A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
The playing card manufacturers of Germany from 1900 until 1939 provide a complicated set of relationships that deserve closer investigation. Here are some of the standard English designs to be found.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.
“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.
These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987
During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.
The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected.
Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930
After the Second World War, the deck continued to be produced both by the VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik as “Rokoko” and by ASS-Spielkartenfabrik, Leinfelden-Echterdingen as “Baronesse”.
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