Holmblad's designs gradually evolved away from the traditional French patterns into a Danish ‘House Pattern’. As copper plates wore out, or new lithographic printing processes were introduced, original and distinctive features appear in the re-drawn playing cards. The J♠ has a lowered head and his shield has one Danish lion showing. The Queens are wearing fashionable outfits from the time
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Founder 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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
A remodelled version of the first Wüst house pattern.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Epokha vozrozhdeniya (Age of Enlightenment): this pack has effectively become the Russian standard. ...
A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how ...
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of ...
The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characterist...
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and date...
Warburg’s Danske playing cards published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, 1944.
“Warburg’s Skandinaviske Bridge Kort” published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, c.1935.