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Belgian cardmakers have been actively designing and exporting playing cards since the 14th century.

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18: Belgian Cards: An Introduction

18: Belgian Cards: An Introduction

The card-makers of Turnhout were prolific in their output and inveterate copiers.

21: Belgian Makers: Brepols and Biermans

21: Belgian Makers: Brepols and Biermans

Brepols started making playing cards in 1826, although he had been in the printing trade since 1800. In 1833 the firm was called Brepols & Dierckx (the former's son-in-law). Biermans (1875-1970) was a relatively late arrival on the Turnhout playing card scene.

22: Belgian Makers: Van Genechten

22: Belgian Makers: Van Genechten

Van Genechten started making playing cards in c.1840 and continued until the founding of Carta Mundi in 1970.

23: Belgian Makers: Mesmaekers

23: Belgian Makers: Mesmaekers

Gustaaf Mesmaekers founded his business in 1859 in association with Louis-François Moentack, who left the business in 1862.

A Todos Alumbra 1880

A Todos Alumbra

40-card "A Todos Alumbra - Naypes Refinos" pack manufactured by Léonard Biermans, Turnhout, c.1880.

Abbey Playing Cards

Abbey Playing Cards

Abbey Playing Cards made in Belgium by La Turnhoutoise, c.1950s.

Advertising deck for Carta Mundi 2001

Advertising deck for Carta Mundi

Advertising deck for Carta Mundi produced by Carta Mundi, 2001

Animal Tarot by G. Larmoyer 1753

Animal Tarot by G. Larmoyer

Flemish Animal Tarot deck by G. Larmoyer, Liège, 1753.

Animal Tarot by J. B Dubois 1790

Animal Tarot by J. B Dubois

French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.

Animal Tarot by J. T Dubois 1830

Animal Tarot by J. T Dubois

Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.

Anon Spanish Cards c.1875 1875

Anon Spanish Cards c.1875

Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Mesmaekers Frères, c.1875.

Anonymous Spanish Suited pack, c.1760 1760

Anonymous Spanish Suited pack, c.1760

Anonymous archaic Spanish suited pack, c.1760.

Artex Quadrilato for Tunisia

Artex Quadrilato for Tunisia

Artex Quadrilato No.333 for Tunisia

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962 1962

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.

Bayer 1963

Bayer

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.

Belgian Playing Cards

Belgian Playing Cards

Belgian cardmakers have been actively designing and exporting playing cards since the 14th century.

Belgian Souvenir playing cards 1890

Belgian Souvenir playing cards

made in Germany by C.L. Wüst

Belle Vue Gueuze 1969

Belle Vue Gueuze

Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.

BG Bouw Building Company 1980

BG Bouw Building Company

BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.