' Dec.'3, 1946. H. M. sLocUM PUZZLE 2,412,180 _ Filed June so, 1945- l 12 16 14 ’16 2 \ ./ Mlrwüm s 4 1 6 7 Patented Dec. 3, 1946 2,412,180 UNITED, STATES » PATENT ' ' . ` ' < OFFICE 2,412,180 PUZZLE ' _ Henry M. sloou‘in, New York, N. Y. Application AJuno 3o, 194s, serial No. 492,912 4 Claims. ` (o1. 27s-157) 2 1 in a single puzzle device, the desirable features of puzzles of the jigsaw type and puzzles of the manipulative, shaking or tapping type. spects to jig-'saw puzzles, but having additional features cooperating therewith to provide a new in accordance with the present invention, a and fascinating puzzle combination which mal7 Cl jigsaw puzzle is cut from an appropriately mounted picture of predetermined overall size be solved only in accordance with a new and dif~ and shape. A casing is provided, having a base ferent technique or mode of operation, of substantially the size and shape of the original It is an object of the invention to provide a picture, though preferably slightly larger, and simple, inexpensive amusement device 01‘ puzzle also having a cover spaced from the base a suit which has all of the advantageous features of able distance and through which the pieces of -conventional jigsaw puzzles, yet which is more "This invention relates to a new and improved amusement device or puzzle, similar in some re interesting and absorbing, Isince it requires not only keen perception and imagination to deter mine. whether the respective puzzle pieces should be placed in relation to others, but, in addition, requires a high degree of manual dexterity, skill and delicacy of touch, in order to so manipulate the device as to position the pieces in their proper relation. i - Jigsaw puzzles of the prior art comprise a plu .rality of irregularly and arbitrarily shaped pieces -cut from a picture mounted upon a thin back~ ing 'slab of wood, cardboard or the like. In solv~ the puzzle,.contained within the casing, may be viewed. Preferably, the cover is of transparent material, such as Celluloid, Cellophane, glass or the like, although any material which prevents access to the puzzle pieces, yet permits them to be seen, may be employed. Preferably, certain ofthe pieces of the puzzle are substantially permanently secured to the base in their proper relation to each other and to the margins of the base, so that the puzzle is always at least partially 'solved and a hint or in dication is given to the user as to the manner in ing such puzzles, theperson attempts to fit to~A which the remaining pieces should be assembled. gether the pieces in their original relation, using 25 If it is desired to make the puzzle more diñ‘i the hands to match the various pieces and to try cult, a fewer number of pieces may be secured to the base, or all of the pieces may bev loosely ito ñt different pieces inthe different localities, positioned within the casing. until the correct solution has been reached, whereupon the original picture may be examined It is important that the vertical dimension and enjoyed with a feeling of satisfaction and 30. between the base and the transparent cover be accomplishment. no greater than the size of the puzzle pieces con ,The jigsaw puzzle of the present invention tained therein, so that the pieces cannot be over .eliminates the manua1 handling of the individual turned` and their upper faces hidden from View, when the case is being manipulated. pieces, yet requires that the pieces be assembled In the accompanying drawing an illustrative in the original relation, as cut by the jigsaw from 35 the original picture. Thus,- the puzzle of the embodiment of the invention is shown, in which: Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device present invention has all of the >features 0f con ventional jigsaw puzzles and the interest, fas with the puzzle solved and the pieces in their .cination and satisfaction of accomplishment, properly assembled relation. . ~which results from fitting the pieces into their 40 Figure 2 is a horizontal sectional view with the loose pieces removed. ' proper places. However, the process of solving Figure 3 is a plan View with the loose pieces "the puzzle is rendered more difñcult and inter esting, for the reason that the individual pieces in scattered relation, and cannot be handled as units and readilyk placed Figure 4 is a transverse section on line 4-4 in proper position. On the contrary, the puzzle 45 of Figure 1. As shown in the accompanying drawing, the must be solved by shaking, tapping and other wise carefully manipulating a case in which the case for the puzzle comprises a base I0 mounted pieces are contained and through which they are within a cardboard box-like inner case compris visible. Thus, the puzzle has many of the char ing a bottom I I and turn-up wings integral there 50 acteristics of puzzles of the “Pigs-in-clover” type, with and constituting side and end members I2 wherein a plurality of balls or other objects must and I3, respectively. Upon the upper edges of each be moved from one position to another by the side and end members, there is a transparent tipping, shaking or tapping a container. cover I4, having down-turned marginal flanges From the foregoing, it will be seen that it is I5 embracing the side and end members and an object of the present invention to combine 55 held in place by metallic angle strips I6, I1, joined 2,412,180 3 Y notlimitedr to thedetails of construction shown together at opposite corners in any suitable man ner, and having inwardly turned upper and lower flanges I8, I9 holding the parts in assembled relation. If desired, a second, reinforcing bot tom member 20 maybe positioned below the bot- ' torn Vlí and above the lower flanges I9. Y in the Y accompanying Y drawing andV described ` above, ybut coversall `modiiications coming With inY the rscope of >the appended claims and their equivalents. I claim: l ' » » 1.V A puzzle comprising, in combination, a case t The base and bottom members and theV side walls maybe made of cardboard or the like, while l having a base and a transparent cover, >and a _y ». n the cover LIii lis preferably of Celluloid, cellulose `lplurality of .arbitrarily shaped `puzzle pieces ofj` acetate-'sheet materia-igor any transparent syn 10 jigsaw type in said casingwiththeir upper’faces visible through said cover and being ofr‘a size,ï¿l thetic resin, or even glass. The'outer side walls when assembled, substantially coextensive inarea ` Iii,V Vl of the case may `conveniently'be formed> ’ with said base, certain of said pieces being loosely: from aluminum 'stampings . containedV in said case and> others being `per-Vl ' ` The puzzle Iwithin the case is formed by cuti-y lting, Ystamping orjigsawing irregularly shaped „manently secured to said base in proper relation pieces from a mounted picture of predetermined f thereto and to each other„whereby the loosev overall _size and shape, corresponding substan pieces kmay be assembled, by'shaking or otherwise». manipulating the casing. tially to the size Aand shape of the base le. The lines upon which the mounted picture 'is'cut are indicated in Figure l., thereby providing indi Y, 2. A jigsaw type puzzle comprising a plurality of irregularly and arbitrarily shaped pieces adapt- , ' ed to be assembled in only one 'proper relation> vidual pieces '2l-33, both inclusive. . ’ I As' indicated in Figure 2., thepieces 2|-26 are - . in which the Vassembly .has a margin of `predeter- Y mined size Vand shape, and a casing' enclosing . secured tothe base, as by adhesive, in substan the puzzle having a base of substantially the spaces 35 are left between the pieces` to com 25 size and shape of the puzzle when assembled and a cover above the b-ase through which the pensate for the saw cut and to'leave the ren ` puzzle may be viewed, whereby they puzzle >may maining, unfilled spaces between the ‘fixedl pieces be assembled upon the. base by shaking and other slightly larger than the loose pieces, thereby tiallytheirï original relation,- except that slight wise rn’ianipulating the casing, a plurality of said ~ facilitating the reception ofthe loose pieces therein, The loose pieces AZ'L-îtä 4are shown >in' 30 puzzle pieces being permanently secured tothe . base in proper, assembled relation `to eachother « * Figuresß; and' 4' asbeing indiscriminatelyposi- , *tioned' relative f to each' other‘and to the. fixed ` pieces. and` tothe base, whereby .assembly of the loose ` îtshould be` noted that the vertical di pieces is facilitated.Y »bears `such a relation to the longitudinal Yand ~ froml a Vmounted vpicture> of` predeterminedV overall size >rand shapev and adapted, to be re-a'ssembled :transverse ‘dimensions ofv the loose’ pieces that the 'latter cannot be overturned',` with their upper , iny substantially theirïoriginal: relation, 'and' a case j surfaces racing-’ïy downwardly and their vbottoms `exposed, to view. v ` -3. A' jigsaw type puzzle comprising a’plurality of irregularly and- arbitrarily shaped piece'sïcut mension between the base lil »andthe cover> I4 ‘ ' ' enclosing said pieces havingv `a base of substan`->` ~ It should be understood. that-the pieces se» cured'to the base' maybe arbitrarily selected when the puzzle is manufactured, and that differently `Atially the same 'shape Aand size as the original , ‘picture and a'transpiarent cover preventing access . - " tothe pieces but permitting visual' observation thereof as the case is manipulatedjin anattempt positioned piecesV inv similar. Vpuzzles mayV con to‘fìt’the pieces together. ' ~ ~ , stitute the ñX'ed pieces. ‘Moreoven -a greater or 4. A jigsaw type puzzlecomprising a plurality ' lesser number of* pieces may be ñxed to the base, '4.5 depending upon the ease o-r diñiculty of solution desired. f , ' ' v of irregularly and arbitrarily >shaped pieces `*cut from >a mounted 'picture of predetermined overall In solving the puzzle, the case ’is manipulated size and shape >and adapted to >be re-assembled` by shaking, tapping and :otherwise handling it, in substantially their original vrelation-,ï`andl'a'` until one> after another of the loose pieces 21--33 50 case enclosing said pieces having a baseuofsub- ' drop ,down into their appointed spaces, adjacent the iixed'pieces and the side walls vof the case. Preferably, vthe base of theccase is> madeslightly larger than the puzzle, so- that the pieces may be received in proper position with a relativelyloose lit. ` ~ f Y stantially the same shape and size as the original picture anda transparent cover preventing access> _ to the pieces ’but permitting visual observation` thereof as thecase is manipulated in an attempt . to. ñt thepieces together, certain of said pieces being permanentlysecured tothe .base in proper assembled relation 'to each ‘otherand tothe base, ’ Whenl theloose pieces -have been assembled, as «indicated in Figure l, the picture is clearly visible said 'cover' being spaced from the base a greater and the person solving the puzzle has the same distance than the thickness of two of saidpiece's, Ysatisfaction usually Venjoyed by persons putting 60 whereby the loose pieces may slide over eachother and overV the secured pieces duringfmanipulation together standard jigsaw puzzles, with' the added satisfaction lof accomplishing the task ,entirelyl > of the puzzle, to move the loose ypieces into proper b-y manipulating the casing in which the pieces relation to'e'ach other vand to the securedpieces. are contained. y It must be understood that the invention is 65 ¢ HENRY M. ysnocuivi. _ '