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‘United States Patent 0 ice
3,094,808
Patented June 25, 1963
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forming a cavity 16 with the base 8. At the free end of
the wall section =10‘ and integral therewith on the exterior
side thereof is formed a circumferential locking ring 12
with a beveled face 14 which extends downwardly toward
the base 8 and away from the cavity 16 formed ‘by the
base 8 and wall 10.. Formed integrally with the base sec
tion 8 and extending in the same direction as the wall 10
are a plurality of circumferentially spaced lugs, two of
3,094,808
MUSICAL TOY
John P. Medlock, Rte. 2, Taylors, S.C.
Filed July 12, 1961, Ser. No. 123,567
3 Claims. (Cl. 46-175)
The present invention relates to a musical toy for chil
dren and more particularly to a new and novel toy which
is attached to the foot of a child and emits musical sounds
which are indicated at 18 and 20 for a purpose more fully
by means of air passing over a musical reed as the child 10 described hereafter.
walks or dances with the toy attached to his foot.
The upper can-like section -6 comprises a base section
‘In prior construction of noise making or musical toys
22 and a cylindrical wall 24 depending from one side 25
which were designed to be attached to the feet of children,
thereof and forming a cavity "30. -At the free end of the
it has‘ been customary to produce the noise or sound
wall section 24 and on the interior side thereof and inte
by causing two opposing surfaces to be struck together 15 gral therewith is formed a circumferential locking ring
or by causing a metal strip to be snapped from one posi~
26 with a beveled face 28 which extends upwardly toward
tion to another. These prior constructions are disadvan
the base 22 and toward the interior of the cavity 30
tageous in that any noise or sound produced is of a sharp
formed by the base 22 and wall 24. Lug elements such as
piercing nature that is unpleasant to the ear. They are also
32 and 34, similar to the lug elements 18 and 20, are
disadvantageous in that the noise or sound producing 20 formed integrally with the base 22 and extend therefrom
in the same direction as the wall 24. These lug ele
ments are so positioned that they will retain coil spring
they are required to undergo.
52 in proper position within the sections 4 and 6.
According to the present invention it has now been
From the opposite side 27 of the base 22 extend two
found that a- musical sound or noise may be produced 25 ?exible flap portions 36 and 38 of reduced cross-section
that is pleasant to the ear and does not require the im
formed integral with the base 22 and also of plastic. These
position of undue stress and strain upon the elements pro
?ap portions are each provided with at least two eyelets
ducing said musical sounds.
or holes ‘40 to receive shoestrings 40’ or the like for the
It is accordingly a primary object of the present inven
purpose of securing the assembled musical can 2 to the
tion to provide a foot attached toy which produces plea 30 foot of the child using the same. To aid in the secure.
sant musical sounds as the wearer moves or dances about.
ment and safety of the device in use, the upper surface 27
It is another object of the present invention to provide
of the base 22 is provided with serrations or grooves 42
elements thereof are subjected to extreme degrees of wear
and are thus of short life due to the stress and strain which
a toy that is attractive in appearance and whose parts
are all made of plastic except for one metal spring and
whose parts are not subjected to undue stress and strain
in-operation.
to provide a non-slip surface for the wearer of the musical
can.
In the upper right-hand corner of section 6 is a housing
33. At approximately the center of the housing 33 is an
aperture 44 in which is secured the end of a musical reed
46 of a common type employed in whistles and the
like. Adjacent the free end of the reed is an ‘aperture 50
through the wall 24 and of larger size than the aperture
44. The aperture 50 constitutes the only substantial pas_
'
It is yet another object of the present invention to pro
vide a toy which is composed of simple parts which are
not subject to destructive forces during the operation of
the toy.
\It is still another object of the present invention to pro
vide a foot attached toy with means thereon to prevent
slipping of a child’s foot during use of the toy.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a toy
composed of elements easily manufactured and fabricated
and which are simple to assemble so as to provide an in
expensive and attractive toy for children.
‘It is still another object of the invention to provide a
simple and inexpensive toy of few moving parts which
sage for air from within the musical can 2 to the atmos
phere when the can 2‘ is in its assembled posit-ion. The
housing 33 forms an air chamber 48 about the reed 46
45 on the interior of the upper section 6 so that the air
which passes from the interior of the can 2 in its assem
bled position through the aperture 50 must ?rst pass
‘ through the smaller aperture 44 and over the free end
of the musical reed 46.
When the upper can section 6 in its assembled position
with lower can section 4. as shown in FIGURE 1, the lock
the toy itself.
ing ring 26 of the upper section has passed over the lock
These and further objects and advantages of the inven
ing ring .12 of the lower section and has engaged the
tion Will become more apparent upon reference to the
following speci?cation, claims and ‘appended drawings 55 wall 10 of the lower section 4. The beveled surfaces 14
and 28 of the locking rings 12. and 26, together with the
wherein:
inherent resiliency of the walls 10 and 24, facilitate the
FIGURE. 1 is a vertical sectional View of one of the
assembly of the two sections 4 and 6.
new and novel toys taken on line 1-1 o-f'FIGURE‘ 2;
Iuterposed between and in contact with the opposing
FIGURE 2 is a plan view of the toy of FIGURE 1;
surfaces of the base sections 8 and 22 is a metal com
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the toy of FIGURES
60 pression spring 52. The spring 52 is held in place between
1 and 2; and
the previously mentioned lug elements. 18 and 20 of the
FIGURE 4 is an elevational view in section along line
lower section 4 and lug elements 32 and 34 of the upper
4—4 of FIGURE 1 with parts broken away.
section 6. The spring 52, in assembled position, exerts
The embodiment of the invention as shown in the at
a constant force which tends to keep the upper section 6
tached drawings comprises a musical can '2 of generally 65
and the lower section 4 separated. The extent of the
cylindrical shape. The can 2 is made up of two hard
separation is limited by the interengaigement of the two
will provide many hours of pleasure and enjoyment to the
user without suffering any appreciable wear and tear to 50
plastic, generally cylindrical, open-ended, can-like sec
tions 4 and 6, the upper section 6 being slightly larger
locking rings 12 and 26.
It will thus be readily apparent that, as a child walks
than the lower section 4 and ?tting thereover in a sliding
or dances about with one of the musical cans attached
relationship to form an airtight cavity or compartment. 70 to his foot, he will overcome the force exerted by the
The lower can-like section 4 comprises a base section 8
spring 52 and cause the wall 24 of the upper section 6 to
and a cylindrical wall section 10 extending therefrom and
slide down the wall 10 of the lower section 8, thus forcing
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air out of the interior of the musical can 2 through the
aperture 44, over the musical reed 46 and out through
aperture 50. It is this forced air, as it passes over the
musical reed v46, which produces the musical sounds.
With practice, a child can learn to produce musical tunes
with one of these new and novel musical cans. The only
upper section telescopically receiving said open upper end
of said lower section; locking means for limiting the out
ward movement of said telescoping sections; ?rst lug
means formed on the inner surface of said closed lower
end of said lower section; second lug means formed
on the inner surface of said closed upper end of said
upper section; spring means positioned within said tele
contact made between the parts making up the body of
scoping sections and having its ends respectively engaging
the can is the sliding relationship between the walls 10
said ?rst and second lug means for resiliently urging apart
and 24 of the sections 4 and 6, respectively, and the
interlock contact made between the locking rings 12 and 10 said telescoping sections; a shoelace; a pair of ?aps se
cured to said upper section and each including spaced
26.
eyelets for threadably receiving said shoelace so that said
If ‘desired, the toy can be formed of other material such
musical toy may be releasably attached to the user’s foot;
as metal or wood and ?aps 36 and 38 may be made of
an aperture formed in said upper section; a vibratory tone
fabric or other suitable ?exible material.
generating reed mounted adjacent to the inner surface of
It will be apparent from the foregoing that a new and
said upper section and being positioned in front of said
novel toy made up of simple, inexpensive and easily as
aperture so that when a compression force is applied to
sembled parts, made entirely of plastic except for the
said telescoping sections air is forced through said aper
metal spring, and which is not subject to undue or un
ture causing said reed to vibrate so as to generate an
necessary stress and strain in use and which provides
musical sounds during its use has been provided by the 20 audible tone.
3. A musical toy for producing audible tones as the
present invention.
user moves about with the toy attached to his foot, com
The invention may be embodied in other speci?c forms
prising: a lower cylinder having an open upper end and
without departing from the spirit or essential characteris
a closed lower end; an upper cylinder having an open
tics thereof. The present embodiment is therefore to be
considered in all respects as illustrative and not restric 25 lower end and a closed upper end; said open lower end
tive, the scope of the invention being indicated by the
appended claims rather than by the foregoing descrip
of said upper cylinder telescopically receiving said open
upper end of said lower cylinder; said open lower end of
said upper cylinder having a first‘ circumferential lock
ing ring formed thereon; said open upper end of said
tion and all changes which come within the meaning and
range of equivalency of the claims are therefore intended
30 lower cylinder having a second circumferential locking
to be embraced therein.
ring ‘formed thereon; said first locking ring extending un
What is claimed and desired to be secured by United
der said second locking ring and engaging the outer sur
States Letters Patent is:
face of said lower cylinder and said second locking ring
l. A musical toy for attachment to the foot of the
extending over said ?rst locking ring and engaging the
user comprising a lower cylinder having an open upper
inner surface of said upper cylinder; said ?rst and second
end, an upper cylinder having an open lower end telescopi 35 ‘locking rings limiting the outward movement of said
cally received over said open end of said lower cylinder,
telescoping cylinders; ?rst lug means formed on the inner
a pair of engaging locking rings respectively formed on
surface of said closed lower end of said lower cylinder;
said cylinders for limiting the outward telescoping move
second lug means formed on the inner surface of said
ment thereof, a coiled compression spring resiliently urg 40 closed upper end of said upper cylinder; a coiled com
ing apart said cylinders, a pair of flexible ?aps secured
pression spring positioned within said telescoping cylin
to the upper edges of said upper cylinder, said upper
ders and having its ends respectively engaging said ?rst
cylinder including a roughened top surface, said ?aps
and second lug means for resiliently urging apart said
including spaced eyelets for receiving a shoelace so that
telescoping cylinders; a pair of ?aps secured to the outer
said musical toy may be releasably connected to the 45 surface of said upper cylinder and each including spaced
user’s foot, an aperture formed in said upper cylinder said
eyelets; a shoelace threadably engaging said spaced eye
aperture forming the only substantial ‘air passage between
lets of each of said ?aps for releasably attaching said
the interior and the exterior of said cylinders, a housing
musical toy to the user’s foot; an aperture formed in
in said upper cylinder adjacent said aperture, said hous
said upper cylinder; a vibratory tone generating reed
ing de?ning a chamber communicating with said aperture, 50 mounted ‘adjacent to the inner surface of: said upper cylin—
‘an air passage connecting the interior of said cylinders
der and being positioned in front of said aperture so
with said chamber, and a vibratory tone generating reed
that when a compression force is applied to said tele
mounted in said chamber and positioned in front of said
scoping cylinders air is forced through said aperture caus
aperture so that when a compression force is applied to
ing said reed to vibrate so as to generate an audible tone.
said cylinders air is driven from said cylinders through 55
said aperture by way of said reed so yas to generate an
audible tone.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
.
2. A musical toy for producing audible tones as the user
moves about with the toy attached to his foot, comprising:
UNITED STATES PATENTS
a ‘lower section having van open upper end and a closed ‘
1,769,251
Bocchino ______________ __ July 1, 1930
lower end; an upper section having an open lower end
and a closed upper end; said open lower end of said
2,504,541 _
Lawson ______________ __ Apr. 18, 1950
2,551,680
Kipling _______________ __ May 8, 1951
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