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Dec. M, i937. L.v E. JOHNSON ET AL GAME APPARATUSFiled gan. 25, 195'/ wifi '41's ‘ _ 2,l02,535 « , 5 -Äßœemßl Jïahnsamyg, l 4 wrm/1MM), a Patented Dec.y 14, 1937 2,102,535 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,102,535` GAME APPARATUS , Loren E. Johnson vand Benedict C_Bordonaro, . Olean, N. Y Application January 25, 1937, Serial No. 122,282 ' 1 Claim. This invention relates to a gaine apparatus and, more particularly, relates to a chance con trolled device for determining the winner of a prize offered as an inducement to encourage more frequent patronage for theaters. The game is 10 (o1. 27s-_142) Y theentire face of the disk adjacent the periphery thereof.V _ Y - The standard 2, at a'point above the uppermost portion of the disk 8, has an arm Il extending therefrom parallel to the shaft 3. From this `part of a plan or method which is carried out in arm, flexible spring. fingers l2, suitably spaced, the form` of a dramatic skit or playlet in which ' extend downwardly, each engaging the pins I0 the audience takes part. . Y of one of the disks 6, 'I and 8. The device is > The plan comprises. awarding a, prize to a preferably made inv a large size, about the height patron of the particular theater or motion pic of a man, so that it may be viewed on the stage 10 ture house visited,` on the occasion that the plan is in'operation. `It is an object of the plan to choose, by means of the appar-atus hereinafter described, a month and date of the year, and to 15 award a prize tothe person or persons present in the audience whose birthday, happens to fall on the date chosen by means of this apparatus. The apparatus also provides means for deter mining whether the recipient of the award- shall 20 be male or female. from all portions of the house. In use, one or more members of the audience may be invited up to the stage toroperate the device. The disks may be rotated by grasping one of the pins it and giving Ythe wheel a quick 15 spin as will be obvious from the-construction. . The disks may be rotated simultaneously or inde pendently, although it will be Vobvious that the enjoyment of the audience will be enhanced by i the element of suspense present when the disks 20 An embodiment of the invention is illustrated are rotated in series. in ‘the accompanying drawing, in which like ref -The plan or method is suitably dramatized at erence characters refer to| like parts in the sev ` each performance', and the dramatization may eral figures. be different for successive performances, as de VIn this drawing, r Y Y sired, or the` same skit may be re-enacted for 25 Figure 1 is a front elevation of the device; subsequent Vperformances of the same attraction Figure 2 is a side elevation thereof, with a since the performers will. not be the same ifV portion of the base broken away; Achosen from the audience. Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional detail along It will be understood thatrthe choice of a win- ' line 37-3 of Figure 1. ’ . ner is made when all of the disks have been 130 The apparatus Yconsists of «a suitable Vbase VI rotated and allowed to come to a stop, the flex . which supports a vertical standard '2. At a suit ible fingers l2 exerting a braking influence. The >able point this standard is transflxed by a bolt name of the month appearing -at the top of the or shaft 3, secured thereto by any desirable device, and the date and sex indicated on the top means, such as a nut 4 and collar 5. Rotatably of the adjacent disks and in vertical alignment mounted on this shaft‘are a series of concentric ,40 Vdiscs or dials 6, 'Land 8 which are spaced from each other by means of spacing collars 9 which are suitablypinned to the shaft 3. These dials increase progressively in diameter in the order „namedso asV _to leave visible aV marginal portion of the last two. 45 are secured in ‘any suitable manner around the m-arginalìportions thereof but are preferably arranged midway between the dividing ' 1». linesfof the parts hereinafter referred to. The marginalportion of the >largest disk 8 is divided into twelve equal parts which are designated by 50 the names of the months of the year. The next smaller and adjacent disk ‘I is likewise divided into a number of equal parts which bear as visible indicia the numbers of the days of a month, con 55 appears, the prize may be duplicated, and if no» 40 claimant-appears for that particular perform Adjacent the periphery of each Y ance, the prizes maybe permitted to accumulate 'of these dials-a series of equidistantly `spaced ' pins Y l0 with the month designates the winning combi nation, and the person or persons in the audience whosebìrthday falls on that date may claim the prize. In the event that more than one claimant secutively arranged. The smallestand foremost disk is also divided into a number of equal por- Y tions which are Ainscribed with the notation l“male”, “female” occurring alternately around for the next performance. f Having thus described our method and appa ratus, we claim: Y ’ A game apparatus for selecting avprizerwinner according to date of birth and sex_which com prises a base, a standard supported thereon, a shaft projecting therefrom, dials mounted on said shaft, said dials being individually, independ 50 ently and selectively rotatable thereon, means for individually and independently'stopping the ro tation of each dial and indicia carried by said dials so arranged as to indicate a month, date and sex adjacent said stopping means when said _ dials comeV to rest. LOREN E. JOHNSON. VBENEDICT C. BORDONARO.