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Patented Feb. 26, 1929.
LEO EFER SMEDLEY, 0F ALTON, KANSAS.
Application vled March 15, 1928. Serial No. 261,865.
This invention relates to playing cards, and has for one of its objects to provide a deck of cards which, while capable of being used for the purpose of playing many of the well known card games, shall be especially designed to be used for the purpose of playing Athe novel and fascinating game of Take hereinafter fully described, and' which to add interest to the gamebeing played and serve as an educational medium shall have the respective suits thereof marked to represent the 4respective seasons of the year and shall include in addition to the suits a leap year card. y l
The deckof cards is hereinafter fully described and claimed, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein: A
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the cards that constitute the. winter suit of the deck,
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the cards that constitute the spring suit ofthe deck,
Figure 3 isa perspective view of the cards that constitute the summer suit of the deck,
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the cards that constitute the fall suit of the deck, and
Figure 5 is an elevational view of the leap year card. d
The deck consists of fifty -seven cards divided into four seasonal units or suits and a leap year card. The winter, spring, summer and fall suits aredesignated A, B, C and D, respectively, and the leap year card is designated E. Each suit consists of fourteen cards of which nine are numbered cards and four are.face cards, said first cards being numbered from two to ten. One of the face cards is known as the holiday card, another as the season card, and the remainder as the month cards of the season. Y
The numbered cards 1 of the winter suit A bear the name of the first month of this season, the holiday card 2 bears the phrase Christmas Day, takes them all in Winter the season card 3 bears the word Winter, and the month cards 4, 5 and 6 bear the names ot the months of this season, respectively. These' cards are colored white to symbolize winter, and they will bear pictures symbolical of this season.
The numbered cards 7 of the spring suit B bear the name of the first month of this season, the holiday card 8 bears the phrase Decoration Day takes them all in spring, the season card 9 bears the word Spring, and the month cards 10, 11 and 12 bear the names of the months of this Season, respectively. These cards are colored green to symbolize spring, and will bear pictures symbolical of this season.
The numbered cards 13 of the summer suit C bear the name of the first month lof this season, the holiday card 14 bears the phrase Fourth of July takes them all in summer, the season card 15 bears the word Summer, and the month cards 16, 17 and 18 bear the names of the months of this season, respectively. These cards are colored red to symbolize summer, and they will bear pictures symbolical of this season.
The numbered cards 19 of the fall suit D bear the name of the first month of this season, the holiday card 20 bears the phrase Thanksgiving Day takes them all in fall, the season card 21 bears the word Fall, and the month cards 22, 23 and 24 bear .the names of the months of this season, respectively. These cards are colored brown to symbolize fall, and they will bear pictures symbolical of this season.
The leap year card E bears the phrase Number 366 Leap Year takes them all, and will bear a picture symbolical of this year.
The leap year card is the high card in the deck. The holiday cards are the high cards of the suits. The season cards, the month cards and the numbered cards have values similar to those of the ace, king, queen, jack and spot cards of an ordinary deck of playing cards.
As heretofore stated, the deck of cards is especially adapted to be used for playing the game of Take. Such game is played substantially the same as the game of Pitch as played by regular playing cards. When playing the game of Take, the leap year and the holiday cards are known as take cards. The difference over Pitch is instead of having some of the trump cards count like the jack, etc., all of the trump cards count one each. Thus in playing Take, there are no high, no low and no game cards. lVhere there is but one bid in regular card playing pitch, a. bidder in playing Take can raise his bid as many times asvhis cards permit until the highest bid of fifteen is made. The highest bldder names the trump and starts the game. The game may be pla ed by two or more persons. Nine cards are ealt to each player. The highest bidder may name the winter, spring, summer or fall suit cards as trumps, and the highest 'thathe maybidis fifteen. In a two hand game the highest bidder (106s 1101i rOb the deck., 1.1.1111.
the fteen'trumps, which include all of the cards of the trump suit and the leap year card, are not all out. In a four hand game the highest bidder robs the deck, and the lifteen trump cards are all out. In a four hand game, if a player has seven of the highest trumps, he can make fifteen and Win the game. The players keep all of their trumps, discard the non-trumps, and take enough cards out of the deck to make seven cards for each player. The trump cards are not 'changed during the progress of the game; that fis, a new trump is not named after each new deal of the cards. The points are counted according to the numbers on thefcards or other values given them, especially the picture cards, as before pointed out.
As the respective suits represent the respective seasons of the year, the game of Take is rendered highly interesting as well as instructive, the highest-bidder choosing Winter,
spring, summer or fall as the season to be won. The leap year card also addsinterest to the game andmay be a source of merriment. The cards also, during the plays of the game, instruct the youth in the different seasons of the year, the mouths during which the seasons fall, and the most important holiday of each season. Instead of being colored as hereinbefore stated, the cards may be made of any desired color or colors.
What is claimed is A deck of cards consisting of four seasonal suits and a leap year card, earch suit consisting of numbered cards, face cards designated by the names of the months of the season, a face card designated by the name of the season, and a face card designated by the holiday occuring in the season.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
LEOv EFER SMEDLEY.