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.
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Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald
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