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Published March 16, 2024 Updated March 16, 2024

Frauejass

‘Frauejass / le Jass au féminin’ designed by Susan Csomor, Switzerland, c. 1998.

1998 Switzerland Frauezogg Susan Csomor Gender Equality Jass Add to Collection

This attractive and colourful pack of Jass cards was published by Frauezogg of Zurich, Switzerland, c. 1998, and features the designs of Susan Csomor. It is titled in French, “Frauejass / Le Jass au Féminin,” on one side of the tuck box and “Frauen-Skat” on the other. In this pack all the court cards are female. Unlike most Jass packs the cards do not have the traditional Swiss suits but rather have French suits. There are 36 cards (Ace and 6 through King, each suit). See the box

Frauejass designed by Susan Csomor and published by Frauezogg of Zurich, Switzerland, c.1998 Frauejass designed by Susan Csomor and published by Frauezogg of Zurich, Switzerland, c.1998

Above: Frauejass playing cards designed by Susan Csomor and published by Frauezogg of Zurich, Switzerland, c.1998.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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