An amazing difference can be seen between the
early and the later Jacob Holmblad packs, covering a time span
of only 17 years. The earlier production was by stencil-coloured woodcut prints, but in around 1830 he adopted the newer
techniques of lithography. Over the years Jacob Holmblad developed considerable workmanship and his playing cards
became a success: already in 1823 he was advertising playing cards in ‘extra fine’ and ‘fine’ qualities.
His advertisements also included Animal Tarots →
Above: double-ended playing cards by Jacob Holmblad, later period, c.1830. The red over-stamp on the
A♥ refers to Jacob Holmblad's royal licence to print playing-cards which had been granted in 1820.
The Danish playing-card tax stamp has three lions and a crown. The J♣ has the manufacturer's name.
After Jacob Holmblad's death in 1837, playing-card production was continued by his son Lauritz Peter Holmblad
(1815-1890) see more →
Hinrup, Hans J.: The Holmblad Playing Card Patterns, in "The Playing-Card" vol.33 no.4, IPCS London, Apr-June 2005.
Jensen, K. Frank: French suited tarot packs in Denmark and the Jacob Holmblad Animal tarot,
in "The Playing-Card" vol.36 no.3, IPCS London, Apr-June 2008. [download here].