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Publication numberUS2066469 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 5, 1937
Filing dateJun 27, 1936
Priority dateJun 27, 1936
Publication numberUS 2066469 A, US 2066469A, US-A-2066469, US2066469 A, US2066469A
InventorsHaas Ellsworth R
Original AssigneeFranklin S Riley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Punchboard
US 2066469 A
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Patented Jan. s, 1937 ,matta PAT'EN r i c PUNCHBOARD Ellsworth R. Haas, Kansas City, Mo., assigner to Franklin S. Riley, Kansas City, Mo.

Application June 27,

6 Claims.

This invention relates to punchboards for electrical game devices of the character, for eX- ample, as that shown in United States Letters Patent No. 2,043,291, dated June 9, 1936, which patent has been assigned to the assignee of the invention illustrated and described herein, and the primary object of the present invention is the provision of a control element for electrical game devices, having as component parts thereof, means for completing any one of a number of electrical circuits through the manual manipulatlon of the operator of a punch which is a part of all of the electrical circuits.

It has been found in game devices of an electrical character, that after a circuit has once been closed by the introduction of a punch into one of a number of perforations in the punchboard, that the same circuit may again be closed,

either through the use of the same punch, or by 20 the employment of foreign objects that may be introduced into the punchboard and manipulated to obtain the desired end by an unauthorized action.

One of the primary aims of this invention is the provision in a punchboard for electrical game devices, of a plurality of superimposed sheets of conducting and non-conducting material, each of which is slotted, perforated, and positioned with respect to a perforated board, so that certain circuits in the game device will be closed whenthe punch is `introduced into certain perforations of the master board forming a part of the unit.v

A yet further object of the invention is to provide, .in a. punchboard of the aforementioned character, at least one sheet of conducting material, which `has an area set off therefrom in partial isolated relation thereto, so that after the circuit is closed through contacting said isolated area, the samewill be completely isolated andV insulated from the remaining part of the sheet of conducting material, to the end that reintroducing the punch of the game device into the perforations closed by the isolated area Will not again complete the circuit.

Another object of the invention is the provision of asheet of conducting material in a punchboard for electrical game devices, which has a crescent-shaped opening provided therein to set off an area partially isolated from and. connected tothe remaining portion of the sheet by a relatively narrow, fusible element, that will melt when the circuit including the said set off area is once closed to operate a particular part of the game device.

1936, Serial No. 87,709

A number of very important objects of the invention, respecting the manner of associating a series of sheets of conducting material, each of which is specially formed, will appear during the course of the following specification, referring to the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure l is a face View of the punchboard, having successive layers broken away to reveal the various laminae thereof.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged, fragmentary, cross sectional view through the board, taken on line II-II of Fig. l.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged, fragmentary, sectional View through a part of the punchboard, showing the punch of the game device inserted to contact one of the series of sheets of conducting material.

Fig. 4 is a similar view, showing the punch in contact with another sheet of conducting material.

Fig. 5 is a stretch-out View illustrating the structural relation between the laminae of the board below one of the board perforations. Fig. 6 is a similar stretch-out View showing the structural relation and characters of the laminae below another perforation of the board, and,

Fig. '7 is a wiring diagram.

The punchboard is constructed to present a main board 8, provided with a number of perforations it, arranged in check-rowed relation and overlaid by a cover sheet l2, that may have printed thereon, circles or similar indicia I4 which indicate the position of perforations l0 therebeneath. The side of board 3 opposite from that covered by paper l2 is overlaid by a number of sheets of conducting material i6, i8 and 20, each of ,which is backed by a sheet of non-conducting material 22, 2d and 26 respectively. Each sheet of conducting material i6, I8 and 20 forms a part of a normally open circuit of the game device, and a punch 528 is common to all circuits of the game device, so that when any one of the sheets of conducting material is engaged by punch 28, one of the circuits. of the game device will be closed.

In some instances where merchandise is dispensed when one of the circuits is closed, it is desirable to render it impossible to again close the same circuit if punch 28 is again introduced into the same perforation of board 8. Sheet I6 underlies board and forms a bottom to close most of periorations lll, and when punch 28 is introduced into any one of the perforations l0 that is bottomed by sheet lli, the circuit having that sheet therein will be closed.`

Sheet i8 is insulated from sheet It by packing lil 22 and when punch 28 is introduced into certain of perforations I8, it will pass completely through sheets I8 and 22 to engage sheet I8. To permit such contact, sheet I6 and its backing 22 is provided With a hole 30, in alignment with certain perforations I8, and this hole is bottomed by sheet I 8. To preclude touching sheet I6, either when punch 28 is introduced through perforation Ill and aligned hole 30 or through the use of some instrument foreign to the device, hole 30 is made to be larger in diameter than the aligned perforation I0.

After punch 28 has contacted sheet I8 by passing through perforation I and aligned hole 3U, and after the circuit has been closed by such action, it will be impossible to again close that circuit by re-introducing punch 28 into the same perforation and hole I0 and 30 respectively. Such advantage is, of course, desirable and necessary in game devices with which this board is used, and the novel means for carrying out this feature of the invention is here illustrated to be in the form of a fusible neck 32, which joins area 34 with the remaining portion of sheet I8 prior to the circuit being closed. This neck 32 and area 34 is created by the formation in sheet I8 of a crescent-shaped opening 36, of the nature illustrated in Fig. 5. Provision may be made in the game device for actuating a relay prior to the passing through the circuit of enough electrical energy to fuse neck 32, but in any event, the structure herein provided is capable of completely isolating and insulating area 34 so that the circuit may not again be closed by contacting said area.

The number of holes 3U formed in sheets I6 and 22 are less than the number of perforations I0, and to permit punch 28 to contact the sheet of conducting material 20 when it passes into certain of aligned perforations and holes I0 and 38 respectively, there is formed in sheets I8 and 2li, a number of openings 38. The part of opening 38 formed through the sheet of conducting material I8 is greater in diameter than that part of opening 38 formed through backing 24, so that when punch 28 or any other instrument is introduced. it will be impossible to make electrical connection by contacting sheet I8 where perforation, hole and opening I8, 30 and 38 respectively are in alignment. Where such a passage is formed for punch 28, it may engage only sheet 20 to close the circuit, wherein that sheet is positioned, and since it is also desirable to preclude again closing the circuit when it has once been closed by punch 28 passing down through aligned perforation, hole and opening I0, 30' and 38, said sheet is provided with an isolated area 4U in precisely the same manner as areas 34 are formed in sheet I8. A fusible neck 42 is presented and the crescent-shaped opening 44 creates area and neck 48 and 42 respectively. To fulll the requirement of the game device, the number of openings 38 is less than the number of holes 3D.

Fig. 7 diagrammatically illustrates the electrical relation between the sheets of conducting material (28 as an example), punch 28 and a battery B. In the example, when punch 28 is moved to contact area 40, current passes from battery B to wire 50, punch 28, area 40, neck 42, sheet 28, and wire 52 back to battery B. Neck 42 is immediately fused or melted and current can no longer pass through the said circuit. Obviously, any electrical devices may be interposed in this circuit so that the switching action just mentioned might supply energy thereto.

As further insurance against re-introducing punch 28 or a sharp instrument into any one of perforations IIJ that may be in alignment with holes 3U for the purpose of piercing the underlying isolated area 34 and backing 24 so as to contact sheet 20, said sheet is provided with windows 46 that are in alignment with aligned perforations I8 and holes 30. Even if punch 28 would pierce through backing 24, it would merely enter Window 43 and engage backing 26 and no electrical connection could be made.

A punchboard unit having the structural characteristics herein set forth will guard against closing certain circuits after they have once been closed and will serve in a vast number of Ways to insure the game device with which the board is used against duplicate actions where such actions are desirable.

It is conceivable that rearrangement of parts illustrated and described might accomplish other desirable ends, and only one preferred embodiment of the invention has been disclosed.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:

l. A punchboard for electrical game devices, having a source of electrical energy, a punch and an electrical circuit including the punch, comprising a laminated body having a plurality of superimposed sheets and a plurality of cavities provided within the body between certain of said sheets, some of said sheets being composed of conducting material and forming a part of the electrical circuit, certain of said sheets of conducting material having partially insulated areas closing one end of certain of said cavities, said areas having connections with the remaining portion of the sheet which fuse to completely isolate said areas when the circuit is closed with one of the areas and its connection forming a part thereof.

2. A punchboard for electrical game devices, having a source of electrical energy, a punch, and an electrical circuit including the punch comprising a laminated body having a plurality of superimposed sheets and a plurality of cavities provided within the body between certain of said sheets, some of said sheets being composed of conducting material and forming a part of the electrical circuit, one of said sheets being provided with crescent-shaped openings therethrough whereby to set off an area thereof partially isolated from and connected to the remaining portion of the sheet by a relatively narrow fusible neck for the purpose specified.

3. A punchboard for electrical game devices, having a source of electrical energy, a punch, and a plurality of electrical circuits each including the punch, comprising a board provided with a plurality of perforations therethrough; a first sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, disposed against one side of the board to close one end of the perforations; a second sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, positioned against the backing of the first sheet of conducting material; and a third sheet of conducting material, having a backing of nonconducting material, against the backing of the said second sheet of conducting material, each of said sheets of conducting material respectively being in one of the electrical circuits of the game device, said first sheet of conducting material and its backing having holes formed therethrough in alignment with certain perforations of the board, said second sheet of conducting material and its backing having openings formed therethrough in alignment With some of the holes through the iirst sheet of conducting material and its backing, the portion of said openings formed through the second sheet of conducting material being greater in diameter than the portion of said openings formed through the backing of the said second sheet of conducting material.

4. A punchboard for electrical game devices, having a source of electrical energy, a punch, and a plurality of electrical circuits each including the punch, comprising a board provided with a plurality of perforations therethrough; a first sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, disposed against one side of the board to close one end of the perforations; a second sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, positioned against the backing of the first sheet of conducting material; `and a third sheet of conducting material, having a backing of nonconducting material, against the backing of the said second sheet of conducting material, each of said sheets of conducting material respectively being in one of the electrical circuits of the gaine device, said rst sheet of conducting material and its backing having holes formed there through in alignment with certain periorations of the board, said second sheet of conducting material and its backing having openings formed therethrough in alignment with some of the holes through the first sheet of conducting material and its backing, said second sheet of conducting material having partially isolated areas thereof in alignment With other holes of the first sheet of conducting material and its backing, said isolated areas being connected to the remaining portion of the second sheet by fusible necks which When individually fused completely isolate the respective area.

5. A punchboard for electrical game devices, having a source of electrical energy, a punch, and a plurality of electrical circuits each including the punch, comprising a board provided with a plurality of perforations therethrough; a first sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, disposed against one side of the board to close one end of the perforations; a second sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, positioned against the backing of the i-lrst sheet of conducting material; and a third sheet of conducting material, having a backing of non-conducting material, against the backing of the said second sheet of conducting material, each of said sheets of conducting material respectively being in one of the electrical circuits of the game device, said first sheet of conducting material and its backing having holes formed therethrough in alignment with certain perforations of the board, said second sheet of conducting material and its backing having openings formed therethrough in alignment with some of the holes through the rst sheet of conducting material and its backing, said second sheet of conducting material having partially isolated areas thereof in alignment with other holes of the first sheet of conducting material and its backing, said isolated areas being connected to the remaining portion of the second sheet by fusible necks which when individually fused completely isolate the respective area, said third sheet of conducting material having partially isolated areas thereof in alignment with the aligned holes and openings of the rst and second sheets of conducting material and their backing, said isolated areas of the third sheet of conducting material being connected to the remaining portion of the sheet by fusible necks which when individually fused, completely isolates the respective area.

6. In a punchboard for electrical game devices, a sheet of conducting material; and a backing of non-conducting material on said sheet, said conducting material having a crescent-shaped opening provided therein to set off an area thereof partially isolated from and connected to the remaining portion of the sheet by a relatively narrow neck.

ELLSWORTH R. HAAS.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2512820 *Sep 25, 1946Jun 27, 1950David J JonesElectrical game board for salvo games
US2811357 *Jul 13, 1953Oct 29, 1957John L PittsElectric baseball game
US4702476 *Aug 15, 1985Oct 27, 1987Ostergren Raymond RGame set of dyadic articles
Classifications
U.S. Classification273/139
International ClassificationA63F9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/0093
European ClassificationA63F9/00P