Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium, c.1875
Cards from an anonymous Spanish-suited pack made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans c.1875 for export to Spanish-speaking markets (North Africa, Latin America, Spain). Stencil-coloured. The lion motif on the ace of coins is a common feature on Spanish packs from this era, and the wrapper also features a lion lying between two trees. The basket of flowers is often seen on Belgian-made Spanish-suited cards.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.
Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi
Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015
Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
Kem ‘Spanish’ playing cards appear to depict Spanish conquistadors © 1994.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968.
Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.
“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976
Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney.
Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.
Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s.
Cádiz Pattern playing cards
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Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
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British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003.
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Dutch pattern advertising deck for Genever Giraf made by Van Genechten in the 1950s.
‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise, c.1925-30.
BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.
Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964
Domino Cards by Mesmaekers Frères, c.1890
Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
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‘Millennium’ limited edition playing cards by Carta Mundi, 1999