Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1860
The 19th century saw the rise of European tourism, especially in Switzerland. This souvenir pack with stencil coloured scenic Aces was made by Müller in c.1860 in which the four aces feature different views at each end. The courts are conventional figures based on French designs. Müller also produced Swiss Regional Costume packs as souvenir items for tourists.
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