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Cartas Gitanas

fortune-telling cards

Published by Vigor S.R.L., Tejedor 244-256, Bs Aires in the 1950s (formerly by Igor Domicelj), and then successive editions into the 1960s. 40 cards + instruction leaflet in box. The Patent Office Registration documents, dated 22nd June 1955, show the original designs at the time of the take-over, with the new company name overwritten. However, the designs are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.

Nineteenth century Austrian Rural Scenes Tarock cards

Above: the designs on the top halves of the Cartas Gitanas are based on nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards (shown right). Scenes include musicians, horsemen, couples, courtships as well as rural or exotic scenes, all reproduced in this Argentinean descendent! The court and 'consultant' cards are also derived from the Austrian prototypes.

Below: instruction leaflet, inner wrapper and box showing various symbols alluding to luck, fate and hidden wisdom disclosed through cartomancy. The leaflet informs that these cards had been a jealously guarded secret amongst fortune-tellers for centuries, handed down from mother to daughter, but are now being made available to the public. Instructions are given in the leaflet for reading the cards, as well as how to select winning lottery numbers, roulette stakes or horse races.

Cartas Gitanas by Vigor, c.1960

See also:   Franz AdametzArgentinean TaroccoBook of FateBourgeois TarotCartas BlancasCartomancy & Divination CardsEdyta Gdek Tarot17th Century Fortune-Telling Cards72 Names CardsGeistliche Karten, 1718German Fortune Telling cards, c.1818Grapho-DeckHolmblad TarockJason Ennis TarotJohann Herrl Tarock, 1815MinchiateMlle Lenormand CartomancyNaipes Tu DestinoPiatnik Tarock Cards, 1910Picture Book of Ana CortezPicture Show Zodiac Fortune Telling CardsRameses Fortune-telling cardsRamses II TarotSelf-Nurturing SolitaireTarocco BologneseTarocco PiemontesiTarock CardsTarot Egipcios KierVerkehrte-Welt-TarockWelsh TarotTarot

Last Updated August 02, 2015 at 01:23pm


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