L'union fait la force
Ets. Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, 1945
Mesmaekers issued two commemorative packs after the war
in 1945, at a time when trade had more or less ceased.
L'union Fait la Force, sometimes known as “the Allied pack”,
has the four suits dedicated to the victorious nations of the
Second World War. The Kings show the political leaders of the four largest allies: Churchill (Spades),
Stalin (Hearts), De Gaulle (Clubs) and Roosevelt (Diamonds) with Adolf Hitler as ther Joker.
The Queens are ladies in patriotic dress and the four Jacks are soldiers.
The Aces show Big Ben, the Kremlin, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty.
Right: the back design is a decorative pattern with a Belgian lion and motto
"Union fait la Force" which is also printed in the box (click image to zoom)→
Above: “L'union fait la force” produced by Ets. Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, 1945,
commemorating the close of the Second World War. 52 cards + Joker in box, 58x88mm, gilt corners.
The four Kings depict allied leaders Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, De Gaulle.
The Joker is a caricature of Adolf Hitler. The Aces show the Kremlin, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben. Gilt corners.
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".
• See also: WW1 Commemorative pack.