To decorate the large blank area of aces, some manufacturers began to include views of cities or allegorical scenes, primarily from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. These were mostly German and Belgian decks which portrayed their own country as well as foreign scenes. Brazilian landscapes appear in various editions, mainly showing the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was then the capital of the country.
Whether the image was used for the exotic location it presented or the memory of a distant land, these aces were in fact precursors to modern postcards. The images were based on engravings of travelers, and later on old photographic postcards. The kings, queens and jacks often had no relationship with the aces.
Wüst had two important series of scenic aces showing Rio de Janeiro. The first included the "Church of Candelaria" and the "Fountain of the Field of Honor," among others. The other, more recent, series showed the "View from the Pharoux Hotel" and the "Bay Entry Seen from Outside". In the twentieth century, a third set of views, without legends, shows the Municipal Theater and the Aqueoduto da Lapa. Frommam & Bunte, from Darmstadt, replaced some of the views from Wüst s second series with new pictures, such as "Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro" and "Corcovado and Saúde."