Art Deco-styled fortune telling deck dated 1936, published by Piatnik. In contrast to overly mystical or esoteric packs, these cards are refreshingly direct and portray everyday life situations familiar to us all. What you see is what you get, and although the cards are read in pairs or in relationship to each other, and have no numbers or suits, just pictures and names, they are more or less self-interpreting. There doesn't appear to be any deep mystery to life.
Above: Art Deco fortune telling deck with captions in five languages, published by Piatnik, dated 1936. 52 cards. The Art Deco fortune telling card is an expansion of the Viennese Biedermeier and "Gypsy" Cartomancy sets to a full complement of 52 cards. The colourful poster-style, period graphics imbue these cards with a retro feel and are arguably an improvement on the more traditional Gypsy or Lenormand fortune teller cards. Also new images relating to 20th century social concerns have been added to the old ones. Some spreads or styles of reading might lend themselves better to this type of card that predicts good or bad news without any mumbo-jumbo. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.