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PEG-A-LIGHT GAME BOARD Filed Nov. 4 1968 3 Sheets-Sheet s INVENTOR Moe lgbensfe/d ATTORNEYS nited States Patent Office 3,568,357 Patented Mar. 9, 1971 3,568,357 PEG-A-LIGHT GAME BOARD Moe Lebensfeld, Newark, NJ. (82-56 213th St., Nollis Hill, N.Y. 11427) Filed Nov. 4, 1968, Ser. No. 772,965 Int. Cl. A6311 33/06 US. Cl. 46-17 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Game apparatus for forming pictures or playing games by means of illuminated pegs or molded objects inserted in holes of a peg board. The apparatus utilizes a perforated peg board supported above an incandescent lamp operatively connected to an electric source. A punctured lining pad adhered to the rear of the peg board serves to normally close the perforations of the peg board. The lining is formed of a plastic or rubber material that has a memory for returning to its original form after deformation, the punctures close when the pegs are removed. The pegs or objects such as checkers, chess men, etc., are transparent and molded or formed of different colored transparent plastic material such as styrene, butyrate-plexiglass or any other material that can be formed or molded to a polished clear finish so as to transmit light from the lighted lamp inside the apparatus to the surface thereby illuminating the objects inserted into the peg board.
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in a peg game and more particularly to an illuminated peg game.
A principal object of the present invention is to provide a peg game with transparent or clear removal pegs and means for illuminating the pegs for defining an object therefrom when the pegs are inserted in the peg holes.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for automatically closing off the illumination through the perforations in the peg board as the pegs are removed.
A further object is to provide a plastic or rubber lining pad for the peg board that is predeformed and punctured beneath the peg holes throughout the same to receive the pegs in various arrangements to define various objects and has a memory to normally close or return to its original form.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a perforated card having a representation of an object printed thereon and adapted to be placed over the peg board for locating peg holes thereof and the predeformed places in the lining pad for the different colored transparent pegs.
Various objects, features and advantages of the invention will become apparent upon reading the following specification together with the accompanying drawing forming a part thereof.
Referring to the drawing:
FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of a game apparatus embodying the invention, parts being shown broken away.
FIG. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on the plane of line 22 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken on the plane of line 33 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a disassembled fragmentary top perspective view of one corner of the game apparatus.
FIG. 5 is a top perspective and disassembled view of a fragment of the peg board and pad lining therefor.
FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of the parts of FIG. 5 in assembled position.
FIG. 7 is a disassembled cross-sectional view showing a step in the manufacture of the game apparatus.
FIG. 8 is a fragmentary top plan view of a guide card used with the game apparatus for guiding the insertion of the pegs through the peg board and pad lining.
FIG. 9 is a top perspective view of one corner of a modified form of the game card.
FIG. 10 is a disassembled top perspective view of a peg and slide cap to be used with the peg board of FIG. 9.
FIG. 11 is a vertical sectional view thereof in assembled position.
FIG. 12 is a side elevational view showing a modified form of peg.
Referring in detail to the various views of the drawing, a game apparatus embodying one form of the invention is shown and designated generally at 10*. The game apparatus comprises a box-like structure 12 of suitable plastic or other material, preferably opaque or colored. The box-like structure has spaced outer and inner side Walls 14, 14 and 16, 16, respectively, spaced outer and inner front walls 18 and 20 and an outer rear wall 22 formed with a cut-away portion 24 centrally thereof. The outer and inner side walls are higher at the rear than at the front thereof, thereby providing a tapered box-like structure. The rear ends of the inner side walls 16, 16 terminate short of the outer rear wall 22 leaving a space 26. The space between the outer and inner side walls and the outer and inner front walls at the top is closed by a flange 28 extending to the outer rear wall 22. An integral bottom wall 30 is formed along the bottom edges of the inner side walls 16, 16 and the inner front wall 20' and with the inner side and front walls defines a compartment 32. An integral flange 34 extends across the side flanges 28 adjacent the rear ends of the inner side walls 16, 16, and formed between the flange 34, rear wall 22 and outer side walls 14, 14 there is a curved wall 38 depending into space 21. Spaced partition walls 40 in the space formed by the curved wall along with the curved wall 38 define compartments 42. A continuous shoulder 44 is formed along the inner side walls 16, 16, the inner front wall 20 and the cross flange 34 at the rear. Spaced holes 46 are formed in the inner side walls 16, 16 just above the shoulder 44 at the front and rear thereof. An electrical socket 50 is mounted on a U-shaped bracket 52 extending through the opening 48 in the inner wall 16 into the socket 50. A switch device including a rotatable shaft 56 is supported by the bracket 52 and extends outwardly through the opening 46 in the outer wall 14. A turnable knob 58 is operatively connected to the switch device for actuating the same. A pair of conductors enclosed in a casing 60 leads from the socket 50 to an electric plug 62 for opera tively connecting the socket to a source of EMF.
In accordance with the present invention, a peg board assembly 64 is laid on and removably supported by the shoulder 44 thereby closing the top of the box structure 12. The assembly as best seen in FIG. 6 comprises a rectangular shaped plastic board or plate 66 and a lining in the form of a rectangular pad 68 secured to the under surface of the board by means of adhesive 70. The peg board is injection molded of cellular polyester plastic or any other rigid material and is molded with perforations 72 through its area. The pad 68 is molded of cellular flexifoam plastic material such as urethane or sponge rubber that is endowed with a memory, that is, it is capable of being opened by a peg and will automatically return to its original form and condition after the deforming tool is removed. Opposed integral lugs 74 and 74:: are formed on the sides of the peg board 66. The lugs 74a are adapted to be inserted into the holes 76 in the inner side walls 16, 16 and the lugs 74 are adapted to be snapped into opposite holes '76 in the wall 16 for removably holding the peg board assembly in operative position.
In the practice of the invention, it is contemplated that the pad 68 be preliminarily deformed or perforated after it has been secured to the under surface of the peg board 66. For this purpose, the peg board 66' and pad 68 are seated upon a platform 80 formed with passages 82. A tool assembly comprising a plastic plate 86 formed with s'paced'perforations 88 over its entire area and with flanged pins 90 depending therefrom, the spacing of the perforations 88 being the same as the spacing of the perforations 72 in the peg board 66 is placed over the peg board '66 as seen in FIG. 7, whereupon the tool assembly is driven downwardly by a hydraulic press tool thereby driving the pins 90 through the perforations in the peg board and into and through the foam plastic pad 68 and into the passages 82 in the platform 80. The tool assembly is then removed leaving the foam mate rial of the pad 68 underneath the perforations in the peg board previously occupied by the pins 90 formed with so-called valves 92, capable of being deformed again thereat. a
The playing pieces of the game are elongated cylindrical pegs 96 formed of transparent styrene or any other plastic material that can be molded transparent. Each peg 96 has a shank portion 98 formed with a pointed end 100 and with an enlarged head portion 102.
In playing the game, the aim is to form by means of z the pegs 96 a suitable object such as a flag, an Indians head, a clowns head, a Christmas tree, various kinds of animals, various kinds of ball players and the like. The pegs 96 are preferably colored to simulate the coloring of the various objects.
While the shape of such objects may be left to the memory of the player, the invention contemplatesuse of a perforated card 104 for aiding the player to form the outline of the object. The card is formed of cardboard or plastic and is similar in shape to the peg board 66. The card is formed with perforations arranged to form the outline of the basic features of the object. For example, a card 104 with a representation of the flag of the United States printed thereon together with the letters USA printed below the representation of the flag is shown in FIG. 1, in use the card 104 is placed flat over the peg board 66 with the perforations in the'card aligned with the perforations 72 in the peg board. The perforations 106 in the card in FIG. 1 represent the stars of 'the flag and the perforations 108 represent the stripes of the flag, the perforations 110 representing the mast 1120f the flag. Perforations 114 represent the letters USA. The diameters of the perforations in the card 104 are slightly larger than the diameter. heads 102 of the pegs 96 so that the card maybe lifted off over the pegs. With the perforations in the card and peg board in alignment, pegs 96 are inserted through the aligned perforations and into and through the material of the lining pad 68, the shanks 98 ofthe pegs extending below thepad and exposed as shown in FIG. 2, valves 92 in the pad permitting this penetration of the pad by the shanks. of thepegs. The shoulders 116 of the pegs 96 seat on the material of the peg board around the perforations 106 and 108 therein so that the pegs are held in upright position by the material of the pad 68. When all of the perforations in the card are filled with pegs 96, the card is lifted off the peg board 66 and the pegs remain in the peg board forming the outline of the flag. The switch is then actuated by the knob 58 and the lamp 54 in compartment 32 is illuminated, its rays striking the exposed shanks 98 of the pegs 66 thereby illuminating the heads 102 of the pegs, the illuminated heads outlining the flag and the letters USA.
When the outline of the flag or other object has been provided by the pegs 96 and the card removed, more pegs may be inserted through the perforations 72 in the peg board to fill in the remaining area of the flag or other object which was outlined.
In FIG. 8, a card 104 bearing the representation of an Indians head 118 with perforations 106" outlining the head formed therein for use with the peg board 66' for outlining said head by means of the heads 102 of the pegs inserted through said perforations'106 is shown.
In FIG. 9, a modified form of game card 66" is shown. The surface of this game card is formed with squares 120 around perforation 106" and the squares being colored to represent a chess board or checker board. When this form of game card 66 is used pegs 122 are used. The pegs formed with shanks 124 and enlarged heads 128, a slide cape 126 may be slid over the enlarged head 128 of the peg 122 to serve as a King member in the game of chess or the like, as shown in FIGS. 10 and 11."
In FIG. 12, a game peg 130 is shown with a conventional chessmanhead 132 also made of transparent material. A set of these chessmen may be used for playing a game of chess on the game board 66".
What is claimed is:
1. A game of the kind described, comprising a hollow box-like structure having an open top, an incandescent electric lamp inside the box-like structure, means of connection between the lamp and a source of electric energy, a removable'perforated peg board closing the opening in the top of the box-like structure, and removable transparent styrene pegs in the perforations adapted to be ar ranged to form the outline of an object, said pegs having shanks inside the box-like structure exposed to the rays of said lamp when ignited, a lining pad on the inner surface of the pegboard for closing the perforations therein,
said pad being'formed of plastic material. capable of being deformed by penetration by the shanks of the pegs andcapable of automatically returning to its original form and condition upon removal of the shanks, the body of the box-like structure tapers downwardly from rear 1 to the front thereof, an open top compartment in the top of the body at the rear thereof for holding a supply of pegs, the body being formed with spaced double side walls, the double walls on one side thereof having aligned openings, a bracket extending through the opening in the inner wall on one side of the body, a socket attached to said bracket and extending inside the body, said lamp removably mounted in said socket, a switch device supported between the perforated walls, said switch device including-a rotatable shaft extending through said opena ings and operativelyconnected to the socket, a knob outside of the outer wall for. actuating said shaft, a perforated card removably mounted over the peg board, said card bearing the representation of an object, said card hav ing spaced perforations forming the outline of the object r represented, the perforations in the card being in alignrnent with the perforations in the peg board whereby pegs inserted through saidaligned perforations and lining pad when illuminated define the outline of the representation of the object on the card, said double wall providing a i depressed .shoulder at the top of the box structure and latch openings lying in the inner wall above the structure, said peg board having integral lugs formed on the sides thereof and adapted to be inserted in the holes in the inner side walls on the peg board, being rested in the box upon the shoulder, the peg board serving to prevent the flow of light over the shoulder within the box structure.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS ROBERT W. MICHELL, Primary Examiner W. I. CONTRERAS, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 40-133, 28