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Fortune Telling Cards (1)

May 3rd, 2013 · 5 Comments


Well, I’ve given you 200 children’s card games to eyeball, so now it’s time for a change.  Here’s the first of a series of fortune telling cards.

You can, of course, tell fortunes with ordinary playing cards, or with the tarot (or, it must be said, simply by free association); but card manufacturers have nevertheless provided some attractive art for the purpose.  As with the children’s games, no artists are credited.  These were drawn by the anonymous and the unsung.

This 36-card deck, “Old Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards,” was issued by Whitman in 1940; I’m afraid the key to what the cats meant is missing.

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Card Games · Liminal Graphics

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa // May 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I love this! Are these related to the “Gypsy Witch” fortune telling cards?

  • 2 Doug // May 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Probably. There were many decks with similar names. And different pretty pictures!

  • 3 Mamie // May 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Oh my God! It is beautiful !

  • 4 mamie // May 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    We need a sampling of the Xul Solar tarot cards!

  • 5 Doug // May 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I believe we can make that happen.

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