US 1684813 A
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Patented Sept. 18, 1928.
wrrmsfc. wann, or onces-an 1i-axe," MICHIGAN.
apuestan .and March 7, 1927; serial yN0. 173,493.
The invention relates "to an apparatus` designedto be 'used intheplaying ory bridge Whist and `has for its object facilitating the.
followingef v'games 4.given 'over .radio zur :in printed publications. It i'safurthennbgect to `facilitate the analysisof the Agames :and
. the .playing 'of the same hands over a inumberfof Vtiflne'svvithoiut confusion. iWith these objects i-n 'view the invention 'fconsistsinfthe Valpparati'ls Sas hereinafter set forth.
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.Figurel' is a diagrammatic plan view illustrating vthe arrangement of the -card'racks 'or holder-s ready fo1'suse.. f
' Figure Qi-saperspective view'of-aportion 'of one ofthe holders showing the cards therein.
Figure `3. is :a plan. view illustrating the dilference between the cards used by the several players.
Figure 4 is a perspective view indicating y the difference in the several decks of cards used by each player. n
In the givingvof bridge whist `games over radio it is usual to irst designate the several players and their positions as north, east south and west. The cards dealt to each player are then called oif after lwhich the successive plays are given. To yenable each of the players following the game to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the same I have provided racks or holders each adapted t-o receive a plurality of full decks of cards arranged with the dilerent suits in successive rows and the cards of each suit in sequence in its row. The corresponding cards of the several decks are placed one upon the other and any number of decks may be used. These racks or holders may be any suitable construction but as shown they are in the form of a tray A having a series of inclined steps B, B etc., subdivided by cross partitions C so as to form compart ments for holding the cards. The cards are preferably of small size so that the whole deck may be arranged within an area lfor convenient inspection by the player' and may be accommodated by the top of an ordinary card table. Also by reason of the steps the cards of the several suits may overlap each cards used by the different players are dif` ferentiated from each other. This differ .in color or shade;
'initialletters of ace, K for king, etc.
entiation may be either by color or shade preferably'by .color and as'indicated-in the yfigure', thebacks of the cards for the differ- -ent players .are marked respectively North, South, East and lVest.
Figure .4 shows `the' `cards of dicrent decks r used Aby `the same player, `these differ-V ent decks beingdiiferentiated by 4a difference Preferably a difference in shade is used for distinguishingthe sevcards `of the .different players. The face of the cards may either beV of the usual .ap- ..`p'earance for thecardsfmay'be merely designated by .the symbols ofthe suits and the theface cards suoli as Afor With the apparatus as described in `playing the game the procedure is as follows:
eral decks usedby the same player and a 1 difference v1n color for distinguishingfthe The cards are lirst arranged in the racks with backs upward displaying merely the letter-which designates the position of the player as N for north, E for east; when the hands are called each of the players will reverse the called cards thereby placing it face upward in the rack. Vhen all of the hands have been given and the cards correspondingly arranged the plays are called each of the players removing the played Y card from the rack and covering the tricks in the usual manner. Inasmuch however as the cards of the several players are clearly differentiated no 'confusion can arise as to who has played any particular card.
After the deal has been played if the players desire to repeat thecplays this may be readily done as the cards remaining in the rack are arranged in the same manner as those previously played. Therefore the deal may be played over as many times as there are decks in the racks and each deal is distinguished from the others by the shade of the cards.' v 1 If it is desired to conceal the cards of one player from another this may be accomplished by the inclination of the steps vs0 What l claim as my invention is:
1. A game comprising a rack for'holding.k
a plurality oit' full decks of cards with sepa rate compartments for the 'diierent cardsV of each deck adapted to receive all of the corresponding cards in the several decks the,l
for the ditl'erent suits and in sequence in` the same suit, the corresponding cards of" each deckbeing arranged one u )on another 1n the same compartment and being visually differentiated upon the faces and backsv thereof from each other.
3. A game comprising a rack for receiv ing a plurality of full decks oi' cards with separate compartments for `the different cards of the same deck arranged in rows for the diti'erent suits and in sequence in the same suit,` the corresponding cards .of each deck being arranged one upon another in the same compartment and being :visually dilerentiated `upon` the faces and backs 4thereof from each other, said cards being reversed inl their respective compartments and having, indications on the back of the position of the" player.
` 4. A game comprising a plurality ofA racks, one for each of the several players, each. rack being adapted to receive a full L;
deck of cards with the diffe-rent suits arranged in different rows and the 1 cards of each suit arranged in sequence anddecks of cards for said racks visually differen-V tiated upon the backs and faces thereof from each other. .i y
5. A` game `comprising a plurality of racks, one for each `of the Vseveral players,
each rack being adapted to receive a plural-4 ity of full decks or' cards with the different suits arranged in diierent rows and the cards of each suit arranged in sequence, the decks in the Adifferent racks being visually dii'erentiated from each other and the decks in the same rack bein otherwise visually differentiated from eac other.
In testimony whereof I ahx my signature.
l WILLIS c. WARD.