This deck of cards was manufactured by Schmid (today FX Schmid) in the 50s, maybe 1955, although it is quite difficult to give an exact year...
Similarly to the deck by JSJW shown in a previous entry, the box simulates a small book with leather covers, although it is made of cardboard. I bought both decks from the same seller, so I guess that both are have more or less the same age. It belongs to the series "Quartett Bibliothek der Unterhaltung und das Wissen" (Quartett-Library of Entertainment and Knowledge).
The quartet has 9 families, each of them represents one category in the “wonders of technology” or “wonders of engineering”, like: roads, canals, bridges, trains, high buildings, shipbuilding or telecommunications.
I love the theme of the deck and the pictures are great. Despite being so old, the deck is still quite modern, in most categories, the works shown are still considered very advanced 60 years later… the only category in which the “wonders” have been clearly exceeded are maybe telecommunications.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: WUNDER DER TECHNIK
- Alternate Names: WONDERS OF ENGINEERING (English)
- Year: Around 1955
- Company: FX Schmid (Germany)