US 2203183 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 4, 1940.
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Application June 17, 1938, Serial No. 214,322
The invention relates to a game and more especially to a game board for the playing of a chance game.
The primary object of the invention is the pro- Vision of a board of this character, wherein the scoring indiciaare concealed from view so that the players inthe use ofk the board can have no advance knowledge of the winning score and thus assuring an even chance for a winning by any one of the players of the game in the use of the board.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a board of this character, wherein the game played thereby is based upon athletic events in the actual scoring thereof by contestants, such as baseball, football, basketball, etc., and in this manner affording considerable entertainment and amusement to players of the game in the use of the board.
A'further object of the invention is the provision of a board of this character, which is simple in its construction, thoroughly reliable and effective in operation, convenientfor handling, entertaining in the playing of a game thereby, durable, 'and inexpensive to manufacture. l
With these and other objects in View, the invention consists in the features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawing, which discloses the preferred embodiment of the invention and pointed out in the claim hereunto appended.
In the accompanying drawing:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the game board constructed in accordance with the invention.
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1 showing the final step in the finishing of a game played in the use of the board.
Figure 3 is a plan view of a removable concealing strip in association with said board and separated.
Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3 showing another of such strips removed.
Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken on the line 5--5 of Figure 2 looking in the direction of the arrows.
Figure 6 is a fragmentary sectional view taken on the line 6--6 of Figure 2 looking in the direction of the arrows.
Similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views in the drawing.
Referring to the drawing in detail, the game board A constituting the present invention is constituted by a framed series of spaced longi- 5 tudinal and transversely disposed parallel lines I3 and I4, respectively, within a border frame I5 and these creating vertical and transverse or longitudinal and transverse rows of spaces I6 which insuccessive transverse order are numbered at I'I numerically from l to 100, the digits of this numbering being located uppermost in the spaces I6.
Following the framing I5 preferably at the lett handv side thereof in a longitudinal direction of the playing field I2 is a concealing strip I8 separable by weakened lines I9 in the section I I and displayed at the exposed side of this strip I8 are the words Visiting team. Beneath the strip I8 upon the face of the section Ill next to the section II are digits 20 ranging from 0 to 9 but not in numerical order, the said strip I8' being adapted to normally conceal such digits 20 from view and the said digits are indicative of scoring by a visiting team in the playing of acompetitive game whether baseball, basketball, football, etc.
Heading the playing field I2 and arranged transversely next to the top of the framing I5 thereof is a concealing strip 2| being separable from the section II through weakened lines 22 and the exposedface of this strip 2l bears-the words Home team, while concealed normally by the strip 2l before separation are the digits 23 ranging from 0 to 9 but not in numerical order, these digits being upon the face of the section I0 next to or confronting the section II and are exposed on separation of the concealing strip 2I from the section Il. These digits 23 are indicative of scoring by a home team.
In the playing of a game by the use of the board A, the scoring of competitive teams is the factor of the game in that the players, these in number ranging from 1 to 100 in conformity with the spaces I6, select a space I6 and such selection is identified by the numerals I1 under selection, then the player initials or writes his Aor her name in said space, this making a perseparated along the weakened lines I9 and 22 55 from the section II exposing the digits 20 and 23 so that the scores had by both the home and visiting teams can be identiedby such digits and thus when this has been done lines 24 are drawn from the respective scores of such competing teams as identified by the digits 20 and 23 at right angles to each other upon the playing field I2 until such lines meet at the merger of the said lines 24| with each other in a particular space I6 identifying the merger of these lines and the party selecting that space as represented by the initialing or the writing of the name therein under such selection is the winner of the game played by the use of the game board.
It is necessary that the game played by the players in the use of the board A be based upon the results of a competitive athletic event as hereinbefore mentioned and the winnings of the respective teams is represented by the digits 20 and 23, these being concealed during the competing of the teams and not visible to the players of the game in the use of the board by the concealing strips I8 and 2| so that no player in the use of the board may have advance knowledge of the results of the competing athletic games for aiding him in making a selection of a space It on the playing eld I2 of the said board A whereby the winning selected space could be traced by the lines 2d as the disposition of the digits EP3 and 23 are unknown until the strips I8 and 2| before removedor separated from the section II and also no knowledge in advance of the finishing of the athletic game of the nal scoring isdiscernible until the completion of such competitive game. Therefore,` the players of the game in the use of the board stand an equal chance as a winner of the game so played thereon.
An example in the playing of the game by the board A is that assuming competitive teams have completed a game and the score stands 4-2 in favor of the home team so upon removing the concealing strips i3 and 2| from the section these scores for both the home and visiting teams can be identiiied by the digits 2li and 23 then by drawing the lines 2li as indicated by the arrow marks in Figure 2 of the drawing at right angles to each other from said scorings 4 2 the merger of these lines occurs at the spaces I6 bearing the numeral 56 so the player selecting this space is the winner of the game played in the use of the board A while those selecting the other remaining spaces are the losers in the game.A
While we have designated the strips I8 and 2| as being labeled Visiting team and Home team, respectively, these strips may be blank. With the strips I8 and 2| in blank, various games, such as, automobile races, boat races,fhorseraces, etc., may be played to determine rst, second and third winners. In playing such games, the Winners are determined by removing the strips I8 and '2| for exposing the digits covered thereby. To determine first place or the first winner, the digits in the spaces I8 and 2| are rst located. According to Fig. 2, the right angular horizontal line projected from digit I in strip I8 will intersect the Vertical right angular line projected from the strip 2| in section I6, represented by the numeral 35. The player who has selected the space I6 designated 35 is declared the winner. Second place is determined bly selecting the digits 2 in the strips I8 and 2| and projecting right angular lines to a point of intersection which in' Fig. 2 carries the number 58. Thus, the player who has selected section 16, numbered 58, is declared second Winner. It will thus be seen that other winners may be determined in the same manner through the selection of common digits in their numerical order.
What is claimed is:
A game board of the character described comprising a multiple ply elongated board-like body presenting matched at front and back sections unitary with each other, the front section being provided with an exposed playing eld involving longitudinally and transversely disposed columnar rows of spaces having therein in successive transverse order identifying digits ranging numerically from one to one hundred, the digits being located uppermost in the spaces, separated` strips arranged at right angles to each other having weakened connectionsv with the front section for separation therefrom, one of the strips being located at one side and the other above the said spaces, digits ranging in irregular order from zero to nine concealed by said strips and visible on the removal of said strips along the weakened connections thereof with the front section, and identifying matter at the outer surface of the said separable strips indicative of offensive and defensive characteristics.
EDWARD SCHUMAN. N. A. SEVERSON.