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Publication numberUS2825568 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 4, 1958
Filing dateNov 22, 1954
Priority dateNov 22, 1954
Publication numberUS 2825568 A, US 2825568A, US-A-2825568, US2825568 A, US2825568A
InventorsBirsh Arthur T
Original AssigneeBirsh Arthur T
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Picture puzzle
US 2825568 A
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A. T. BIRSH Y PICTURE PUZZLE March 4, 1958 2 sheets-sheet 1 Filed Nov. 22, 1954 A. T. BIRSH PICTURE PUZZLE March 4, 1958 2 SheetS-Sheer. 2

Filed Nov. 22, 1954 lw- ATTORNEY lUnited States Patent C PICTURE PUZZLE:

Arthur T. Birsh, New York, N..Y.

Application November 22, 1954, Serial No. 470,150

1 Claim. (Cl. 273-157),

This invention relates to a puzzle; more particularly to a picture puzzle made from a pluralityl of'segments which, when assembled, form a graphic representation or picture.

Known to me is tht-:provision` of blocks or polyhedrons of many sides, specically a six-sided polyhedron or cube, each side carrying a segment orfragment of a graphic representation which, when spatially positioned in space filling assembly, outline a unitary picture very much thesame as employed in makingl jig saw puzzles.

Contrasted with jig saw puzzles, the utilization of a plurality of faces of the polyhedronV is confusing and leads to a permutation and combination of picture possibilities which is so great as to be discouraging by reason of the rectilinear matching sides employed which give no clue to the matching picture parts.

Accordingly, the use ofpolyhedral elements, specifically six-sided polyhedrons, such as cubes, each of the sides of which carries a fragmental portion of a design or picture, has not met with great favor by reason of the complexity of the possibilities in endeavoring to rearrange the puzzle parts.

The use of pictures having the same colormotif in a puzzle assembly with multi-faced polyhedrons each carrying a portion of a puzzle places a limitation on what type of picture may be employed as there i's difficulty in ascertaining the polyhedral faces common to one picture for solving a puzzle from a pre-determined number of parts, such as cubes, to render such puzzles practically insoluble.

Accordingly, it is an object of my invention toprovide in a picture puzzle consisting of a multiplicity of polyhedral units, an arrangement of an assembly whereby the faces of the units carrying portions of a picture which are related to eachother, may be predeterminedlyl exposed to view so as immediately to turn, exposed to View, related fragments, with unrelated fragments of they samel pictorial representation turned away, thus to simplify the .arrangement for the solution of the puzzle while` not. giv-A ing the clue to matching of the puzzle parts.

Still more particularly, it is an object of the invention to provide a puzzle having a relatively simple number of puzzle elements or units which may be used to provide a plurality of puzzle pictures with the minimum C .Onfusion between the faces of puzzle elements not related to each other and to include matching rectilinear lines whereby a shadow box or frame may be employed to hold the related picture parts together and provide an assembly forming a desirable picture, making it possible to reorganize the other of the polyhedral surfaces into exposed surfaces having related picture parts, to form at least six different distinctive pictures, where polyhedrons of six faces are employed.

Still more particularly, this invention seeks to avoid the disadvantages of complexity and the tedinm and confusion involved in arranging pictorial segments of a plurality of polyhedrons, all carrying out as an object of my invention, the provision of a simple coding arrangement fl for picture puzzles made of a pluralityl of polyhedral. units.

The invention, in its more specific, embodiment, resides in the provision of a puzzle formed. of polyhedrons, the faces of each piece ofv which assembly carries a fragment of a different puzzle, whereby one or more pairs. of opposedV surfaces of saidunits carrying thereona seg, ment or fragmentary portion of a graphic representation or picture, may permit the simplification of arrangement of the exposed faces of related pictures, thereby tov sim. plify the arrangement of' related segments for the solution ofthe puzzle.

Still' further, it is an. object of my invention to provide a picture puzzle in which` polyhedron surfaces have a fragment of a different picture and a codingindicium whereby related unit surfaces may be predeterminedly arranged and exposed' to view, more specifically employ'- ing the coding indicium to form an attractive border for.- the representation or picture.

Still more particularly, it is an object of this invention to provide a picture puzzle in which each face of six sided polyhedrons, such as cubes, carries a fragment of a picture and by providing forty eight cubes, six different picture puzzles are available for solution, the probabilities of assembly being simplified and the outer edge of the picture being made more attractive by including a coding indicium on the border pieces on the exposed faces and correlating associated indicia on the opposed faces of the inner opposed faces of the inner cubes, whereby faces common to a single picture puzzle maybe exposed for carrying out the preliminary step of puzzle solving.

To attain these obiects and such further objects as'may appear herein or be hereinafter pointed out, IS make ref# erence to the accompanying drawing, forming a part hereof, in which- Figure l is a plan view of a picture puzzle assembly in a retaining frame.

Figure 2 is a plan view of the reverse face of the puzzle illustrated in Figure l;

Figures 3 to 8 are magnifiedl perspective views of different block elements.

Making reference to .the drawing, there is illustrated a picture puzzle assembly 10 consisting of forty eight cube elements retained within an enclosing frame or shadow' box Il. The object yof the puzzle may be appreciated by reference to the puzzle assembly 10,` Figure l which` is exposed -to view. In this assembly, there -are four corner border cubes 12, eight edge border cubes 13, andi-v twelve border side cubes 14, totalling twenty four border cubes or units relates to each other, carrying indicia 15 identifying a border piece. In the presentassembly, each, indicium 15 is preferably colored. The color scheine` for the exposed picture assembly as illustrated 4is the color yellow, which for purposes of this application may be referred to as a coding indicium.

In theV picture assembly illustrated, it will be s een that there are twenty four inner faces 16, which are uncoded and carry no indicium but merely a fragment of the picture. In reversing the complete assembly lll shown in Figure l to View the reverse face 17 of the assembly, each of the cube elements shows that the opposed faces comprise uncoded faces on the border pieces 12, 13 and 14, including a fragment of another picture puzzle, whereas the inner cubes 16 carry on their faces reverse from the picture in Figure l, a fragment of another picture and an indicium 15a which is of a predetermined, correlated or companion color, which in the example illustrated, constitutes the color black.

Extending the consideration of the display on each 'of the cubes for purposes of illustrating my invention in connection with cubes, where six `diiferent picture puzzles may be assembled, it will be apparent that of the forty eight cubes, each cube may carry on one face thereof one forty-eighth fragment of a complete picture puzzle assembly, with each cube having three faces thereof with three different coding indicia and three uncoded faces opposite. thereto.V i

To arrange a puzzle for the solution of one related picture assembly, it is contemplated by me to provide a series of companion coding colors. For example, for picture puzzle assembly #2, twenty four border pieces may be arranged .to carry the `red stripe or red coding indicia 15eV thereon, and be arranged to expose these faces upwardly, The twenty four related inner cubes carry a companion color on the diametrically opposed Vfaces and are, Von the unexposed, downwardly directed faces, provided with a green stripe as the codingl indicia 15d.

Picture puzzle #3 may have a series of twenty four border units, with green stripe indicia 15d up and twenty four linner pieces, diametrically opposite, with red stripe indicia 15e` down.

Puzzle #4 has the border pieces with blue indicia stripe 15e facing upwardly and the twenty four inner cubes with the white stripe down.

Puzzle #5 has twenty four border pieces, each with a white indicium stripe 151, and twenty four inner cubes, each witha blue indicium stripe e facing down,

Puzzle #6 has twenty four border pieces, each with a black indicium stripe 15a up, and twenty four innery cubes, each with -a yellow indicium stripe 15 facing down. It will be understood that by this arrangement, the puzzle pieces, when they are scattered or disassembled, are first arranged with relation to two opposed companion colors or indicia. For Puzzle #1, all pieces are chosen to show the twenty four faces carrying the yellow stripe 15 up (parallel to surface of'the table), and turning the other twenty four remaining cubes so that the black stripe 15a carried by these other component pieces `is turned down. 'TheV puzzle may then be solved by arranging all of the cubes faced up to position the border indicia in the rectilinear arrangement. The -other pieces, which are uncoded, may then be rearranged in accordance with their correct relation to the pictorial representation.

Six different pictorial representations may then be provided by the puzzle pieces formed as cubes as follows:

24 Border 24 Inner Picture Puzzle Pieces indicium Y Pieces Indicium 'Faced Up Faced Down yellow-- reverse face having the inner pieces which are uncoded on the exposed face, carrying an indiciumr which coordinates with the reverse face of the border pieces to form a different pictorial assembly.

Likewise the polyhedrons may be oblongs such found in the preparation of domino pieces.

In each of the puzzle pictures, the fragments or segments are so related that there are an equal number of border pieces to the inner pieces.

The puzzle which I have provided makes it possible to choose pictorial.,representations of monochromatic derelated polyhedral units, with the same arrangement, with the entity as border units, each carrying a coding indicium on the exposed face, with inner pieces uncoded, and the sign or polychromatic design of the same related colors, without confusingly complicating the solution of the puzzle.

in the final assembly, the employment of stripes as the indicia on each related piece, servesl to provide a highly ornamental assembly, cooperating with the frame element or shadow box to serve as a Wall hanging. It is understood, however, that the terms coding indicia or coding indicium as employed in the claim,V are used broadly and other forms of indicia than stripes may be employed and come within the spirit of the present invention.

Having thus described my invention and illustrated its use, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is: n A

A puzzle capable'of being arranged to form a plurality of polygonally shaped graphic representations, each of said representations being segmented and a segment being Vcarried upon a surface of polyhedral units which total,

in contiguous space illling assembled position, the polygonal entity of said-graphic representation, each of said graphic representations being segmentally carried on diametrically opposed faces of said polyhedral units,l any representation being carried by the said units when arranged in assembled relation to fornrsaid polygon having the border pieces equal in'nurnber to the inner pieces, the border pieces of any assembled graphic representation carrying, in addition to a fragment ofthe representation, a coding indicium, means arranged toform with other border pieces a border and the inner pieces in the same assembled representation carrying a fragment of the representation being uncoded, with a diametrically opposed face to the uncoded face carrying a border indicium outlining means coordinated to said first indicium,

the exposure of the reverse, opposed faces of said polyhedral units disclosing uncoded faces on the reverse face of the indicium coded-border units which, when reassembled, cooperate with the coded reverse faces of the inner units to provide the said other graphic representation, jin

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