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Published November 28, 2022 Updated November 28, 2022

H.P. Doebele

Artist-designed playing cards produced to demonstrate the quality of a printing technique.

1961 Netherlands Steendrukkerij de Jong H.P. Doebele Printing Add to Collection

According to Han Janssen, these cards were designed in 1961 by H.P. Doebele (1925-2010) for four sheets issued by Steendrukkerij (lithographic printers) de Jong of Hilversum and were intended to demonstrate the quality of their printing. The cards are small and have square corners. As the cards shown here do not match exactly in size, it may be that they were cut without great precision from the aforementioned sheets. A different set of colours has been used for the courts in each suit. There is a non-standard arrangement of the pips on many of the cards. The indices are in German. The design on the box lid has been coloured by hand. See the box

cards designed by H.P. Doebele and printed by Steendrukkerij de Jong, Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1961 cards designed by H.P. Doebele and printed by Steendrukkerij de Jong, Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1961 cards designed by H.P. Doebele and printed by Steendrukkerij de Jong, Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1961

Above: cards designed by H.P. Doebele and printed by Steendrukkerij de Jong, Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1961. 52 cards + 3 Jokers in drop-lid box. Size: 49.5 x 83 mm approx.

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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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