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B. H. SAUNDERS.
No. 557,895. Patented Apr. 7, 1896.
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
BERTRAH lI. SAUNDERS, OF CLIFTON, SElV JERSEY, ASSIGNOR OF ONE- ITALF TO EMIL BERSBAOH, OF BROOKLYN, NETV YORK.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 557,895, dated April 7, 1896.
Application filed September 19, 1895. Serial No. 562,924. (No specimens.)
To coil whom it may concern.-
3e it known that I, BERTRAIVI H. SAUNDERS, a citizen of Great Britain, and a resident of Clifton, in the county of Passaic, in the State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Thick-Cards, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a new and improved trick-card, which is to be used for advertising and similar purposes.
The invention consists in a trick-card having punched or cut out of its body the letters or figures required to produce a word or words, or figures, faces, &c., which letters or figures are divided into groups, all theletters or figures in one and the same group having a like distinguishing feature, and each group having a pointer for successively adjusting the card so as to bring the card into positions for tracing the letters or figures by means of a pencil, so that when all the letters or figures have been traced the word or words or figure or picture will appear on a sheet upon which the card has been placed.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which like letters of reference indicate like parts in all the figures, Figure l is a face view of one construction of my improved trick-card. Fig. shows the word produced by the same. Fig. 3 is a face viewof another construction, showing the manner in which the same word is produced. Fig. 4 shows a card forproducing a picture, and Fig. 5 is a view of the picture produced by means of the same.
The card A, of cardboard, sheet metal, celluloid, rubber, or other material, may have any desired shape. It has a hole a for receiving a pin, around which it can be turned. Slots (1 for producing the desired wordfor example, the meaningless coined word stopsids are cut or punched out of the card and are arranged in two or more groups, in the card shown in Fig. 1 into four groups and in Fig. 3 into three groups. There are as many pointers or marks on the rim of the cards as the letters are divided into groups, each mark or pointer pertaining to one group. So as to For example, as shown in Fig. l, the letters are surrounded by circles and the circles are colored differently or hatched differently, or, as shown in Fig. 3, the letters of one and the same group ar e arranged in one and the same subdivision or field of the card, those of the second group in the second field, and so on. The marks or pointers for each group of letters have the same distinguishing feature as the letters of the corresponding group. The letters as they appear on the card are absolutely meaningless.
To produce the word, apin is passed through the hole (1. into a support or board on which a sheet of paper rests,and a markis made with a pencil on the sheet at one of the pointers b. The card is held in this position, and the letters of the group corresponding to the pointer at the pencil-mark are traced on the sheet by means of a pencil drawn along the punchedout letters. Then the card is shifted until the next pointer is at the pencil-mark and the letters of the corresponding group are traced, and so on. lVhen the card is removed, the word or words will be found traced on the paper.
It is evident that the letters must be so arranged on the card that when the pointer of any group is at the pencil-mark the letters of the corresponding group must have the position on the card in relation to the pointer that the same letters have in the traced word in relation to the pencilmark.
In place of a pencil-mark a line .20 may be used, as shown in Fig. 3, and the pointers successively brought on said lines. The word orwords produced will then extend across said line.
As shown in Fig. l, the slots d represent parts of the lines of a figurefor example, a picture of Napoleon I., as shown in Fig. -and these slots are divided into groups, the slots belonging to one and the same group having a like distinguishing feature or markfor example, the same number, and the corresponding pointers having also the same number. The lines are traced through the slots of the several groups successively in the manner de scribed above, and the picture is thus traced on the sheet below the card.
Various changes are possible without in the least departing from the invention; but
in all cases the letters must be divided into groups, each group must have a corresponding mark or pointer, and the letters must be arranged properly for each group.
Without instructions it requires considerable thinking and ingenuity to produce the correct Word or Words.
Having thus described my invent-ion, What I claim as new, and desire to secureby Letters Patent, is
1. A trick-card, having cut out of its body slots required to produce a Word or figures, which slots are divided into groups, the slots of each group having a like distinguishing feature, and a pointer for each group of slots, substantially as herein shown and described.
2. A trick-card, having an aperture for re- BERTRAM H. SAUNDERS.
OSCAR F. GUNZ, EMIL BERSBACH.