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Publication numberUS1557824 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 20, 1925
Filing dateFeb 17, 1923
Priority dateFeb 17, 1923
Publication numberUS 1557824 A, US 1557824A, US-A-1557824, US1557824 A, US1557824A
InventorsLewis Fritz Emil F
Original AssigneeLewis Fritz Emil F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1557824 A
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Patented-oa. 2o, 1925.

UNITED STATES l A 1,557,824 PArI-:N'r-l oFFlcE.



Application led :February 17, `1928. Serial No. 619,781.

To all 'whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, EMIL F. Lnwrs FRITZ,

a citizen of the United. States, and a resident object the provision of a game to'be here-- inafter set forth which will be educational and amusing and one which will be simple in structure and arrangement. e Other objects will appear hereinafter. yThe 4invention consists in the combinationsand arrangements of parts hereinafter described and claimed. e

The invention will be best understood by reference lto the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, and in which,

Fig. l, is plan view of one side of the cards of the game embodying the invention; Fig. 2, is a plan view of one side of the cards similar to those illustrated in Fig. 1; an

Fig. 3, is a. plan View of the reverse side of the card illustrated in Fig. 2.

In attaining the objects of the invention,

the game comprises a series of cards, indicated at 10, preferably formed of paste board or other suitable material that will serve the purpose such as light metal or celluloid, and 1t is my intention to provide 52 cards which will form the' deck. The cards 1() as shown in the drawing are of a size similar to the. ordinary playing cards and are adapted to be confined in a suitajble 1S- played on. one side of each of the cards, by printing or embossing the same thereon, is a letter 11 of the alphabet, there being two cards each bearing a similarl letter, to provide duplicate cards. Printed or embossed on the card between the top edge 12 and the head of thel letter is a number 13 showing the relation of the letter on the card to the other letters of the alphabet on the other cards ofthedeck, or in other words, indicatin its alphabetical numerical ositionin the a phabet. Adjacent one of t e corners of each card, preferably the upper left hand corner, formed by printing or embossing, is a small letter 14 of the same alphabetical character as the'letter 11 on the card. The objects of providing this corner letter will be best understood when considerin that when a number of cards are held in t e hand the.

letters 11 willb'e partly or entirely covered; this corner letter' permits ready observation the face ofeach card isan object indicated of the letter ofthe card. Also formed oni;

at 15, Fig., 2, whichin the present instance is illustrated as'a part of an animal like the'head of a horse, placed on the card bear- .J

ing the letter A to suggest the word animal; and it is intended. that on each of the cards a different object such as indicated at'15 is to be formed, said objects being formed'bn the card by printing or embossing the same thereon and each representing diferenta-nimals or well known characters. The objectv of having these representations of characters andanimals embossed on the card is to con-y vey to the.mind of the player a name or word to call when playing the game, as will be more fully hereinafter understood. `On the reverse side of each of the cards, as illustrated in Fig. 3, is a number indicatedl at 16 corresponding to the number indivcated at 13 on thekother sideof the card,

this number being printed or embossed on,

-ing'thereom a small number indicated at 17 of the samewcharacter as the numbers indicated at` 16, this small number indicated at 17 serves the same purpose as the small letter 14 formed in the'upper left han the card on the reverse side.

The'game is played asfollows: b Any number of players can take part Vin the game and when .the,game is in progress the cards are dealt'to the players so that each player' will hold the same number of y The first player to' play will call a word, for example let the word be horse, the player to his right being in possession of the .card bearing the letter H will throw the card upon. the table. If this same player is in possession of the card bearing the letter O, he will also discard this card upon the table. v The next player having the next'letd corner of ter will discard the card upon the table and i f this ,continues until the word is completely spelled by the discarded' cards, the player having the last card, that is, the' card bearing the letter E comes into possession of all the cards discarded. After this has been to children in grade schools.

completed'the next player calls a word and theA same method of playing the gamel is re-I 'peatedv The game continues thus until one of the players comes into possession of all the cards and when such point is reached in thegame, this playerwill be the Winner. vBy displaying the numbers indicated at 16 on'the side of the cards opposite that displaying the letters, many othergames can be played With the cards as Well as the one above outlined.

It will be apparent that my improved game will not only be amusing but will help one to acquire the knowledge of spelling. It is manifest that the cards Will behelpful By displaying objects, as animal heads or othe' characters onl one face'of4 the card,

various Words and names Will be conveyed 4 to the minds of the players and thereby prevent undue delay when playing the game.

While I have illustrated anddescribed the preferred form ofv construction for carrying my invention into effect, this is capable of variation and modification Without departing. from lthe spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not Wish to be vlimited to the precise details of construction set forth, but

`modifications as come withinv the lscope of the appended claims.

desire to avail myself of such variations and p claim as new and desire' to secure by Letters'A Patent', is:v

l. A game comprising a series of' cards each having a letter formed thereon and a number at the head of the letter relating to the alphabeticalnumerical position ofthe letter; objects formed on one side of the card to suggest Words to be formed, and numbers formed on the reverse side of the card relating to the numerical position of the letter oni the other side.

2. A game including a deck of cards, having letters formed thereon, numbers formed at the heads of the letters relating to the alphabetical numerical position of the letters, objects formed on one side of thecards to suggest words to be formed with the letters. 4

3. A game of the class described including a deck of cards, a letter filling the middle on one side of each of said cards, an object on said side to suggest a Word, a number formed on the reverse si-de of each of said cards relating to the numerical position "of the letter' with respect to the alphabet,

and a letter formed in one of the corners of the card of the same character as the first named letter.

In testlmony whereof I have signed my name to this speclication.


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U.S. Classification273/296, 273/299
International ClassificationA63F1/02, A63F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02
European ClassificationA63F1/02