These are really fabulous, pretty rare (there are reproduction decks of these out there but these are the originals), and the perfect things to have on hand as we enter a new year. Produced by The US Playing Card Co, Cincinnati, in 1923, the deck features 45 cards with wonderful graphics, 6 of them representing people (dark man, fair woman, etc.) and the rest symbolizing all manner of attributes and occurrences, from pride, to malice, to wealth, opportunity, disappointment, danger, excitement, etc. The original instruction booklet, included, details the meaning of each card as well as how to read them in combination (the meeting of card 11 and card 26 equals triumph, for example!) While I've never really learned to read tarot cards, these feel not too difficult to master and great fun to spread out on the table, and I think one would certainly be the star of any party with this deck in hand!
I'd keep them near at hand for frequent readings! Great condition for their age, with terrific backs featuring a young Hawaiian woman with cards spread out in front of her and a lei around her neck. (The deck's creator, Isobel Field, was an artist and writer who lived for a time in Hawaii.) The 15 page booklet shows age and appears to be missing pages 13-14. They come in their original green cardboard sleeve (which I forgot to photograph but is included) for safe storage. Cards measure 2 1/4" x 3 1/2".