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Published June 23, 2014 Updated July 23, 2022

Der Lohn des Fleisses

“Der Lohn des Fleisses”, a children's card game designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908).

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“Der Lohn des Fleisses” (The reward of diligence) is a children's card game incorporating comic drawings and rhymes designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908) and published by Verlag Rudolph Forkel. The game is coupled with “Die Strafe der Faulheit“ (The punishment of sloth) which has a sinister finale in which Fräulein Ammer's pampered dog named Schnick is kissed, stuffed with treats etc until one day, during his daily walk, he is lured away with a pretzel by the local dogcatcher. The title card shows the stuffed dog mounted on a cart with a pretzel glued to his mouth. The backs feature Busch's famous characters Max & Moritz.

“Der Lohn des Fleisses” children's card game designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)

Above: “Der Lohn des Fleisses” children's card game designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908) and published by Verlag Rudolph Forkel.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

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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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