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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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.

Playing Card manufacture: B. Dondorf (1833-1933), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Dondorf's “Neue Klubkarte No.422” (New Clubcards) were published during the period 1926-1933. The designs, printed in six colours, are a meld between the standard international (Anglo-American) pattern and German-style French-suited cards; so elements from various other standard patterns can be detected in the designs. This attempt to create a new standard pattern unfortunately was not a success; hence the deck is not easy to find today.

Dondorf's Neue Klubkarte No.422, published during the period 1926-1933 Back design, the Joker and Ace of Hearts from Dondorf's Neue Klubkarte No.422, published during the period 1926-1933

Above & Right: Dondorf's “Neue Klubkarte No.422”, published during the period 1926-1933, printed by chromolithography, gold corners, 60mm x 92mm.

Right: the geometrical back design, the Joker and Ace of Hearts with 'Deutsches Reich' tax stamp which was in use in Germany from 1931 to 1936. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

See also:  Dondorf HomepageDondorf Spanish PackFour Continents, c.1870Four Continents PatienceClub KarteTarot Microscopique, c.1870Gaigel-KartenWhist No.80Whist No.151 / Portuguese German-style deckWhist No.192 / Shakespeare-SpielkarteLenormand CardsPoker No.140Kinder-KarteDeutsches Luxusbild No.417Promotion deck for Saks & Company, New York, c.1930Superfine Playing Cards No.1101Dondorf patience book

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B. Dondorf GmbH: Neue Klubkarte No.422

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.