Abbey Playing Cards made in Belgium by La Turnhoutoise, 1950s. Founded in 1881, La Turnhoutoise manufactured cards for markets the world over, including this Abbey brand for the English market with the ace of spades marked as ‘foreign’. The company was taken over by Brepols in 1960, who in turn was merged along with Van Genechten and Léonard Biermans to become Carta Mundi in 1970.
Member since March 02, 2012
I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977. ...
‘Les Grands Ecrivains’ produced for members of “Le Grand Livre du Mois”, France, c. 1970.
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
Two souvenir packs with different court cards made by Glénisson for the Isle of Man, c.1880.
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.
Playing cards for gender equality, created on the 500th anniversary of classic French cards
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968.