I'm a writer for CollectorsWeekly.com, and I'm doing research for a story on the imagery / illustrations of historic tarot decks. I'm hoping to focus on some of the more prominent decks (Etteilla's, Tarot de Marseille, Rider Waite, etc.) as well as obscure decks with interesting graphics.
Are there any collectors of antique / vintage decks that would be interested in speaking with me and sharing information about your collection?
CollectorsWeekly wrote: Are there any collectors of antique / vintage decks that would be interested in speaking with me and sharing information about your collection?
We've been talking about this off-forum. How about asking a couple of your questions here and seeing what answers the forum collectors come up with? You need to state up front in your post that all responses could be used in CollectorsWeekly. Or maybe the forum owner would prefer that you get permission for each post that you use? Your questions could provide a lively debate!
My name is Corey. I have a small collection of Marseille-style limited edition tarots from 20th Century, and some reproductions of antique decks. I wouldn't mind talking about them. How are you conducting interviews?
Thanks for the note Mary. I generally do interviews one-on-one so that I can tailor my questions for a person's specific expertise and/or the objects in their collection, and can work freely with quotes.
That said, I'm interested in learning about the designs on early decks (from the 18th and 19th centuries especially)—who illustrated them, where they drew their iconography from, how meaning was conveyed with these images, what connections they had to literature or religious allegory, etc.
If anyone has knowledge of several decks (or facsimiles) from this era and would like to discuss, feel free to drop me a note here or at my work email: email@example.com.