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Publication numberUS2000369 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 7, 1935
Filing dateJan 8, 1934
Priority dateJan 8, 1934
Publication numberUS 2000369 A, US 2000369A, US-A-2000369, US2000369 A, US2000369A
InventorsZelss Carl H
Original AssigneeZelss Carl H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Filed Jan. 8, 1934 5 Sheets-Sheet 1- AM/WMLW/ZZ 5441/1 75 U y 1935- c. H. ZEISS 2,000,369

GAME

Filed Jan. 8, 1954 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 ALABAMA SOUTH DAKOTA Pop. 2, e92, 849

ARIZO NA POP. 435,573

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NEW JERSEY Pop-404L334 Patented May 7, 1935 UNITED STATES atoossa oams 1 l v 7 Carl H. Zelss, WiimetkaQllL w, Application January 8, 1934, n nn es. j

12 Claims.

This invention relates toimprovements in games; and moreqparticularlyv to an improved game board to be used in playing the game, primarily while making long trips in automobiles. In order that a better understanding of the invention may be had, it may be stated in brief that automobile touring, especially over long distances, frequently becomes tiresome and any form of amusement which may be had under such each player being provided with a. game board and a pencil, the only other elementrof the. play comprising the license'tags on automobiles seen or passed during the trip or within a certain number of miles or definite time interval. Scoring is made preferably directly upon the board according to predetermined values of the state or locality from which the car originated, as well as other values for-the make of the car. I It is therefore one of the objects of the present invention to provide a simple and practical game board of the above general character, which may be, inexpensively manufactured.

' A further object is toprovide: a game of the above general character adapted to provide one element of a game which may be played byany number of persons while making automobile trips. A further object is to provide a game board of the last above-mentioned character foruse in a game which will not only be interestingand instructive, but which will materiallyincrease the powers of observation of theplayers, 1

A further object is to provide a unitary, selfcontained game board or one which is complete in itself, thereby eliminating the possibility of annoyance by loss of component parts as might occur in other typesof games. V i a Other objects willbe in part obvious from'the annexed drawingsand in part hereinafter indicated in connection therewith by the following analysis of this invention.

This invention accordingly consists in the features of construction,'combination of parts, and in the imique relation of the members and in the relative proportioning anddisposition thereof, all as more completely outlined herein.

To enable others skilled in the-art to fully comprehend the underlying features of this invention that they may embody the same by the numerous modifications in structure and relation contemplated by the invention, drawings depicting a preferred form of the invention have been also certaingof these-rectangles may bear the (o1. sis 11 a annexedas, pint: disclosura and in such drawings like characters of reference denote :corresponding parts throughout all of the views, in which- F'ig. l is a per pectivepview of thegameboard 5 in closed, position, showing the exterior of one surface thereof;

Fig. 2 is an end view showing the-board par- I tially open in full lines and closed in dotted lines; Fig. 3 is a detail perspective view :of a part of the main; board and a part of the sticker sheet spaced therefromy I. V

Fig. 4 is a plan view of .thesticker sheet showing only a portion of theprint ed matter appearing thereon, sufficient to understand the same,v 5 Fig. 5 is;a smiilarview of-the' base sheet',partially illustrating the printed, matter appearing Referring now to the drawings in detail, H) indicates what maybe termed the base board which consists-of a single sheet of relatively heavy cardboardifolded along a' longltudinalmedial line II and preferably provided with a reinforced hinge strip 12 of fabric or other suitable material pasted along the creased edgeik The outer-surface may be plain or ornamented as desired tocarry advertising 'matter, this being immaterial and forming nojpartiof the game itself.-, a V

Superimposed upon the inner surface of this base boardiswhatmay be termed' a sticker. sheet i3' preferablyL made :in two separate parts, 'as shown clearly in Fig. 2. These-twovpartsof the sticker ,sheetyare preferably secured to the base board [0 by gluing, hosting or otherwise fasteningoneedge only of the sticker sheet I3,Figure 35 '4;to one edge of the baseboard, as indicated at .M 5," thereby permitting the remaining unattached portion, of the sticker sheet to, be raised or folded back when desired sons to show the base board beneath. I r 1 r Referring first to Fig. 5, which shows'the base board, it is to be noted that this is marked on by transverse horizontal and vertical lines as indicated, into squares; or rectangles to provide four columns l5, each rectangle of which bears the name of-a locality, such as a State, of the United States, arranged in alphabetical order, andprom inent localities'or districts in Canada or Mexico;

names of certain special automobile, tags such 50 as US. Army,-.U. S.=Navy, etc. The geographical localities preferably carry a number indicating the approximate population of that locality, as this element will enter into the scoring as will be hereinafter more fully explained.

Adjacent these columns l5 are other columns l6 providing small squares or scoring spaces opposite each geographical locality into which the score is placed. 7

The sticker sheets I3 shown in Fig. 4 are preferably made of relatively thin paper, divided longitudinally into three columns, two of which (l1) bear miniature representations of the license tags of States or localities in rectangular spaces and correspond in size and relative location to the geographical localities appearing therebeneath upon the base board l0, shown in Fig. 5. Each of the rectangles in the columns I1 is a facsimile of a typical automobile license plate of that locality, both as to form of printing and color of the background and arrangement of numbers, only a few of these being indicated in the upper part of Fig. 4 to show the style and arrangement. The central column l8 comprising the bodypor; tion ofthe sheet is also formed into rectangles, each of which is adapted'to carry a facsimile 20 of the name plate, emblem, or hub cap of the more prominent and different makes of automobiles. These are preferably arranged alphabetically for convenience and are indicated at 20 in Fig. 4. Each of the representations of license tags in the columns I! constitutes a coupon and may be separated from the adjacent ones and the body portion I8 along perforations as indicated -to permit individual quick detachment without disturbing the others. The back of each of these coupons is coated with glue, like a postage 'stamp Whereby it may be moistened and applied to the corresponding geographical localityontheboardll).- I "Adjacent these name plates or emblems 20 on the body portion of the sticker sheet appear numbers such as the number 30 opposite the name Alabama, and the number 50 opposite the name Arizona. The other localities are given corresponding ratings which are based upon the population of the locality in question. Thus, for example, the State of Alabama has a much higher population than theState of Arizona, and consequently relatively more car owners. Thus the possibilities of seeing an Alabama license is much higher than the possibility-or chance. of seeing a car from Arizona. Therefore the rating 'of Ariz'on'a should be relatively high. The rating of New York, on'the other hand, should be relatively low due to its very large population and the large Droportion'of car owners. 7 r V r Immediately under each name plate-or-emblem 20 of the diiferent cars appears a second number.

Thus"l5" appears under the name Auburn. and 20 appears under the name Buick; 35"- appears under the name Cadillac, and so on. These numbers are based upon the relative prob ability of seeing a car of that make upon the road.- Thus Auburns areprobably more numerous than Buicks,- and Buicks more numerous than Cadillacs. On the other hand, Fords and Chevrolets, probably the cheapest and-most popular makes of car, are given a very low rating such as 5;

In the lower right-hand corner of theba'se board a space 2| is provided in whichare printed the rules or directions for playin'g the game, which in order-that the invention and manner of use may be more fully understood are briefly stated as follows:' 1

The game can be played by any number of people. The players may fix a time limit or may agree that the game will be played during a certain trip or for a certain number of miles 01. be tween certain'places. I

The method of play is as follows: Observe the license plate and the make of passenger cars seen while the game is being played. As each car with a different license is seen, detach the miniature of that license, stick it in its place on the score board immediately beneath, and write the make of the car in the space alongside of it. At the same time write in that space the score value of that license and the score value of that make of car, the sum of the two being the score for that car. For example: Arkansas Ford 35+5=40.

The license score values are shown alongside the miniatures and are based upon population, the greater the population the less the score value. .are shownbelow their emblems and are based The scorevalues for the different cars upon the cost of the cars, the less expensive being morenumerous and therefore the score value less.

For any car not listed. including foreign cars and for anyrcar not recognized by the player a score value of 5 is allowed. .Only one license of each kind is to be counted. Truck and dealers licenses do not count.

A player is not required to score a carand license seen unless he'wants to. For. example, if he observes a Chevrolet with an Illinois license he may take a chance that he will see later a Cadillac or other car of higher score value withv an Illinois license. This iscalled a pass and must be announced by the player at the time, thus: I pass an Illinois Chevrolet. If he makes this election, however, he must abide by it and cannotlater score the car originally seen.

That player wins who makes the largest total score within the time 'or distance fixed asthe limit for the game. a

I do not of course limit myself to the above method of playing the game for obviously other rules and regulations will doubtless occur to or be preferable to those using'the game board. These directions, however, illustrate a preferred method as Well as the manner in which the game board is'to be used.

The present game board provides an attractiv and ornamental device which may be produced either inexpensively for use in connection with the advertising policy .of motor fuel and lubricating concerns, or it may be more elaborately printed and. colored. In either case the invention provides an agreeable form of amusement to thosepassengers in a car while making long trips and'also tends toincrease the powers of observation of the players, the'quickness with which they may recognize a car and its license plate, thus making one;more familiar with the cars of, vario'us makes and able to detect them at a glance.

As previously statedthe game requires no special skill other than quick observation nor is one annoyed by the loss of component parts, the game being complete and self-contained in the board as furnished. I

From the foregoing it will be seen that the invention is of simple and practical construction well adapted to accomplish among others all of the objects and advantages herein set forth.

Without further analysis, the foregoing will so fully reveal the gist of "this invention that others can by applying current knowledge readily adapt it for various applications without omitting certain features that, from the standpoint of the prior art, fairly constitute essential characteristics of the generic or specific aspects of the invention, and therefore such adaptations should and are intended to be comprehended within the meaning and range of equivalency of the following claims. i a I I claim: a a V a l. A game board comprising a sheet of relatively stiff material divided into columns bearing the namesci certain localities with blank spaces for scoring purposes, and a superimposed sticker sheet of relatively thinner paper divided into'a body portion and a plurality oi? coupons corresponding in size to the location area in the base board, each of the coupons being detachable from the bcdyportion of the sheet and provided with adhesive whereby it may be secured to a location area on the baseboard without otherwise disturbing the sticker sheet, the body portion of said sticker sheet bearing in a second column indicia of various makes of cars, score values adjacent the location area, and score values adjacent the car name, the sum of the location value and car value indicating the total to be placed in the scorespace on the base board.

2. A game of the character described comprising a baseboard of relatively heavy material divided into vertical columns separated by'transverse lines to provide location areas, each location'area bearing the name of a State or locality and its population and a score space opposite eachlocation area; a sticker'sheet secured to the base board having a body portion and a plurality of detachable coupona'the body portion being coextensive in area to the score spaces and each coupon corresponding in area to-a location area appearing upon the base board, said coupons bearing on one face representations of various license tags from thelocalities appearing upon the base board and on its opposite face an adhesive whereby the coupon may be detached from the sticker sheet and superimposed upon its corresponding location area on the base board, the body portion of the sticker sheet bearinga series of representations of emblems of various makes of cars, together with score values varying according to the popularity or price of the car and the relative population of the State or 10- cality, the sum of which for any one car denotes the score value to be placed in-the score column upon the base sheet. J

3. A game board comprising a base board foldable along one of its medial lines and divided transversely and horizontally to form location rectangles with scoring spaces opposite said rectangles, each rectangle bearing the name of a different locality and its approximate population, a sticker sheet substantially coextensive in area to the base board and preferably secured thereto, said sticker sheet being divided into a body portion adapted'to remain attached to the game board substantially coextensive to and normally covering the scoring spaces, and a plurality of detachable coupons each of which is substantially coextensive to the location area and in registry therewith on the base board, said coupons being facsimiles of the license plates from the various location areas whereby they may be detached from the sticker sheet and placed upon the location area on the base board, the body of said sticker sheet bearing emblems of various makes of automobiles.

4. A game board comprising a base board foldable along one of its medial lines and marked to form location rectangles with scoring spaces opposite said rectangles, each rectangle bearing the name of a different locality, a sticker sheet substantially coextensive in area to the base board and preferably securedthereto, said sticker sheet being dividedinto a body portion adapted toremain attached to the game board substantially coextensive to and normally covering'the scoring spaces, and a plurality of detachable coupons 'each'of which is substantially coextensive to the location area and-in registrytherewith on a the'base board, said coupons being facsimiles of the license-plates from the various location areas whereby they may'be-detachedfrom the sticker sheet and 'pla'ceduponthelocation area on the base board, the body a ofsaid sticker sheeting bearing the name plates or hub caps 'of'various makes of automobiles, "and numbers associated with the names oidifierent'carsiand numbers associated'with the location areas-the sum -oi which numbers for anyparticular'car from any particular locality constituting thenumberto be *5. A game board comprising a sheet of relatively stiff material divided into columns of spaces or areas bearing 'the names of certain localities placed in the scoring space on the'bas'e board. I

with blank spaces adj acent such areasiior scoring purposes, and asuperimpOsed sticker sheet V of relatively thinner paper divided "into'a body portion adapted toremain attached to the game board and a plurality of coupons on each of two opposite sides ofsa'id body portion, said coupons.

corresponding in size to the locality areas on the base board, and each of the coupons being detachable from the bodyportion of the sheet-and provided with adhesive materialwherebyit may be secured to a locality area'fon thebaseboard without otherwise disturbing the stickershet?" 6. A game board comprising a sheet bfrelatively stiff material divided into columns of spaces or areas bearing the names of c'e'rtainlo calities with blank spaces adjacent thereto ffor scoring purposes, and a superimposed sticker sheet of relatively thinner paper divided into a body portion disposed over the scoring spaces and adapted to remain attached to" the game-board and a plurality of coupons on each of ttvbopposite sides of said" body portion, said coupons corresponding in size to thelocalityarea on the'base board, each of the coupon's being detachable from the body portion of the sheet and provided with adhesive whereby it may be secured to a locality area on the baseboard without otherwise disturbing'the sticker sheet, the body portion of said sticker sheet bearing in a'column the names or emblems or the names'and emblems of'various makes of cars; score'valuesadjacent the locality coupons, and score" values adjacent the car names, the sum of the locality score value and 5 car name score value indicating the total to be placed in the score space on the base board.

7'. A game of the character described comprising a base board of relatively heavy material divided into vertical columns separated by transverse lines to provide locality areas,each locality area bearing the name of a State or locality and its population and a score space adjacent each lo-' cality area, and a sticker sheet secured to the tbase board having a body portion and a plurality of detachable coupons on each of two opposite sides of said body portion, the body portion being co-extensive in area to the score spaces of the base board and each couponlcorresponding in area to a locality area appearing upon the" base board, said coupons bearing on one face the representation of an automobile license tag from some I one of the localities appearing upon the base board and on the opposite face an adhesive whereby the coupon may be detached fromthe V detachable coupons on each of two opposite sides of said'body portion, the body portion being adapted to remain attached. to the game board and disposed over and coextensive in area to the scorespaces at the base board and each coupon corresponding in area to alocality'area appearing upon the base 'board,'-said coupons bearing onone face therepresentation of an automobile license tag from some one .of the localities appearing upon, the base board and on the opposite face an adhesive whereby the coupon may be detached from the sticker sheet and superimposed'upon its corresponding locality area on the base board, there being such a coupon corresponding to each of the locality areas on the base board, the body portion of the sticker sheet bearing a series of representations of the emblems, or thenames of various makesof cars, orboth such emblems and such names, together with score values for such cars varying according to the 'popularityorprice of the car and score values for the difierent States and localities varyingaccording to the relative population of the State or locality, the sum of which for any one car denotes the score value to be placed in the score column upon the base board.

9. A game board comprising a' base board foldable along one of its medial lines and divided transversely and horizontally to form: locality,

rectangular areas with scoring spaces opposite said rectangles, each rectangular area bearing the name of adifierent locality and its approxi mate population, two sticker sheets which together are substantially coextensive in'area to the base board and preferably secured thereto, each of said sticker sheets being divided into a body portion being adapted to remain attached to the game board and disposed over and substantially coextensive to the scoring spaces on one-half of the base board, and a plurality of detachable coupons on each of two opposite'sides of said body portion, each of which coupons is substantially coextensive to a locality area on the base board and in registry therewith, said coupons being facsimiles of the automobile license plates from the various localities shown in the locality areas whereby they may be detached from the sticker sheet and placed upon the corresponding locality areas on the base board,'the body of said sticker sheet bearing the names or emblems or the names and emblems of various makes .of automobiles.

portion each of which coupons is substantially coextensive to a locality area on the base board and in registry therewith, said coupons being facsimiles of the automobile license plates from the various localityareas whereby they may be detached from the sticker sheet and placed upon the corresponding locality areas on the base board, the body of .said sticker sheet bearing the names, name platesyemblems and/or hub caps of various makes of automobiles, and numbers associated. with the names of different cars and numbers associated with the locality areas, the sum of which numbers for any particular 'car from any particular locality constitute the number to be" placed in the scoring space on the base board. I

11. A game boardcomprising a scoring sheet, and a sheet superposed thereon and attached thereto at one edge, said second sheet including of separable coupons along one edge of said body portion, the first mentioned sheet having scoring spaces covered by said body portion.

CARL I-I. ZEISS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/459, 273/157.00R, 273/240
International ClassificationA63F9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/00
European ClassificationA63F9/00