Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald manufactured in Belgium by Mesmaekers, Turnhout, probably dating from the 1960s as Mesmaekers were taken over by Van Genechten in 1968.
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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 Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
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. ...
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
A beautiful early pack from The Dutch Playing Card factory.
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.
Maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.