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Feine Traplir-Karten (Trappola cards)

This is a pack made by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, and it was sold as

Echte Stralsunder Feine Traplir-Karten
(Genuine Stralsund Fine Trappola Cards)

It was designed in the last quarter of the 19th century, but the pack shown was most probably produced around 1925. The maker's name is shown on several cards: I and II of Swords, I of Batons, and additionally there is Stralsund on the II of Batons. I have no idea why the tax stamp is missing; it should be on the I of Swords.

Cards like these were used for the game 'Trapliren' or 'Trappola' in some parts of Eastern Germany, mainly Silesia, until WWII. The strange thing about them is that they have Italian suit-signs, which were used nowhere else in Germany at that time. The cards are related to those shown as Jemné Spady.

Note that there are six pip cards in each suit (X, VIIII, VIII, VII, II, I), but I am showing only the II and I and one of the other four.

© Peter Endebrock, 02 Oct. 2005