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Algeria

Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910.

‘Naypes Finos’ - 40 cards in wrapper

Algeria is a gateway between Africa and Europe. Cards were also made by Camoin (Marseille), Malka Frères (Casablanca) and other anonymous manufacturers for export to Algeria. These were usually distinguished by a preponderance of green and a repeating pattern of stars and crescents on the backs. The tax stamp can be seen on the two of swords.

Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910

Above: Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910. The cards have square corners and small indices. Image courtesy Juan José Pérez-Castejón.

Last Updated August 19, 2016 at 01:40am

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