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SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
NON-ARBUCKLE USAGE

Although the 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.

I currently 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. Dreyfus.

Holloway's 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.

Examples of these cards may be seen by clicking on the country links or the individual check marks in the table, below:

A.
Cardon Duverger
A.
Chapu
A.
Dreyfus
Avoyne & Poulain Cafés
Georges
Chocolat
Besnier
Chocolat
Carpentier
Émile
Bonzel
H.
Sergent
Holloway's
(English)
Holloway's
(Spanish)
Jos.
Huber
Chicorée
Lervilles
Mon. Ch. Denia Paul
Mairesse
Tapioca
de
L'Étoile
Van
Leckwyck
(Antwerp)
Van
Leckwyck
(Rotterdam)
Weibezahn
Alaska / Greenland
Algeria
American Indians
American Negroes
Ancient Judea
Anglo Saxon
Arabia
Assyria
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Canada
Central Africa
Chili
China
Cuba
Denmark
Egypt
England
Esquimau
France
Germany
Greece
Gypsy
Hawaii
Holland
India
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Lapland
Medieval France
Mexico
Norway
Patagonia
Persia
Poland
Pompeii
Portugal
Rome
Russia
Scotland
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thibet
Turkey
Tyrol
United States
Wales

Additional examples from these and other companies that may have used the Sports & Pastimes designs are always welcome.