Since the 1840s & 50s Spanish-suited playing cards had been exported by leading European manufacturers to agents and wholesalers in Montevideo, Buenos Aires or Caracas, and in some cases the designs had an influence on local production.
In 1875 the lithographic stone for Mesmaekers' Spanish cards was simply redesigned from a woodcut, despite the differences in technique and craftsmanship required for each method.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.
Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi
Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015
Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
Kem ‘Spanish’ playing cards appear to depict Spanish conquistadors © 1994.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968.
Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976
Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney.
Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.
Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s.
Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s.
Cádiz Pattern playing cards
‘Cartes de Luxe’ with artwork by Belgian artist and designer Jean Borin (1907-1997).
Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain.
Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald
British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.