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NOV- 11, 1930 i, SHULMAN 1,781,529
Filed Jan. 20, 1930 5 Il la r2- I3 Ez/deman IsmoR BHULMANj Patented Nov. 11, 1930 ISIDOR SHULMAN, or NEWYORK, N. Y.
GAME` `Application led January 20, 1930;' Serial No. 421,946.
` This invention relates to games and more particularly to improyements in games utilizing movable playing pieces, such as checkers and the like, and in the method of pro- V ducing the same. i
Among the principal objects of the present invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive outfit for playing checkers and other such games employing movable playing pieces, the outfit being characterized in that the playingboard orsurface together with the playing pieces are formed from the same piece of stock or material, preferably cardboard.
21;5 A further object of the 'invention is to provide a board upon the surface of which a game, suoli ascheckers or the like, may be played, this board being characterized by the provision of a pair of extensions at opposite ends thereof each of which is provided with a plurality of partially cut-out playing pieces readily removable for use in' playing the ame.
Still another object of the invention is to 25 construct the extensions within which the playing pieces are provided in the form of foldable flaps, these flaps 'being folded over upon the playing surface of the game board proper, the latte-r being also adapted to be folded' upon itself along the medial line thereof in such manner that the playing piece extensions are embraced between the folded sections of the game board, thereby providing compact assembly of playing board and f playing pieces. l
A still further object vof the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive method of producing a foldablecard having a playing surface printed or otherwise impressed thereon and a plurality of partially cut-out playing pieces readily removable for use, the card being so designed that when folded upon itself blank surfaces are exposed upon which advertising or other printed or ornamental matter may be placed.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear more fully from the detailed description to follow.
The invention consists substantially in the combination, construction, location and arrangement of parts, all as will appear more fully hereinafter, as shown in the accompanying drawings and as finally pointed out in the appended claims. f
In the accompanying drawings, which are merely illustrative of one preferred form of construction of` the invention Figure 1 is a plan view of a game outfit constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention, the outfit being shown unfolded; j j
Figure 2 is a. perspective View of the outfit the parts thereof folded upon themselves;
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 1; and
Figure 4 is a. sectional view taken on the line 1 -4 of Figure 2.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings it will be observed that the game outfit which may be utilized for playing checkers or anyother game employing movable playing pieces, is constructed of a single piece 10 of relatively stiff material such as cardboard or the like. This piece 10 is scored along the lines 11, 12 and 13 to provide four sections designated 14, 15, 16 and 17. The scoring is of such character that the sections 14 and 17 are foldable respectively over and upon the sections 15 and 16, the doubled portions thus provided being foldable upon themselves along the centrally arranged scored line 12. vWhen the sectionsle to 17' inclusive have been folded as just described theoutfit assumes the appearance shown in Figure 2.
While the invention may be employed in connection with all games employing` movable playing pieces, I have deemed it desirable for the purposes of description to illustrate an outfit intended primarily for use in playing the game of checkers. Itwill be understood, of course, that it is not intended `to limit the invention solely` to the use of checkers. j
The` playing` surface proper upon which a particular game is to be played. comprises two central sections 15 and 16, it being observed that in the particular instance shown these sections are provided with the usual checker squares or blocks of alternating red form. These playing pieces are'formed out `of thesame stock or material, preferably cardboard, of which the sections vlll to 17 inclusive are formed. Each playing piecev 1s cut out of the stock except at the diamet Vrically opposed points 19 and 20..Infiotherf Words, the playing pieces-18 are 'each' partially cut out of the main stock ofwhich the -outlit is formed, the vuncut portions being merely sufficient to retain the playing pieces.V
against accidental or unintentional removal from the body ofthe foldableflaps or secy tions 14 and' 17.
It Will be understood that When itis desiredto play a game of checkersor the :like
With the outfit constructed in accordance with this invention, it is merely necessary to remove the playing pieces'from the Vsections 14e and 17 y by breaking the connection bef Y tween the playing pieces and the stock of Which they are formed at the points 19 and 20. This is readily effected by pushing a linger against each playing piece.v
It Will beunderstood that certain games require the playing pieces to be designated With distinguishing marks or insignia, this being effected in the present instance by printing or'othervvise impressing upon each playing piece the particular mark or insignia desired. In the game of checkers the usual practice is to place. one playing piece upon another to indicate a piece of high character, such as a king Due to the fact that the playing pieces as provided in the present outfit are of relatively thin'material, it may be difficult to distinguish a pair of superimposed playing pieces from a single piece. y Accordingly, I prefer to'provide an eXtra set of playing pieces having printed lor othervviseimpressed thereon a distinguishing character or insignia, such as the letter K, (see Figure 1) to designate the kingl piece. I also prefer to place upon the vremaining black pieces some sort of suitable design, such as the circular band 21, to afford a color contrast between the black .playing pieces and the black playing areasof the y playing surface proper.
y It Will be observed that a game outfit constructed as .just described is exceedingly in`1 expensive to manufacture and is admirably suited for distribution as an advertising medium. 'Eo this end, I prefer to leave the 'bottom surface of the sectionsk 15 and 16v blank so as to provide space for advertising or other suchfprinted matter. Of course, in place of'this advertising or printed matter 'these bottom surfaces of thesections 15 vand 'figuration or design to enhance the general aspect and appearancel thereof.
It Will be understoodthat the invention is susceptible'of various changes and modificaj tions' Without departingfrom the generalv vspirit or principles of the invention and it is accordingly intended toclaim the same broadly,` as Well as specifically, as indicated by the appendedclaims WhatV is claimed as nevvV 'and useful is 1. Ina game ofthe character described, a
sheet of relatively stiff material, one p0rtion of which constitutes a playing area of predetermined design for movable playing pieces, said sheet includinga second portion foldable over' upon'said first-mentioned portion, and a plurality of partially cut-out playing pieces formed-in saidV second portion of the sheet. I
2. In a gameof the character described, a sheet of relatively stiff material `having one section having a playinglarea of predeterminedl design and a second section foldyable over upon said'rst-mentioned section,
said last-mentioned section being characterized by theprovision therein of a plurality of partially cut-out playing .pieces for use in playing-a1 game upon said area.
3. In a game of the character employing movable playing pieces, a sheet of relatively stiE material of Which both the playing area l for the game and the movable pieces therefor are formed, said playing pieces being partially cut out ofsaid materialv whereby to facilitate their ready removal therefrom. 4. In a game of the character employing movableplaying pieces, a main body of relatively stiff ymaterial having portions at either end thereof fold'able over upon said main jbody, said foldable portions beingeach l'provided With a plurality of partially ycutthrough playing pieces adapted forv4 use, When removed, for-playing a game upon said main body. i
l 5. In a game of the' character employing movable playing pieces,`a singlel sheet of relatively stifmaterial of Which, the playing area and a-plurality` of movable playing pieces are .commonly formed, said movable playing pieces being in the form of elements partially cut out=of saidlsheet.
In testimony'vvhereof, I have hereunto affixed my signature.
` ISIDOR SHULMAN.
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