German card games from the collection of Rex Pitts
Wilhelm Busch was a German caricaturist and humourist who lived from (during the aftermath of the unsuccessful revolutions of ). He was immensely famous in his own country and loved by all Germans due to his satirical “picture stories” in which he mocked the “Biedermeier bourgeoisie”. He is credited as the inventor of the comic strip and his cartoons and comic verse are as well known in Germany as Edward Lear’s cartoons and limericks are in England. Most famous of his characters are Max and Moritz, a couple of bumbling nitwits always in trouble. Their adventures continued from very early in Busch’s career to the very end. A later entrant was Fipps the Ape, also very popular. Many card games were produced in Germany using his characters and several are illustrated here. The Germans definitely do have a sense of humour! See: Wikipedia article →
Other German Comic Card Games
Besides the range of children's card games published by B. Dondorf and J.W. Spear & Söhne which tended to be more educational, a number of comic games were produced by other German manufacturers with perhaps a preponderance of “Schwarzer Peter” games, where the main focus of the game is towards the last card, which might be a black cat, chimney sweep or homourous character:
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A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A few new games survived and are still around today; most came and went and are only witnessed in th...
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
Masonic playing cards created by Ivan Wojnikow, 2004.
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Fantasy French-suited pack produced by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1825.
Uncut sheet of miniature Bavarian playing cards by Joseph Fetscher.
Festive courts on a Waddingtons pack designed to celebrate Christmas 1980.
Classic German-suited Bavarian pattern by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, early 19th century.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
French-suited Bavarian deck by Andreas Benedict Göbl, late 18th c.
Keep-em honest playing cards designed by Chris Cooper and published by Dark Horse Deluxe.
Historical playing cards by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Bavarian piquet cards with oriental illustrations produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich, late 18...
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.