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Publication numberUS1997501 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 9, 1935
Filing dateNov 28, 1933
Priority dateNov 28, 1933
Publication numberUS 1997501 A, US 1997501A, US-A-1997501, US1997501 A, US1997501A
InventorsSweney Helene L
Original AssigneeSweney Helene L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

April 1935- H, L. SWENEY 1,997,501


Filed NOV. 28, 1935 Fig.4.

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Patented Apr. 9, 1935 ventiori may. take-various forms ones of WhiChalillllSlllatBi This inventionhas for its' object a prcvidea novel, interesting and instructive form of game suitable fo-rboth children and' adults. l

The nature and objects-0f the invention will appear more fully from the accompanyingi'description and drawing 'andwill be particularly pointed out in the cla-ims. The game involves certain novel features of construction in the-elements employed in'playing the game which withintlie scope oftheih- 'In the drawingr v g Fig; l is a perspectiveview of one formoifIassembly produced by a single player or thegame. Fig. 2 is a perspectiveview of one forrnof plate shown in Fig. l; i I

Fig- 3. is a vie similar toFigi-2 on a second formof plate. v

4 is'miewi Similar to Fi .2 Ofa third form ofplatep i H Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig lashowing a ferent assembly. I i v i Fig. 6 is a perspective view of oneformof plate 1 shown in Fig. 5.

complemental telescopic Fig.7 is a perspective .view of a second form of plate which may be employed in an assembly such'as shownin Fig. 5. 1

:Fig. 8 is a perspectiveview of a third form of plate which may be employed in the assembly ofFig.'5. H} l .The elements employed in :playing the. game comprise essentially aplurality of pedestals'with onexor more of. which each player. is provided and aplurality ofsimilarplates having on theirfl front faces indiciadetermining their position relatively to eachother and to the pedestal when a plurality of these plateszare assembled in units by the use of telescopic positioningelementswith which the plates and pedestal areprovided.

1. Referring first. to: the construction shown :in Figs. land 2; the pedestal! is shown in theform:

of a long rectangular block I havingf'in its top face anarrow, .verticalaslot 2. Such a pedestal may be of any desired length capable of supporting one or more of the plate units and is here shown as supporting. three such units. Each player is provided with one or more of the pedestals and each player is provided with the same ,number of pedestals.

The plates employed are of similar construe? tion and present at their upper and lower edges positioning elements. As shown in Fig. 2, this resultis secured by forming the plate of three similar rectangular laminae characteristic 'apl'ate is shown made of secured together with the centrallamina positioned below theiother two to form afin 6 at the bottom anda recess 1 at-the top of the plate.

The forms thus an element complemental:

to *and ertically telescopic with the recess i pf another plate and' also complemented to and vertically. telescopic with the recess 2 in the pe'd-f estal, *Anygiven-number of{theseplates,'for example threeyas shown in Flgl 'l, may thus be assembled-into a; unit and the plates of each unit are provided on their {rent faces "with indicia determining the position of the plates relatively.

1 to 'eachother andjto the pedes'taland the'indicia of eaclr -unit is different from that of every other uniti'fTheseindicia preferablytake the form of pictures which may be of wide variety and-type. In the illustration in-Fig. 1, there are three units each comprising 'thr'ee similar plates and it will be noted thatthe portion'of'each picture on each plate differs in somHway from acorresponding portionfon' acorre'spdndingly' located plate in the The plates may be made ofyarious forms and construction, provided they have the" comple mental telescopic positioning "element's. In Fig.3 a solid block 8 provided at its top with 'a" recess 9 formed therein-and at i '4 and' 5"cemented orotherwise permanently.

its' bottomwith a fin lfl'inserted therein. In Fig.

4 a plate'i'isshown also-formed ofa-solid block H I provided at the-top'jwith sockets l2 and at the bottom with complmental pins I3.

Thepfedestal and plates may be made of any suitable material, cardboard, wood, metal or otherwise and of sionsand "the pictures may be painted, pasted, or

otherwise formed .on' the plates and may, of

course; be of any'desired'character.

The game may be played by various methods,

threeof which are suggested. In the firstmethod,each player provided 'withone" or more 'of the pedestalswhich' he positions in front of himself;"Alarge number of the plates are'shufiled up and placed'face downwardina centralpile. The

first player then draws from the pile one of the plates and if he draws a plate which forms the bottomof one of the pictures, he inserts it in his pedestal. If not, he returns, it to the pile. The

. next player then draws and proceeds in the same way. Thus the'drawing and discarding continues until one player has completedthe formation on his pedestal of a given number of pictures,

any suitable'size anddimenwhich in the case illustrated would be three such declared the winner. The the building or any one of pictures, and is then player may continue a plurality of vertical, and horizontal rows with a central pile as before.

- I first player to complete in a single pile face downward; The player next-1 to the dealer then discards from: the top of his his leftorie plate. If. the discarded plate is a bottom plate.rthe'player player .on

pile to' the next to whom it is discarded places it inlhis pedestal. If it is not, he places it face down in front of him starting a second pile and discards tothe next'player on his left a plate from the top of his first pile; So the game proceeds in rotation; with each player to whom a plate is discarded using the discarded plate if he can to startthe' unit formation of the pictures. When the-first pile of plates-of anyplayer. is exhausted, he.;uses the second pile to discard f rorzrandstarts anew .pile with the discarded plates received. Thus the.

game proceeds until one player has completed his set of 'unitpictures and is declared the winner. While these three methods of playing the game are suggested, other methods may be employed.

A further feature of the invention is disclosed in Figs. 5 to 8, inclusive. In this form the plates are ;to beyassembled in alarger unit comprising all of. the

single large picture; extending over The main plates making up this larger unit.

' features of constructionemployed in-this form of the. game aresimilar to those already described except that in this case the plates require both horizontally and vertically telescopic positioning elements-to hold the assembled plates positioned with respect to each other the larger unit and positioned with respect to the pedestal;

In the form illustrated the pedest l is shown as similar to that already described comprising arectangularblo'ck M of suitable length provided onitstop face with a recess l5. The plates illust-rated in Fig; 5 are shown separately in Fig. 6'

a and in this form made of three laminae, It, I1

and id, withthe centrallarnina projecting at two adjacent edges so as to form arvertical fin 8 and a horizontalfin 20, leaving arecess 2| at the topcomplemental to the fin 2.0 and. a recess at the left complemental to the fin 19.,The

platesnemployed at the right-hand edge of the completed picture are preferably formed-without the projecting right-hand fin; l9. The plates may be made of any desired. material, size and dimensions, just as in the casejof thejfirst form of the invention illustrated. In- Fig.1? one of,

the plates is shownas a, solid block 22 havinga drawing in any his pictures being the ,metal fin 23 inserted at the'bottom andhaving a positioning recess 24 formed in one edge. This particular plate is shown without any fin at the right-hand side and at the top, such a plate being desirable for the upper right-hand corner of The socket and pin construction and a plate embodying Fig. 8. But when the the picture. may also be employed this form is shown in sockets and pins are employed, they can only be 10.

formation of the complete a construction which will permit both vertical and horizontal telescoping must be provided on the side edges, as shown in this Fig. 8. Here the plate is a solid block 25 having the pins 26 at the bottomand'complemental recesses 21 at the top,

the fin .28 at the right and the complemental recess'29'atthe left. 1

The game in this second form of the invention may be played by any of the three methods already described or by any other. suitable method, with each player assembling one or more .of the complete units such as shown in Fig. 5.

r The pictures may; of course, be of character provided the picture for, each unit is differentand provided that the picture extends over the face of every plateso as to provide indicia determining the position of atively to each other and to the pedestal. V

. Having thus describedthe invention, what is claimed asnew, and desired to be secured by LettersPatent, is: l I r 1. A game comprising a plurality of units each of which comprises a plurality of similar rectangular plates adapted for assembly in a plurality of bothvertical and horizontal rows, each any desired the plates rel tively complemental horizontally and. vertically telescopic positioningv elements, and a having at the topv elements complemental to those. on the lower edges of the plates, each unit presenting at its front face indicia determining the position of theplates relatively to each other and to the pedestal. I I a 2. A'game presenting a'plurality of units each of whichcomprises a plurality of similar. reotangular plates adaptedfor assembly in a plurality of both vertical and'horizontal rows, each plate at itsupper and loweredgesand at its side edgespresenting respectively complemental horizontally and vertically telescopic. positioning elements, ,and' a pedestal havingat the top elements complemental to'those on the lower edges of the plates, each unit presenting at its front face ind icia determining the position of the plates relatively to :each other and to the pedestal.



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U.S. Classification273/157.00R
International ClassificationA63F9/06, A63F9/10
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/10, A63F9/1044
European ClassificationA63F9/10