Period cartoon images from the 1930s. The Kings are in fancy dress ready to party, the Queens appear ready for socialising whilst the Jacks are already on the go.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
‘Shakespeare’ playing cards by Piatnik designed by the British actor Donald Burton.
Piatnik was known for their magnificent quality of chromo-lithographic printing, and this facsimile, or reprint, of “Soldaten Tarock No. 217” is virtually as magnificent as the original.
The earliest Tarot decks originated in Italy in the fifteenth century, with Italian suit symbols. However the game was very popular elsewhere and tarots with French suit signs, usually called "tarok" or "tarock", appeared around 1750 which are now mainly produced in Austria.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
Trappola pack of 36 double-ended cards published by Anton Herrl, Graz, Austria.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934.
“Vienna Melange” Playing Cards by Piatnik with a historical feel representing the four races that make up the cultural background of Vienna.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Intended to attract donations on behalf of the Imperial Royal Austrian Military Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund, this elegant and refined deck was designed by Nellie Stern. The deck was printed by Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna in 1916.