View single post by truelighth
 Posted: Fri Dec 25th, 2009 10:24 pm
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gregory wrote: Mine is a first edition (it says), English, in a black box. Published by Esoteric & Occult Productions, limited edition of 500, it says. 1978, numbered and signed. I hadn't noticed it being fuzzy....

Ok, that is the edition I have too. The English one in a black box. And then I have the version that is in that article that Papoon mentioned, the white box with "The original Tarot of Frown Strong" on it. About the fuzzy art.. if you only see the English version with the black box, you wouldn't notice it. But if you compare those cards to the one from the 1991 white box, then you see a real difference.

Anyway, I bought my English copy from a woman whose father used to know the artist Leo (last name Armin, so it is probably the R. Armin that the French version states) and she got me the following info from her father:

"Well, Just spoken to my father. Leo Armin [swiss] was a great pal of my
father, he described him as the Jesus Christ of the 80'/90's, an extemely
clever chap, who had the ability of learning new languages in minutes.  He
had a chapel in Putney where his deciples payed £10.00 a week for learning
courses in all sorts of subjects.  He also built a church in Florida, Miami
Beach West with its walls & ceilings covered with Copper and when you
entered it was like walking into Heaven [so my father described it!]
Leo had  thousands of people following him and cured people, even his
celebrity following included Peter Sellers the Actor who donated thousands
of pounds.
He then wanted to produce his own bible and this American deal involved my
father, but fell through and The Private Eye magazine exposed him, resulting
in trouble.
BUT the cards you have are a Unique Design, Designed by Leo himself and if
you can discover the Mystique interpretation in them, then that is why you
have them & I don't."

My guess is that Leo Armin or R. Armin.. whatever his real name was, decided to republish them later and got a chance to do so with the French Publisher D'Emin, hence the white box version. He may have even revised his designs. Which would explain the differences. And as I said, there is a definate quality difference between the two versions, which I referred to as the fuzziness. But maybe it was his original intent to make the cards more mystical (or it was the print quality) and he later decided to change that too.

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