“S. M. N.” Shipping Line
Dutch “Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland” (Netherlands Steamship Company 1870-1970) shipping line playing cards produced by Nederlandse Speelkaarten Fabriek, c.1910.
The four scenic Aces (shown right) offer a virtual tour of the destinations en route to the Far East starting from Amsterdam and then visiting Southampton, Lisbon, Tangier, Genoa, Colombo, Singapore and Java.
The court cards are in fantasy 16th century style costumes. See also Dietsche Playing cards for the Dutch Shipping Company►
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
“De Tarot in de herstelde orde” (The Tarot in the restored order) a re-ordered Rider-Waite tarot dec...
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Theatre of Pain / Teatr boli playing cards depicting politicians and leaders in the Caucasus territo...
Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam. ...
A beautiful early pack from The Dutch Playing Card factory.
Artist-designed playing cards produced to demonstrate the quality of a printing technique.
The factory probably only produced playing cards for a few years in the 1920's
with illustrated views of Dutch cities on the aces. This pack is for sale or exchange.
Promotional pack for a Dutch Celtic folk band which performs Irish, Scottish and Dutch folk music, c...
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.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
Maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.
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.