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Last Updated August 04, 2015 at 02:50pm

Dondorf: ‘Kinder-Karte’ ~ Patience No.25

Dondorf first published these miniature Patience cards in c.1870, in which children are disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the boys are wearing false beards and moustaches. The children on the Queens and Jacks have large, clear eyes and round cheeks with dimples. Holding flowers, pets or dolls, they evoke a charming children's world. However, the cards were probably destined for an adult market too.

Above: Kinder-Karte (Patience No.25), manufactured by Dondorf GmBH after 1906. 52 cards; cards measure 55mm x 37mm. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

See also: Dondorf Spanish PackDondorf Four Continents, c.1870Dondorf Tarot Microscopique, c.1870Dondorf Whist No.192 / Shakespeare-SpielkarteDondorf Whist No.151 / Portuguese German-style deckDondorf Lenormand Cards for H.P. Gibson, LondonDondorf Poker No.140Dondorf English packDondorf patience book

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