Delightful quartett card game published by Farmitalia Carlo Erba, the Italian pharmaceutical company that through mergers ultimately became a part of Pfizer-Pharmacia. It is titled, "Zoete Dromen," which I believe translates to "Sweet Dreams" in English, and has comical illustrations depicting a man trying to get to sleep in the evening. There are 9 families of 4 cards each. Each family seems to illustrate something that can cause anxiety or otherwise interfere with an ability to get to sleep. The 9th family seems to suggest that taking a sleeping pill is the solution – no doubt a Farmitalia product. The backs show a pill resting on a pillow; there are some letters above that illustration, but I do not know if they make a word in Dutch.
The words on the cards and box are in Dutch, and the box shows a Farmitalia address in Belgium. I have researched the company to the extent information is available in English on the internet, and I believe that the entity – Farmitalia Carlo Erba – operated under that precise name during the years 1978-1993, and so I have dated this deck accordingly. Those dates would be consistent with the look and feel of the cards themselves. It is tempting and logical to suggest that the cards were made by Carta Mundi, but there is nothing to confirm it.
The game consists of 36 cards – the 9 families of 4 cards each noted above. The cards are large, measuring 100 mm x 65mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all The box is in very good condition, with minor shelf wear.
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