SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
cards in the Sports & Pastimes series bear an Arbuckle
copyright dated 1893, their designs were also used (presumably several
years later) by several European companies.
have quite a few examples for the Dutch/Belgian firm of Van Leckwyck,
the English firm of Thomas Holloway (English and Spanish versions), the
German firms of Jos. Huber and Weibezahn, and the French firms (or
products) of A. Cardon Duverger, Avoyne & Poulain, Cafés
Georges, Émile Bonzel (Chicorée a la Bergère), Paul Mairesse (Chicorée a la
Française), Chicorée Lervilles, H. Sergent, Chocolat Besnier,
Chocolat Carpentier, Mon. Ch. Denia, A. Chapu (Perles du
Japon) and Tapioca de L'Etoile. Jerry Anderson has provided images
of several more Holloway's cards and another collector, Ian Woodyard,
has supplied me with images of cards from the German/French store of A.
English language cards appear to use the original Arbuckles' text (or
close to it) to describe the featured country, while their Spanish
language cards carry an approximate translation, usually somewhat abridged. The Bonzel,
Duverger, Chocolat Besnier, Lervilles, and Mairesse cards
used a similar French text. Van Leckwyck, Sergent, Tapioca de L'Etoile,
Avoyne & Poulain, Cafés Georges, Denia, Chapu, Huber, Weibezahn, and
Dreyfus simply filled the back with a standard advertisement for their
companies. The Chocolat Carpentier cards have blank backs. The two Holloway's versions are
the only ones of the nineteen that specifically indicate that they
produced the entire series of 50, though it seems likely the others did, as well.
There appear to have been at
least two different lithographers/printers for these cards.
The German cards generally bear the logo of Liebes &
Teichtner. I have seen references by some dealers indicating
that the others may have been printed by a French lithographer named
Jeune Bognard. However, only the single A. Chapu card I have is
actually marked “iBOGNARD, PARIS.” Both printers seem to have
been able to use the original master plates (or stones) used by Kaufman
& Strauss for the Arbuckle cards, with the only changes to the
designs being the addition of a white caption box at the bottom of each
card, the removal of the Arbuckle copyright text, and the appropriate
language changes to the country names. How these printers
managed to acquire the rights to use the Sports & Pastimes
designs, or even whether they did so legally, remains a mystery.
these cards may be seen by clicking on the country links or the
individual check marks in the table,
examples from these and other companies that may have used the Sports
& Pastimes designs are always welcome.