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Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.

1989 Germany Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Verlag für Lehrmittel Ludwig Winkler Education Manufacturing Processes Printing Quartet Add to Collection
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, c.1989

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes (History of the book trade) educational quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck. The illustrations, by Ludwig Winkler, are in sets of four showing the development of the book trade from the creation of writing to the gravure printing process. See the information cards

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, c.1989

Above: Geschichte des Buchgewerbes quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, manufatured by Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1989. The illustrations convey information about the invention of the art of printing, the original graphic arts, typesetting, reproduction techniques, printing processes (letterpress, flat printing, gravure) and bookbinding. The card backs are decorated with pink fleurons (also known as printer's flowers). 32 cards + 4 information cards in box.

Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck was founded in 1947 and produces a range of teaching aids.


English Language Version - by Roddy Somerville

I have another version of this attractive and informative quartet game, with text in English. The backs carry an advertisement for Man Roland (later Manroland), renowned manufacturers of printing presses. On the bottom flap of the box it states "Copyright: Gutenberg Verlag Leipzig" and "Printed by: Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik GmbH". That styling of the manufacturer's name was used between 1991 and 1995 so it may well be that the English-language version came after the German one. See the box

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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