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GERMAN DECKS with SCENIC ACES
The German cardmakers have always been known for their quality cards. Not only of the cards themselves, but also in design. It is not a surprise that these cardmakers found new markets in other countries. We assume that for these export decks special aces have been designed, showing local towns and views that would be familiar or appeal to the public in these foreign countries. But maybe these decks were also sold in Germany as a sort of early "souvenir" decks. Decks with German scenic aces were probably only sold within Germany.
The company logo on the Queen of Hearts makes it clear that this deck was made by Frommann & Bunte. Probably ca. 1885. The deck has 33 cards (ec = 6 of Hearts) and has -not often seen- aces with scenes from Paris. But it was obviously made for the German market, as the captions are all in German.
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