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I have a passion for Fairy Stories and how they originated. If you asked people in the street where Fairy Stories priginated, they will probably give you one of three answers: Answer One: Hans Christian Andersen Answer Two; The Brothers Grimm Answer Three: I don't know Fairy Sories have crossed...
Every Brit of my generation will have the name 'Dresden' seared in their memory. The bombing of German cities in WWII is well documented and , of course, was a tragedy for the German people (much as was the bombing of London and Coventry for the British). However, Dresden serves as a premiere...
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Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was an English artist who is forever associated with cats. They are distinctively 'Wainish' in their style, a style he didn't adopt until the period of his wife's terminal illness. Wain started his career working for magazines like the Illustrated London...
OK, I admit it, I am a sucker for any German game with the word 'Märchen' in the title. This nearly always means quartetts but I have others, a lotto game for instance. What really interests me is the fairy tales in German games are sometimes different to those in a British game on the same subject...
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Amongst my 200+ versions of Schwarzer Peter, I liked a version published by ASS sometime before the war. The cute graphics attracted me but I assumed that it was an ASS in-house illustrator. And then I found a version and the artist was credited as "nach entwurfen von Lisbeth Hönigsmann" (from...
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It is not surprising that The Netherlands should adopt the German Schwarzer Peter style games and not the English Old Maid version of the game. They are a land neighbour of Germany after all.. Here are some examples in my collection: ASS Artwork by Otto Pech Eldorado Jumbo Jumbo...
Whoever invented Top Trumps (a question never proved), he or she set off the perfect game for boys. I say boys because the sheer range of subject matter in the games are 99% aimed at boys. There might be the odd tom-girl who might want to own a pack but I suspect that if girls did play the game, it...
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Elephant  (Loxodonta africana or Elephas maximus). I have quite a lot of games with an elephant on the cover and I know many more in collector friends' collections. To me, the obvious choice would be a Memory or Pairs game but, in fact, I have seen very few of those myself. The popularity of...
Otto Pech (1882 - 1950) was from Altenburg where the company Altenburg Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken (now known as ASS) were based. In 1926 he designed the cards for perhaps the most famous deck of Schwarzer Peter cards ever designed. I believe this is the first box image for the Otto Pech...
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DOGS: Latin name Canis lupus familiaris Dogs have been domesticated for 15,000 years at least. They were of great help to the earliest hunter-gatherers and their use was spread world-wide. And now they are faithful pets more often than not. Their use in images related to card games is also...

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