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US2619770A
US2619770A US141744A US14174450A US2619770A US 2619770 A US2619770 A US 2619770A US 141744 A US141744 A US 141744A US 14174450 A US14174450 A US 14174450A US 2619770 A US2619770 A US 2619770A
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    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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Dec. 2, 195 2 M, DI F R 2,619,770

TOY DRINKING TUBE Filed Feb. 1, 1950 Patented Dec. 2, 19 52 'UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,619,770 TOY DRINKING TUBE Milton Dinhofer, New York, N. Y. Application February 1, 1950, Serial No. 141,744

1 Claim.

This invention relates generally to toys, and more particularly to a toy which may be used in conjunction with the drinking of fluids from a glass or other vessel.

As is well known, infants and small children often refuse to drink such healthful foods as milk, or fruit juices without considerable coaxing or threats of punishment. Very often, the necessity of either may be obviated by the introduction of a novel method of drinking. Occasionally, for example, children will drink such liquids from a small glass, the same being transferred from a larger one. It is therefore among the principal objects of the present invention to provide a toy, by means of which such fluids as milk, fruit juices or the like may be made more inviting to the youthful user.

Another object of the present invention herein lies in the provision of a toy of the class described which may take a wide variety of forms, whereby when the infant or child tires or becomes bored with any one form, another may be substituted, thus renewing the interest of the child in the toy.

Another object of the present invention herein lies in the provision of a toy of the class described in which the entire device may be submerged in water for placing the same in a sanitary condition between uses.

Still another object of the present invention herein lies in the provision of a toy of the class described in which the cost of fabrication may be of a relatively low order, with consequent wide sale, distribution and use.

A further object of the present invention herein lies in the provision of a toy of the class described in which it is necessary for the user to drink a fluid in order that the same may become operative.

A feature of the device lies in the fact that the same may be disassembled for storage in a substantially planar condition.

These objects and features, as well as other incidental ends and advantages, will become more fully apparent during the course of the following disclosure, and be pointed out in the appended claim.

On the drawing, to which reference will be made in the specification, similar reference characters have been employed to designate corresponding parts throughout the several views of each embodiment.

Figure 1 is a front elevational view of a first embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2 is a rear elevational view of the first embodiment.

Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view as seen from the plane 3-3 on Figure 1.

Figure 4 is a front elevational view of a second embodiment of the invention.

Figure 5 is a front elevational view of a third embodiment of the invention.

In accordance with the invention, the device generally indicated by reference character H3, includes broadly a main body element II, and a liquid carrier element l2. Said elements are representations of complementary objects.

The main body element l l is preferably molded from a suitable material such as synthetic resin to form a representation of a first object. In the case of the first embodiment, for example, the likeness is that of a cowboy. The element II is of a hollow configuration, for reasons of lightness and economy, and in addition, as will be more clearly seen, the hollowed portion provides means for mounting the liquid carrier element l2.

Accordingly, the main body element H has a front, outer or convex surface l3 which has a size, shape and arrangement to form the likeness of the toy figure. Thus, in the case of the first embodiment,"the outer surface 13. includes a facial portion I4, a hat portion [5, a neckerchief portion l6, arm portions l1, and gloved hands 18.

The inner surface IQ of the main body element l I, as has been mentioned, is of generally concave configuration, and meets the outer surface 13 at the peripheral edges 20, which in the interests of sturdiness and safety are dull rather than sharp. At pre-determined intervals along the peripheral edges 20 there is provided a number of support portions 2|, 22, 23, 24 and 25; which serve to provide for the entrance and exit of the liquid carrier element, as well as to provide means for supporting the carrier element with respect to the main body element. These portions are formed by the cutting away of parts of the peripheral edges 2|), or, preferably, may be formed at the time the main body element I l is molded to shape.

The liquid carrier element I2 is preferably in the form of a transparent or translucent hollow tube, having a cross sectional area approximately equal to that of a conventional drinking straw. It is preferably formed from suitable synthetic resin, as is the case of the main body element ll. Since the liquid carrier element 12 will be subjected to considerable abuse by the average child, it is preferably formed from a material having a relatively high degree of elasticity, so as to enable it to be bent either accidentally or intentionally, without destroying its initial shape.

As is the case with the main body element I l, the liquid carrier element I2 is also bent to form the likeness of some object. In the case of the first embodiment, the liquid carrier element is in the form of a lasso being twirled by the cowboy represented by the main body element. It is therefore of irregular shape, and includes an introductory portion, a plurality of main body element engaging portions 28, 29, 30, 3| and 32; and

a. tapered mouthpiece engaging portion 33.

Aside from the body element engaging portions of the liquid carrier element 12, there are provided a plurality of object forming portions 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45. These portions are visible when the outer surface I3 is facing the user. The exact configuration of the object forming portions 4|--4'5 will, of course,.depend upon the object which it is desired to represent. Thus, in the case of the first embodiment the object forming portions are such as to convey the representation of a rope which forms the lasso. It will be understood that the exact form of the object forming portions is exemplary, since other forms may be employed which complement the main body portion without departing from the scope of the invention.

In the embodiment shown, the liquid carrier element [2 is provided with a. detachable mouthpiece 34 frictionally engageable with the mouthpiece engaging portion 33. This permits the complete device to be stored in a substantially planar condition. If storage space or packaging dimensions are not of great importance, the mouthpiece 34 may be made integrally with the liquid carrier element [2, and as such it will extend substantially perpendicular to the plane of the other portions of the device, as shown on Figure 3. The provision of detachable mouthpieces, however, is desirable when there are several children who at some time may use any one particular device. When such is the case, the mouthpiece 34 may be detached for sterilizing purposes, thus preventing the transfer of contagion which may be present, from the mouth of one child to that of another. Furthermore the mouthpiece may be replaced if damaged. The mouthpiece is of elongated size so that the child does not have to excessively cross his eyes to View the complete object.

Turning now to the second embodiment of the invention, to avoid needless repetition, certain of the parts corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been designated by corresponding reference characters with the additional prefix 1. The second embodiment, as shown by Figure 4, differs from the first embodiment principally in the representation which the outer surface H3 of the main body element Ill portrays, and in the configuration of the liquid carrier element H2. In the second embodiment there is a representation of a baby elephant Washing itself by directing a stream of liquid over its head. Thus the facial portion H4 has depending therefrom front legs 5|, ears 52, eyes 55 and a trunk 53, having the end thereof 54 upwardly directed. Above the end 54 the liquid carrier element forms the spray from the trunk.

Turning now to the third embodiment of the invention, as shown on Figure 5, here again to avoid needless repetition certain of the parts corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been designated by similar reference characters with the additional prefix 2. The third embodiment of the invention differs from the first and second embodiments principally in the representation displayed by the main body element 2H and the shape of the liquid carrier element 2| 2. In the case of the third embodiment the figure is that of a circus clown beating a drum 60 by means of a drumstick 6|. The liquid carrier element is generally in the form of a musical clef, and serves to outline the drum 60 as well as to form a halo about the head of the clown. The mouthpiece engaging portion 233 extends through a hole in the center of the :drum, while the introductory portion 221 extends behind the main body element 2 to create an entertaining eiiect.

Operation From what has been said, it will be apparent that the device is employed in a manner similar to that used when drinking through a conventional drinking straw. The introductory portion 27 is inserted beneath the surface of a liquid prior to the exertion of suction upon the mouthpiece 34 at the terminal portion 35. When a colored fluid such as milk, fruit juice, or the like is drawn through the liquid carrier element, an appearance and feeling of motion is imparted to the entire device and thus action is obtained when the liquid is going to the users mouth, and when suction is stopped a return syphoning action gives movement during the latter phase. Air bubbles in the liquid produce an enchanced effect. As may be seen on Figure 2, all sections of the liquid carrier element which do not contribute to the effect are concealed against the inner surface I9 of the liquid carrier element, so that the illusion created is that of some animate object performing a well known task or operation. Similarly the device may represent some other toy or the like in which the main body may ap pear to be relatively stationary while some moving part or parts are represented by the liquid carrier element.

It may thus be seen that I have disclosed novel and highly useful improvements in toy structure, in which there is provided means for inducing small children to drink healthful liquids. The device may be fabricated at low cost from sanitary materials, may be made in a wide variety of forms, thus enabling the child to have a relatively large number of the same, with consequent increased play value. Thedevice may be partially disassembled for cleaning or sterilizing, and may thus be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times. The composite device is formed in such a manner that all portions of the liquid carrier element which do not contribute to the desired elfect of the device are concealed within a portion or portions of the main body element, so that the illusion created appears realistic to a small child.

I wish it to be understood that I do not consider the invention limited to the exact details of structure set forth and described in the specification and shown on the drawing, for obvious modifications will occur to those skilled in the art to which the present invention pertains.

I claim:

A toy device for use by a .child for drinking liquids comprising a main body element presenting a representation of an incomplete objectand a convoluted transparent liquid carrier including a depending portion insertable in the liquid, and an overlapping convoluted portion mounted on said body and formed to represent the completion of said incomplete object and a mouthpiece portion extending in a directionsubstantially perpendicular to the plane of said convoluted portion, said overlapping convoluted portion including successive overlapping convolutions in different planes relative to the longitudinal extent of the mouthpiece portion to provide a tortuous intertwining path for the flow of the drinking liquid, whereby the liquid as it passes through the liquid carrier is readily visible to the child.

MILTON DIN HOFER.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,916,646 Tycko July 4, 1933 2,370,931 Bogin et al. Mar. ,6, 1945

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US2811808A (en) * 1956-10-16 1957-11-05 John E Briese Drinking tube
US3246814A (en) * 1963-12-03 1966-04-19 Walter C Lovell Drinking straws and dispenser capable of use therefor
US3425626A (en) * 1967-12-04 1969-02-04 John F Dietz Drinking straw
US4037361A (en) * 1976-09-08 1977-07-26 Murphy William R Plant watering stick
US4211024A (en) * 1978-03-22 1980-07-08 Nickell Joe H Magic drinking straw
US4775060A (en) * 1987-09-09 1988-10-04 Tom Pinney Animal straw holder
US5184774A (en) * 1991-05-13 1993-02-09 Eric Lipson Drinking straw assembly kit
US5337956A (en) * 1993-02-10 1994-08-16 Crutcher William C Combination toy and faucet fountain
US5361987A (en) * 1992-09-11 1994-11-08 Koen Matheussen Straw
US5427315A (en) * 1994-04-25 1995-06-27 Lipson; Erik Drinking straw with insert
US5915600A (en) * 1997-10-02 1999-06-29 Bitton; Mary Kay Suction tube mount for ornaments within a container
FR2779629A1 (en) * 1998-06-16 1999-12-17 Bernard Petot Mixer-straw for drinks formed by disc located positively on tube
US6024624A (en) * 1997-04-28 2000-02-15 Joy World, Inc. Novelty article
US6062488A (en) * 1999-03-25 2000-05-16 Mccafferty; James R. Novelty drinking straw providing continuous straw illusion
US6195926B1 (en) * 1997-08-22 2001-03-06 Corinne L. Jarl Jardin Gem, a set of identifier stratagems, with accessories
US20060076252A1 (en) * 2004-10-12 2006-04-13 Magiccom Drinking straw kits and methods
US7637439B1 (en) * 2006-06-21 2009-12-29 Maurice Highsmith Safety drinking straw
US20110259905A1 (en) * 2010-04-22 2011-10-27 Roger Zeghibe Beverage garnishing and consumption system
US20120301579A1 (en) * 2008-10-27 2012-11-29 Lee Jeong-Min Drink flavoring straw
US20160143465A1 (en) * 2014-11-21 2016-05-26 Jodi Ann ANDERSON Stemware marking system
US9913554B2 (en) * 2014-11-20 2018-03-13 Hog Wild, Llc Toy mechanical straw with actuator diaphragm

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US1916646A (en) * 1931-11-09 1933-07-04 Tycko Sonia Combination fluid sipping and float device
US2370931A (en) * 1944-03-09 1945-03-06 Samuel R Bogin Combined drink cooler and sipper

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US1916646A (en) * 1931-11-09 1933-07-04 Tycko Sonia Combination fluid sipping and float device
US2370931A (en) * 1944-03-09 1945-03-06 Samuel R Bogin Combined drink cooler and sipper

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US2811808A (en) * 1956-10-16 1957-11-05 John E Briese Drinking tube
US3246814A (en) * 1963-12-03 1966-04-19 Walter C Lovell Drinking straws and dispenser capable of use therefor
US3425626A (en) * 1967-12-04 1969-02-04 John F Dietz Drinking straw
US4037361A (en) * 1976-09-08 1977-07-26 Murphy William R Plant watering stick
US4211024A (en) * 1978-03-22 1980-07-08 Nickell Joe H Magic drinking straw
US4775060A (en) * 1987-09-09 1988-10-04 Tom Pinney Animal straw holder
US5184774A (en) * 1991-05-13 1993-02-09 Eric Lipson Drinking straw assembly kit
US5361987A (en) * 1992-09-11 1994-11-08 Koen Matheussen Straw
US5337956A (en) * 1993-02-10 1994-08-16 Crutcher William C Combination toy and faucet fountain
US5427315A (en) * 1994-04-25 1995-06-27 Lipson; Erik Drinking straw with insert
US6024624A (en) * 1997-04-28 2000-02-15 Joy World, Inc. Novelty article
US6195926B1 (en) * 1997-08-22 2001-03-06 Corinne L. Jarl Jardin Gem, a set of identifier stratagems, with accessories
US6006958A (en) * 1997-10-02 1999-12-28 Bitton; Mary Kay Suction tube mount for ornaments within a container
US5915600A (en) * 1997-10-02 1999-06-29 Bitton; Mary Kay Suction tube mount for ornaments within a container
US6345731B2 (en) 1997-10-02 2002-02-12 Mary Kay Bitton Suction tube mount for ornaments within a container
FR2779629A1 (en) * 1998-06-16 1999-12-17 Bernard Petot Mixer-straw for drinks formed by disc located positively on tube
US6062488A (en) * 1999-03-25 2000-05-16 Mccafferty; James R. Novelty drinking straw providing continuous straw illusion
US20060076252A1 (en) * 2004-10-12 2006-04-13 Magiccom Drinking straw kits and methods
US7637439B1 (en) * 2006-06-21 2009-12-29 Maurice Highsmith Safety drinking straw
US20120301579A1 (en) * 2008-10-27 2012-11-29 Lee Jeong-Min Drink flavoring straw
US20110259905A1 (en) * 2010-04-22 2011-10-27 Roger Zeghibe Beverage garnishing and consumption system
US9913554B2 (en) * 2014-11-20 2018-03-13 Hog Wild, Llc Toy mechanical straw with actuator diaphragm
US20160143465A1 (en) * 2014-11-21 2016-05-26 Jodi Ann ANDERSON Stemware marking system

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