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La Suisse Historique Swiss Cantons souvenir

A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir was designed by Melchior Annen (1868-1954) and manufactured by J. Müller & Cie in c.1920. A different scene is shown at each end of the four aces, and different costumes on each end of the 12 court cards. Müller had pioneered the production of tourist souvenir decks in the mid-19th century. New machinery now allowed twelve-colour chromo-lithography printing which in turn permitted a wider assortment of playing cards to be produced. This led to more business worldwide and a more prestigious reputation for the firm which became one of the most reputable in Europe.

Back and box from “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920
“La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920 “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920

Above: “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen and manufactured by J. Müller & Cie in c.1920. (Click the images to reverse). Packs were sold with 36 cards (Piquet No.34) or 52 cards (Whist No.33).

In 1999 the Müller playing card factory was sold to Carta Mundi.

Last Updated December 22, 2015 at 12:16am

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