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Fruits et Légumes

Fruits et Légumes No.342   (c.1900)

B. Dondorf (1833-1933), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

All the green, healthy food you could ever want... reduce your stress and lose weight! The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes des Champs et des Jardins” reminds us of the benefits of natural food without additives. The game contains 40 cards divided into ten sets of four cards each being a different type of fruit, vegetable or cereal. The winner, as in most ‘Happy Families’ or quartet games, is the player who completes the highest number of sets.

Left: “Fruits et Légumes des Champs et des Jardins” No.342 published by B. Dondorf, Frankfurt am Main, Germany in c.1900. 40 cards in telescopic box. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

Dondorf Card Games

Dondorf began producing card games (rather than playing cards) in around 1870 with a then fashionable “Question and Answer” game which was obviously aimed at children because all the illustrations were of children. Around the same time there were children’s quartet games with sets such as Ass, Moon, Sheep etc and a musical game. By 1900 the “Struwwelpeter” game and “Wappen Quartet” were on the market. A “Black Peter” game appeared by 1905 but not so much with pairs of characters but pairs such as Trees, House and Cyclists. It seems that all the games cards were catalogued with a number beginning with a “3” and many are numbered between 314 and 352. This would suggest that at least 37 games were published up to the time when Dondorf were taken over. At this point Spears purchased the rights to the card games and continued to publish the educational ones featuring flowers and animals etc.

Last Updated September 07, 2015 at 09:49am

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