Ets. Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, 1945
Mesmaekers issued two commemorative packs after the war in 1945, at a time when trade had more or less ceased. L'union Fait la Force has four suits dedicated to the victorious nations of the Second World War. The Kings show political leaders of the four largest allies: Churchill (Spades), Stalin (Hearts), De Gaulle (Clubs) and Roosevelt (Diamonds) with Adolf Hitler as ther Joker. The Queens are ladies in patriotic dress and the four Jacks are soldiers. The Aces show Big Ben, the Kremlin, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty.
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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
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