Piatnik & Söhne

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Tarock card set by Piatnik & Söhne

Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne (A. G.) is a Viennese playing card company started in 1824 by Anton Moser. Ferdinand Piatnik took over in 1843, marrying Moser's widow a few years later. Piatnik's three sons joined the ranks in 1882 adding their names to their father's company name. Ferdinand died in 1885 leaving the successful business to his sons and his widow. By the turn of the 19th century, Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne began to expand, purchasing a sister company known as Ritter & Cie (Prague). Piatnik & Söhne are still in business today.

For the past 40 years Piatnik has also produced games. The Activity game first published in 1990, has been the best-selling game in Austria for the past three years and has been translated into five languages.[citation needed] The Piatnik Group markets and sells through its own subsidiaries in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the USA and in other countries through a network of exclusive distributors.

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