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Tiddlywinks…Simple Game, Strange Name, Uncertain Origins?

Posted by innovativeip on July 15, 2010

If you are looking for simplicity in a game, Tiddlywinks is it.  The origin of the name seems to be uncertain, but today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 432,170, issued July 15, 1890 for what is believed to be the first U.S. Tiddlywinks.                                         

Today’s Patent of the Day

 

In case you didn’t know, the piece used as the shooter is officially called the “squidger”, but in this first patent, the squidger was not itself a flat disc.  That was covered shortly thereafter by U.S. Patent no. 441,099, issued November 18, 1890, today’s “Bonus Patent”.

Today's Bonus Patent

Some suggest the game originated in China, long before, but does it really matter? Tiddlywinks is still available, with a 100+ year retail track record.  You can find out about everything tiddlywinks at www.tiddlywinks.org.  And, of course, if you’d like to read the full version of either of these patents, you are invited to Innovative IP’s website at www.innovative-ip.net, where all of the Patent of the Day patents are downloadable on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!
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