well 28 to a position in front of the
which includes a long stick-like member which may rest
air discharge hole, so that bubbles are blown from the
on the ?oor, the toy being operated by reaction against
rmg.
the ?oor. The toy then may be used also as a hobby
Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, ‘the lower jaw 24 in this
horse or like device. The toy includes a bellows, and
in accordance with a further ‘feature and object of the 20 case is a ?xed jaw which is rigidly secured to the upper
end of the tubular stick 14, as shown at 42. The upper
invention, the bellows is located at the lower end of the
jaw 22 is pivoted on the lower jaw for movement between
stick, quite remote from the point where bubbles are
a closed position shown in FIG. 3, and a wide open posi
emitted, thereby making the operation of the toy some
tion shown in FIG. 2. This pivoting of the upper jaw
what mystifying and therefore more entertaining.
To accomplish the foregoing general objects, and other 25 takes places about an axis 76 (FIG. 3).
The sides of the lower jaw are extended upwardly at
more speci?c objects which will hereinafter appear, my
74 to provide bearings with holes which register with
invention resides in the toy elements and their relation
holes in the side walls of the upper jaw. Plugs 76 are
one to another as are hereinafter more particularly de
snapped into position on each side of the head to act as
scribed in the following speci?cation. The speci?cation
is accompanied by drawings, in which:
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FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the toy in opera
Ition;
bearing studs or trunnions. Their outer ends may be seen
at ‘76 in FIG. 1, and are made to look like an ornament
on the bridle or harness of the animal.
The handlebar 18 (FIG. 3) is located behind the pivot
‘ FIG. 2 is a partially sectioned elevation, drawn to
larger scale, with the jaws shown in open position;
of the head, and consists of two separate halves or sticks
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary vertical view taken approxi
mately in the plane of the line 5-5 of FIG. 2.
Referring to the drawing, and more particularly to
ceding, or practically simultaneously with, compression
FIG. 3 is a similar view, drawn to still larger scale, 35 projecting outwardly from the sides of the upper jaw.
They may be cemented in mating sockets, or may be
with the jaws shown in closed position;
molded integrally. It will be evident that their downward
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary horizontal section taken ap
movement causes opening of the jaws immediately pre
proximately in the plane of the line 4-4 of FIG. 2; and
of the bellows.
Considering the arrangement in greater detail, the bel
lows 12 may be made of polyethylene or like ?exible .
FIG. 1, the bubble making toy comprises a bellows 12,
plastics material, and may be molded in one piece by the
a tubular stick 14 having its lower end secured to the
blow molding process commonly used for ?exible bottles
upper end of the bellows, and a simulated head 16 is
mounted on the upper end of the tubular stick 14. A 45 or the like. The upper end of the bellows is provided
with a neck 44, and this is received in a collar 46 formed
handlebar 18 is disposed cross-wise of the toy for manip
at the lower end of the stick 14. ‘If desired, a side
ulation of the same. The stick 14 is preferably a long
opening may be provided at v48, and this is ?tted with a
tube or pipe, so that the toy has an overall length of
vibratory sound producing reed of the type used in doll
about three feet, thus making it suitable to be used with
the bellows =12 reacting against the floor. In the present 50 “voices” or “criers.” In such case the toy produces a
sound as it is operated, thus enhancing the pleasure of a
case the head simulates that of a burro or donkey, and
child playing with a toy. The sound may ‘be produced
a child may use the toy as a hobby horse, with the stick
during bubble blowing, that is by downward pressure,
disposed between his legs, and with his hands grasping
there being adequate air to operate the slide and sound
the handlebar 18. When the toy is pressed downward
against the ?oor it emits a stream of bubbles, as indi~ 65 producing device, and to blow the desired stream of bub
cated at 20.
bles. However the sound producing reed may be so
directed as to ‘function during expansion rather than
contraction of the bellows, in which case the sound is
The compression of the bellows is shown in FIG. 2 by
the change from the broken line position 12' to the solid
line position 12. The bottom of the bellows preferably
produced between the bubble blowing operations.
as shown by the change [from FIG. 3 to FIG 2. The
Referring now to FIG. 3 of the drawing, the lower
jaw 24 is molded integrally with a tubular socket portion
42, previously referred to. This is stepped at 50 to
limit the insertion of the tube 14. A ?xed collar 52
slidably receives the slide 26, and the latter is held against
bubble making mechanism is preferably disposed inside
65 rotation, as by means of a guide key 56 formed on the
the head, and is operated at the same time that the jaws
slide and received in a mating groove in the collar 52.
The latter is secured in the upper end of the socket 42.
The parts 14, 42, and 52 all may be permanently secured
together by use of an appropriate solvent or cement.
The parts may be made of a suitable plastics molding
material.
The collar 52 serves to limit the upward movement of
has a downward projection or foot 15.
The head 16 preferably comprises pivoted upper and
lower jaws 22 and 24. The toy is so arranged that when
the handlebar is pressed downward the jaws open widely,
are opened, so that the stream of bubbles appears to come
from the open mouth of the head.
‘Considering the arrangement in greater detail, and
referring next to FIG. 3 of the drawing, the toy com~
prises a piston-like slide 26 which is slidable in the
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the slide 26, the latter having an enlargement or ?ange
58 at its lower end. In assembling the toy the slide is
passed upward through the collar 52, following which.
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movement when the bellows is squeezed, means serving
to open the jaws when the stick is pushed downward and
the bellows is squeezed by said downward movement of
the stick, a well for bubble solution secured inside the
head, a dip ring carried by the slide for movement into
the cap 34 of the dip ring 30‘ is secured to the upper end
of the slide. Here again the key 56 serves to properly
or out of the well, a constricted air discharge hole in the
orient the dip ring, to insure that it will remain in align
upper end of the stick inside the head and normally
ment with the well 28 and the air discharge hole 40‘. The
closed by the slide but opened for air discharge when the
latter passes through the collar v52, and is located some
slide moves upward, at which time the dip‘ ring is raised
what below the position of the lower end of the slide
out of the well to a position in front of the air discharge
when the slide is in its upper position, as shown in FIG. 2. 10 hole thereby emitting a stream of bubbles through the
The well 28 may be and preferably is molded integrally
space between the open jaws.
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with a collar 60‘ which is received about the upper end of
2. A bubble making toy intended for operation by a
the socket 42. It is also molded integrally with a con
child in erect position, said toy comprising a bellows in
cave surface or top wall ‘62 and an edge wall 64 which
tended ‘for contact with the floor, a long tubular stick
simulate the tongue and teeth respectively of the lower
having its lower end secured to the upper end of the
jaw 24. The well 28 may be enlarged near the top as
bellows, a simulated animal head having pivoted upper
shown at 66, and may be ?tted with a cover 68 having
and lower jaws, said head being secured to» the upper
an elliptical opening 76 which is large enough to ‘freely
end of the tubular stick, a slide disposed slidably in the
receive the dip ring 30; as is best shown in ‘FIG. 4.
upper end of the stick within the head and in communi
The upper portion of the head overlaps the lower 20 cation with the bellows through the stick for upward
portion as shown in 'FIG. 3, and there is adequate clear
movement when the bellows is squeezed against the ?oor
ance at the back to afford the opening movement shown
by means of the stick, means serving to open the jaws
in FIG. 2, at which time the rear portions of the head are
when the stick is pushed downward and the bellows is
greatly overlapped. The head may be provided with
squeezed by said downward movement of the stick, a
simulated eyes and ears, and the latter may be made of
well for bubble solution secured inside the head, a dip
a relatively soft or limp material, as shown, so that they
ring carried by the slide for movement into or out of
tend to ?y about as the jaws are opened and closed.
the well, a constricted air discharge hole in the upper
In the present toy the sole operative connection be
end of the stick inside the head and normally closed
tween the bellows and the dip ring is provided by air 30 by the slide but opened for air discharge when the slide
compressed by the bellows. This raises the slide 26
moves upward, at which time the dip ring is raised out
which in turn raises the dip ring, following which a
of the well to a position in vfront of the air (discharge hole
continued supply of air is blown through the then ex
thereby emitting a stream of bubbles through the space
posed air discharge hole 40 toward and through the dip
between the open jaws, and the aforesaid means includ
ring 30.
The latter is coated with bubble solution be 35 ing a handlebar disposed crosswise ‘of the toy at the
The upper
head vfor manipulation of the toy.
jaw is opened by the direct downward movement of the
3. A bubble making toy comprising a bellows, a tu
handlebar 18.
bular stick having its lower end secured to the upper end
However, it will be evident that many changes may be
of the bellows, a simulated head having pivoted upper
made. ‘For example, the handlebar 18 could be secured 40 and lower jaws, said head being secured to the upper end
to the lower jar, or directly to the stick 14, so that it
of the tubular stick, a piston-like slide disposed slidably
serves solely to compress the bellows. In such case a
in the upper end of the stick within the head and in flow
link or other connection between the upper end of the
communication with the bellows through the stick for
slide and the upper jaw would serve to raise the upper
cause of its previous immersion in the well.
movement by air compressed when the bellows
jaw, such link extending to a point forward of the pivot 45 upward
is
squeezed,
meansserving to open the jaws when the
76. Alternatively, the pivot 76 could be moved back
stick is pushed downward and the bellows is squeezed by
to a position behind the slide, say at the present loca
said downward movement of the stick, a well for bubble
tion of the handle 18, in which case the upper end of
solution secured inside the head, a dip ring carried by
the slide could be connected directly to the upper jaw,
as by means of a horizontal cross pin to the sides of 50 the slide for movement into or out of the well, a con
stricted air ‘discharge hole in the upper end of the stick
the upper jaw, or a vertical link to the top of the upper
jaw.
If desired a thin strut or link may extend from the
bottom of the bellows through the tube 14 to the slide,
in which case the raising of the upper jaw or/ and the
dip ring will be performed mechanically. However, the
supply of air caused by the compression of the bellows
will serve to blow the bubbles, and incidentally to operate
inside the head and normally closed by the slide but
opened vfor air discharge when the slide moves upward,
at which time the dip ring is raised out of the well to a
position in front of the air discharge hole thereby emit
ting a stream of bubbles through the space between the
open jaws.
4. A bubble making toy intended for operation by a
child in erect position, said toy comprising a bellows in
It is believed that the construction and methodv of 60 tended for contact with the ?oor, a long tubular stick
having its lower end securedto the upper end of the
operation of my improved bubble making toy, as well as
bellows, a simulated animal head having pivoted upper
the advantages thereof, will be apparent from the fore
and lower jaws, said head being secured to the upper
going detailed description. ‘It will also be understood
end of the tubular stick, a piston-like slide disposed slida;
that'while I have shown and described the invention in a
preferred form, changes may be made in the structure 65 bly in the upper end of the stick within the head and
in ?ow communication with the bellows through the stick
shown without departing from the scope of the invention,
for upward movement by air compressed when the bel
as sought to be de?ned in the following claims.
lows is squeezed against the ?oor by means of the stick,
I claim: ’
’
means serving to open the jaws when the stick is pushed
‘1. A bubble ‘making toy comprising a bellows, a tubu
llar stick having its lower end secured to the upper end 70 downward and the bellows is squeezed by said down
ward movement ‘of the stick, a well for bubble solution
of the bellows, a simulated head having pivoted upper
secured
inside the head, a dip ring carried by the slide
and lower jaws, said head being secured to the upper
for movement into or out of the well, a constricted air
end of the tubular stick, a slide disposed slidably in the
discharge hole in the upper end of the stick inside the
' upper end of the stick within the bead and in communica
head
and normally closed by the slide but opened for
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tion with the , bellows through the stick for upward
the sound-producing reed.
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air discharge when ‘the slide moves upward, at which time
the dip ring is raised out of the well to a position in
front of the air discharge hole thereby emitting a stream
of bubbles through the space between the open jaws, and
the aforesaid means including a handlebar disposed cross~
6
7. A bubble making ttoy comprising a bellows, a tu
bular stick having its lower end secured to the upper end
of the bellows, a simulated head having a ?xed lower
jaw secured to the upper end of the tubular stick and
having an upper jaw pivoted on the lower jaw ‘for move
ment between a. closed position and an open position,
wise of the toy at the head for manipulation of the toy.
5. A bubble making toy comprising a bellows, a tu
a slide disposed slidably in flow communication with the
bular stick having its lower end secured to the upper end
bellows
through the stick for upward movement by air
‘of the bellows, a simulated head having a ?xed lower
compressed
when the bellows is squeezed, a handlebar
jaw secured to the upper end of the tubular stick and 10
disposed crosswise of the upper jaw at a point behind
having an upper jaw pivoted on the lower jaw for move
the pivot of the upper jaw to open the jaws and to
ment between a closed position and an open position,
compress
the bellows, a well for bubble solution, a dip
a. piston-like slide disposed slidably in the upper end of
ring carried by the slide for movement into or out of
the stick within the head and in communication with
the bellows through the stick 1for upward movement when 15 the well, a constricted air discharge hole in the upper
end of the stick inside the head and normally closed by
the bellows is squeezed, means to open the upper jaw
the slide but opened for air discharge when the slide
when the stick is pushed downward and the bellows is
moves upward, at which time the dip ring is ‘raised out
compressed by said downward movement of the stick, a
of
the well to a position in front of the air discharge
well for bubble solution secured inside the lower jaw,
thereby emitting a stream of bubbles through the
a dip ring carried by the slide for movement into or out 20 hole
space between the open jaws.
of the well, a constricted air discharge hole in the up
8. A ‘bubble making toy intended ‘for operation by a
per end of the stick inside the head and normally closed
child in erect position, said toy comprising a bellows in~
by the slide but opened for air discharge when the slide
tended for contact with the floor, a long tubular stick
moves upward, at which time the dip ring is raised out
having
its lower end secured to the upper end of the
of the well to a position in front of [the air discharge
bellows, a simulated animal head having a ?xed lower
hole thereby emitting a stream of bubbles through the
jaw secured to the upper end of the tubular stick and
space between the open jaws.
having an upper jaw pivoted on the lower jaw for move
6. A bubble making toy intended vfor operation by a
ment between a closed position and an open position,
child in erect position, said toy comprising a bellows in
tended for contact with the floor, a long tubular stick 30 a slide disposed slidably in the upper end of the stick
within the head and in ?ow communication with the
having its lower end secured to the upper end of the
bellows through the stick for upward movement by air
bellows, a simulated animal head having a ?xed lower
compressed when the bellows is squeezed against the
jaw secured to the upper end of the tubular stick and
floor
by means of the stick, a handlebar disposed cross
having an upper jaw pivoted on the lower jaw for move
ment between a closed position and an open position, 35 wise of the upper jaw at a point behind the pivot of
the upper jaw to open the jaws and to compress the
a piston-like slide disposed slidably in the upper end of
bellows, a well ‘for bubble solution secured inside the
the stick within the head and in communication with
lower jaw, a dip ring carried by the slide for movement
the bellows through the stick for upward movement when
into or out of ‘the well, a constricted air discharge hole
the bellows is squeezed against the ?oor by means of
in the upper end of the stick inside the head and nor
40
the stick, means to open the upper jaw when the stick
mally closed by the slide but ‘opened for air discharge
is pushed downward and the bellows is ‘compressed by
when the slide moves upward, at which time the dip ring
said downward movement of the stick, a well ‘for bubble
is raised out of the well to a position in front or" the
solution secured inside the lower jaw, a dip ring carried
air ‘discharge hole thereby emitting a stream of bubbles
by the slide for movement into for out of the well, a 45 through
the space between the ‘open jaws.
constricted air discharge hole in the upper end of the
stick inside the head and normally closed by the slide
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
but opened for air discharge when the slide moves up
ward, at which time the ‘dip ring is raised out of the
UNITED STATES PATENTS
well to a position in vfront of the air discharge hole
2,853,829
Greene ______________ __ Sept. 30, 1958
thereby emitting a stream of bubbles through the space
2,916,849
Lemelson ____________ __ Dec. 15, 1959
between the open jaws, and the aforesaid means includ
FOREIGN PATENTS
ing a handlebar disposed crosswise of the toy at the
head ‘for manipulation of the toy.
132,950
Great Britain __________ __ Oct. 2, 19119
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