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This special deck was issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken in 1983. The four suits feature court cards from 4 different times in the company’s history, which includes numerous takeovers of older firms. The three jokers contain further details


Turn of the century

The spades courts are taken from Dondorf’s popular “Baronesse” Whist No.160 which first appeared sometime in the early 1900s. 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”.

Deck issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, 1983.

Late 19th century

The hearts courts are from Dondorf’s “Empire No.170” first published towards the end of the 19th century. In 1933 Dondorf’s business was renamed “Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG” and production was gradually transferred to Altenburg.

Deck issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, 1983.

Turn of the century

The club suit courts are a 1930s pattern reproduced in 1970 as Salon Bridge Canasta No.66 by AS

Deck issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, 1983.

Early 1950s

The diamonds courts appear to be from Comtesse by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, which had been acquired by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken in 1972.

Deck issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, 1983.

The chronological table shown below is from a 1957 book listing the takeovers in the company’s story. It was a special issue book supplied to customers celebrating 125 years of being around since 1832.

ASS chronological table

Above: ASS chronological table.

Last Updated August 29, 2020 at 01:18pm

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