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<Series 1a and 3
by Heinrich Harder


Tiere der Urwelt
(Creatures of the Primitive World)
Series 1 and 2
Illustrated by F. John
(born/died?)
Printed 1902 and 1906(?)
Germany

     Click on a creatures name to see the card.  [Click here for an Alphabetical list with Small Previews]
  Series 1 Series 2
  1. Hydrosaurus
2. Megaceras
3. Woolly Mammoth
4. Moa
5. Sivatherium
6. Dinoceras
7. Triceratops
8.
Archeopteryx and
Glyptodont

9. Megatherium
10. Brontops
11. Dinotherium
12.
Hesperornis
13.
Pterodactyls
14.
Laelaps
15.
Megalosaurus and Iguanodon
16.
Brontornis
17.
Mosasaurus
18.
Hadrosaurus
19.
Hylaeosaurus
20.
Ichthyosaurus
21. Stegosaurus
22. Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus
23. Iguanodon
24. Teleosaurus
25. Brontosaurus
26. Compsognathus
27. Dimetrodon
28. Mastodonsaurus and Pareiosaurus
29. Archegosaurus
30. Pterichthys
1. Dodo
2. Belodon
3. Leguatia
4. Ursus
5. Protorohippus
6. Plesiosaurus
7. Tylosaurus
8. Torosaurus
9. Helicoprion
10. Megaladapis
11. Dinichthys
12.
Testudo
13.
Meiolania
14.
Megaceros
15.
Aetosaurus
16. Elgina and Hyperodapedon
17. Machairodus
18. Titanotherium
19. Nyctodactlyus
20. Rhytina
21. Protorosaurus and Menaspis
22.
Mesonyx
23.
Woolly Mammoth
24.
Epigaulus
25.
Geikia and Sclerosaurus
26.
Geosaurus
27.
Embolophorus
28.
Zeuglodon
29.
Nothosaurus
30.
Diplodocus
These chromo-lithographic cards were produced and sold in Germany around 1900-1910. I've found evidence that Series 1 was printed at least as early as 1902, but have not been able to confirm the exact printing year for Series 2, although it must have been before 1916, when Series 1a was out. The artist signed the cards F. John, and not much else can be found today about who that person was. The cards were produced by the Reichardt Kakoa company, which probably gave them away with boxes of cocoa. The illustrations are for the most part colorized versions of the work of earlier published material from books and magazines of the day, and many are based on the work of Charles R. Knight's paintings from the American Museum of Natural History. Altogether 5 sets of 30 cards were made, with F. John doing 1 and 2, set 2a was a series of reprints from the earlier sets, and 1a and 3 were original designs by the artist Heinrich Harder. The cards measured 7.5"x10.5" and each set of 30 has it's own folder to store them in.