"National Families" made by Oppenheimer Schulzbacher 1895
"Globe Games" series from the late 19th century. 48 cards complete made up of 13 families X 4. Globe Games, a German co, made several of these sort of decks in the late 19th century, mainly for the British market, in this set focusing on the way Germany thought the Victorians viewed the rest of the World, they were not far wrong either! Very un-pc today (if amusing) and oozing with the rather sanctimonious, superior manner the Victorian's so often portrayed. This of course makes it not only an interesting pack but gives us a glimpse into the clever marketing skills of the Germans, they made the deck rude and irreverent on purpose, knowing it would be an instant hit here. The cards have been used and are a bit grubby but there is very little major damage, the worst being to the wonderfully named "Mr Dryfigs" the Turk and "Mr Gotakoff" the Russian both of which have small bends in the top centre of the card. No box, but a fascinating deck.