US 660004 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 660,004, dated October 16, 1900. Application led April 25. 1900. Serial No. 14,250. (No model.)
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Be it known that I, EDWARD CHRISTIE, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Corning, in the county of Steuben and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Game Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
My invention relates to that class of game apparatus which comprises a series of cards, and has for its object to provide a novel, interesting, and instructive game of the aboveindicated class.
The invention will be fully described hereinafter and the features of novelty pointed out in the appended claims.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specication, which shows one of each of the various types of cards of which my game is composed.
The cards may be made of any suitable material or size, and the game consists of fiftytwo cards-viz., ten cards of each of the tive types or snits" shown at A B C D E, one card such as shown at F, and one like that represented at G. The four suits A B C D are distinguished by the signs of the four fundamental mathematical operations-that is, the cards of the suit A bear the plus or addition sign at the center, those of the suit B the minus or subtraction sign, and similarly the cards of the suits C and D bear the multiplication and the division sign, respectively.V I prefer to make the signs of contrary operations of contrasting or different colors, as indicated*for instance, red and black-that is, the addition sign will be of a different color from the subtraction sign,and similarly with reference to the signs on the cards C and D.
Vithin one snit or group the cards are distinguished from each other by numerals, thus running from the ace or 1,np to the 10, the numerals being preferably produced both upon the upper and upon the lower half of each card. 4
The fifth suit of cards E is made with a design embodying both colors used inthe other four suitsfor instance, with a diamond or square, the marginal portion of which has a black half and a red half.
The cards F and G have a ring-shaped design at the center, the design being black on the card F and red on the card G. Preferably the sign or design and the numeral (if any) borne bythe central portion of the card are reproduced at opposite corners of each card, as shown at a.
Various games may be played with these cards, but the intended rules are as follows: The cards are dealt to the playersfor instance, four to each player-and a like number is laid open on the table. During the prog ress of the game the remaining cards are dealt to the players as occasion may require, but no cards are laid on the table when repeating the deal. The numbered cards have the value of the number they bear followed by the mathematical sign found on the cardthat is, if there are on the table the four cards i3-1L, 4-, 3 ,and 6-2- they may be combined in various ways, as six di vided bythree equals two, or eight plus four equals twelve, or four minus three equals 011e, or eight plus four minus three multi plied by six equals fifty-four. If by such combinations a player can form the number borne by one of the cards in his hand or the number resulting from one combination oi two or more cards in his hand he Wins such card or cards. Then comes the next players turn, and so on. The cards marked with the diamond may be used as if followed by any one of the four mathematical signs at the players option-that is, if the SQ and the 2+ are on the table a player may with those two form the combinations eight plus two equals ten, eight minus two equals six, eight multiplied by two equals sixteen, and eight divided by two equals four. A player having the card F or G can sweep from the table all cards of the same color, but must leave the card F or G on the table in exchange, and this card is then given the value ofnaught. These rules may of course be va ried.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent-h l. Agame apparatus comprising four suits of numbered cards, the cards of one suit all bearing the addition sign, those of the second suit the subtraction sign, and the others the multiplication and division signs respectively.
2. A game apparatus comprising a series of suits of numbered cards, the Cards of each snit bearing the same mathematical sign, and an additional suit of cards numbered like those of the other suits, but bearing (instead of the mathematical sign) an arbitrary distinguishing-figure.
3. A game apparatus comprising a series of suits of numbered cards, the cards of each suit bearing the saine mathematical sign, one half of said suits being of one color and the other half of a different color7 two single