Revised Tarot Cards
Knapp-Hall Tarot (Revised New Art Tarot Cards) 1929, Los Angeles, 78 of 78 cards, color lithography. Major Arcana and court cards are full-length figures, French card titles, Arabic numerals, Hebrew letters, small symbols appear inside a shield on all cards except Le Fou, square corners. Imagery on the cards varies from traditional Marseilles Tarot, for example, 0 Le Fou is blindfolded and an alligator rises from water, I Le Bateleur's wand has become a caduceus, and The World is designated both numbers 21 and 22. Courts are designated K (king), G (queen), W (warrior), and S (slave), suits are swords, scepters, cups and pentacles with representations on pip cards forming triangles, squares and stars. J. Augustus Knapp (1853-1938) designed the cards in collaboration with Manly P. Hall, director of the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. Knapp was a talented artist and illustrator, particularly adept in expressing ancient and medieval symbolism in his artwork. Each card is copyrighted J. A. Knapp.