Thank you for sharing this Alex. Hungarian - that didn't occur to me, but I
guess it should have.
On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM, ajleeb <ajleeb(a)shaw.ca> wrote:
The Hungarian Card was born in the times before the 1848-49
Hungarian Freedom Fights, when revolutionary movements were awakening
all over in Europe. It is a 32 card deck, its four colors include
hearts, bells, (diamonds) leaves (spade) and acorns.(clubs). The
numbering includes VII, VIII, IX, X, Under, Over, King and Ace. The
Aces show the for seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The
characters of the Under and Over cards were taken from the drama,
William Tell, written by Schiller in 1804, that was shown at Kolozsvar
in 1827. It was long beleived that the card was invented in Vienna at
the Card Painting Workshop of Piatnik Ferdinand, however in 1974 the
very first deck was found in an English Private Collection, and it has
shown the name of the inventor and creator of deck as Schneider József
a Master Card Painter at Pest, and the date of its creation as 1837.
Interesting that he has chosen the characters of a Swiss drama as his
characters for his over and under cards, however if he would have
chosen Hungarian heroes or freedom fighters, his deck of cards would
have never made it into distribution, due to the heavy censorship of
the goverment at the time.
Games that are played with this deck including Ulti, Snapszer (or 66),
Zsirozas, Preferansz and Lorum. Explanations of these games can be
found at The Card Games Website. The game "Kragle," (Kragel), was very
popular in the Banat. Since there was no electricity in the early
days, the card games were played with coal lamps.
As the evening progressed, the pounding on the table and voices were
getting louder. The boss of the house played his trump card pounding
on the table and in a loud voice saying; - "Lizbeth, - noch a Flasch
Wein her.:" - (Elisabeth, bring another bottle of wine.)
With having 12-15, children, they still found the time to have a good
time amongst themselves.
"homeland of choice";place or region where an individual feels at home but
which is not his original Heimat .
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