Toy card
United States Patent 2377572

The current invention concerns certain structural and functional betterments and advantages in toy-cards, such as may be combined together in various relations to provide different designs or figures, the cards being especially devised for use by children whereby to amuse and interest them...

Pedersen, Hayes N.
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Pedersen, Hayes N.
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156/63, 446/108, 446/124, 446/387, 446/488
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A63H3/08; A63H33/06
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The current invention concerns certain structural and functional betterments and advantages in toy-cards, such as may be combined together in various relations to provide different designs or figures, the cards being especially devised for use by children whereby to amuse and interest them and to develop their creative propensities.

One aim of the present invention is to supply a type of double or duplex card having the stated capabilities or capacities and which may be man- I ufactured on a commercial scale at relatively small expense.

A further object of the invention is to supply such style of card that they may be manipulated and used by a child with ease and facility, and of T such varying shapes and colors as will attract the attention of a child and keep him pleased and interested in developing new arrangements and associations of the cards temporarily secured together in groups.

Ordinarily these cards are made of different shapes and colors so as to provide a set permitting selective engagement of such cards with one another thus allowing them to be impermanently associated together for the purpose of establishing designs of pleasing or entertaining character, which specimens or patterns may be readily modified and changed by rearrangements of the cards.

To enable those acquainted with this art to understand the invention more fully, two embodiments thereof have been illustrated in the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, and to which reference should be had in connection with the following detailed description, and in this drawing, for simplicity, like reference numerals have been used to designate the same parts.

In such drawing: 4 Figures 1,2 and 3 portray three different shapes of the novel duplex-cards; Figure 4 illustrates in plan the several steps in the production of such double-cards from a long strip of pasteboard or equivalent material; Figure 5 presents the same in elevation; Figure 6 shows the method of making doublecards of round shape; and Figures 7, 8 and 9 show several designs which can be made by combining these cards of different shapes in various manners; Figure 7 showing some cards detachably secured together; Figure 8 presenting the cards grouped to picture a man or boy, and Figure 9 a cart or wagon.

To produce the new double-cards of the rectangular style presented in Figure 1, the following procedure is carried out.

A long strip or ribbon II of pasteboard, or its equivalent, is fed along, continuously on a table ; 12 at a suitable speed by combined, powerrotated, feed, pressure and cutter rollers 13, 14, and, during such lengthwise travel of this strip, it is provided along approximately the middle of its width with a longitudinal series of spaced0: apart elongated apertures or holes 15, 15 by means of a suitable, power-actuated, reciprocatory punch 16 coacting with a companion die 17 mounted in the table.

As this strip or ribbon passes along, its upper 5' surface, on one side of the row of apertures or slots 15, is provided with adhesive covering a row of rectangular areas 18, 18 spaced apart lengthwise the strip by means of a power-operated rotary-brush or the like 19, receiving adhesive on its 6 raised surfaces 21, 21 from that in a supply-receptacle 22 by means of intervening feed-rollers 23, 24.

Such areas 18, 18, as shown in the drawing, are located directly opposite the spaces between the ' slots 15, 15.

Further along in its travel, approximately onehalf of the slotted, adhesive-coated pasteboardribbon encounters a bent portion of a sheet-metal guide or folder 25 which turns over such lon0 gitudinal part of the sheet sidewise along one margin of its lengthwise-registered slots or openings 15, 15 and down on to the top surface of the remainder of the sheet to which it becomes adhered at the coated areas only, and as the strip i' moves along, the rollers 13 and 14, by which it is thus continuously advanced, press the adhesivecoated parts together assuring their effective union, and cutting-blades 20 on such roller 13 automatically sever the double-thickness strip Sinto individual units of duplex-cards of the type presented in Figure 1, wherein the back portion is designated 26 and the smaller front portion is characterized 27, and their connecting tab is marked 28.

It is to be noted that at the front edge of the card, as illustrated in Figure 1, the margin 29 of the upper or front portion is somewhat back of the corresponding edge 31 of the rear portion, and that a similar condition exists at the rear edge of the card except for the presence of the tab 28 along the middle part only of such edge.

By the method illustrated and described, a rectangular duplex-card 32 of different shape may be made as shown in Figure 3.

The same general procedure is followed to provide round or similar cards 33 as depicted in Figure 2; the method being shown in Figure 6 without illustration of the details of structure employed since these will be readily understood from what precedes.

In this case, the pasteboard strip or ribbon 41 is cut with two sets of punches and dies of the shape characterized 42 and 43 in Figure 6, thus leaving the larger round portions 44 connected crosswise to their complementary or companion smaller-diameter portions 45 by tabs 46, all of such larger-diameter discs being directly connected together lengthwise the strip as shown.

As will be readily understood, such round portions 44 are supplied with round adhesive-coated areas 47, the smaller portions 45 are successively folded over on to, and adhered to, such larger portions 44 and then the duplex-cards are cut along the lines 48 to divide them from one another, whereupon they are ready for use.

In this instance, the margin of the back disc projects beyond the border of its smaller top or front disc all the way around the circumference except where the tab 46 is.

Naturally, the various operative parts of the mechanism illustrated and described must perform their functions in proper timed relation to one another as by the use of connecting means to obtain that result, but, for simplicity, these have not been shown, since any mechanic would encounter no difficulty in supplying them.

The cards of the same or different shapes and colors may be connected to one another to provide a multiplicity of designs, the cards being temporarily joined to one another in various relations as determined by the user.

To attach one card to another, the protruding edge portions of the rear sections of the cards are of substantial importance, in that the edge part of one duplex-card is placed on such extension of the other card, thus allowing such extension to be pressed ba6k somewhat to permit the other card to be introduced in part between the two sections of the first card where it will be held until purposely extracted.

To be sure, in the rectangular cards of Figures 1 and 3 at two of their opposite margins, the edges of the front and back sections are in register, that is to say, the under one does not extend beyond its upper one.

Inasmuch, however, as at one of the other opposite margins, the back card for its full length has such projection, and at the other margin has two such extensions spaced apart and reaching to the corresponding corners, adequate access is had to the two edges without projections as well as to the edges with projections.

Figures 7, 8 and 9 show a few simple associations of the cards together in different relations, but, of course, the number of possible designs is substantially limitless.

In general, duplex-cards for this purpose are not new, but the main aim of this invention is the provision of cards which can be readily made commercially by machinery without hand-work.

Those skilled in this art will readily understand that this invention, as defined by the appended claims, is not necessarily limited and restricted to the precise details herein set forth and that reasonable modifications and changes may be resorted to without departure from the substance of the invention and without the loss of any of its material benefits and advantages.

For example, instead of using the single pair of rollers 13 and 14, a pair may be used to feed the strip along, another pair may be employed to press the adhesive coated sections together, and a reciprocating knife may be used to sever the folded strip into separate units.

Also, the travel of the pasteboard strip or ribbon instead of being continuous may be made intermittent by readily provided appropriate means which any one acquainted with the art would have no trouble in supplying.

I claim: 1. A toy including a plurality of somewhatflexible interfittable duplex-cards adapted to be connected together to form different designs, each duplex-card including a larger back card and a smaller front card attached to said back card in face-to-face relation with an unattached margin around the smaller card, the back card having at least a portion of its margin extended outwardly beyond that of the front smaller card, the novel improvement being that said back and front cards are integral by reason of a tub integral with both cards extending along a portion only of the margin of one dimension of the duplex-card, said tab overlying flat against the front face of said back card and extending inwardly from the larger margin of said back card to the adjacent unattached smaller margin of the front card.

2. The novel features in toy-cards set forth in claim 1 in which both cards are substantially round.

S3. The novel features in toy-cards set forth in claim 1 in which both cards are substantiallyrectangular with two-opposite edges of the cards in register, and with the other two opposite edges of the cards out of register, and with the tab at one of said unregistered edges.