“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.
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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.
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.
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.
‘Seefahrers’ 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.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.
Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.
Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.
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.
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
Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016
Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald
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.
Dutch pattern advertising deck for Genever Giraf made by Van Genechten in the 1950s.
‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise, c.1925-30.
BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.
Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964
Beesten Kwartet designed by Peter Vos. Published by Thomas Rap of Amsterdam, 1995.
125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.
“Convoy” WW2 card game published by Tree Brand c.1940, based on wartime naval convoys.
“Ship Sails” card game c.1885.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905