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Belgian Playing Cards

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

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Standard Genoese

Standard Genoese

Van Genechten manufactured playing cards in various styles, including specially customised versions for commercial clients wishing to advertise their own brands on the cards.

Stationskwartetspel 1975


Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Tobacco advertising 1960

Tobacco advertising

Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.

Van Genechten

Van Genechten

A. Van Genechten ran a flourishing business, supplying various kinds of cards both inside the country and abroad including England, Spain, France, Denmark, South-East Asia, China and Japan.

Vandenborre Tarot 1780

Vandenborre Tarot

Belgian Tarot published by François-Jean Vandenborre, Brussels (1762-1803)

Velux 1990


Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.

West Flanders Souvenir 1950

West Flanders Souvenir

West Flanders Souvenir pack manufactured in Belgium by Mesmaekers, c.1950.

WW1 Commemorative 1919

WW1 Commemorative

In 1919 Brepols commemorated the victories of World War I with two new packs featuring portraits of Allied leaders on the court cards and famous battle scenes on the Aces.

Year of the Child 1979

Year of the Child

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.