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US1509873A
US1509873A US552615A US55261522A US1509873A US 1509873 A US1509873 A US 1509873A US 552615 A US552615 A US 552615A US 55261522 A US55261522 A US 55261522A US 1509873 A US1509873 A US 1509873A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F9/00Games not otherwise provided for
    • A63F9/34Games using magnetically moved or magnetically held pieces, not provided for in other subgroups of group A63F9/00
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Sept..` 3o 1924, I
F. L.. oRDwAY 1509873 GAME Filed April 14, 1922 Invenow: Bari/L. Ordaz/wy,
Patented Sept. 30, 1924.
UNITED STATES PATENT .OFFICE FRANK L. ORDWAY, 0F SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, ASSIGNOR TO PARKER BROS., OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, A CORPORATION OF MAINE.
GAME.
Application inea April 14, 1922. semi No. 552,615.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, FRANK L. ORDWAY, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Salem, in the county of Essex and State of Massachusetts, have invented an Improvement in Games, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification, like characters on'the drawings representing like parts.
This invention relates to a game apparatus or device wherein letters, numerals or other characters are employed for building up words, numbers, etc.
In order that the principle of the invention may be readily understood, I have disclosed a single embodiment thereof in the accompanying drawing, wherein- A Fig. l is a plan view representing a box or receptacle having therein a set of pieces, eachv having a letter thereon and adapted to be used in accordance with my invention;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view representing the manner in which my invention is practised;
Fig. 3 represents a series of pieces built into a word; and
Figs. l and 5 are details showing two of the forms of metal clip which may be secured to each piece.
My invention in its preferred embodiment is similar to the well known game of letters or anagrams, but it is not restricted thereto, and may be embodied in a series of pieces carrying numerals or other characters instead of letters.
Referring more particularly to the draw-` ings, the bottom portion of the box is indicated at 1. It contains a series of pieces 2, which may be of any suitable material, but are preferably of paste board. Each piece has upon one face thereof a character, as indicated at 3, which is preferably a letter. If desired, a letter or other suitable character may be placed upon each face of the piece.
In accordance with my invention, I adapt each of the pieces to be attracted by a magnet, such as indicated at 4C in Fig. 2, and which is provided with a cord 5 and a handle 6, by which it may be manipulated by the player. The magnet 4t is a permanent magnet and in order to render each of the pieces attractable by the magnet, I secure to each of the pieces a suitable metal clip 7 desirably of steel. The metal clip may be of any suitable character, and it is preferably a piece of the form indicated at 7 in Fig. 4, wherein is shown a clip folded upon itself at midlength, one of the ends being slightly upturned, so that the clip may be readily slid onto the piece, or it may be a piece similar to a paper fastener, as indicated at 8 in Fig. 5, wherein is shown a clip transversely bent at midlength upon itself, one of the tip ends having a point adapted to be forced through the piece and into a hole in the other tip.
Within the scope of my invention, the piece itself may be made of any suitable metal,so as to be attracted by the magnet, but desirably the pieces are of cardboard or some light material, and they are provided with an attached metallic clip.
In playing the game, it may be assumed that there are two players each provided with a magnet. Within some fixed time limit, such as two minutes, each player should pick up by the magnet as many pieces as possible and free them from the magnet without touching the pieces with the fingers. At the end of the time limit, each player is given some fixed time, such, for eX- ample, as two minutes, to malte as many words as possible out of the letters which have been drawn from the boX by his or her magnet. The number of words built or the total number of letters in the words built may determine the winner.
I am aware that there are upon the market games wherein magnets are used to draw objects from a ,group or set, such, for example, as metallic fish. So far as I am aware, how` ever, I am the first tov employ a magnet to draw pieces having thereon letters or other suitable characters designed to be built up intowords or groups in a game.
Having thus described one illustrative embodiment of my invention, I desire it to be understood that although specific terms are employed, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense and not for purposes of limitation, the scope of the invention being set forth in the following claims.
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1. A game apparatus comprising a plurality of pieces adapted to form a casually arranged group or collection, each piece 'bearing a character such as a letter or a digit, said pieces being,l sujioient in number to permii a plurality of series hereoll to be clrewn from the group or collection to be erreiroecl according` "'o the sail cheraeers to convey information to the eye, such as words or numbers, each of seid pieces comprising L member having one or more character beering laces and having metal portion et- 'ractable by a n'iegne, and at least one insgr net whereby said pieces may be drawn individually from the group or colleeion for the purpose statedV 2. A game apparatus comprising, :L rality of pieces adapted to Yorm e ensueY arranged group or collection, each. piece bearing a character such as e let er or e di said pieces being sull'icient in ninnb-er lo nermit e plurality of series thereof lo be dra' from the group or collection to be Errani according to the seid characters 'to c ney information to lie eye, such as Words or ninnbers, each of said pieces ecmprising` a liet non-metallic member providing e pair of opposed surfaces et leest one of which beurs said character, and e metallic clip having e portion at each of said faces adapted to enzi magnet, wherebyv each picee muy be dra 'n Ylroin the group or collection to be built"y into n'orfls or numbers.
3. iii gaine :xppurzius coniprisingf,y n, 11mgnet and e, receptacle having; :L series of nonniclzrllic piceel euch having` :i leiter upon at leasione laco thereof und ezieh oi seid pieces having' s metal puri; :LHV: etnzible by :L magnet, whereby players muy eonesi, in drawing lelers from the reeepzufle (o be, lliereeil'er built info nf'ol'nls. Hw, number olA Words built or the number olf lelers in (he Words buildecern'iinini; rho winner oi' the game.
A genie spp-remis eoinprisiin;V :it lewe' one gegner :ruil :i reeepziele lening :i .series olf peseboerd pieces, euch haring :i .leiter upon one ieee thereof, euch or seid pieces having e seel clip secure/l thereto, {hei-eb)y rendering;` the pieces :ittrneialiile by (the innenet, Whereb,v players nniy eonest in drawing from rho receptacle lhei'ezi'ter lo be built into words.
In testimony whereoli, l lime signi-l naine to his speeiicaiion.
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Cited By (14)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US2474365A (en) * 1946-01-28 1949-06-28 Elvin R Munn Game block of nonmagnetizable material having a magnetizable strip concealed in one end thereof
US2511688A (en) * 1945-03-21 1950-06-13 Reginald E Beauchamp Compass
US2611617A (en) * 1948-07-26 1952-09-23 Edward J Strohm Fishing game
US2743536A (en) * 1952-12-04 1956-05-01 Theodore E Anderson Educational and amusement device
US2904336A (en) * 1958-03-04 1959-09-15 Washburn Alfred Fraser Magnetic game of skill
US3118669A (en) * 1962-03-06 1964-01-21 Merrill Lloyd Magnetic pick-up game apparatus
US3409302A (en) * 1965-05-10 1968-11-05 Harrison Billy Jack Doodlebug fishing game
US3853321A (en) * 1974-03-29 1974-12-10 B Claffie Letter-name perception and discrimination game apparatus
US3929332A (en) * 1975-03-10 1975-12-30 Donald A Kidd Cards, magnetic mounting members and rotatable holder
US4326709A (en) * 1979-12-10 1982-04-27 Croyle Ronald A Fishing for cards game
US4575091A (en) * 1984-10-01 1986-03-11 Boomer Mark J Word game of magnetizable letters for children
FR2589364A1 (en) * 1985-11-06 1987-05-07 Noel Gerard Parlour game permitting, simultaneously, physical and intellectual activities, by virtue of its basic elements which can be broken down into modules and can be dismantled
US5037091A (en) * 1990-03-12 1991-08-06 Hagood Thomas A Block stack game with magnetic extractor
US20050230914A1 (en) * 2004-04-20 2005-10-20 Cassandra Campbell Word game apparatus

Cited By (14)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2511688A (en) * 1945-03-21 1950-06-13 Reginald E Beauchamp Compass
US2474365A (en) * 1946-01-28 1949-06-28 Elvin R Munn Game block of nonmagnetizable material having a magnetizable strip concealed in one end thereof
US2611617A (en) * 1948-07-26 1952-09-23 Edward J Strohm Fishing game
US2743536A (en) * 1952-12-04 1956-05-01 Theodore E Anderson Educational and amusement device
US2904336A (en) * 1958-03-04 1959-09-15 Washburn Alfred Fraser Magnetic game of skill
US3118669A (en) * 1962-03-06 1964-01-21 Merrill Lloyd Magnetic pick-up game apparatus
US3409302A (en) * 1965-05-10 1968-11-05 Harrison Billy Jack Doodlebug fishing game
US3853321A (en) * 1974-03-29 1974-12-10 B Claffie Letter-name perception and discrimination game apparatus
US3929332A (en) * 1975-03-10 1975-12-30 Donald A Kidd Cards, magnetic mounting members and rotatable holder
US4326709A (en) * 1979-12-10 1982-04-27 Croyle Ronald A Fishing for cards game
US4575091A (en) * 1984-10-01 1986-03-11 Boomer Mark J Word game of magnetizable letters for children
FR2589364A1 (en) * 1985-11-06 1987-05-07 Noel Gerard Parlour game permitting, simultaneously, physical and intellectual activities, by virtue of its basic elements which can be broken down into modules and can be dismantled
US5037091A (en) * 1990-03-12 1991-08-06 Hagood Thomas A Block stack game with magnetic extractor
US20050230914A1 (en) * 2004-04-20 2005-10-20 Cassandra Campbell Word game apparatus

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