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WW1 Commemorative

Published by Brepols, Turnhout, in 1919.

Although work was almost at a standstill throughout World War I because Belgium was cut off from its regular markets, in 1919 Brepols commemorated the victories of World War I with two new packs featuring hand painted portraits of Allied leaders (Kings, Presidents, Generals and Queens) on the court cards, along with relevant coats-of-arms, and famous battle scenes or events on the aces. These were exported around the world as remembrance of the time of sorrow and suffering.

World War I commemorative playing cards published by Brepols, Turnhout, 1919

Above: World War I commemorative playing cards published by Brepols, Turnhout, in 1919. The maker's name is printed on the king of diamonds. There were too many characters for one deck to accommodate so a second deck was produced. The Joker features King Albert I of Belgium as a mounted cavalry officer; the Calvary was an important factor in WW1. Images courtesy Rod Starling.

Right: the Joker and the back. Click to zoom→


REFERENCES

Autenboer, Dr Eugeen van: The Turnhout Playing Card Industry 1826-1976, Aurelia Books, Brussels 1976

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

Last Updated August 18, 2016 at 04:40am

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