Original memory® Vintage games - Online and free

Take a trip back in time to the 60s, 70s and 80s with cards from the various editions of Memory® Original games published by the German company Ravensburger. Here you'll find only the most vintage Memory editions, which are no longer on the market and therefore hard to find. If you'd like to find out more about, take a look at our list of Vintage editions of memory® in the section below.

This game has become immensely popular all over the world, thanks to its user-friendliness and educational benefits. It is often recommended as a family activity, and is frequently found in homes, schools and even digital platforms. Memory" has become a timeless, classic board game that transcends generations. Its easy-to-understand rules and educational benefits have contributed to its enduring appeal.

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Ravensburger Vintage memory® editions

The idea for this game came from a Swiss grandfather, Mr. Heinrich Hurter. He made it for his grandchildren using square cardboard cards onto which he glued clippings from illustrated magazines and department store catalogs, always creating two cards with the same illustration. The aim of the game is to find pairs of identical cards. His son, William Hurter, proposed the concept to Otto Maier Verlag publishing house in December 1957 and, 2 years later, the first game was published under the name Bilder memory®.

Over the years, Ravensburger has published numerous versions and editions of the "Memory" game, with different themes and illustrations. These vintage memory are no longer sold, the only way to obtain them (in more or less good condition) is to visit sites specializing in the resale of second-hand board games. The rarest editions are sometimes put up for auction, and are aimed more at collectors of vintage games.

Here's a list of the most popular vintage memory® editions. Games are listed in chronological order of publication:

  • 15 avril 1959

    Bilder memory® the very first edition

    Publication of the very first edition under the trade name Bilder memory® (the German word "Bilder" means "Images" in English). This is the rarest of all editions, as only 6,000 copies were produced and the stock quickly sold out. Graphic designer Manfred Burggraf von Ravensburger used Heinrich Hunter's game as a model and selected images from Ravensburger® books, games and catalogs. One of the cards (the yellow and green one) features the publisher's logo and trademark "Ravensburger Spiele".
    Game box: Square and blue 7.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
    Cards: 108 cards (54 pairs) 2 x 2 inches
    Back of the cards: Light blue with 2 turquoise blue triangles

    Bilder memory 1959 first edition
  • 1959

    Original memory® 1st edition

    The game changes its name to Original memory® but remains similar to the very first edition
    Game box: Square and blue 7.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
    Cards: 108 cards (54 pairs) 2 x 2 inches
    Back of the cards: Light blue with 2 turquoise blue triangles

    Original memory 1959 edition
  • 1960

    Junior memory® 1st edition

    First edition of Junior memory®. Once again, this is a very rare edition.
    Game box: information not available
    Cards: information not available
    Back of the cards: information not available

  • 1961

    Original memory® 2nd edition

    Second version of Original memory, this time called original-memory®. This version differs from the 1959 version in the rectangular shape of the box and in the number of cards: 9 additional pairs.
    Game box: Rectangular and blue 10 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
    Cards: 126 cards (63 pairs) 2 x 2 inches
    Back of the cards: Light blue with 2 turquoise blue triangles

    Original memory 1961 edition
  • 1963

    Junior memory® 2nd edition

    Second edition of Junior memory®.
    Game box: Square and red
    Cards: 72 cards (36 pairs) 2.2 x 2.2 inches
    Back of the cards: Blue granular patterns on white background

    Junior memory 1963 edition
  • 1967

    Natur memory® 1st edition

    Edition of the first natur-memory®. The cards are illustrated with photos of animals and flowers.
    Game box: Rectangular and yellow 10.6 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
    Cards: 126 cards (63 pairs) 2 x 2 inches
    Back of the cards: Blue granular patterns on white background

    Natur memory 1967 edition
  • 1969

    Junior memory® 3rd edition

    New edition of junior memory®. On the cards we find fruits, insects, plants, shells...
    Game box: Square and yellow 7.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
    Cards: 72 cards (36 pairs) 2.4 x 2.4 inches
    Back of the cards: Blue granular patterns on white background

    Junior memory 1969 edition
  • 1974

    Original memory® 3rd edition

    Another original-memory® edition. The famous Ravensburger logo makes its first appearance on a memory box.Indeed, 1974 was the year the company registered its new blue triangular logo.
    Game box: rectangular blue with a lighter blue blorder 10.6 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
    Cards: 126 cards (63 pairs) 2 x 2 inches
    Back of the cards: Blue granular patterns on white background

    Original memory 1974 edition
  • 1977

    KINDER memory® 1st edition

    A colorful children's edition called KINDER-memory®.
    Game box: Rectangular and turquoise blue 4.3 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
    Cards: 66 cards (33 pairs)
    Back of the cards: Blue granular patterns on white background

    KINDER memory 1977 edition
  • 1981

    Original memory® 4th edition

    Another edition of the original memory®. The card illustrations were designed by a professional designer named Harald Hurst. The cards measured 2.3 x 2.3 inches but 5 years later, in 1986, this game was published in a large version with cards twice as large (4.7 x 4.7 inches) but fewer in number (only 72 cards or 36 pairs).
    Game box: Rectangular and blue 10.6 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
    Cards: 104 cards (52 pairs) 2.3 x 2.3 inches
    Back of the cards: White and blue stripes Ravensburger

    Original memory 1981 edition
  • 1981

    Dick Bruna memory® 1st edition

    A toddler edition named Dick Bruna memory® after the illustrator who designed the cards. Dick Bruna is best known for writing and illustrating numerous children's books.
    Game box: Rectangular and red 10.6 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
    Cards: 72 cards (36 pairs) 2.3 x 2.3 inches
    Back of the cards: White and blue stripes Ravensburger

    Dick Bruna memory 1984 edition

NB: You'll notice that in early versions, the cards were borderless. Later, white borders were added around the images to prevent players from cheating. Indeed, it was possible to see, at the edge, the colors of the hidden illustration and thus to guess the card. The white frame added around the image ensures a uniform edge color, making it impossible to cheat!


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