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Feb. 1o, 1931.
H. C. BRIDGES" CARD GAME' Find May 1, 19:50l
smts-sneet 1 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 H. C. BRIDGES GARD GAME Filed Ilay 1, 1930 ECO BEFORE THING UNUSUAL POR A Feb. l0, 1931.
L L L L Patented Feb. Yl), 1931 UNITED STATES HERBERT c. Barnens, or SPRINGFIELD, Mrssonm CARD' vApplication filed May 1,
rlhis invention relates to card games and particularly to a game designed to be played by children, the purpose of the game being to inculcate safetyfirst maxims so that the constant repetition of these maxims in play ing the game will make a lasting impression upon the minds of the players.
Afurther object of the invention is to pre-v vide a deck of cards having thereon words or 1@ phrases or separated parts of sentences which,
when the proper cards are secured by a player, will combine to form a complete sentence and a further object is to provide a card game of this character in which the cards bear independent safety maxims which will be absorbed by the children as the game is played.
Other objects will appear in the course of the following description.
My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure l is a face view of an information card to be used in connection with my gaine;
Figure 2 shows face views of nineteen cards of my deck of cards showing the manner in which the face cards are marked and showing the cards used in forming a complete safety maxim;
Figure 3 is a perspective view of a portion of another arrangement of cards to spell out another safety maxim;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the deck of cards as laid upon the table ready for playing.
The deck consists of sixty-six cards, though a greater number or a less number might be used. Each one of these cards as illustrated in Figure 2 by the specimen card 10 has for instance at one end of the card, the word The and' below this the numeral l0 accom 4o panied by the letter W. The top of the card has on it the word Crossings and below this the numeral 10 accompanied by the letter K. The opposite end of this card has on it the word And and below this the numeral 10 accompanied by the letter R while the bottom of the card has on it the word Your and the numeral 8 with the letter rlhe center of the card has printed on it a maxim such as Always walk on the left side of the highway. It will thus be seen GAME leso. seria; No. 448,950.
that each card has on its face a plurality of differently positioned separate portions of an incomplete sentence. Thus for instance, in the cards shown in vFigure 2, there are portions of four incomplete sentences, one posi- 5 tioned at one end of each card,fthe other positioned at the opposite end, one at the top and one at the bottom. The numeral associated with each word indicates the position of thel word in the complete sentence, as for instance, beneath the Word Crossings there is the numeral l0 indicating that the card is'the tenth card in the order to be used in forming the complete sentence.
The letter K associated With the numeral L 10 indicates that all the Words having the letter K placed in juxta-position thereto should be associated to form the proper sentence. There are nineteen cards having the letter'K thereon, there are nineteen cards having the letter W thereon, nineteen cards having the letter R thereon and nineteen cards having the letter C thereon. When the nineteen cards having the lletter K thereon are associated in the order of the 7;, numbers juxta-posed with the letter Kwe have a maxim reading Childrem in my experience, as a fireman, I have ridden an engine into automobiles at grade crossings. That a pityful sight are the dead and injured. Wont you please be carefulf Vlll/'ith the pack of cards, there is used an information card shown in Figure l which shows the number of cards necessary for a maxim marked A or a maxim marked B or C, etc. This information card is to be kept, for instance, in the center of the table, while playing the game where all fcan see. The backs of the cards may be plain, may contain an advertisement, may have backs such as are ordinarily found on playing cardsor' they may have the words Safety first printed thereon or may have any other desired character.
Gbvic-usly l do not wish to be limited to the. number sixty-six the number of cards which may be used may be readily changed depending upon the number' of maxims used and the manner in which these maxims are split up into independent phrases or words. im
In playing the game, the cards are thoroughly shuffled and then dealt one card face down to each player. The deck is then disposed in the middle of the table with the backs of the cards upward. Each player will decide as to what sente-nce (indicated by the letter) the player desires to draw to.
The player on the left of the dealer will now draw a card from the deck. If he does not secure the card he desires, that is, a card having the appropriate letter of the sentence, he is building up, he lays this card face down on the` table by the side of the deck. The players will be allowed to draw either from the deck or from the discard. Of course, no player rwill let another' player know the sentence to which they are drawing and as ordinarily played, no player can draw from another players hand. A player Vdrawing and securing a. card he needs may keep on drawing so long as the proper cards are drawn. I/Vhen the player misses a proper draw, ho-wever, he must lay the card drawn face down on the discard pack and it is the next players turn to play. The player drawing all of the cards necessary to complete his sentence, that is, to complete the set wins the Agame and this player will now lay all Yhis cards down face upward in proper number, which when all layed down will spell out a safety-first slogan. It is to be particularly noted that in this gaine each card contains one Vor more words of a plurality of slogans and thatV the numeral indicating the postion of a word in one slogan is entirely different from the numeral in another slogan on the same card. As a consen quence, in playing the game, the fact that one player has succeeded in securing a card which will aid in completing his particular slogan, that is the slogan which he has selected, may entirely prevent another player from completing his slogan. It is also obvious that the player need not choosethe slogan which he wishes to complete but that a. number of cards may be `dealt to each player and each player may start a slogan and then finding that other cards are coming into his hand may decide on a different slogan and discard the cards which he originally had for the first slogan, thus making the way clear for another player to take these cards and complete a sie an which he has selected, but which he ld otherwise be unable to complete.
in the deck which I propose to use, there will be, as before stated, sixty-six cards which are capable of being arranged into twelve sets, each card having on its face four words or incomplet-e sentences adapted to take its place in one of these sets.
While I may use the rules which I have heretofore stated for playing this game, yet preferably the game will be played as follows The cards are thoroughly shuflied and the dealer deals one card to the player on his left. The deck is then placed where all may reach it. The player to whom a card has been dealt is known as safety first. I-Ie decides which one ofthe four slogans on the margin of the card which he has is to be used. The information card will show just how many cards are in whatever slogan is selected. This information card may be kept in the center of the table where all may see. The player known as safety first will draw a card from the deck. If he gets what he is drawing to, he may draw again and so on until he misses. Then the next player on the left will do the same and so on around until all of the cards in that particular book have been drawn. All players will now give the cards they have drawn to the player kno-wn as safety first who will lay down the cards in rotation and spell out the slogan. The player 'drawing the most cards when lling out a hook wins the game. Should two or more players draw the same amount of cards in playing out any one of the books or slogans, then it isa tie game. The players drawing a card they do not want will lay itl face downward by the side of the deck to form a discard pile. The cards will be again shullied and the game will be started again, but the player on the left of the previous player known as safety rst will not become safety first and so on around giving all the players an equal chance. The game may be played by partners or with every. player for himself.
TWhile I have illustrated the principles of this game, I do not wish to be limited to the exact format of the cards, nor obviously the maxims used.
I also wish it understood that the words on the edges of the margins of a card may be and preferably will be of a diiferent color than the complete slogan which is printed on each card, as for instance, the words and numbers in the margin will be printed in red while the slogan will be printed in black.
I claim A card game including a deck of cards, each card having on its upper and lower margins and its side margins dierent and incomplete portions of sentences which when associated in proper sequence with incomplete portions of sentences on the margins of other cards will form and complete sentences, each in# complete portion of a. sentenceon each car'd being accompanied by a numeral denoting the position of the incomplete sentence in the complete sentence and being also accom panied by a letter denoting that all fragments of a sentence associated with the same letter should be placed together to form the complete sentence.
In testimony whereof I hereunto aX my signature.
HERBERT C. BRIDGES.