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Publication numberUS2919135 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date29 Dec 1959
Filing date28 May 1957
Priority date28 May 1957
Publication numberUS 2919135 A, US 2919135A, US-A-2919135, US2919135 A, US2919135A
InventorsMarchionda Tony F
Original AssigneeMarchionda Tony F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pneumatic skill toy
US 2919135 A
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1959 T. F. MARCHIONDA 2,919,135 I PNEUMATIC sxm. TOY

Filed May 28, 1957 INVENTOR.

ZZmyF Marciuonaa I BY ATTOKNEK United States Patent PNEUMATIC SKILL TOY rosy n'mrahionaa, Struthers, Ohio Application May 28, 1957, Serial No. 662,144 5 c1. ats- 119 This invention relates to a toy and more particularly to skill toy in which air pressure is used to move an object to predetermined locations along a tortuous tubular path.

The principal object of the invention is the provision of an inexpensive, easily constructed, amusing skill toy.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a skill toy comprising a section of transparent tubing having expansible air bladders secured to its opposite ends and a ball disposed in the tubing for movement by air pressure in the tubing.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a pneumatic skill toy in which manipulation of a pair of resilient air bladders secured to the opposite ends of a section of transparent tubing actuates an object confined in the tubing.

The pneumatic skill toy disclosed herein comprises a simple and inexpensive device which may be easily formed from a section of transparent plastic tubing which is formed in a desired configuration and includes a plurality of objectives positioned therealong.

Rubber balloons or the like secured to the opposite ends of transparent tubing are manipulated by the player to cause air currents to flow back and forth in the tubing and move a ball captive therein. An unusual and novel action is obtained in that air moved in one direction through the tubing as by sufi'lciently collapsing one of the balloons on one end moves the ball and at the same time the air expands the balloon on the opposite end so that if caution is not employed the resilient quality of the expanded balloon will direct the additional air therein backwardly through the tubing and alter the position of the ball or playing piece therein.

Skill is therefore required to manipulate the ball to the desired plurality of goals or objects along the tubing.

With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being the intention to cover all changes and modifications of the example of the invention herein chosen for purposes of the disclosure, which do not constitute departures from the spirit and scope of the invention.

The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a pneumatic toy formed in accordance with the invention.

Figure 2 is a side view of the toy shown in Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a perspective view of a modified form of pneumatic toy.

By referring to the drawing and Figures 1 and 2 in particular it will be seen that a section of transparent plastic tubing which is substantially rigid is indicated by the numeral and that it has spaced sections 1111 on a common center line with an intermediate undulating section 12 in communication therewith, it being observed that the end sections of the tubing 10 are bent at right Patented Dec. 29, 1959 angles to the sections 1111 and that resilient inflatable air bladders 1313 are secured to the ends of the tubing 10. The resilient air bladders 1313 may take the form of rubber balloons. p

A ball '14, the outer diameter of which is slightly smauer'tha'n the diameter of the transparent tubing 10, is disposed within the same and is movable there thro'ugh by air currents occasioned by squeezing one or the other of the air bladders 13 13.

Objectives comprising goals 15-15 are formed by markers or other suitable indicia'on the tubing at desired'locations therealon'g. An object of the game which may be played with the skill toy is to position the ball 14 progressively through the several markers 1515.

It will occur to those skilled in the art that the pneumatic skill toy may take any form or shape and that the action of the ball 14 in the tubing will be entertaining to the player or players in varying degree, depending upon the actual shape of the transparent tubing employed.

In Figure 3 of the drawing an alternate shape is disclosed with respect to that shown in Figures 1 and 2 wherein a section of transparent tubing 16 is formed in a plurality of superimposed spaced convolutions 1717.

Expandable resilient air bladders 18-18 are secured to the opposite ends of the tubing 16 and a plurality of depressions 19 having suitable indicia 20 are provided in each of the convolutions 17. A ball 21, captive in the tubing, forms the playing piece.

Alternate forms and shapes of the tubing will occur to those skilled in the art including straight horizontal sections and straight vertical sections and the goals or objectives 15 and 20, respectively, may include electric contacts which may be closed by the balls 14 and 21 as will occur to those skilled in the art.

A game on the skill toy may be played by an individual who will grasp both of the air bladders and direct the action of the captive ball thereby. Alternatively, two players may control the two air bladders on the ends of the tubing or, as many additional players may enter the game as desired, taking turns at the respective air bladder positions.

It will thus be seen that a novel and interesting pneumatic toy has been disclosed which meets the several objects of the invention.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:

,1. A toy comprising a section of transparent tubing incorporating a plurality of inclines intermediate its ends, a sphere of a diameter slightly less than the interior diameter of said transparent tubing disposed therein and movable therealong, and air bladders secured one to each end of said transparent tubing whereby air displaced from one of said bladders will move said sphere toward the other of said bladders, an objective positioned on said tubing between a pair of said inclines.

2. A toy comprising a tortuous-shaped section of transparent tubing of even inner diameter, a sphere disposed in said tubing, air bladders secured one to each end of said tubing whereby movement of the air from one air bladder will move said sphere toward the other air bladder through said tubing, an objective positioned on said tortuous-shaped section of tubing.

3. A toy comprising a section of transparent tubing of uniform diameter formed in an ascending spiral, said tubing having at least one downwardly curving arcuate section in each convolution of said spiral, resilient air containers attached to the opposite ends of said tubing, a sphere disposed in said tubing for travel therein whereby air moved from one of said resilient air containers through said tubing to the other of said containers will move said sphere, a plurality of objectives positioned in spaced relation longitudinally of said tubing.

' 4. A toy comprising a section of transparent tubing incorporating a plurality of inclines-intermediate its ends, a sphere of a diameter slightly less than the interior diameter of said transparent tubing disposed therein and movable therealong, indicia on said tubing at longitudinally spaced points therealong defining goals and air bladders secured one to each end of said transparent tubing whereby air displaced from one of said bladders will move said sphere'toward the other of said bladders.

5. A toy comprising a section of transparent tubing of uniform diameter formed in an ascending spiral, said tubing having at least one downwardly curving arcuate section in each convolution of said spiral, indicia on said downwardly curving arcuate section indicating an objective, resilient air containers attached to the opposite 4 f r ends of said tubing, a sphere disposed in said tubing for travel therein whereby air moved from one ofsaid resilient air containers through said tubing to the other of said containers will move said sphere.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/119.00B, 124/64, 482/49, 446/197
International ClassificationA63H33/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/00
European ClassificationA63H33/00