About the Artist:
Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne, A.G., is a Viennese playing card company started in 1824 by Anton Moser. Ferdinand Piatnik took over in 1843, marrying Moser’s widow a few years later. Piatnik’s three sons joined the ranks in 1882, adding their names to their father’s company name. Ferdinand died in 1885, leaving the successful business to his sons and his widow. By the turn of the 19th century, Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne began to expand, purchasing a sister company known as Ritter & Cie (in Prague, Poland). Piatnik & Söhne is still in business today.
For the past 40 years, Piatnik has also produced games. The Activity Game first published in 1990, has been a best-selling game in Austria and has been translated into five languages. The Piatnik Group markets and sells through its own subsidiaries in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the United States of America and other countries through a network of exclusive distributors.
Designed and manufactured by Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne in the early 1950s and then distributed throughout Europe by Benno Products of London, the Famous Cities card game is a product of the “Fours” or “Happy Families” series of card games. This “Happy Families” card game focuses specifically on famous sites in different European countries and the United States of America.
This family-oriented card game is colorfully illustrated with the images of different famous European and American cities. The back of each card presents two hemispheres of the Earth’s globe The title of each card indicates not only the name of the country but also the national population as of a specific census date. The 36 game cards are in a relatively good condition. Six cards have minor creases or frayed edges. Their illustrations, however, remain bright with wonderful colorings. The instruction sheet is well preserved.
The outer game box and inner sleeve that holds the cards show minor shelf wear. The color card on the front of the outer box that promotes the card game has discolored a bit due to age. The bottom edge of the inner card sleeve bears a silver-foil tag noting that the game was made in Austria. See the accompanying photographs for condition issues.
This educational card game from Vienna, Austria, offers many hours of great family fun. The game would also make for a thoughtful gift for a youngster or a grade- or middle-school geography teacher. For those who collect card games, children’s products, or games from Europe, Famous Cities is a great find.