Mint, sealed (cards, not box) double deck of delightful cards made by Carta Mundi for KLM, the Dutch airline, one with blue backs and one with green backs, featuring the original designs of Max Velthuijs. According to the World Web Playing Cards Museum, the cards were first made in 1960 by Ets. Mesmaekers Freres, and then by Carta Mundi starting in 1970. Fournier dates the Mesmaeker cards in the Museum to 1964. These decks were made by Carta Mundi, and I have dated them to the decade of the 1970s. I have elected not to break the seals on the decks, but the faces of the cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #04382).
Wikipedia has a short article about Max Velthuijs:
"Max Velthuijs (1923-2005) was a Dutch painter, illustrator and author. He was one of the most famous children's illustrators in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustrators. "Velthuijs was born in The Hague on May 22, 1923. During World War II, he sometimes assisted Jan Gregoor in forging stamps for the Dutch resistance in identity papers of people in hiding.
"A productive commercial artist, his first children's book commission as an illustrator was relatively late in his career in 1962, for Versjes die wij nooit vergeten / Rhymes we will never forget. This was followed two years later by A is een aapje / A is for Monkey, the success of which established his international name as a children's book illustrator.
"However he is most remembered for his Frog picture books, beginning with Frog in Love (Andersen Press 1989) which gained global recognition. In 2003 they were also adapted into a children's play by David Farmer (Frog in Love), performed by the Tiebreak Theatre Company at Norwich Playhouse. "He died in his native The Hague on January 25, 2005."
I believe that each deck has 52 cards, plus 3 Jokers, plus a bridge scoring card. The cards are slightly small bridge size, measuring 87mm x 56mm, and come in a plastic box that I believe is original.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box is in excellent condition, although there is a remnant of what was probably a price sticker on the side. There are also twin decks of these cards, with blue and orange backs, for sale in this shop (T00003559), and an individual deck of these cards can be purchased at that listing.
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, Belgium 100.
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