“Carte per Signora”
“Carte per Signora” patience sized pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897, printed in chromolithography with double-ended scenic aces. The texts on the aces are in Italian. The cards do in fact closely resemble Dondorf's “Four Continents patience” (first published in c.1870) which also depicts imaginary persons and scenes from four continents, suggesting a degree of rivalry between the two firms. The Armanino brothers' firm operated in Genova until the 1920s when it moved to Rome and operated until c.1960.