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By Ken Lodge

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​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →


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Woodblock and Stencil King of Diamonds

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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

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A limited edition art print of the 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

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A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.

1883 Jeu Quatre Empereurs

Jeu Quatre Empereurs

Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...

1959 Scaramouche

Scaramouche

Scaramouche cartes à jouer with designs by Henri Favre, published by Le Triboulet, France.

What can we learn from mini-booklet advertisements?

What can we learn from mini-booklet advertisements?

Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...

The Place of the Fool

The Place of the Fool

This paper considers three questions relating to the Fool-card in the tarot-pack.

1912 Kuhn Khan

Kuhn Khan

There is little information available about the early twentieth century card game Kuhn Kahn. It firs...

Poker Patience

Poker Patience

Poker Patience, according to an early 20th century author, was "introduced so recently as the autumn...

Piquet: the game and its artifacts

Piquet: the game and its artifacts

Piquet may be the oldest card game which is still played today with origins going back to early 16th...

The Personalities and Books which shaped the game of Whist, 1860-1900

The Personalities and Books which shaped the game of Whist, 1860-1900

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Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

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Goodall & Son Patience Boxed Sets

Goodall & Son Patience Boxed Sets

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The Evolution of Whist and Bridge Boxed Sets, 1870s – 1930s

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Boxed sets of cards, markers, scorers and rule booklets have been around for many decades. Some of t...

Bezique Markers, 1860-1960

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Bezique is a two-player melding and trick-taking game. Dr. Pole introduced Bezique to England in 186...

1860 Bon Gout No.11 with Crimean War aces

Bon Gout No.11 with Crimean War aces

Made by Mesmaekers & Moentack of Turnhout.

1893 Neptune No.105 Playing Cards

Neptune No.105 Playing Cards

An exotic pack made by A.Van Genechten of Turnhout

1860 Dutch costume playing cards

Dutch costume playing cards

Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.

1934 Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.

1963 Bayer

Bayer

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

1962 Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

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

M/S Kronprins Harald

M/S Kronprins Harald

Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald

1950 Genever Giraf

Genever Giraf

Dutch pattern advertising deck for Genever Giraf made by Van Genechten in the 1950s.

1890 Domino Cards, c.1890

Domino Cards, c.1890

Domino Cards by Mesmaekers Frères, c.1890

1945 Le Jeu des Alliés

Le Jeu des Alliés

“Le Jeu des Alliés” manufactured by Mesmaekers N.V., Turnhout, 1945.

1875 Anon Spanish Cards c.1875

Anon Spanish Cards c.1875

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

Manuf’d for L.N. Mann

Manuf’d for L.N. Mann

Standard English pattern manuf’d for L.N. Mann by Van Genechten, c.1890.

1960 Tobacco advertising

Tobacco advertising

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

1950 West Flanders Souvenir

West Flanders Souvenir

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

1890 Chi Chi Pai

Chi Chi Pai

Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market.

1960 Bretagne

Bretagne

Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity.

34: Design Copies

34: Design Copies

Some copies of the designs of Goodall and the New York Consolidated Card Co.

1910 Sport No.31

Sport No.31

Van Genechten first registered an Ace of Spades for English playing cards in 1885 followed by the ‘S...

1945 L’union fait la force

L’union fait la force

“L’Union Fait la Force”, sometimes known as “the Allied pack”, has the four suits dedicated to the v...

Shipman’s Guide: early card-packs and the Arcana

Shipman’s Guide: early card-packs and the Arcana

In late medieval Europe, among the various forms of card-sets that were tried, two were apparently f...