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Card-playing rapidly became popular in medieval Bavaria and German printers were quick to supply the goods.

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“Deck with French suits”

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.

“Deck with French suits”

10: Playing Cards in Germany

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.

10: Playing Cards in Germany

A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900

This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.

A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900 1900

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.

Alice in Wonderland Snap 1925

Altenburger Bauerntrachten

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.

Altenburger Bauerntrachten 1982

American Skat

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.

American Skat 1889

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider 1954

Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

Angler Skat 1981

Animal Tarot

Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century.

Animal Tarot

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.


Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815.

Anti-Napoleon 1815

Antike Götter

“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.

Antike Götter 1830

Art Nouveau

Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987

Art Nouveau 1987

Asterix Abenteuer

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989.

Asterix Abenteuer 1989

August der Starke

‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.

August der Starke 1985

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

B. Dondorf GmbH: Neue Klubkarte No.422

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.

B. Dondorf GmbH: Neue Klubkarte No.422 1930


Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.

Backofen 1800

Badische Spielkartenfabrik

Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930

Badische Spielkartenfabrik

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