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« on: April 04, 2016, 05:30:27 am »

(I'm sure this topic has been covered many times, but searching shows nothing too recent, so here goes : )

I'm wondering if there are any commercially available Tarot decks that are not only Steampunk themed, but which would also make decent steampunk props? When I first started looking for one, I assumed there'd be no end to them, but I've actually had trouble tracking down a deck I like.

I've come across several popular "Steampunk" themed decks, but all of them are blatantly modern. All of the ones I've found have advanced printing that couldn't possibly have been mass produced in anything resembling the Victorian era.(but are also obviously not hand-made.) Furthermore, most of them have art styles heavily influenced by modern computer graphics. They're wonderful pieces of art, and I assume they're fine for divination or whatever, but they're lousy props.

I was hoping to find a Steampunk themed deck in something more approaching the simpler styles commercial artists of that time period were forced to adopt. As opposed to the more painterly styles now popular. (Or worse: the computers-make-gradients-easy style.)

I guess my ideal deck would be very similar to the now-standard Rider-Waite deck, but inspired by Jules Verne instead of The Bible and occultism.

Does such a thing exist?
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 06:01:02 am »

My first thought was of the Vertigo Tarot manufactured by DC Comics in the 1990's. The featured characters are mostly goth-influenced, but modern, and the art style is also probably more modern than what you want.

Tarot fans, it seems to me, are the type of people that would love antiques, and I can't believe that there isn't a deck available that would suit your needs.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 06:02:38 am »

Google Shopping brings up a few:

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=antique+tarot+cards&tbm=shop

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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 07:58:48 pm »

How much are you willing to pay as there is an antique set on ebay atm
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-BOXED-ANCIEN-TAROT-DE-MARSEILLE-B-P-GRIMAUD-PARIS-78-CARTES-TAROT-CARDS-/111951814372?hash=item1a10d91ee4:g:1~gAAOSwgApW-s39

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-1890-GRAND-JEU-de-Mlle-LENORMAND-FORTUNE-TELLING-TAROT-PLAYING-CARDS-/351679456389?hash=item51e1baa485:g:uTcAAOSwAuNW6YOd

or a modern copy of an old deck (german/english)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Le-Jeu-Destin-Antique-1944-FORTUNE-TELLING-CARDS-2-LANGUAGES-Piatnik-122-/321862759983?hash=item4af083f62f:g:vOsAAOSwWnFV89um

The problem is that a proper deck is a handed down through the family and almost never actually appears on the common market.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2016, 03:00:22 pm »

No suggestion from me I'm afraid, but it's given me a couple of ideas!

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 07:11:10 pm »

I suppose part of the problem is if you are looking for a truly Victorian deck, they would have been attempting at the time to look Ye Aunciente and Olde Fasshyoned, not celebrating then-contemporary machines and science.

And most modern decks' attempts to look Victorian have fallen into modern fashions, idioms, and styles, as you have pointed out.

I wonder if anyone has made a version using the collage technique and Victorian wood engravings.  That seems to me your best bet.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2016, 02:49:16 am »

Yeah, that's it basically.   Things that are actually old did their best to look even more old fashioned. So, it's double old-fashioned, now. 

And modern attempts at "Steampunk" use modern styles.

I can't blame modern artists for not wanting to use old-fashioned styles, but if someone could do that, it would make a great prop.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2016, 03:40:59 pm »

I'm not sure how far I'll ever get, but I've slowly started hashing out a card deck (nominally in 3 different play styles, Italian 40 card, Standard 52 and full 78 tarot cards).

The intention is to keep a nice, clean style done largely by hand.
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