|These aces by Mesmaekers are from the 1930's and 40's, but still reflect the present view, with the Central Station in the background.|
Built at the end of the 15th century as the first defense tower of Amsterdam, the original name was Schreyhoeks tower, referring (in "old" Dutch) to the sharp angle where it was located. This name was later corrupted into Schreierstoren, Weepers Tower in English. This name helped to create the myth that on this tower women shed their tears for husbands or sons when they left from this spot for an uncertain trip into far away territories.
aces show the tower as seen from the waterfront. They were made by
Frommann & Morian from the German town Darmstadt. The set in colour
comes with a fantasy pattern and the set in unitone comes with a
Frankfurt pattern. Both decks are dated around 1890.