Antoon (Antoine) Van Genechten started printing playing cards some time between 1837 and 1841 in partnership with Jacques-Edouard Glénisson. This partnership was dissolved in 1855 and Glénisson continued a separate card-making business until 1899. Van Genechten, on the other hand, continued into the twentieth century and was one of the component parts of Carta Mundi. A prolific card-maker, he has left behind many examples of his work. In addition to the traditional Turnhout version of the English single-figure courts (based on De La Rue's D3) he produced a most unusual version, which I illustrated on page 19 of this blog.
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The double-ended version was considerably redrawn in the style of many continental designs with human faces. (See also Brepols' version of the design on page 21.)
Note that the AS of this era is a close copy of Old Frizzle printed in blue; people sometimes think this is a rare version of the English duty ace. IT ISN'T!
He also used a different version of the single-ended courts based on De La Rue's D3, with a double-ended version, too.
He even produced a turned version of the single-ended courts, which I've never seen done by any other maker.
And he used Reynolds' single-figure courts (R1) and made a double-ended version of these. Note that, as was quite common in Europe at the time, double-ended courts are made from single-ended courts cut in half with the head half printed both ends.
This is quite an extraordinary range of designs to have available all at the same time. Slightly later his version of De La Rue's D4.1, shown above with fancy decorative additions, was used in a lot of cheaper packs as well, and he did a triplicate version, too.
He also turned six of the courts of this design and produced packs with or without four indices, with or without round corners.
Much later, in the 1930s, he was using a copy of De La Rue's last design (D9), which had been discontinued in England in the late 1920s.
In the 1930s Van Genechten was also making a lot of cards for India, as mentioned previously, and he used a completely turned version of De La Rue/Goodall's GD10 on very thick card. [See also page 22.]
Finally, right up until the 1960s, he used a version of USPCC's US5 with turned courts to put all the pips on the left, which meant a turned QH and a normal-facing JS.
For other Belgian makers, see pages 18, 21 & 23. For some of the non-standard packs produced by Van Genechten, see the wopc website
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I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. Read more...
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
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.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
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.
“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.
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.
“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976
Mickey for Kids playing cards from Disney.
Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.
Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s.
‘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.
Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald
British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003.
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.
Dutch pattern advertising deck for Genever Giraf made by Van Genechten in the 1950s.
‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise, c.1925-30.
BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.
Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964
Domino Cards by Mesmaekers Frères, c.1890
‘Millennium’ limited edition playing cards by Carta Mundi, 1999
“Le Jeu des Alliés” manufactured by Mesmaekers N.V., Turnhout, 1945.
“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association.
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875.
Standard English pattern manuf’d for L.N. Mann by Van Genechten, c.1890.
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.
Four Colour Cards made in Belgium for Far Eastern markets
“Cartes Françaises” and Genoese pattern by Brepols.
Abbey Playing Cards made in Belgium by La Turnhoutoise, c.1950s.