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Ovale Salon-Spielkarten

Around 1880, A. Twietmeyer in Leipzig issued the

They were printed by the playing-card factory of Friedrich Günthel, also in Leipzig. The makers' names are on the Deuce of Bells.

Inside the box is a sticker which explains the advantages and designs. The form is chosen for easy shuffling, holding and ordering of the cards. The designs were made by Fedor Flinzer: They are intended to replace the "usual, not very pretty designs", and the suits have have been designed each with a theme:
Acorns:  Countrymen: hunter, stock-farmer, farmer
Leaves:  Artists: musician, painter, poet
Hearts:  Scholars: lawyer, physician, teacher
Bells:  Townsmen: soldier, craftsman, shopkeeper
The pack shown has German suit-signs, and there is a similar pack with French suit-signs.


© Peter Endebrock, 02 Jan. 2008