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J. W. LARIMORE.
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JAMES IV. LARIMORE, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 278,712, dated June 5, 1883.
Appication filed August 11, 1882.
To all whom, t may concern:
Be it known that I, J AMES NV. LARIMORE, of Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game-Boards, of which the following, in connection with-the accompanying drawings, is a specification.
In the drawings, Figure l represents a top or face view of a board adapted for the game of checkers and chess, and Figs?, and 3 are like representations of the men77 `or disks used in playing the game of checkers.
Like letters ofA reference indicate like parts.
My invention consists of a novel and useful method of interesting youth and others in the acquisition of historical, scientific, and other knowledge, by combining this kind of information with the playing of the game of checkers or of chess. By means of my invention, while either of the games mentioned is being played, the eye incidentally takes in brief statements of history, science, or other matter, by which the mind is informed without any special study, and, indeed, (hiring an hour of recreation that otherwise might be only wasted time.
This invention will also serve to interest persons in historical, scientific, and other knowledge, by means of which interestthey may be led to a more extended study and understanding of the same in the reading of books and from other sources of knowledge.
A represents a board adapted for the playing of the game of both checkers and chess, and B B are the checker disks or men commonly employed in playing the game of checkers, and sometimes used, also, in playing the game of chess, each one, in the latter case, being appropriately designated by some peculiar marksuch as a crown, horses head, miter, &c.-in bas-relief.
Up on the squares of the board are imprinted such sentences as Adam to Christ, 4,004
years,77 Airis a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen/7 thus placing before the eye of the player, in such a manner as to attract his attention and impress his memory, a large number of historical, scientiiic, and miscellaneous statements in brief' form and pertaining to various fields of knowledge, and so accomplishy men, as well as by sentences printed upon the squares of the board. In other words, either the board or the checker-men, or both, may in this manner serve as a means for the imparting of valuable information.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
l. An educational chart in which a number of brief statements of historical, scientic, philosophical, or miscellaneous facts are printed or set forth, each in separate squares, and the latter of which are adapted and arranged to adapt the chart to the playing of the game of checkers or of chess thereon, substantially as shown and described, and for the purposes specified.
2. The disks or men B B, adapted for use in the game of checkers, and having printed or set forth on the faces thereof, respectively, brief statements of historical, scientific, philosophical, or miscellaneous information, substantially as and for the purposes set forth.
JAMES W. LARIMORE.
F. F. WERNER, H. FRANKEURTER.