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M/S Kronprins Harald

Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald

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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.

Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald

Above: Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald manufactured by Mesmaekers, Turnhout, with standard English pattern courts. Double pack 52 cards + 2 identical jokers each. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

Standard English pattern by Mesmaekers, 1960s
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By Matt Probert

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.


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