The old gypsy fortune telling 36 cards by Whitman Publishing Co. are in amazing condition if they are from 1940. (wink)
The cards do have some yellowing and bending but for the most part are in fair-medium condition especially if they are 63 years old. It is possible. I have a Tarot deck which I purchased in 1971 and it has seen many readings, still in good condition. It is 36 years old as is my mini Rider deck. The cards from those years are heavier than the decks from now.
The box the cards come in says 19 cents. The instruction say the year MCMXL which is 1940. Not positive if this is a reproduction deck although the box looks authentic. Who knows these days.
I mentioned this deck in a previous post where I had bought the reproduction deck/kit at Chapters book store. I’ll have to look in my collection and compare. Also do a google search to determine the actual age. Last I looked this deck was out of print. I purchased this deck from an antique dealer. I have lucked out on some vintage decks in the past. Lady Lorelei has a book/card set on the market that uses the Old Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards.
There is a layout in these instructions which is different from the typical 9×4 or 8×4 with 4 on the bottom. Later today I will experiment with a reading. The old gypsy fortune telling cards are similar to the Lenormand decks in that there are 36 images.
Instead of Lady #29 & Gentleman #28, there is the Queen #15 & King #14. The numbering sequence is totally different. The color on the Whitman deck is bright and simple. The French Cartomancy Lenormand deck which is my more favorite deck has very soft colors- good for triggering the psyche, as in the original Rider deck.