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Published June 26, 2018 Updated August 20, 2022

Salon-Karte No.66

Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, 1970

1970 Germany Romania Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Walter Krauss Art & Design Add to Collection

One of several decks designed by Walter Krauss (1908-1985) for VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik. This one resembles a luxury version of a standard pattern. The four aces are distinguished with wreaths of flowers. This edition also comes in a picturesque box showing a scene from Romania.

Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, 1970 Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, 1970 Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, 1970

Above: Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss (1908-1985) for VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, 1970. 52 cards + 3 jokers. The box has the “Coeur” logo on the top flap, and “Made in German Democratic Republic”. A variety of back designs are known, including ornamental and advertising.

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