US 1155273 A
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APPARATUS FOR PLAYING HOPPING GAMES.
APPLICATION FILED AUG-5,1914.
1,155,273. Pdtentedsept. 28, 1915.
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Specification of Letters'Patent.
Patented Sept. 28, mi s.
Application filed Au ust 5,1914. Serial No. 855,288.
To aZZ w/wmit may concern:
Be it known thatI, Fnrrz QUA E, a subject of the German Emperor, residing at Buckow Mark whose aost-ofiice address is Children when wishing to play this game hitherto have used a particular figure such as a rectangle sub-divided up, or a spiral figure and so forth divided into sections, and the idea was to hop from one section to the next without touching the lines which separate the various sub-divisions. Usually these figures were scratched upon the ground or drawn with chalk on asphalt paving or upon paving stones. This wouldresult in the outlines being obliterated during the game. Also, there is a tendency for the outlines of the figures to be irregular when marked out by children.
The present invention has for one object to do away with these drawbacks and to make the game capable of being played under uniform conditions, so that in some cases adult persons may be encouraged to play such games.
The present invention for this purpose contemplates the formation of the necessary figures by placing down mats or plates of suitable shape and distinctively marked- More particularly defined, the present invention employs plates which can be easily distinguished from the surrounding ground,
for example, by being distinctively colored,
or marked by figures, letters or other signs. By this method of distinguishing the different mats the game is rendered capable of much greater variation and as each mat is removable as desired it will be readily seen that they can be placed in such relative positions as to form complete figures of varying shapes. The plates may be of any composition, such asstone-wood, stone-cork, vulcanized fiber, linoleum and so forth. According to the invention, for instance, the mats may have beveled edges for facilitating the hopping on to them.
Again, a further object of the invention is to provide means for preventing the mats changing their position. In the case of soft ground or sandy places the mats may be provided with pegs underneath which penetrate into the soft ground. When employedonhard surfaces such as floor boards, paving stones, asphalt and so forth, they may be wholly or partially formed of a material exerting considerable friction upon the surfacebelow, such as, for example, india rubber. V
Some embodiments of the present inventlon are illustrated intheqaccompanying drawings, in whichi Figure 1 is a view from above and Fig- 2 a view from below, of a single section of the apparatus adapted for use on soft ground. Fig. 3 1s a perspective view in section of a modified form suitable for use on hard surfaces.
Referring first of all to Figs. 1 and 2, as
here shown each. section consists of a circular disk 1 of material such as linoleum and so forth, as described above. The edge of this disk is beveled off down to the ground level entirely around the disk, as seen at 2. The upper surface of the disk may be slightly hollow as desired and may be colored any distinctive color, or as shown may be provided with a distinctive sign 3, which may be inlaidinto the upper surface of the device.
Thebottom surface of the disk 1 is shown as provided with three pegs i. It will readily be understod that when placed on soft soil these pegs will fairly quickly sink In Fig. 3 a slightly modified arrangement 1s illustrated. The only difference, however,
i is that the pegst which effect the necessary gripping are replaced'by forming the lower portion of the disk as a layer of some material such as india rubber, which has consid erable co-efiicient of friction. This lower layer 5, seen in Fig. 3, is shown with a re cess or hollow 6 formed below. This tends to give a sort of suction action uponthe hard surface to whichit is applied and still further enhances the gripping qualities of the mat. It will readily be understood that the whole mat may be made of this india rubber or like substances.
What I claim is z 1. In apparatus for playing hopping or jumping games, a plurality of mats, each distinctively marked and relatively placed plates, and pegs on the underside of each for the players to hop from one mat on'to plateadapted to hold it stationary on the another. I y 7 ground.
2. Apparatus for playing a jumping game goIn testimony whereof I have signed my 15 5 comprising a plurality of thin plates having name to this specification in the presence beveled edges, difstinctive marks on said-Adfi t-iifi fiibseribing Witnesses. plates and means or preventing said lates-- from slipping on the ground. FRITZ E' 3. Apparatus for playing a jumping game Witnesses: Y 10 comprising a plurality of thin plates having a WALDEMAR Koee'n, beveled edges distinctive marks on: said VWOLDEMAR'HAUPT.
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