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As de Trèfle (Ace of Clubs) was a French maker of plates, film and printing paper from the early 20th century. MoMA has a number of postcards in its collection produced by the company.[1] Also at MoMA, Lee Ann Daffner stated in a note about Paris paper-maker Guilleminot that As de Trèfle paper was made by a mill owned by Grieshaber Frères & Company of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, outside Paris.[2][3]

The company's products included Veritas plates and Indovir self-fixing printing paper in the 1920s[4] as well as 'As de Trèfle' and 'Aschrom' film.[5]

It seems very likely that this is the same company (given as Société Nouvelle 'As de Trèfle' produits photographiques at Collection Appareils) which sold some cameras in the 1950s.[6] Collection Appareils (in their page on the As Phot) gives the company address (or perhaps that of a lawyer or agent, since it is the address given for registering the camera models) as Rue de Maubeuge 71, Paris, close to the Gare du Nord.



  1. Search results for 'As de Trèfle' at MoMA; postcard showing Parisian shops, restaurants and other small businesses, 1905-7.
  2. note about Guilleminot paper at MoMA.
  3. See also this label of a pack of 9x12 As de Trèfle plates posted at Flickr by Gilles Péris y Saborit.
  4. Advertisement for these two products and said to be dated 1927, offered for sale at Ebay as item 282793902146, May 2019.
  5. Advertising plate; 'Film As de Trèfle en vente ici' depicting a film box, which itself advertises 'Aschrom' on another side; sold at the 22nd Westlicht Photographica Auction, 24 November 2012. Dated by the auctioneer to 1930-40.
  6. As de Trèfle cameras at Collection Appareils


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