One of the games that we played when I was growing up was Dutch Blitz. I remember the first time that I saw the game being played at my Great Aunt Esther’s house. Of course, we soon had our own copy of the game. We spent many hours playing this beautiful and simple card game. My sister and I especially had a lot of fun beating our slow fingered aunts.
The game was developed by Werner Ernst George Muller to help his children learn about colors and numbers. Muller was a German immigrant to Pennsylvania and the game spread through the Pennsylvania Dutch communities in Pennsylvania and across the country. My Amish and Mennonite cousins all played the game.
So, what is so great about Dutch Blitz? The poem on the cover of the box sums it up.
A VONDERFUL GOOT GAME!
Dutch Blitz is such vonderful goot fun
For young folks – and old vones too.
Vhy you should see the vones who pays:
They gets in such a stew.
The cards for Dutch Blitz come in four colors.
Each deck has ten cards numbered one through ten in each color. A set of Dutch Blitz cards has four decks of colored cards. The backs of each deck have markings that are associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch.
The game is similar to the game Nertz, a combination of Solitaire and Speed. I will not attempt to give all the rules here. You can visit the Dutch Blitz website for the rules. You can also get information at the site about where you can buy your own set of Dutch Blitz cards.
So warm up your fingers and get ready to play!
p.s. Do you have a favorite game from when you were growing up?