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' Dec.'3, 1946.
H. M. sLocUM
Filed June so, 1945-
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Patented Dec. 3, 1946
Henry M. sloou‘in, New York, N. Y.
Application AJuno 3o, 194s, serial No. 492,912
4 Claims.
(o1. 27s-157)
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
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
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
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
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
the Y accompanying Y drawing andV described `
above, ybut coversall `modiiications coming With
inY the rscope of >the appended claims and their
I claim:
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
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
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
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
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.
It must be understood that the invention is 65
¢ HENRY M. ysnocuivi.
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