Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the German game manufacturer Ravensburger created a series of card games called (in German) “quartett,” which means a group of four, similar to the English quartet. Therefore, the object of a “quartett” game was to collect the most groups of four by the end of the game to become the winner.
The Kinder-Lieder Quartett card game focuses on well-known children’s poetry of German literature. Each quartet of cards repeats a four-line German poem, with a specific line depicted by an accompanying colorful illustration highlighted in red. Each set of four cards also has a unique symbol associated with the quartet’s poem in the upper left-hand corner of each card. This way, younger children could play the game, even if they could not fully read the poem, by simply matching the symbols on the cards. This device is an excellent means of teaching a child how to read. In all, this card game is comprised of ten quartets, totaling 40 cards.
For a game produced more than 90 years ago, the cards are in excellent vintage condition, free to creases, tears, stains and frayed edges. The card graphics remain clear and vibrant. The card box shows some minor edge and corner wear. The box top has two split edges, but this condition does not prevent the box from holding the cards securely. The cover graphics are brilliant, though there is some minor marking. (Please review attached photographs for condition issues.)
A paper booklet of instructions written in German is in great condition. Accompanying the cards and rules booklet are three advertising slips promoting other Ravensburger games.
The Kinder-Lieder Quartett card game would make for a wonderful reading tool for any German language teacher. For the person who collects vintage games and toys, either made here in the United States or abroad, this card game is an amazing find.