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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner playing cards designed by Melchior Annen.

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Richard Wagner by Melchior Annen

Richard Wagner playing cards were printed by AGMüller in 1968, featuring scenes and personages from Wagner's operas. The pack had been designed in 1920 by Swiss artist and illustrator Melchior Annen (1868-1954) whose output included watercolours, posters and prints, and who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.

Above: Richard Wagner playing cards designed by Melchior Annen and produced by AGMüller in 1968.

Above: a page from the booklet, courtesy Valentin Zadunaisky.

Also by Melchior Annen:  ‘Rococco’‘Troubador’ or ‘Humanist’‘Casino’.

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By Simon Wintle

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.

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