Swiss Album patience, C.L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900
Responding to the rise of tourism in Europe, Wüst, together with Müller and Dondorf, were in the forefront of the manufacture of souvenir packs featuring costumes of Swiss cantons with scenes on the aces.
The result portrays Switzerland as a romantic and charming destination. The manufacturer's monogram 'C.L.W.' is visible inside the little six-pointed star on the jack of clubs.
Above: Swiss Album patience No.90 manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card inside a decorative oval frame.
The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons and the aces are scenic. 52 cards in box.
Shaw, Martin & Symons, Paul: Playing cards from the factory C.L.Wüst, Frankfurt, Germany (1811-1927),
Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout, Belgium, 23 September-31 December 2005.