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Published November 15, 2023 Updated November 15, 2023

Louis De Poortere

Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.

1970 Belgium Grimaud Advertising Add to Collection

Louis De Poortere is a Belgian company specialising in carpets, rugs and stair runners. Presumably this pack was made for them in the 1970s to promote their products. The designs are psychedelic, with a different range of colours used for each set of double-ended court cards. Furthermore, the enlarged pips on the court cards and the pips on the numeral cards are both non-standard (purple on the black suits) and arranged in a non-standard fashion. The back design in orange and brown, with “louis de poortere” in white at each end, is reminiscent of a piece of fabric. No artist is credited with the designs.

Louis De Poortere playing cards made by B.P. Grimaud, France, c1975 Louis De Poortere playing cards made by B.P. Grimaud, France, c1975 Louis De Poortere playing cards made by B.P. Grimaud, France, c1975

Above: Louis De Poortere playing cards made by B.P. Grimaud, France, c1975. Artist unknown. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers + 1 bridge score card. Size: 58 x 89 mm.

Can anyone provide more information about this pack? Exact date? Artist? Box?

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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