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German Costume Pack (Deutsche Trachten Karte)

In 1927, the Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Abt. Altenburg issued the

It shows views from Germany on the Aces, the Kings are famous Germans, and the Queens and Jacks show traditional costumes from German regions.

I regret I do not know the criteria under which the illustrations were chosen. It is however remarkable that there seems to have happened a mistake with the King of Diamonds: on one side Rembrandt is shown as a German! And on one side of the Queen and Jack of Diamonds are costumes from Alsace, more a wish than reality - or just the clinging to yesterday: the Alsace was French since the World War.

© Peter Endebrock, 06 Aug. 2000