US 1523684 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 20. 1925.
M. A. CANALE ET AL PARLOR GAME APPARATUS Filed Jan. 12. 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Jan. 20. 1925. 1,523,684
M. A. CANALE ET AL PARLOR GAME APPARATUS Filed Jan. 12. 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patehted Jan. 20, 1925.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
MARIO AUGUS1O CANALE AND RICARDO JRIAS, OF BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.
Application filed J'anuary 12, 1924. Serial No.'685,808.
T0 all 207mm z't may c(mcern: Be it known that we, VMARO AUGUSTO CANAL!) and RICARDO Fnms, hoth citizens of the Argentine Repnblic, residin at Calle Maipu 671, Bnenos Aires, Argentine Republie, have ii1vented certain new and 11seful Improvements in a Parlor-Game Apparatus; and we do hereby declaie the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying dravvings, and to letters or figures of ieference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
The present description treats of a mechanical apparatus designed for use as a parlor game in which a detez-mined number of figures representing polo players, football players, etc., can be moved at will. By this means one or more persons acting for each team Will be able to play a great variety of matches, in a way as exciting and interest ing as in real games not only to those operating the figures, but also to the lookers-on.
As is described later the apparatus consists of a horizontal floor composed of a number of parallel laths or strips placed at equal distance from each other, the space between each lath forming a gr0ove or slot along which the clips or holders containing the figures can be moved from one end of the board to the other. Underneath the board are the means to work each figure separately, by which the positions can be changed according to Will without affecting the novelty and fairness of the game.
The means by which the figures are moved may be composed by ordinary rods extending beyond each side of the board or of wires running through pulleys, in fact, various contrivances can be thonght of that Will allow the figures to be made to run at Will in any direction in order that their movements Will propel the ball to any desired point.
Around the playing board can be placed barriers, hurdles. hoops or arches, or any other accessory that may be required for the game selected.
In the case of a game of football. a figure might be placed on a horizontal lever i front of the goal.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a game board embodying our invention and illustrating a game of foot hall; 1
Fig. 2 is an enlarged detail side view partly in section showing the mechanism for moving the figures;
Fig. 3 is a partial plan view of nioving mechanism;
Fig. 4 is a detail end view partly in section.
In all the drawings the same numbers are used to indicate correspondingLparts.
The apparatus consists ofa board of any material and of convenient dimensions for the playing field.
This is composed of a suflicient number of laths or strips 1 placed lengthways and par allel to each other, leaving a space between each to form a groove along which the clips or sockets 2 which hold the figures can be moved.
The figures 3 which are held either by a little tongue 4 inserted in the folds 5 of the holders 2, or by any other suitable means. A rail or frame 7 is oonstructed all round the board to prevent the ball 6 froni rolling the figure off. This may be of any sha e 01' design.
In the middle of each end 0 the playing field, supposing a game of football is to be played, is a goal 8 in front of which is a figure 19 kept in position by a lever 10 which turning on a pivot 11 allows the respective goals to be defended by trying to prevent the ball from entering. A
The mechanism, which wo-rks each one of the figures 3 separately is constitutcd by a grooved pulley 12, fixed on a spindle 13 which when taken between the thumb and fo-refinger allows the pulley to be turned in either direction. At the opposite end of this spindle, is a pin 14, which is inserted in the perforation of the holder 15 and the spindle above the pulley is confined with the clamp 16, which keeps the clip in position.
Each clip or holder 2 is mounted in an endless carrier consisting of a cord or wire 17 which passes through a guide 18 and twice ar"ound one of the pulleys 12 located at one end of board and at the other end of the board said cord passes through a ring 19 which acts as a pulley or guide.
This ring is held by a spring or elastic band 20, which passes through the clam 21, with the object of keeping the wire 1 stretched tight, in order to make the holders 2 With their respective figures 3, move in a straight line to coincide with the rflooves. formed by the space between the lat By this means, two persons, une at each end, by moving. the knobs formed by the ends of the spindles 13, can easily make any of the figures of the respective teams move forwards or backwards, being able to use both hands at the same time to work the figures, and with thesemovements trying to direct the ball towards the opposite goal.
A rubber baud or any other elastic material 22 runs through the lower part of each figure (3) to enable the latter to push the ball even if it is in the adjoining groove.
At the ext'reme angles an elastic baud 23 may be placed, so that the ball may rebouhd and return to its position easily.
In order to prevent the players 3 in the centre from colliding with the goal keeper 9) a cross piece 24 is placed in front of the goal, which limits to that point the retirement of the one team and the advance of the other.
As has been said, the invention does not confineitself to one game only, 1101 to any special form or structure. The parts may be varied to suit the game selected and the size of the board according to requirements. The latter may be from the size of' an ordinary board or card table up to one which could be used in a large drawing room or hall, and each one or two figures be operated by one person.
VVe daim as our exclusive invention and property the invention described and specified and the way of carrying it out in practice.
1. A gaine comprising a board having a plurality of parallel slots formed longitudinally therein, an object movable over the board, vertically projecting spindles jour naled at opposite ends of the slots, endless bands extending longitudinally of the slots beneath the latter and operatively connected With the spindles, figures connected with the bands and movable along the slots t0 engage the object, and means for maintaining the carriers tant.
2. A ga1ne comprising a board having a plurality of parallel slots formed longitudinally therein, an object movable over the board, vertically proj ecting rotatable spindles mounted at the ends of the slots, grooved pul- 1eys carried by the spindles, endless bands surrounding the pulleys and extending longitudinally of and beneath the slots, elastic members connected With each band adapted to stretch the latter, and figures connected with the bandsadapted to engage the movable object.
3. A game comprising a board having a plurality of parallel slotS formed longitudinally therein, a freely movable object on the A board, a plurality of figures adapted t0 engage the object, carriers extending through the slots on which the figures are mounted, endless bands extending longitudinally of the slots on Which the carriers are mounted, horizontal pulleys journaled at the ends of the 'slots and having the endless bands wound thereon, vertically extending spindles for rotating the pulleys, and means for .maintaining the bauds stretched.