Tarot News, November 2004
- TRIONFI ISLAND - Land of the Exiled Historians
"Once an honored and much feared order of fighting monks, the Sacred Historian Fraternity, under the leadership of the aging Sir Michael ("Old Musty") Dummett, is now exiled to the large DULL brown island of Trionfi, where the smell of rotting old things permeates the air and the discourse. The SHF has never recovered from the severe pummeling it received at TarotL Hall, when their Champion, Sir Robert the Rabbit, surrendered his "tower" to the Cartofeminist Gesserit. - Explore the exotic land of the Tarotmaniacs."
Jess Karlin created a fancy adventure island, and everybody, who remembers the short history of Tarot in Internet well, might have his/her fun - Holly Voley, Assistant Curator of the otherwise unknown Waitely Memorial Museum (what's that, another joke?) played the ball back with: "This is one of the most hilarious and true maps of the world I've seen! You are a cunning and sometimes wise poophead, jk! You are nasty, and crude, and brutal, and oh so right on many things... ...I laughed and cried and emoted and found the light. Thank you again."
Well, take a trip to the island and see, what you get.
As far trionfi.com is concerned, however, the older heroes of Tarot history, Michael Dummett and "Bunny" Bob O'Neill, are - in contrary to JK's wild suggestions - only peripheral involved in our activities. Nonetheless we laughed too and ... let's see.
- Ebay Deal: Kenji, Tarot enthusiast and cards collector in Japan and member of Aeclectic.net was lucky in an auction at ebay and got the desired object, a Conver deck with a prize little about 1000 Dollars. "I think this pack can be dated to circa 1850s. (Mr Depaulis says his opinion is the same as mine) At least it should be older than the original of Lo Scarabeo edition, for the left eye of "LE PENDU" and the mouth of "TEMPERANCE" are not missing. The back design is, according to Mr Depaulis, one which French cardmakers used to call "dos caillou". ("dos" = "back", and "caillou" = "pebble")" Trionfi.com is lucky, too, as we will get some electronic pictures for our Tarot Museum, thanks to friendly Kenji. Here are two of them, but more are for the moment in Kenji's Yahoo Briefcase, so that anybody can see them.
- Ebay actual: "Tarot de Besancon", deck from "Guilleaume Mann, Colmar (Alsace)"
The deck (47 cards are extant) was found and is now offered at ebay by "Harry Houdini" in begin of December 2004. Harry Houdini reported: "I picked them (the cards) up over the years collecting Houdini and Conjuring books and ephemera. ... I think they came from an old magician's collection. ... Also included in this lot is an interesting envelope the cards were found in. It is from "The Salvatorian Fathers" from Wisconsin. This sect was founded by a German Catholic priest in the mid-1850's. They left Germany because they were persecuted and wanted to practice their faith their own way. They bought almost 4,000 acres in Wisconsin and started their own town, with their own hospital, schools and even a college. This sect seems to have disbanded in the 1950's. Just some information I found while researching these cards."
Personal Note: A Societas divini Salvatoris, also called "Salvatorianer", was founded by Joh. Baptist Jordan (* 1848, priest since 1878) in 1881. He was from Freiburg im Breisgau, that is in a direct neighbourhood to Colmar. In the year 1911 there were 7 groups of the sect known in North America (others in Vienna, Hungary, Suisse, Belgia and Italy), it's likely, that the deck wandered with a member of the group to North America.
According to Harry Houdini Stuart Kaplan gave the following expertise: "Your partial tarot pack is woodblock printed and hand stencil colored. The card maker is Guillaume Mann from Colmar, in the Alsace region of France. Mann worked in the later half of the 18th century and there are references to decks he published in 1795. Your two of coins refers to 1752 which is possible but possibly Mann took existing woodblocks from an earlier card maker. You will note Major Arcana card number II is titled Junon. In some tarot decks The Popess and The Pope (and the High Priestess and the Hierophant respectively) were renamed Junon and Jupiter respectively, generally believed as a concession to the Catholic Church. Several tarot decks that come to mind with the Junon image similar to the Mann imagery are the French Revolutionary Tarot pack by Carey, Strasbourg, 1791 , illustrated on page 155 of Volume I of The Encyclopedia of Tarot, and in Volume II, Jean Jerger Tarot, Besancon p. 342; J.B. Benois, Strasbourg, p. 345; and Renault, p.351." Kaplan's analysis was confirmed by expert Kenji at Aeclectic: "Eliminated crowns & titles, the initial "HB" on the shield of THE CHARIOT... They gave me the confirmation that these cards were published by Guillaume Mann, after 1790. ... By the way, the woodblock of this deck may have been made not in Colmar, but in another place: The company Blanck & Tchann (later succeeded by G. Mann) was founded in 1775, not before 1752, and S.A.Tschann was from Solothurn, Switzerland....."
Auction: very near, till 4th of December, see: Click here:
eBay item 5540734734 (Ends Dec-12-04 19:02:27 PST) - RARE 1700'S TAROT CARDS BY MANN NEVER ON EBAY!
- EARLY MINCHIATE: Another Playing Card auction is announced for December 6th, 2004 in Berlin, Galerie Gerda Bassenge. The most notable object is a Minchiate, complete with 97 cards, 17th or 18th century, origin Florence and it's taxed on 7000 Euro (see picture). Another Tarot from 1790, Nuremberg, shows theatre scenes from Almanachs of Daniel Chodowiecki (taxed on 4000 Euro). Further playing card material is offered, for instance a card printing press with card play (late 19th century). More info and further more info.
- Lots of playing cards - used and unused - can be found at Alexander's Sell&Buy page in the WWPCM.
- Ross G.R. Caldwell, active as writer with numerous articles at Trionfi.com, has published part I of his article on Jacopo Antonio Marcello and Marziano da Tortona's text "Tractatus de deificatione sexdecim heroum" in "The Playing Card", vol. 33 number 3 (November-December 2004) pp. 50-55. Part I introduces the text and builds on the previous work of Franco Pratesi. The translated text itself will appear as Part II in vol. 33 number 6 (March-April 2005).
- Actual short News: "Diana sadly was prone to listen to all the sycophantics (sic) that existed and juggle with other methods like tarot cards," said bodyguard Kenny Wharfe in a television interview. He wrote a book about his years guarding the princess and her sons with special remarks considering the death of a supposed earlier lover of Lady Di, who apparently died in a traffic accident, but was assumed to have been victim to murderous action by Lady Di: "And I think he was bumped off. But, um, there we are. I don't... we'll never know. He was greatest fella I've ever had."" --- A Long Island fortune teller has been arrested and accused of cheating a Clarkstown woman out of $20,000. The 38-year-old Sherry Marks told the woman that she and her family were hexed. --- "I Was a Witch. But all my occult practices never brought me peace." Kimberly Shumate states at an internet page of Christianity today. But: 2000 years christianity unluckily also didn't cause peace, especially not peace between christianity and witches. What now? What was the argument? Was it an argument? Or a general lamentation, that it is (and was) always difficult to live in a peaceful world? --- Card producer Piatnik celebrates180 years playing card producing (25 million decks a year). Exports reach more than 60 countries. 180 years ago, at the beginning of Piatnik, a worker still had to pay the income of a whole working day for a deck of cards. "Holy Piatnik" has become a special Austrian saint used for luck with playing cards - of course in playing card slang only.--- Not considering any arguments about witches, murdered princess-lovers, cheated and hexed Tarot victims of Long Island and holy Piatniks from Austria French Tarot players proceed constantly to play Tarot at tournaments, occasionally with 300 attendants and better. How to get Info? Go to Google-News, French edition and type the search word "Tarot"
- Worthful pages:. Interesting Links to free cards in the web can be found on the page of Katzmiff. Copyright free basic texts of esoteric Tarot and other stuff are ready to be studied at the page of Sacred Texts
- Other News: Bonnie Cehovet: Gateway to Tarot, Eva Yaa Asantewaa: Dancing World as a yahoogroups-newsletter (you've to be a Yahoo member to receive it), Jess Karlin: Tarot News
|New at trionfi.com: Radical improvements took place in the iconography section, which grows to become an integrated part of the Tarot Museum. Although the changes are not completely finished, some points found a (very) nice solution:
From here you can reach about 220 Tarot decks and each of the 78 Tarot-motifs individividually, sorted in specific groups. Fantastic page.
From here you can reach 3600 decks, researchable with keywords like "producers", "countries", "number of cards" etc.. and 70.000. Replaces the earlier Number-Katalog. Also: fantastic, although it needs further development and optimizing. We are working at the problems.
22 Trumps + articles: Actually these pages have some redundance with "ALL-78", but these pages also lead to various articles to each motif. Later we will merge the representations - we work on this problem.
Recently added: Articles of Andrea Vitali - with excellent picture material
In the moment we're going to install a Forum at trionfi.com, reachable by the shortcut http://trionfi.com/0/m/. Although we in the moment only discuss, what shall happen with it, you're invited to visit us - perhaps you've suggestions and good ideas.
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