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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Albert Heijn’s Boffie Kwartetspel

The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936 • Apr 23, 2014

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Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s

Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s • Jul 30, 2014

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Archaeological find: old playing cards under the floorboards

The municipal archaeological service in Dordrecht (Netherlands) recently found some antique playing cards under the floorboards inside an old public bar. • Nov 02, 2015

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Asperge Kwartet

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr. • Jan 08, 2021

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Beesten Kwartet

Beesten Kwartet designed by Peter Vos. Published by Thomas Rap of Amsterdam, 1995. • Jul 28, 2016

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Belle Vue Gueuze

Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s. • Dec 28, 2017

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BG Bouw Building Company

BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980. • Aug 16, 2016

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Boekenkwartet

Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s. • Oct 30, 2019

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British American Tobacco patience

Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940 • May 12, 2016

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Carel de Wagenaer

Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698 • Dec 08, 2016

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Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile

‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980. • Aug 19, 2016

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Cultura Playing Card Deck by Mankin Chan

A full custom deck of playing cards, inspired by the different cultures of the world; including China, Italy, USA and the Netherlands. • Jun 19, 2015

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De Kloof

Advertising Playing Cards printed by Drukkerij Juten, published by “De Kloof” of Bergen op Zoom, Holland, c.1970 • Jul 30, 2014

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Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen

Playing cards published by the Dutch Prison Service, giving a look behind the gates of Judicial / Custodial institutions • Jul 06, 2014

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Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016. • Jan 30, 2017

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Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein

Brepols Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein distillery, c.1960 • Aug 15, 2015

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Early Spanish/Portuguese type

Fragment of a sheet of archaic Spanish-suited 'Dragon' playing cards found during restoration of a house in Antwerp built between 1559 and 1574 • Jan 01, 1970

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Esveco Specialities B.V.

Alto Imaging Group playing cards manufactured by Esveco Specialities B.V., c.1990s • Jul 28, 2014

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Flemish Hunting Deck

Set of medieval playing cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of four suits which refer to the activity of hunting, as practiced by the nobility. • May 06, 2015

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Four Days of Walking Event

Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016 • Oct 25, 2016

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Genever Giraf

Dutch pattern advertising deck for Genever Giraf made by Van Genechten in the 1950s. • Aug 17, 2016

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Grolsch Brewery

A somewhat unusual deck specially designed for Grolsch Breweries evoking self-expression and independence of spirit, c.2012 • Sep 20, 2015

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Havermout Kwartetspel

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s. • Feb 01, 2021

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Hidden meanings in painting by Jheronimus Bosch

Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch • Sep 10, 2016

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Hollywood Stars

Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957 • Apr 17, 2016

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Jip en Janneke

Jip en Janneke quartet game published by Hema, a Dutch department store, c.1960. • Nov 14, 2018

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Jonas Fouquet Navarra Pattern

Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820. • Dec 17, 2017

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Kriegs-Spiel by Peter Schencken, Amsterdam

Peter Schencken of Amsterdam copied the "Jeu de la Guerre" or "Das Kriegs-Spiel" (with German captions) originated by Gilles de La Boissière and published by Mariette in 1668 in Paris. • Jul 01, 2014

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Master of the Banderoles

Playing Cards by the Master of the Banderoles, one of the earliest professional printmakers, c.1470 • Dec 04, 2011

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Max Velthuijs for KLM

Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964 • Aug 15, 2016

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Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988. • May 21, 2018

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Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165

Wüst: Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165 issued for the Dutch market • Nov 29, 2015

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Nationale-Nederlanden

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984. • Nov 09, 2020

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Natuurkwartet

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen. • Nov 12, 2020

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Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970. • May 13, 2021

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Nederlandsche Oliefabriek

This beautiful quartet game from Holland illustrates the strange life cycle of the peanut. • Mar 24, 2014

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Nederlandse Speelkaarten Fabriek

Shipping line playing cards produced by Nederlandse Speelkaarten Fabriek, c.1910 offering a virtual tour of destinations to the Far East • Aug 04, 2014

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Neerlands Glorie

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945. • Oct 30, 2020

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Netherlands

Playing cards have been known in the Low Countries since the 14th century • Nov 27, 2011

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Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983. • May 16, 2021

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Noord Braband

“Historical Playing Cards” originally commissioned by Northern Brabant Insurance Society and manufactured by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland in 1943 • Aug 08, 2014

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Papita Sport Kwartet

Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975. • Oct 28, 2018

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Piket Fijne Speelkaarten, c.1925-30

‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise, c.1925-30. • Aug 16, 2016

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Ronia Genoese Pattern

‘Ronia’ Genoese Pattern made in Hungary for the Dutch market, c.1970 • Sep 02, 2015

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Royal Dutch Mail

Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s • Jan 24, 2016

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Saint-Martin Island Souvenir

St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat. • Mar 04, 2017

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Sikar

Publicity playing cards for the Dutch credit company Sitters & van der Kar. The four Aces and Joker feature abstract geometric designs in the style of Art Deco. • Apr 07, 2013

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Speelkaarten-Fabriek Nederland “Fortuna”

Speelkaarten-Fabriek Nederland for Royal West Indian Mail Service, c.1926 • Aug 03, 2014

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Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland Maritime Deck

Dutch Maritime pack designed by J.Verhoeven and printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c1938 • Oct 20, 2015

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Sprookjes Kwartet

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970. • Nov 09, 2020

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Stap Op

Stap Op by Penco for Victory Spelen 1945. A clone of Parker’s Touring except the Dutch have to do it all on a bicycle. • Oct 05, 1998