Dutch Standard Pattern: Scenic Aces
Made by Carta Mundi since 1971
The beautiful pattern of the deck shown here is presently found in most Dutch advertising decks and has been produced by Carta Mundi since 1971 for the Dutch market only. This deck is itself an advertising deck for the Rabobank cooperative of 500 autonomous local banks. I have not shown the back which is simply text, in Dutch, about the Rabobank Group (forgot to scan it - no loss).
These courts show the present form of the Dutch pattern which has scenic aces, usually of the Netherlands. This is the only standard pattern that is always accompanied by scenic aces, unless special (advertising) aces are commissioned.
"Imagine playing cards as a valuable source of iconographic information. Landscapes that no longer exist, battles that form part of our history, or the catalog of works of graphic artists."
-From the "Everything About Cards" section of the Copag web site.
Scenic Aces were originally made to decorate the large blank area of aces. A few manufacturers, mostly in Germany and Belgium, began to include views of cities, or allegorical scenes, primarily from the mid-1800s onwards. These scenes portrayed their own country as well as foreign locations.
Whether the image was used for a familiar landmark, or the memory or imagining of a distant land, these aces were in fact precursors to modern postcards. The images were often based on the engravings of travelers, and later on old photographic postcards.
Much of this information came from the "Everything About Cards" section of the Copag company web site, as well as from an excellent article, "Dutch Scenic Aces", by Joop muller on the DXPO web site.