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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 deck is depicted on page 97 in the Wüst catalogue (Paul Symons&Martin Shaw, 2006) as a "Belgian Souvenir" and dated as c 1890. It was printed by C.L. Wüst from Frankfort and published in a double deck as No 64. Aces show scenes from Belgian towns and cities. Text on aces is in French. The deck consists of 52 cards.
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