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‘ July 19, 1938.
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G. J‘ SMYTHE'
RACE! (Ir-AME APPARATUS
2,124,456
Filed Feb. 16, 1957
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Patented July 19, 1938
2,124,456
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE’
2,124,456
RAGE GAME APPARATUS
George J. Smythe, near Dayton, Ohio 7
Application February 16, 1937, Serial No. 126,017
1 Claim. (CL. 273-86)
This invention relates to new and useful im
provements in race game apparatus.
It is one of the principal objects of my inven
tion to provide a race game that may be produced
5 at low cost and easily and quickly set up in the
home for the entertainment of children and
adults who desire to play it. The game apparatus
is so constructed and arranged that it may be at
tached to two pieces of furniture such as chairs
‘ 10 to support a plurality of strings, each of which
may be intermittently pulled and released by a
player to slidingly advance thereon an object
simulating a horse or other animal. The person
whose animal piece ?rst reaches the home or
15 ?nish position on his string track wins the game.
Another object of my invention is the pro
vision of elastic means for connecting each play
er’s string to its ?xed end frame member so that
it may be pulled forward and automatically re
20 turned in quick succession to rapidly move the
game piece forward. Skill in pulling and releas
ing the string is necessary to advance the game
piece speedily from its starting to its home or
?nish position, thus adding zest to the game.
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In the accompanying drawing illustrating one
form of embodiment of my invention, Figure 1
is a perspective view of my racing frame mounted
on the backs of two chairs.
Figure 2 is a cross
sectional view taken through the end member to
30 which the elastic bands are attached. Figure 3
is a top plan view of said member, showing four
elastic bands attached thereto to receive the
strings.
Figure 4 is a side view of one of the objects,
35 in this instance a card horse, that is slidable along
one of the string tracks. And Figure 5 is an end
view of that slidable object mounted on its respec
tive string, with the latter in section.
Referring to the accompanying drawing for a
40 detailed description of the form of embodiment of
my invention illustrated therein, the numerals I,
2, 3 and 4' designate four strings that serve as
tracks over which cardboard or other light, stiff
fastening means are the ends of an elastic band,
1 which is adapted to be slipped over the back of
a chair 8 or other stationary object to ?xedly
support one end of the racing frame de?ned by ‘
the end member 6, the strings and the end mem- 5
ber 9.
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The strings I, 2, 3 and 4 are attached to the
other end member 9 by short elastic endless bands
I0. To the outer ‘ends of the bands I!) the
strings are connected as illustrated in Figure 2, 10
the inner ends of these bands being projected
through holes H in the end member 9 and. se
cured to its back face by staples l2 or other suit
able fastening means. Also suitably secured to
the rear face of the member 9 are the ends of an 15
elastic band I3 by means of which it may be
secured to the back of a chair M or other sta
tionary object.
When my racing frame is set up between the
backs of two chairs as illustrated in Figure 1, the 20
slidable cardboard horses 5 are mounted astraddle
the strings I, 2, 3 and 4 at their elastic band
ends I 0.
The opposite ends of the strings are
then grasped by the players, who pull and release
them intermittently with a dexterity that causes 25
the cardboard pieces to slide forward on those
strings at a pace which is measured by the skill
of the player. The horse which ?rst reaches
the ?nish line de?ned ‘by the end member 6 wins
the race. The elastic bands In which connect 30
the strings to the end member 9, permit them to
be freely pulled forward and returned in quick
succession to slidingly advance the pieces 5 simu
lating the animals in the race.
It will thus be seen that my game may be 35
produced at low cost and easily set up by chil
dren or adults in the home to provide thrilling
and skill-entailing amusement for them.
Having described my invention, I claim: .
In a game apparatus of the type described, two 40
end frame members, spaced elastic bands at
tached to one of said frame members, strings at
tached at one end to said elastic bands and at
objects 5 simulating animals are slidingly mov
their opposite ends to the other end frame mem
45 able. In the present instance the cardboard piece ber, bodies simulating animals that are axially 45
5, which is bent to inverted V shape in cross split to slide in upright positions over said strings
section, simulates a running horse.
when the latter are intermittently pulled by the
At one end, each string is passed through a_ players, and elastic bands secured at their ends
hole in, and stapled to the back of, an end frame to the rear portions of the end frame members
50 member 6, although these strings may be at
to attach said members to stationary objects to 50
tached thereto in any other suitable manner. raise said bodies above the floor.
Secured to the back of the member 6 by suitable
GEORGE J. SMYTHE.
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