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Naipes Minifusor by Difusora S.A., Argentina

Difusora S.A is a distributor / producer of smokers' materials, including lighters, cigarette holders and filters. At some stage (approx 1970-80s) they also distributed "Minifusor" playing cards which came in standard editions as well as special packs for advertising and cartomancy.

Super Naipes Minifusor

Left: Super Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español: 48 cards + 2 jokers in box. The courts are an original medieval fantasy design with each suit in a predominant colour. The Joker is signed "Hernández". Made in Argentina, c.1980. Difusora also produced a Cartomancy version of this deck.

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Naipes Minifusor

Left: Naipes "Minifusor" tipo español. The cards are the same as the above example, but in a cheaper grade and with a mottled orange back design. Made in Argentina, 1980s.

Naipes Minifusor - Impresores S.C.A.

Left: Naipes "Minifusor" in special box produced by/for Impresores S.C.A.

48 cards + 2 jokers; made in Argentina, 1980s. A similar deck was also produced for Roche.

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Naipes Minifusor - Hughes

Left: Naipes "Minifusor" tipo español made for Hughes, drill manufacturers. The cards are the same as the above examples, but with a special jokers and an ace of clubs featuring a drill bit. Made in Argentina, 1980s.

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Naipes Minifusor - Cal-C-Vit Protavita Vitaminets

Left: Naipes "Minifusor" Catalan style made for Supradyn Cal-C-Vita Protavita Vitamins. The ace of coins features the Argentine flag in front of the Spanish flag, and the courts are a modern re-drawing of the Catalan pattern. Made in Argentina, 1980s.

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Minifusor cigarette holders and filters

Left: Minifusor 2000 cigarette holder with filter. These items are still available through tobacconist suppliers, although the playing cards are no longer available. It is not known when or why playing cards were discontinued. However, the same logos and brand names are still being used.

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There were two Spanish-suited versions: a modern re-drawing of the Catalan pattern; and a fantasy quasi-eighteenth century design (regd no. 239,012) with a seated king of coins. Packs have two jokers and in some cases the artist's signature "Hernández" is visible on the Joker. Hernández also designed a pack of cartoon cards.

The manufacturer's details can often be found on the four of cups but in some cases are omitted.

Last Updated July 05, 2015 at 08:50pm


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