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Publication numberUS758808 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 3, 1904
Filing dateMay 3, 1901
Priority dateMay 3, 1901
Publication numberUS 758808 A, US 758808A, US-A-758808, US758808 A, US758808A
InventorsEva Bach
Original AssigneeEva Bach
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sheet for tallying points in whist.
US 758808 A
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UNITED STATES Patented May 3, 1904.l



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. '758,8C8, dated May 3, 1904.

Application filed May 3,1901. Serial No. 58,586. (No model.)

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Be it known that I, EVA BACH, a citizen of thc United States, and a resident of the borough of Manhattan, in the city of New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Sheets for Tallying Points in iVhist, of which the following is a specification.

The object of scientific whist is to make every possible trick out of a given hand. As this game is usually played there are thirteen tricks obtainable, and from each hand it is possible to score seven points or tricks, no account being taken of the first siX tricks or book, as it is sometimes called, but only of such trick or tricks as are in excess of such book. ln large parties wherethe game of progressive whist is played and in which the partners are changed after each hand it has heretofore been extremely difficult and laborious to tally or keep account of the number of points made by the winners at the various tables. Usually the host or hostess or some person specially employed for the work has hitherto visited the various tables and marked with pencil or with a cutting-punch the cards or slips with which the players were provided; but this mode of scoring the points has for a long time been deemed objectionable, not only on account of the inconvenience and labor involved, but also because of the confusion generally attending the same, and the time consumed, and the errors which creep in, accidentally, usually, but sometimesintentionally, it being well known that the person having charge of the marking may favor some particular person and score for him a greater number of points than he was entitled to.

One of my main objects is to provide means whereby the host or hostess or other person specially designated to mark or punch the cards of the winners at the various tables is eliminated or dispensed with and whereby the scoring of points may be performed by the players themselves at their tables and in the presence of their partners and opponents Another object is to enable such scoring or tall ying tobe accompllshed readily, accurately, and wlth despatch and 1n a way to reduce to the minimum, if not altogether prevent, opportunities for ovcrscoring or the obtaining of a record of more points than one has actually made.

To these ends my invention consists in a tally-sheet of special construction and arrangement, as will presently be more fully described, and subsequently particularly set forth in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is an elevation or face View of a tally-sheet embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a similar fragmentary view illustrating the manner in which the same is used for scoring the points. Fig. 3 is a top plan or edge view showing the sheet in its folded condition before it is spread out, as illustrated at Eig. 1. Eig. 4 is an elevation or face view of another tallyesheet wherein my invention is carried out in a different form or manner; and Fig. 5 is a fragmentary View thereof, illustrating how the same is used in practice.

Referring more particularly to Figs. l, 2,

and 3, a designates a sheet of paper prefer-- ably of suitable length and width and which may be folded centrally longitudinally, as at into book-like form. This sheet is preferably divided into two sections or halves c and (l. Upon the half or portion (l is secured a separate sheet or strip of paper f, which is preferably pasted along its inner longitudinal edge f to the sheet ay at or in the vicinity of the fold-line thereof. comprises a plurality of rows of detachable squares or markers, (designated by .r/,) one row for each hand to be played. In the drawings the said detachable squares or point-counting devices are exhibited as arranged in fifteen horizontal rows; but of course there may be a greater or less number of rows. In practice 1 prefer to provide as many as thirty such rows, because frequently that many number of hands are played in the course of a sitting. lt will be noted that the sheet e is perforated or indented upon seven parallel vertical lines /L and on fourteen horizontal lines i, thus subdividing the right-hand portion of the sheet t into horizontal rows containing each seven squares. Each square is numbered prorlhe said sheet @u gressively from the outermost edge-that is to say, the first square on the right in each row is printed with the number 1, the next with the number 2, the next with 3, the next with "4, the next with 5, the next with 6, and the innermost one with the numeral 7, and opposite each row at the inner or left-hand portion of the sheet e is printed the number of the hand to which the row relates-that is to say, opposite or in line with the first row is imprinted the words 1st hand, opposite the next row 2nd hand, and so on down to the last row. The oppo site side of the sheet e, but more especially the back of each number from l to 7 of each row, is gummed or provided with a dry adhesive substance, after the fashion of a postage-stamp. At the upper end of the right-hand portion of the sheet a and over the detachable markers are preferably printed the words Points distributed, and at a corresponding space on the left-hand portion of the sheetv i is preferably printed the words Points gained. Beneath these last-mentioned words are a number of horizontal-ruled lines j, subdividing this portion of the sheet into a number of blank spaces or rows ,1.2, corresponding in number to the number of rows of detachable markers and of a width corresponding substantially with the length of any marker or with the width of space between the horizontal lines of perforations 7). These spaces 7i: are utilized by the players to mark or score the points gained by them, as will presently more fully appear.

The use ofthe tally sheet or book (shown in Figs. l, 2, and 3 and made as above described) is as follows: In the beginning each player at a table is provided with a sheet or book containing a full set of the detachable scorers or markers g, arranged as shown at Fig. 1. At the conclusion of the first hand the number of points won by each ofthe two partners is recorded or tallied by each obtaining from his opponent a number of squares or markers g, equal to the number of points gained-that is to say, the number of tricks made above six or the book-and these squares are then moistened and pasted on the winners sheet in the blank spaces la, opposite or in line with the inscription designating the hand playedin this instance the first hand. Preferably a rule is established and which is printed on the outer side of the section CZ, to the effect that losers shall tear off the number of points lost and pass them to the respective winners, who are to paste them upon their own cards or sheets in the space designated for the hand played. Referring now more particularly to Fig. 2, it will be observed that the squares or markers 1, 2, and 3 of the first hand are missing or have been detached and that the space 7c opposite the first hand is entirely blank. This indicates that the holder of this sheet lost three points in the first hand and that they were torn off from the first row and handed to one of his opponents. An examination of the opponents card would disclose that all the numbers from l to 7 of the first hand are intact, while in the space Zr opposite the first hand there would be found the three markers or points which have been torn off from the first row of his opponents card, or the party holding the card shown at Fig. 2. Looking at the second hand of the sheet shown at Fig. 2, it will be observed that none of the squares or numbers have been removed; but that in the blank space la opposite the second hand there have been pasted three squares,

which have been taken from the card or sheet of the opponent, the said numbers of squares representing the number of points gained by the holder of the card illustrated during the second hand. A further examination of Fig. 2 will disclose that the holder lost one point in the third hand and gained two points in the fourth hand. At the end of the game the number of squares or markers on the credit side of the sheet are added together, and their sum will represent the total number of tricks or points gained by the player holding such card during the entire series of hands. To guard against errors, each square of each row is preferably provided at one corner with a small number m, indicative of the row or hand to which the square belongs, and this provision also enables the winner more readily to Vlocate the blank space 7c of his sheet, in which the squares handed to him by his opponent are to be placed. Thus, for example, when one party hands to another one or more squares with the numeral 4 imprinted in the corner thereof the party receiving the same will know instantly that they are to be placed in the blank row opposite the 4th hand. By perforating or indenting the sheet c, and thus dividing the series of numbers into series of squares, one or more squares may be easily detached, and by printing the numbers of each row in the manner shown with the highest number 7 at the inner end of the row the tallying or recording of the points gained is facilitated or rendered less confusing than it would be if the reverse of this arrangement were adopted. lf the arrangement of the numbers were reversed, the 7 would come at the right-hand edge of the sheet, and if the loser lost only one point he would hand to his opponent a square bearing the number "7, which would tend more or less to confusion and error when at the termination of the game it came to adding up the number of points gained. However, as far as the main feature of my invention is concerned the detachable squares or markers may be numbered in either way or in some other manner so long as they subserve the purposes of my invention.

Referring' now to Figs. 4 and 5, it will be observed that the tally-sheet c comprises, as


before. a left-hand section cand a right-hand section but that instead of employing a separate leaf, as c in Figs. 1, and 3, the detachable markers or squares g are Vformed integral with the section vthat is to say, the numbers 1 to "7, inclusive, of each row are imprinted directly on the. section Z and that each number is surrounded by longitudinal and transverse perfor-ations or indentations, lettered, respectively, i, and so as to enable any number or set of numbers in any row to be readily detached from the sheet; but it will be observed that in this instance the numbers 1 to T run reversely to those exhibited at Fig. 1that is to say, the numbers of each row are imprinted in regular order from the lowest to the highest, running from left to right instead of from right to left, as in the said other views. Opposite each transverse or horizontal row of detachable numbers or squares at Figs. s1 and 5 is imprinted, as before, a designation as to the number of the hand which the row relates to, the words 1st hand being opposite the first or upper row, the words 2nd hand77 being opposite the second row, and so on down to the end. In Figs. 4 and 5 it will be noted that the section if is not provided with the series of horizontal blank spaces because in this case the mode of tallying or scoring the points gained is somewhat different from that Afollowed in the use of the sheet shown in Fig. 1, and for the same reason the backs of the markers or squares in Figs. a and 5 are not gummed. 1n the use of the tallysheet shown at Figs. 4 and 5 the rule is that winners shall tear off all of the squares excepting' those representing` the number of points gained, and losers shall tear olf all seven of the squares to prove that no points have been made, and this rule is preferably imprinted upon the section c under the inscription lYhist tally scoring' points to be found thereon. In other words, if the winner of the first hand should gain five points he would tear olf the squares 6 and T of the first row, thus leaving live squares in the row, so as to indicate that he has gained that many points in the first hand. At the same time his opponent, the loser, must tear off all seven squares or numbered portions in the 1sthand row, so as to show at the end of the gamle that he gained no points at all in this ham squares or markers are likewise provided in the corners with small numbers to indicate By referring to Fig. :3 it will be observed that the holder of the sheet gained six the hand played, and these numbers in this case assist the player in locating the proper row Afor tearing off, since the numbers correspond with the number of the hand being played. At the head of the section Z maybe imprinted the word Tablef the abbreviation No., and the word Name,j and the blank spaces thereafter may be lilled in by giving the number of the table, the number of the player, and the name of the latter.

Of course the section c of the form shown at Fig. et may be dispensed with, if desired, but I prefer to use it, because thel sheet may be folded longitudinally between the sections c and d into book-like form and the face of the sheet thus kept clean during transportation and handling until time for using.

Various other changes in detail. construction and arrangement may be made without departing from the gist of my invention.

W' hat l claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. A sheet 'for tallying point-s in whist comprising a series of similar rows of detachable numbers arranged in seven perforated squares or portions and one row foreach whist hand, and secondary numbers or exponents in each square or portion indicative of the hand to which the squareor portionbelongs or relates.

2. A sheet for tallying points in whist comprisinga series of rows of perforated squares or portions bearing in succession the numbers 1 to T inclusive, one row for each whist hand, means opposite each row for indicating the number of the hand to which such row relates, and meansin eachsquare for indicating the hand to which such square relates.

A sheet for tallying points in whist comprising the sectionswand (l, theloose gummed leaf ff attached thereto, and comprising the series of rows of similarly-numbered perforated portions adapted to be detached and pasted upon the sections c.

4. A sheet for tallying points in whist comprising the sectionsc and (l, the gmmned leaf e attached thereto and comprising a series of similarly-perforated portions adapted to be detached and pasted upon the section c, each row representing a whist hand, and the plurality of rows being' successively numbered.

A score-card comprising a single sheet having on its border a portion divided by perforated lines into rows of detachable pieces, the number of said rows being equal to the number of games to be played or of divisions of the game, the pieces in each row beingconsecutively numbered, and the number of pieces in each row being equal to the maximum number of points to be counted in each game or division of the game, and the card having thereon a series of designations indicating the game or division of the 0'ame to which each row pertains; the perforations permittingcertain of the pieces to be torn off, and the whole card being so arranged that at IOO IIO

the end of the game or series of games it will indicate on one sheet the score of only one player.

6. A score-card for keeping the score of a player in a series of games or hands of whist, comprising a single sheet having on its border a portion divided by perforated lines into rows of detachable pieces, the number of said rows being equal to the number of games or hands to be played, the pieces in each row being consecutively numbered and the nurnber of pieces in eaoh row being equal to the maximum number of points that can be scored in each gaine or hand; and the card having thereon a series' of designations indicating the number of the hand or game to which each row pertains; the perforations permitting certain of the pieces to be torn oli; and the whole Card being so arranged that at the end of the series of games it will indicate on the one sheet 2O EVA BACH.


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Cooperative ClassificationA63B71/0672