Printed by B. Dondorf in Germany.
The Carreras Fortune Telling Cards were published in 1926 for W.D. & H.O. Wills, Bristol, and issued by Carreras Ltd in various sizes (wide and narrow size) and formats (playing-card inserts or figures). The cards were printed by chromo-lithography by B. Dondorf in Germany, based on the Dondorf Lenormand fortune-telling cards made in the 1880s. A single card was enclosed inside every packet of Black Cat cigarettes. Black Cat was launched in 1904 and became the first cigarette in the United Kingdom to contain coupons which were redeemable for gifts. These coupons evolved into the collectible cards which became a huge marketing success. See also: Wikipedia article • Cartes Lenormand by H.P. Gibson • Mlle Lenormand Fortune Telling cards by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken.
Member since February 01, 1996
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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
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A miniature set of Goodall domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms) still in perfect condition.
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
“1952-2002 commemorative deck” customised with doodles by an uncredited artist, UK, 2011.
Masonic playing cards created by Ivan Wojnikow, 2004.
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
“Playing Politics ’10: With no expenses spared” featuring caricatures by Oliver Preston, published b...
Playing Politics ’92: Pack of lies with caricatures by Grant Robertson, UK.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Fantasy French-suited pack produced by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1825.
Great inventions playing cards designed by Gary Wyatt, United Kingdom, 2011.
Uncut sheet of miniature Bavarian playing cards by Joseph Fetscher.
Festive courts on a Waddingtons pack designed to celebrate Christmas 1980.
Classic German-suited Bavarian pattern by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, early 19th century.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
Roy Huteson Stewart's The Tarot Strikes Back combines Star Wars with Rider-Waite tarot imagery.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
French-suited Bavarian deck by Andreas Benedict Göbl, late 18th c.