VASS "Flower Children"



There are 4 versions of the deck in our collection. The designs of the courts on each of them are exactly the same, just the card dimensions differ. Above are 4 cards to indicate the difference in size. They are presented in our regular format on this site, which is at 70% of their true size. Here below we show the cards at 200%, unless otherwise indicated.
All the decks were printed in chromolithography. The courts have children's faces, but they are dressed like adults. Both the Kings and Queens wear a crown. The border between the two similar designs on each card is made of flowers. Hence our nickname for this deck: "Flower Children". The Aces are embellished with flowers too and also the back design has a floral motif.

In each of the decks the 7 of Hearts shows the company's logo or name.  The oldest deck has the full name of the maker, all the other decks just show the logo of the letter "B" in a hexagonal star. This older notation of the makers name was in use from 1898 until 1918.

This series of Clubs comes from a slightly later version, probably ca. 1925, of the same deck. Here 2 indicators were used and on the courts a small suit symbol is added too. On the 7 of Hearts only the "B" logo is left. This "B" refers to the brothers Otto and Bernhard Bechstein, who were the first to manufacture playing cards in Altenburg in 1832.

INTRO   or  DECK 5b