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Mme. Lenormand Cards
Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772–1843) was a French professional fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. In France Lenormand is considered the greatest cartomancer of all time, highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century. Lenormand claimed to have given cartomantic advice to many famous persons, among them leaders of the French revolution (Marat, Robespierre and St-Just), Empress Josephine and Tsar Alexander I. She was active for more than 40 years. In 1814 Lenormand started a second literary career and published many texts, causing many public controversies. She was imprisoned more than once, though never for very long. After Lenormand's death her name was used on several cartomancy decks including a deck of 32 or 54 cards illustrated cards known as the Lenormand (Petit and Grand) or simply Lenormand cards still used extensively today. The museum displays a dozens of varieties of Lenormand Cards decks.

Fortune Telling Cards, published by Ferd Pianik & Sohne, Wien, c.1800.

Grand Jeu de Societe de Mlle Lenormand, publised by Grimaud, Paris, c.1890.

Narrow-sized Fortune Telling Cards with figure-head inserts, published by House of Carreras, 1926.

Wide-sized Fortune Telling Cards with figure-head inserts, published by House of Carreras, 1926.

Dondorf Fortune Telling Cards, published by Dondorf Frankfurt, c.1900.

Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards, published by Fred.Pianik & Sohne, Wien, c.1910-1920.

Chiromancie Nouvelle, by mme A.Moreau (student of mme Lenormand) and A.de.Para d'Hermes, published by Grimaud, c.1850-1930.

Lenormand Cards, published by Etablissementen Brepols, Belgium, c.1911-1920.

Pre-Lenormand Oracles
They appeared before/after the creation of Mmm. Lenormand Cards. Mlle Lenormand may create her decks based on the idea of these oracles, or/and inversely. This kind of cards, combinning between a main illustrated image and a small regular gaming cards image (in a corner of the cards), under different names of oracle, can be refering as Lenormand Cards Type. Some other decks, initially, was created for playing, but could be used for cartomancy. The museum displays a dozens of varieties of these oracles.

Le Petit Oracle des Dames, published by B.P.Grimaud, distributed by P.Leymarie, c.1807.

Le Petit Cartomancien, Jeu de Bonne Aventure published in Paris by B.P. Grimaud c.1890.

La Sibylle des Salon, published by H. Pussey : Chartier, Grimaud et Boudin, c.1890.

Livre du Destin, published by Grimaud, Paris, c.1900

Jeu de cartes au portrait de fantaisie, published by Lequart et Mignot, Paris, France, c.19th century
(1860-1890, date suggested by BNF - National Bibliotheque of France).

Jeu de demande et de reponses, published by Henry & Cie, 1850.

Fortune Telling Cards Games
Contains all others fortune telling card games that are not based on the combining of the gaming regular image with the illustrated image. 

Tarot Astrologiques or Oracles Planetaires, Divination par les Astres et les Couleurs, Paris,1867.

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Zodiac Cards, published by House of Carreras, 1926.

Tea leaf fortune cards, published by House of Carreras, 1926.

Fortune Telling Games, published by House of Carreras, 1926.


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