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June 5, 1962
J. MGDANIEL ALBRIGHT
73,037,774
MELDING DEVICE FOR CARD GAMES
Filed Feb. 12, 1959
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INVENTOR
J. M.Albrigh’r
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ATTORNEY
June 5, 1962 I
J. MCDANIEL ALBRIGHT
3,037,774
MELDING DEVICE FOR CARD GAMES _
Filed Feb. 12, 1959
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United States Patent O?iice
3,037,774
Patented June 5, 1962
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or other suitable material having pockets for the receipt
MELDING DEVICE FOR CARD GAMES
James McDaniel Albsight, 1902 Des Jardines,
of the side edges of the cards, such pockets being prefer
ably comprised of upstanding walls 16 and ?anges 17.
Houston, Tex.
Filed Feb. 12, 1959, Ser. No. 792,834
4 Claims. (Cl. 273-148)
As more particularly appears in FIGURE 6, the walls 16
may be curved but they are generally normal to the plane
of the panels 15 while the ?anges 17 are substantially
parallel to the plane of the panels 15 and overlie the
same thus forming pockets at longitudinal edges of the
panels 15 which pockets are closed with the exception of
the side which communicates with the space immediately
above the panels 15.
As appears most clearly in FIGURE 8, the ends 18 of
the ?anges 17 are rounded to avoid presenting any sharp
or abrupt edges to the hand of the player in the act
The present invention relates to melding device for
card games and has for an object and purpose to facili
tate the handling of the player’s cards when playing the
game known as Canasta, although the same may con
ceivably be applicable to other games in which melding
constitutes part of the play.
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Another object of the invention is to provide a device
which facilitates the placing of the cards on the table as 15 of shifting the melded cards longitudinally of the panels
melds and canastas are made.
15.
A further object of the invention resides in providing
a simple and efficient device for the above purposes by
the use of which the entire game is speeded.
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
The panels 15 will be numerically of the same number
as the different denominations of the cards in play in the
game and eleven such panels 15 are provided for use in
connection with the game known as “Canasta.” The
ends of the panels 15 adjacent the player will be provided
with indicia 19 identifying the different card denomina
tions as for instance Ace, King, Queen, Jack and numer
upon the “board” or mat ample space for all melds
whereby it is unnecessary for the melder to shift cards
to make room for additional melds as the game pro
gresses; by reason of which the player placing the cards
ically 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4. At the end portions of the
is allowed more time to devote to the playing of his 25 panels 15 away from the player this same indicia arrange
hand.
ment relatively reversed appears at 20 in order that the
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
a device whereby it is much easier for all players to keep
“board” or mat provided ‘by the invention may be rela
tively reversed for the convenience of right and left hand
up with the game as the cards are concentrated in a
players. By reversing the device from the position il
much smaller area, and are in sequence, making them 30 lustrated in FIGURES 1 and 2, the pockets will. be
seen at a glance.
brought to the right side of the panels convenient for
the insertion of the cards by a left handed player.
As shown more particularly in FIGURE 8, markers
21, preferably constituted of spaced lines on the upper
It is also within the contemplation of the invention to
provide a device to receive melded cards and to retain
the cards so that the same are not so easily knocked out
of place as in the conventional method of play, elimi
nating time out to straighten out the cards after an ac
cidental jolt of the table.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, the in
vention will be more fully described hereinafter, and will
‘be more particularly pointed out in the claims appended
hereto.
In the drawings, wherein like symbols refer to like or
corresponding parts throughout the several views:
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surfaces of the ?anges 17 running substantially trans
versely of the panels 15 indicate placement positions for
the lower edges of the cards in play.
As appears more particularly in FIGURE 4, ?exible
tapes 22 are employed to join the panels 15 together in
side by side and spaced substantially parallel relation.
These tapes may be two in number disposed near op
posite ends of the panels 15 and a?ixed, as by adhesive
or otherwise, to the under surfaces of the panels 15 as
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of a melding device for
indicated in FIGURE 6. As the panels 15 are spaced
card games constructed in accordance with the present 45 apart along the lengths of the tapes 22, tape ?exible hinge
invention.
shanks 24 are provided between the panels 15, which
FIGURE 2 is a similar view showing the application of
enables the panels 15 to ‘be moved relatively to one an
melded cards thereto.
other so that the same may be laid on any ?at or irregular
FIGURE 3 is a plan view showing comparatively the
surface and by lifting the device or a part thereof from
spread of melded cards on a gaming table as presently
the table or supporting surfaces the panels 15 may be
practiced without the use of the invention.
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manipulated angularly relatively to one another. Also
FIGURE 4 is a bottom plan view of the device.
these ?exible shanks 24 permit the device to be folded
FIGURE 5 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on
into the stack form shown in FIGURE 7 which will be
an enlarged scale on the line 5——5 in FIGURE 2.
convenient for shipping the device and also for carrying
FIGURE 6 is a similar view taken on the line 6—~6 in 55 the same about the person of the player from place to
FIGURE 1.
place.
FIGURE 7 is an end elevational view showing a
stacked condition of the device.
FIGURE 8 is a plan view taken on a much magni?ed
scale of one of the panels and card pockets.
Referring more particularly to that form of the inven
tion shown in FIGURES 9 to 12 inclusive, a different
type of hinge is employed consisting of hinged leaves 26
and 27 a?‘ixed in any desired manner to adjoining panels
FIGURE 9 is a fragmentary top plan view showing a
15. One of the leaves 26 is shown in FIGURES 11 and
modi?ed form of the invention.
12 to have a pair of spaced apart shanks 28 and 29 made
FIGURE 10 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on
of metal, plastic or some material possessing some de
an enlarged scale on the line 10—10 in FIGURE 9.
gree of resiliency. The shanks carry spaced ball heads
FIGURE 11 is a sectional view of the modi?ed hinge 65 30 and 31. The opposite hinge leaf 27 carries a shank
taken on the line 11-11 in FIGURE 10.
32 which may be resilient although not necessarily so,
FIGURE 12 is a similar view showing the hinge mem
this
‘shank 32 being provided with part spherical sockets
bers detached.
33, 34 disposed opposite to the ball heads 36}, 31 when
Referring more particularly to the drawings and for
the parts are in the position of FIGURE 11. The
the present to that form of the device shown in FIG 70 rounded surfaces of the ball heads 30, 31 permit the
URES l to 8 inclusive, 15 designates panels which are
shank 32 to ‘be pried out from between the balls and
preferably long, narrow and thin strips of metal, plastic
also inserted therebetween, at which time the balls 30,
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cards so that each card may rest upon the ?ange of the
31 will snap into the socketsi33, 34, such balls having
been spread apart and‘ put under elastic stress by the
initial introduction of the shank 32. therebetween. The
engagement of the ball heads 30, 31 in the part spheri
pocket of the next adjacent panel while ?tted in the
pocket of its respective panel.
Although I have disclosed herein the best form of
the invention known to me at this time, I reserve the
right to all such modi?cations and changes as may come
cal sockets 33, 34 provide pivotal or hinge joints by
which the panels 15 may have relative rotary movement.
Within the scope of the following claims.
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In this form of the invention the panels may be sepa
What is claimed is:
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rated by applying force or thrust to withdraw the shank
l. A'melding device'for canasta card games compris
32 from between the ball heads 30, 31. The detached
panels 15 may be then stacked one upon another for 10 ing a plurality of panels each having a raised pocket
along one longitudinal edge only for receiving side edges
conservation of space incident to transportation. At
of melded playing cards, the opposed longitudinal edges
destination the panels may be readily united by forcing
the shanks 32 between the balls 30, 31.
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of the panels being left free, said panels being longer
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Rubber or other pads 35 may be a?ixed to the under~
' sides'of the hinge leaves 26, 2.7 and will serve to support
than a playing card to accommodate a plurality of said
15 cards in lapped formation lengthwise of each panel,
hinge means attached to the back portions of the panels
for hinging the same together in side by side relationship
the distance from the raised pocket at one side edge of
a panel to the raised pocket of the next adjacent panel
In operation, melds will be placed only'in the spacesv
provided for the particular cards being melded. The 20 being less than the width of a conventional playing card
the hinge parts above the table or other playing surface to
avoid marring the same and also to prevent a too eas
sliding of the device upon the table.
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but greater; than the width of a panel so that the latter
space markers 21 across board are intended as a guide
for placing the melds. The ?rst card of a meld should
raised pocket will be overlapped by and will support the
projecting side portions of the cards in the ?rst pocket
be placed with its lower edge even with the bottom of
and so that said hinge means enables folding of said
the panel. Subsequent cardsare placed at progressive
higher positions with their lower edges in alignment 25 panels into superposed relation.
I 2. A melding device for canasta card games comprising
successively with the markers 21 until six cards are
1a plurality of panels each having a raised pocket along
one longitudinal edge only for receiving side edges of
molded. See FIGURE 2 the positions marked “A,” “B,”
“C,” “D” and “E.” The ?fth card should be melded
short of the letter or ?gure 20 at the top of the board and
melded playing cards, the opposed longitudinal edges of
the panels being left free, said panels being longer than
the sixth card should completely cover the letter or ?g
ure 20. This identi?es the meld as six cards, instead of
turning the sixth card crosswise, as in conventional play.
a playing card to accommodate a plurality of said cards in
Canastas are identi?ed by sliding all the cards forward
lapped formation lengthwiseof each panel, ?exible means
attached to the back portions of the panels for ?exibly
as small as conveniently possible, no space has been pro
vided for red treys, as they present no major problem. .
It is suggested that they may be placed at an end of
the ‘width of a conventional playing card but greater than
the width of a panel so that the latter raised pocket will
to the top of the board and leaving them there until the ' hinging the panels together in spaced relation to one an
deal is over. Thiscondition is represented in FIGURE 35 other in side by side close relationship, the ?exible means
from the raised pocket at one side edge of a panel to the
,2 at position “E.” In the interest of'keeping the “board”
raised pocket ofithe next adjacent panel being less than
the board most convenient to the player. In FIGURE 40 be overlapped by and will support the projecting side por
tions of the cards engaged in the ?rst pocket and so that
_2 see position “F.”
said ?exible means enables folding of said panels into
Similarly, if American Canasta is; being played, the
superposed relation.
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wild card meld can be placed at the opposite end from
3. A melding device for canasta card games compris
the red treys. When the hand is completed, all the un
?nished canastas are slid out of their respective positions 45 ing a plurality of panels of long narrow thin material, up
standing Walls along one longitudinal side edge of each
and into the player’s hand, leaving only the canastas and
panel, ?anges on the upper portions of said upstanding
red treys in place so that all the players may see the
‘walls overlying the panels and forming with the panels
count. When the count is settled, the canastas are
and the upstanding walls pockets having free entrance
placed with the un?nishedcanastas previously removed,
and count is made for game.
The device can be made from a variety of materials,
such as plastic, rubber, ?ber, fabrics, tinplate, aluminum,
etc. and can be made in rigid form as well as made to
fold.
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openings inwardly 'of the panels to freely receive longi
tudinal side edges of a plurality of playing cards, the
longitudinal edges of the panels opposite the pockets be
ing left free, said panels being longer than a playing card
to accommodate a plurality of said cards in lapped for~
For different materials there will be varying methods 55 mation lengthwise of the panels, hinge means attached to
the back portions of the panels for coupling the same
of manufacture and the assembling of the parts. Var
together for relative hinging movements and in side 'by
ious materials and methods of assembly may be used and
side close relationship the distance from the raised pocket
practiced.
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_ FIGURE 3 shows the wide spread of melded cards as
heretofore generally practiced in the playing of the game
Canasta.
Of course such cards could not be over
lapped as can be done with the device of this invention
as shown in FIGURE 2 and comparatively 'FEGURE 2
shows a much more condensed and concentrated arrange
at one side edge of a panel to the raised pocket of the
next adjacent panel being less than the width of a conven
tional playing card but greater than the width of a panel
so that the latter raised pocket will be overlapped by and
will support the projecting side portions of the cards in the
?rst pocket and so that said hinge means enables folding
ment of the cards and at the same time an organization 65 of said panels into superposed relation.
4. A melding device for can-asta card games compris
of the cards which may be more clearly and accurately
read at any particular time during the progress of the
play.
ing a plurality of narrow long thin panels having relatively
short end edges and relatively long side edges, upstanding
walls at one side edge of the panels with the other side
In FIGURE 3 the cards are not organized and they are
not con?ned to any particular position and they can be 70 edge left free, said upstanding walls having inturned
flanges overlapping and spaced above the panels and in
readily jolted or blown out of their proper arrangement
substantial parallelism ‘with the panels to provide side
or piles and cause the greatest confusion and contentions
pockets having free entrance openings inwardly of the
panels to freely receive longitudinal side edges of a plu
are preferably together narrower than the width of the 75 rality of playing cards, said panels being longer than a
in the practical playing of the game.
The panels plus the hinge shanks connecting the same
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playing card to accommodate a plurality of said cards
in lapped formation lengthwise of each panel slid'able
longitudinally of the panel, said ?anges being of such
narrow Width that While con?ning side edge portions of
the cards they do not obscure designating indicia on
adjacent corner portions of the cards, said ?anges having
longitudinally spaced markers externally thereof for in
dicating stepped placement of the lower edges of ‘a melded
stack of cards, said panels bearing indicia in identi?ca
tion of the denominations of the various cards employed 10
raised pocket of the next adjacent panel being less than
the width of a conventional playing card but greater than
the width of a panel so that the latter raised pocket will
be overlapped by and will support the projecting side por
tions of the cards engaged in the ?rst pocket and so that
said tapes enable folding of said panels into superposed
relation.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
in the game, and ?exible tapes secured in common to the
back portions of the panels with free shank portions of
the tapw extending between the panels for ?exibly hing
ing the panels together and in spaced relation, the tapes
from the raised pocket at one side edge of a panel to the 15
800,966
1,781,850
2,731,270
2,792,228
2,818,261
Woodward ___________ __ Oct. 3,
Ladd _______________ __ Nov. 18,
Schulz ______________ __ Ian. 17,
Chaikin _____________ __ May 14,
Morgan _____________ __ Dec. 31,
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