Waite-Smith Tarot Research

My 210 page book on the most widespread, influential tarot deck of them all, `The Waite-Smith Tarot' (after 1972 often incorrectly referred to as `Rider-Waite') was published in 2006 by the Australian based `Association of Tarot Studies'. The book illustrated in b&w and colour, tells the story of this famous tarot deck from its very beginning, around the year 1900 up to the year 2000. It consists of four parts: `Artist and Author', `Waite's Golden Dawn', `The Waite-Smith Tarot' and `Catalogue'.


How "Story of the Waite Smith Tarot" came into being ...

Corrections and regrets


Articles etc:

K. Frank Jensen: A Century with the Waite-Smith Tarot (and all the others...)

  • An article written on the occasion of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Waite-Smith Tarot
    (December 1909-2009).  Download pdf here

    Asta Erte's Waite-Smith Tarot Anniversary Mail Art Project Documentation
    a mail art project initiated and documented by K. Frank Jensen 2009
    Download pdf here


    K. Frank Jensen: 'The Early Waite-Smith Tarot Editions'
    A 25 pages colour illustrated article, based on parts of the book, was published in "The Early Waite-Smith Tarot Editions", based on parts of the book,

  • was published in "The Playing Card", the quarterly newsletter of the "International Tarot Society", (vol. 34, #1, July-September 2005).
    Download as a pdf-file

    K. Frank Jensen:  Comments regarding Pietro Alligo's comprehensive study of the early Waite-Smith tarot editions,

    -as presented in 'Twenty Years of Tarot: The Lo Scarabeo Story', opening up for new perspectives in the history of this spectacular esoteric tarot pack.
    Read my comments on Alligo's study


    US Games Systems Inc.:  Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set (May 2009):
    See review here.

    Illustrations you can not find in 'The Story of the Waite-Smith Tarot:

    (see WST-research.pdf)