Delightful skat deck made by Coeur for “Der Abend,” the German newspaper. It features the terrific designs of cartoonist Erich Schmitt, whose art work was also used on a card deck generally known as “Berliner Verlag I.” The court cards and extra card with Schmitt’s designs are double ended, with a different illustration at each end.
The Lambiek website has this to say about Schmitt:
“Erich Schmitt was born in Berlin in 1924. After World War II, living in the Russian-occupied part of Berlin, he became a comic artist for newspaper Berliner Zeitung. He created the amusing comics series 'Die Arche Noah' ("für fröhliche Mitmenschen" - "for cheerful people"). Other titles are 'Kuno Wimmerzahn', 'Schwester Monika', 'Nixi', 'Ede der Tierparklehrling' and 'Zirkus Alberto' .
Erich Schmitt worked for the Berliner Zeitung for three decades. His work was so popular that it was printed already in the 1950s, and in 1968 the big book 'Das dicke Schmitt-Buch' presented a vast collection of his comics. Erich Schmitt died in 1984.”
The deck has 32 cards, plus an additional card with advertising on one side and a Schmitt illustration on the other. The cards are bridge size, measuring 87mm x 57mm. There is no box.
The cards are “as new.”
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