This deck was printed by the Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkarten fabriken from Stralsund and published as "Salon Karte Nr 61". The courts have the Salon "house" pattern. This pattern has been published with a few different sets of accompanying aces, but not often seen is this set of Dutch scenic aces. Some of them present "new" views, some the familiar buildings, but seen from a different angle.

This deck was also printed by the Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkarten fabriken, but published as "Salonkaart Nr 1000A". The courts have the Salon "house" pattern, but here with a different set of b/w Dutch scenic aces. The text on the box is all in Dutch, so this deck was specially made for the Dutch market as a Bezique deck, 32 cards and a 6 of hearts as extra card.
But there's another difference between the deck above and this deck: the above was printed in chromolithography and this deck in offset.

 

 

Both decks here below were printed by F.X. Schmid from Munich. The first one dates from the mid to late 1960's. The courts have the Rhineland pattern, with the makers name on the Jack of Clubs. The set of aces is illustrated with photo's of different Dutch cities. The Belgian maker Van Genechten had already tried to introduce a set of b/w photographic aces with their cards, but F.X. Schmid also found out that the Dutch players didn't appreciate b/w photographic aces. Around 1970 F.X. Schmid introduced a set of aces, with drawn versions of the photo's and in colour.

     

On the Kings the "K" is used as indicator. In Dutch "King" is translated as "Koning". Dutch players use the name of "koning" as well as "heer" for the Kings, but on playing cards usually the letter "H" is used as indicator for the King. The commonly used indices in Dutch packs are H (heer =gentleman), V (vrouw = woman) and B (boer = farmer). The "K" is not often used. Although we have a royal family and only a small minority of republicans in our country, our indices would suggest otherwise.
The decks above have German indices (K,D,B), which the Dutch players translated as Koning, Dame (=lady) and Boer. Because the Dutch have had to play with imported cards from Belgium and Germany during many decades, all these names or a mixture of them may be heard at a card table.

       

On the Ace of Clubs (top) the "Waterpoort" (Watergate) of Sneek is depicted. Sneek is a town in the province of Frisia, that is on the borders of a lake, named after this town. In previous centuries the transportation of goods and persons was also conducted by boat. Just like in other towns, this gate functioned as an entrance gate, used to keep an eye on everything and everybody that entered or left the city.

The makers name is no longer on the Jack of Clubs, but their logo is printed on the 7 of Hearts.

 

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