Officially the church was called St. Nicholas inside the Walls, i.e. the oldest part of the Amsterdam defense works. The architect, Bleijs (1842-1912), designed the church basing himself on a combination of several revival styles of which neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance are the most prominent models. The roman-catholic St. Nicolas church is situated across the Central Station on the old waterfront, nowadays called the Prins Hendrik kade.

The first ace, made by the Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland from Amsterdam, is part of a set of aces that depict scenes from Amsterdam only. The set came with a pattern that is classified as Neerlandia A and that was produced by the Dutch Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland between 1911 and 1916. The Neerlandia A pattern was published in 3 versions: Amstel, accompanied by scenic aces from Amsterdam. Neerlandia, with scenic aces from Dutch cities and towns. Club, with illustrated –but not scenic- aces in Art Deco style.

The second ace here is from the Cartes Imperiales Nr 778 by Mesmaekers from Turnhout, Belgium, from around 1930 and the third ace was made by the same company in the 1940’s.