March 3


Ever since Alexandre Dumas introduced his "Les Trois Mousquetaires" to the world in 1844, the caracters of Aramis, Athos and Porthos have amused readers with their adventures and later inspired songwriters, movie directors and playing card makers. But the 4th musketeer is probably the most famous one: d'Artagnan. In the first Lockdown series I show 2 decks that present these musketeers, so they can't be left out in this second series. Today's deck was printed by Draeger Frères and published by Philibert from Paris in 1954. The humorous designs are by Albert Dubout, who has later illustrated a few other decks too. The deck has 52 cards, 2 jokers, a title card and.... solid gold edges. The designs of the courts and jokers give the impression of a double image, but compare the 2 sides and you'll see the humor.