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US2404477A
US2404477A US579245A US57924545A US2404477A US 2404477 A US2404477 A US 2404477A US 579245 A US579245 A US 579245A US 57924545 A US57924545 A US 57924545A US 2404477 A US2404477 A US 2404477A
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July 23, 1946.

R. P. ELLIS TOY Filed Feb. 22, 1945 INVENTOR.

Patented July 23,1946

UNITED STATES PATENT "ornca' TOY Robert P. Ellis, York, Pa. Application February 22, 1945, serial No. 579,245

2 Claims. 1

Other and further objects will appear in the specification and be specifically pointed out in" the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing exemplifying the invention, and in which:

Fig. 1 is a vertical cross sectional view of one form of the toy, in this case simulating a chicken.

Fig. 2 is a similar view as Fig. 1 but showing the toy in depressed condition.

Referring to the drawing in which like numerals and characters of reference refer to similar parts throughout the several views, the numeral 5, in Figs. 1 and 2, denotes a flexible and resilient cup of rubber or similar material and of any desired shape such as a chicken in this illustration. To the bottom of the cup on the inside thereof is secured a spring 6 by means of the glued tape 1 as' will be readily understood. The spring 5 may have a loop 8 for greater resiliency and to more closely resemble a chickens leg, and a foot 9 which, with the toe l welded thereto, will enable the chicken to stand upright when the rubber cup is inverted and placed upon a table I I or other similar smooth surface. A very small hole I2 is preferably placed at the eye of the chicken although this hole l2 may be conveniently placed anywhere else in the cup 5 with satisfactory results. The hole l2 may constitute the usual hole of a circular air whistle [3 which is frictionally set in the rubber wall 5.

The operation of the toy is as follows; the child grasps the chicken in the hand and merely presses it downward onto the smooth table top H, the spring legs 6 being compressed upward within the cup as illustrated in Fig. 2 and the annular rim M of the cup touching the smooth table top throughout its circumference. As pressure on the chickens back is increased, the rubber cup 5 becomes deformed as shown and the entrapped air within the cup is forced out through hole l2 or around the edge [4, thus creating a partial vacuum within the deformed inverted cup 2 5. At this point, the hand is released but the toy, due to atmospheric pressure on the outside of the cup, will remain in the deformed position in the same manner as the conventional vacuum cup, in this case however, overcoming the compressive stress of the spring leg 6. As soon as the hand is released from the chicken, air begins to seep into the cup through small hole I2 but as it requires an interval of time before the cup is filled, the child sees the chicken gradually resuming its natural molded form due to the force of the spring leg 6 and the molded tension of the soft resilient rubber cup 5. Incidentally, as

' air seeps through hole I2 in whistle [3, a whistling noise is emitted, adding to the interest of the child. At some point during the resumption of the natural form of the chicken as just described, the opposing pressure of the spring leg 6 and the decreasing degree of vacuum within cup 5, will become equalized, this condition permitting the annular edge M to lift itself from the smooth table top ll. At this instant, the sudden inrush of air into the cup 5 is quicker than the resumption of spring leg 6 to its original state as illustrated in Fig. l, with theresult that the spring 6 imparts a sudden upward jerk to the chicken and makes it jump as indicated by dotted line l5. Assisting the spring 6 to cause the chicken to jump is the natural elasticity of the rubber cup 5 tending to resume its molded form.

Of course, the cup 5 may have an desired shape, preferably resembling animated objects, and the smooth surface ll may be a vertical window pane, the floor, etc. The annular edge l4 of the cup 5 may be supplemented with a flange I 6 for better contact with the smooth surface II. It will also be obvious that the spring legs 6 may be secured to the outside of the cup 5 if desired and four legs may also be preferable in some cases.

From the foregoing description it will be apparent that I have evolved a new toy operated by a new principle, that of a spring compressed within a rubber vacuum cup with means for permitting air togradually seep into the cup within a predetermined time so that a point is soon reached where the spr ng pressure isgreater than the atmospheric pressure holding the cup to its surface, thus permitting the spring to jump the cup into the air a considerable distance and to be caught coming down, to the delight of children.

I claim: 1. A toy comprising a resilient rubber cup sim- 7 small hole in the wall of said resilient rubber cup for the admission of atmospheric air in restricted quantity to the interior of said cup, and a spring having one end thereof attached to the upper interior-wall of said resilient rubber cup and the other end of said; spring protruding. beyond the,

rim of said cup, said protruding portion of said spring similating the legs of said animated legged r creature configuration.

2. A toy comprising a resilient rubber cup sima 1 ulating the body configuration of an animated legged creature, the lower body portion of said animated creature constituting the rim of said cup, means for expelling the atmospheric air from the interior of said cup when said cup is forcibly collapsed with its rim against a smooth surface, a spring simulating the legs of said animated creature, said spring having one end thereof attached to the upper inner portion of said resilient rubber cup and the other end thereof projecting beyond said rim,. means for permitting atmospheric air in time limited" quantity to enter to the interior of said cup, and means for causing the projecting spring legs of said "animated creature to enter the interior of said cup when said cup is forcibly collapsed onto a smooth surface.

ROBERT P. ELLIS.

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Cited By (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2560657A (en) * 1950-03-25 1951-07-17 David A Nogle Dummy calf
US2776525A (en) * 1954-03-29 1957-01-08 William H Ford Leaping figure toy
US2885824A (en) * 1953-11-13 1959-05-12 Jerome H Lemelson Sounding jumping toy
US2975550A (en) * 1957-09-23 1961-03-21 Ervan H Miller Jumping toy

Cited By (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2560657A (en) * 1950-03-25 1951-07-17 David A Nogle Dummy calf
US2885824A (en) * 1953-11-13 1959-05-12 Jerome H Lemelson Sounding jumping toy
US2776525A (en) * 1954-03-29 1957-01-08 William H Ford Leaping figure toy
US2975550A (en) * 1957-09-23 1961-03-21 Ervan H Miller Jumping toy

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