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Published May 09, 2023 Updated May 09, 2023

Non-Standard playing cards from The Netherlands

by an unknown maker

1944 Netherlands anonymous Add to Collection

I am showing here an interesting non-standard pack printed in The Netherlands in about 1944. The maker has, up to now, remained anonymous.
The boldly coloured courts cards in red, yellow and blue seem to be loosely based on the standard English pattern, holding similar articles or flowers and in a similar profile. However, the jacks looked more like dressed up farming lads. The reverse shows a farming couple in the center with typical Dutch scenes in the corners. The aces all have a bird in flight at each corner, maybe reflecting the farming theme.

The pack is sometimes known as the Hasekamp pack because a version is known with advertising on the reverse for Hasekamp Jenever. Click here to view it.

A full pack consists of 52 cards, a bridge score card and a special joker playing the Lute, with a deer and flying birds in the background. The Hasekamp version was issued with 32 cards. This pack is quite hard to find, even in The Netherlands .


Below: the joker and two different back designs.

All cards shown are from the collection of Paul Symons ©

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By Paul Symons

Member since February 01, 2016

I'm British but I have now lived in the Netherlands for more than 50 years and am still enjoying every minute of it. I started collecting playing cards in the early 1980’s after speaking with my neighbour who was at that time a croupier in a casino. I started with just collecting jokers, but that soon led me to complete packs of cards and eventually to specialising in old and antique playing cards, particularly those of C.L. Wüst of Frankfurt, Germany. I am presently the Dutch representative of the I.P.C.S. and the auctioneer at the IPCS conventions.


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