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Publication numberUS941680 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 30, 1909
Filing dateJun 5, 1909
Priority dateJun 5, 1909
Publication numberUS 941680 A, US 941680A, US-A-941680, US941680 A, US941680A
InventorsMary A Houghton
Original AssigneeMary A Houghton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Raised puzzle for the blind.
US 941680 A
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Patented Nov. 30, 1909.

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To allwhom'itmay concem:- I v Be it known that I, MARY A. YHOUGHTON,

of the city of Boston, in the county of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

h ave invented certain new and useful Imtions. While such board may mented. or figured in any way capable of Y between said e feel provements in Raised Puzzles for the Blind, of which the followingis a ecification.

As its name implies, the o ject of this invention is theconstruction of a puzzle which can be played by the blind, which comprises an ornamented board sawed in irre lar sece, ornarecognition by touchalone, I prefer to have the ornamental or illustratlve configurations elevated above the general surface of the board, and to have the "irregular lines of severance pass indiscriminately through both board and figures, as illustrated in the drawing forming part of this specification, and which is a perspective view of a puzzle made in accordance with my invention. To better ada t the same for the blind, I provide a shal ow box or tray 1 for receivin the puzzle, which tray is formed with slig sides 2 within which the puzzle is designed to be fitted, and by means of which the latter is retained in position. I prefer to have the top edges of theseraised sides substan tially flush with the upper surface of the.

board 3 which composes the foundation or main body of the puzzle.= This board 3 is fitted to rest u on the bottom of. said tray gas, but not to be permanently attached to either of the last-named parts.

In the production of the puzzle, prefer to first saw out one or more comparatively simple figures from thin board, as thecamel shown in said figure, and "then permanently secure .the' same upon saidboard 3, as by strong glue.- Then by any suitable means, as

abr'a'cket-saw, the sa d board and figure are cut into irregular sections in the usual manner; the lines 4 representing the saw-scarfs, and 10 the fiiire. These sections being thrown into a cap, the'puzzle consists in properly positioning-them between the rims or raised sides 2 and upon ,the floor or bot tom of the tray, the only means for deterthe. locations thereof, beingghtheminin' of the elevated parts of the re, aided by the touch of the edges of the board- 'sections also. I

in a mold; the essential duction of a board having fi tlyjralsed' 2." A puzzle comprisin with a characteristlc'out ine, and a second suppo g we 5 upper.

To materially aid the beginning of the puzzle-solution, I prefer to provide'a small peg or point 5 at one corner of'the tray, and

a similar peg or pin 6 in the board-section 3 fitting such corner. I occasionally, in the, cases of more complicated. puzzles, provide each section, or any 'number thereof, with one or more pl'egs 7 located to fit holes 8 in the bottom of t e tray. These egs serve to keep thepuzzle-sections from hem dislodged during the task offinding and fitting the remainder. Q

While I have described the puzzle as made evident t by making the whole thing from papiermach, orother'hardening materialressed gures either raised above or sunk below the surface thereof in such amanner as to be easily recognized by touch.

Specification of Letters l 'a tent. Patented NoV. 30, 1909. Application filed June 5,1909. Serial No. 500,369.

by gluin a shaped figure upon a'board it is liat the same effect can be produced By having the figures colored in contrast to the ground below, or each suitably pi'o-.

vided with colored or plrinted surfaces, the puzzle is rendered. equa y attractiveto ersons who have normal sight. 7 The puz'z e-is otherwise acceptable for those who are of good e esight, as forming an amusement for blindetc. a v c What ,I claim as my. invention and for old parties, playing in the twilight,

which "I desire Letters Patent is as follows,

1., .d puzzle for the blind comprising a flatly extended body having its u per surface formed with confi rations a apted to be determined by touc said body being cut-into indiscriminate sections bearing no relation to saidconfiguration's. v

a board formed board larger inoutline and aflixed to and boards being cut into indiscriminate sections and substantially all the sections of the ard extending beyond those of the of the first-named board, both boards being board having a charthe first-named board; both invention, I have hereuniao set my hand this sawed into irregular; sections, and substan- J "tialy allbthe'seftigns'oflowerhoard ex-1 3rd day ofJune, 1909. v

ten ing yon t ose o t e upper, a. ro-

jectigg eg fixed to one corner of the 5st Y, MARY HOUGHTON' 5 nam oard, and another reg aflixed to a Witnesses:

corresponding corner of sai trays edges. V 'A. B. UPHAM,

In testimony that I claim thefore'going Cmmmns W. Lxvnns, 2nd.

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Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/1044, A63F2009/1022, A63F9/10, Y10S273/27
European ClassificationA63F9/10