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Publication numberUS1379871 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 31, 1921
Filing dateSep 15, 1919
Priority dateSep 15, 1919
Publication numberUS 1379871 A, US 1379871A, US-A-1379871, US1379871 A, US1379871A
InventorsMcguire Jr William D
Original AssigneeMcguire Jr William D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Puzzle of the movies
US 1379871 A
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APPLICATION FILED SEPT; 15, 1919. 1,379,871. Patented May 31, 1921.





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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that 1, WILLIAM D. McGpmE, J r., a citizen of the United States, residing at New-York city, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Puzzle'of the Movies, of which the following is a specification.

.My invention relates to amusement de'- vices which are designed to .be entertaining and to develop the faculties of imagination and judgment, and its object is to provide a game or puzzle the solution of which requires the development of a plot, theme or story.

' 'The puzzle comprises a set of cards each having depicted thereon a scene, an object The solution of the puzzle consists in arranging the cards in such a sequencethat they constitute the logical order of the development of the story or picture play, interspersed with the appropriate written matter, such as sub-titles, letters, telephone and telegraph messages etc, which are necessary to make clear the action portrayed on the cards. The cards are accompanied by 'a printed sheet suggesting the theme of the story or plot presented in the picture play depicted on the cards.

For the purpose of full disclosing my invention, l have shown in the accompanying drawings a number of cards having thereon illustrations of scenes which depict a connected part of a theme or story when arranged in proper sequence. Figure 1', illustrates anumber of the cards constituting a puzzle in accordance with my invention;- and Figs. 2 to 8 inclusive illustrate thecards arranged in proper sequence.

Thus the title of the particular puzzle selected for illustration may be The Avalanche and the synopsis giving the theme of the story or picture pla and instructions for solvin the puzzle might read as follows sie 'Fer son as Helen is the elano who was married a second time. Mrs. Delano plans Helens education with her. She is placed in a convent school. What happens next resulting from her discontent and the subsequent unhappy marriage and the tragic end of her er, is for you to determine in working out the puzzle. Lay the cards in the right Specification of Letters Patent.

and completely Patented May 31, 1921.

Application filed September 15, 1919. Serial No. 323,732.

order so that one scene follows another putting the sub-titles in the ri ht place and you can see the movie story he ore you The first card in order is the one shown in If 1g. 2, depicting Helen and her mother sitting on a bench in the gar en engaged in conversation. The next card is the one con- 'taining the sub-title:-Helen discusses her plans with her mother. The following card 1s evident, having in mind the theme suggested in the s nopsis, that Mrs. Delano plans to place elen in a convent school for the theme of conversation as they walk through the garden is suggested by the little insert at the upg'gr right hand corner of the card shown in ig. 4, viz: a picture of a convent. The development of this idea leads tothe selection of the Fig. 5 card showing Helen and her mother being received by the nun at the convent gate and quite naturally the next card shown in F ig. 6', where the nun is introducing Helen to other girls and through the gate the mother is observed in the departing automobile.

The selection of the next card requires the reflection in ones experience of the first night or the succeeding day away from home. A little consideration should lead one to see in the card designated Fig. 7, that there is a scene of loneliness depicted in the attitude of the girl; sitting in the window as she listlessly or aimlessly fingers her beads. A good guess would select for the next card the one showing Helen busily engaged in writing a letter as the nun opens the door of her room.

. Other cards might show Helenoutside the convent gate posting a letter; a postman delivering a letter in the office of a business man; the latter sitting at his desk reading a letter with a surprised expression on his face; a card showing a letter held in two hands which reads as follows JOHN HARVEY,


You dont know how discontented I am here at St. Agnes and it doesnt seem as if I could bear it here at the convent a day longer. There is absolutely no fun or social life here. I know that my mothers life is such that you would not allow me to go back to her but couldnt you arrange for me are dealt out to the several players.

.person having the first card, which might tolive in the home of some friend? Make any arrangement but take me out of here.

Your unhappy ward,


The above will sufiice to illustrate the manner in which the cards are selected one by one in working out the puzzle. The proper solution at various stages in the development of the theme may not always be evident at first and like puzzles of other kinds, it mayrequire many trials before the connected thread of the story or play becomes plain and evident.

, It will be apparent that different embodiments of my puzzle may be easier or more diflicult to solve and that they may be adapted to persons of different ages or mentality.

It will also be evident that sets of-cards embodying my invention may be played by a number of persons after the usual manner of game cards wherein all of the Cal-{ES be designated as such, would make the first play by throwing the card on the table. The next player would have to either produce the next card in sequence in the story, or else answer I pass, as is. usual in playing card games. Errors in judgment in playing the wrong card would count against the player. It will be apparent that this use of a set of cards embodying my invention would make an unusually attractive game requiring thought and 'udgment as well as an imagination, and t at it would not .only be interesting, but would give rise to amusing mistakes which would create much merriment. The final results either when used as .a puzzle or as a game can be checked up by referring to the key which may accom any the cards, giving the proper sequence 0 the cards in order to portray the story or play.

I claim 1. A puzzle or game comprising a set of cards, each having a picture or illustration thereon representing a scene'or object pertaining to a theme, story or play, the scenes or objects on the cards bearing such a'relation that when the cards are arranged in proper sequence they will portray the course of events in the story, play or theme.

2. A puzzle or game, comprising a set of cards, certain of the cards having thereon a picture or illustration representing a scene or object pertaining to "a theme, story or play and other cards bearing inscriptions lnterpretative of certain of said scenes or objects, the cards bearing such a relation that when the cards are arranged in proper sequence they will portray the course of events in the story, play or theme.

In testimony wheerof I afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification273/292, 352/240
International ClassificationA63F1/02, A63F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02
European ClassificationA63F1/02