Children's card game, "Hansel und Gretel," made by Bielfelder Spielkarten, c.1960, in the original plastic box. It is a "Quartett" game, the German equivalent of British "Happy Families" games, both of which have similarities to the American game of "Go Fish." The cards are divided into sets of 4 cards, and the game is played by asking opponents for cards in a particular "family" (i.e., in a particular set of 4). The goal is to make as many sets of 4 as possible. British "Happy Families" sets typically have 44 cards – 11 "families" of 4 each. German "Quartett" games have 32 or 36 cards (i.e., 8 or 9 "families").
This particular "Quartett" set from Bielefelder is based upon, and tells the story of, Hansel & Gretel. It has 32 game cards, plus a card that gives the rules, plus a card that announces the game, plus 2 cards that advertise other Bielefelder "Quartett" sets: "Schneewittchen und die 7 Zwerge" ("Snow White, etc.") and "Spiel Mit" ("?"). The cards are large, measuring 100mm x 65mm. Two of the "families" are shown in the images.
The cards are "as new" and do not appear to have been used. The plastic Bielefelder box has a very slight crack on the lid, but is otherwise in excellent condition. As one would expect of Bielefelder cards, the quality of the art work and printing is high.
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