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 Rose & Lilies Fool 1909

©Unlisted

70x121 mm

deck ??mm thick
 

 Pamela A Fool 1910

©Unlisted

70x121 mm

deck 38 mm thick

 

 

Pamela B Fool Unknown year

©Unlisted

70x119 mm

deck ??mm thick

Pamela C Fool 1931

©Unlisted

70x119 mm

deck 27 mm thick

Pamela D Fool 1910-31???

©Unlisted

70x119mm

deck 27 mm thick

 

 deLaurence - 1916-1918

©Unlisted

75x120 mm

deLaurence - 1960

©Unlisted

75x121 mm

deLaurence - 1980

©Unlisted

76x122 mm

 

 

 

 RWS Tarot - 1971

©US Games Systems Systems Inc.

70x120 mm

 New printing of Rider-Waite Tarot (note the font change)

©US Games Systems Inc., 1971

71x121 mm

 University Books - pre-1971?

©Unlisted

70x121 mm

 

 

 Rider deLuxe (gilt edging) - 1990

©US Games Systems Inc.

69x119 mm

Merrimack Publishing Corp. - 1960?

©Unlisted

64x106 mm

Universal Waite - Mary Hanson Roberts - 1990

©US Games Systems Inc.

70x120 mm

 

 

 

Unknown - ??? see card back & box

©Unlisted

69x119 mm 

 Bearot Cards - Elliot Kolker - 1983

©Elliot Kolker

66x100 mm

Das Gummibarchen Tarot - Dietmar Bittrich

©Pendragon Bittrich Bielefeld, 2001

52x90 mm 

 

 

 Zolar's Astrological Tarot - 1963

Zolar Publising Co., Inc.

©"Zolar"

80x127 mm

 Zolar's Astrological Tarot - 1965

Parker Brothers Inc. ©"Zolar"

70x120 mm

 Zolar's Astrological Tarot - 1980

©US Games Systems, Inc.

70x120 mm

 

 

Orignal Rider Waite Tarot - 1993

©US Games Systems Systems Inc.

70x120 mm 

 5 Language RWS - 1988

©US Games Systems Systems Inc.

70x120 mm

 World's Tiniest Tarot - Merrimack Publ. Corp/B Shackman & Co. Inc - 1960

©Unlisted

23x37 mm

 

 

 Golden Rider Tarot - 1991

©AGMuller

70x120 mm

 Illuminated Rider A - Carol Herzer - 1988

©Carol Herzer

65x96 mm

 Illuminated Rider B - Carol Herzer - 1988

©Carol Herzer

65x96 mm

 

 

 

 Coin Vendor Tarot/Vending Machine Tarot - circa 1970

©unknown

32x32 mm

 Audio Renaissance Tapes - from An Audio Exploration of the Tarot by Mary Greer - 1988

©US Games Systems Inc.

57x89 mm

 From Tarot set by Adam Fronteras - 1996

©Carlton Books Limited

61x112 mm

 

 

 

 BOTA Tarot A - late 1920's or early 1930's

©Builders of the Adytum

63x105 mm

 BOTA Tarot B - late 1920's or early 1930's

©Builders of the Adytum

63x108 mm

 Quick & Easy Tarot - 1999

©US Games Systems Inc.

70x121 mm

 

 

 

 Holy Order of Mans Tarot - 1974

©Holy Order of Mans

111x180 mm

 Holy Order of Mans Tarot (revised) - 1979

©Epiphany Press

111x180 mm

 Glow in the Dark Tarot (majors only) - 1999

©US Games Systems Inc.

70x115 mm

 

 

 

 Albano-Waite Tarot - 1968+

©Tarot Productions, Inc.

©US Games Systems Inc.

72x121 mm

 Pixie Smith's "Rider-Waite" Tarot - Summer 2000

©Alexandra Genetti

61x99 mm

 German Language RWS

©US Games Systems Inc.

57x89 mm

 

 

 

 Greek RWS

©Purinos Cosmos ?

70x120 mm

 Tarot-Karten von A.E. Waite

©Konigs Furt, 1993, 1997

70x120 mm

 Tiny Universal Waite - recolored by Mary Hanson Roberts

©US Games Systems Inc., 1791

21x35 mm

 

 

 

 Tarot Affirmations - Sally Hill, text

©US Games Systems, Inc., 2001

140x95 mm

 Epicurean Tarot - Corrine Kenner, text

©US Games Systems, Inc., 2001

185x127 mm

 Dutch B&W RWS - Bert Bakker & Den Haag

? year

73x120 mm, 32 mm thick

 

 

 

 Universal Tarots - R. de Angelis 1996 

©Lo Scarabeo

60x115 mm

De Tarot in de Herstelde orde

©Onno Docters van Leewen, 1995, 2001

70x120 mm 

 Hungarian RWS

©US Games Systems, Inc., 1971

57x89 mm

 

 

 

 Millennium Tarot - Amerigo Folchi

©ASS Spielkarten Verlag GmbH, 1999

65x100 mm

 Moon Dawn of Crystal Tarot

©Masanori, Miyamoto, 2000

66x120 mm

 Shiawase no Mai Tarot - Marina Oka, Keiko Sugimoto

1989

65x115 mm

 

 

Waite Variationer III: "TransWaite" - Georgine Maragarete Witta Kiessling Smith Jensen, 1991

68x109 mm 

Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke

©Giovanni Caselli, 2001

70x120 mm

 Tarot Sutra, by Mary Canova

©Welcome Enterprises, Inc., Mary Tiegreen, designer

75x133 mm

 

 

 Mystic Tarot cut-out cards by Churchill?

©Allied Paper of Marion IN ?

60x105 mm

 Punch-out cards from The Symbolism of the Tarot, by P.D. Ousspensky - 1913, 1995 Newcastle Publishing

©US Games Systems Inc.

70x121 mm

 Hoi Polloi - 1972

©Hoi Polloi Inc.

70x119 mm

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NEWNEWNEW!!!

Now you can click on the images to see a larger image.

Things are moving around in here. One day these cards will be in a more logical order. I'm working on it slowly.

Some of these cards are a grand case for "separated at birth" scenarios. These can be viewed in tandem with Card Backs for more explanation as to why they are on this page; many appear just because they are a different edition as evidenced by the card back. Again, where the cards appear to be identical, search and see if there are differences in quality of the printing and detailing. Copies of copies of copies tend to degrade. This is often apparent in the cards. Though not as dramatic a difference as shown in the Sun cards, there still are differences. And for fun, try and find Pixie's signature on the card. These have been recently pointed out to me by George Nolan.Check it out and see what you think.

There are three versions of the de Laurence Fools. Check out the saga of this man here.

Does the coloration make a difference in the tenor of the card? Apparently so, or there would be no reason for the existence of the Universal Waite deck, recolored by Mary Hanson Roberts. Things were added to the overall feeling of the card because of the detailing. But what was lost? Questions, but no answers. Is more elaboration better, or more simplification? Compare the Universal with the Hoi Polloi. Does the lack of the background mountains change the meaning of the card, or the shades of meaning?

How about interpretations on the card itself? Annoyance or convenience? (My bets are on annoyance, but then, I'm easily annoyed!)

Or the two versions of the Illuminated Tarot. . is one better than the other? More pleasing?

Did you notice the small amount of trimming that happened in the 5 Language version? Is this significant?

Does the change of direction of the Fool's journey in the Sheridan Douglas mean anything (or is it only Art History geeks that care?)? The RWS Fool normally shuffles to the left - does going right change his journey?

Is the Bearot Fool merely silly or what? I like the shirt and the happy dog. The Gummibarchen Tarot makes the Bearot Tarot seem serious. Of course I like the Glow in the Dark Tarot just because it is dumb and fun to play with - just like Wintogreen Lifesavers candy.

What about the B&W line drawn cards? Should they be colored to provide more insight, or is there anything to be garnered from not having the blanks filled in?

How about that Golden Rider? Mighty simplified. Was too much taken out?

The BOTA and Holy Order of Mans (Epiphany Press) cards - what about the additions and changes to those cards? AND, why are there two very slightly different versions of the BOTA deck? (see details) And what happened with the Holy Order of Mans Fools over time? (see details)Do they enhance the meanings or are they just occult frou-frou?

Zolar's Tarot changed over the years. Check the card backs to find out how much beyond the coloration. The meanings have also shifted - compare the 1963 meanings with the other two - they've reversed themselves.

The secret nasty parts of the TransWaite Fool will be revealed once I solve the technical difficulty of getting them to scan - translucent decks are tough!

I refuse to comment on the Tarot Affirmations deck.

The Epicurean Tarot is the second generation of a privately printed deck. I like the first one better, without the RWS tie-in. Some of the recipes are rather good.

If you buy a new deck of US Games Rider Waite Tarot cards in the standard 70x120 mm size, you will wind up with a newly designed card deck. Stuart Kaplan explained that the images were digitized by the printer. Along the way the calligraphic font has changed. In many cards some clipping of the image is apparent. At the 2002 ITS Tarot Congress, many of us whined about this "new fangled monstrosity" and Kaplan said he would look into it. Hopefully we will get the old reliable RWS deck back, sans clipping and sans the new font.

Why are there bears in this lot of images? Because they are cute! The Bearot is silly and the Gummi Bear Tarot is really silly. End of reasons.

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