Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934. With the cards having been issued in 1934 maybe they were to commemorate Leopold 3rd’s accession and probably before the death of Queen Astrid, a native of Sweden, when the King and Queen were on holiday in Switzerland. The King was driving their car and lost control and the car plummeted into a roadside forest and hit a large tree. Queen Astrid was killed instantly but the King was only slightly injured.
The Jacks appear to be household or estate employees The Royals are as below:
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Randy Butterfield's House of Tudor playing cards feature detailed art in a high-quality collectible ...
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.
Kings of India playing cards depicting the four greatest dynasties of India.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Royal Hawaiian playing cards published by the Royal Hawaiian Playing Card Company, Honolulu.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
Playing cards with an educational and instructive purpose first trended in mid-17th century France, ...
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement par...
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.