‘Ronia’ Genoese Pattern made in Hungary by Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda (Artex), Budapest, for the Dutch market, c.1970. The four aces have scenes of international cities, but the contract bridge scoring card is in Dutch language.
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Curator 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.
Promotional pack for a Dutch Celtic folk band which performs Irish, Scottish and Dutch folk music, c.2004.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906.
Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.
Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.
Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.
Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.
Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.
Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.
Jip en Janneke quartet game published by Hema, a Dutch department store, c.1960.
Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975.
‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.
Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.
Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820.
Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s.
Genoese pattern from Italy.
St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat.
Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
‘Cartes de Luxe’ with artwork by Belgian artist and designer Jean Borin (1907-1997).
Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016
Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.