Playing cards commemorating the IX centenary of the death of ‘El Cid’ designed by Vicente S. Algora.
Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.
Joan Barbot, San Sebastian c.1765-1810
Taxation on Spanish Playing Cards
Rotxotxo Workshop Inventories, Barcelona, 1660-1800
Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones
Naipes Intransparentes de Una Hoja No.55 manufactured by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier (Vitoria) for exportation to Argentina, c.1940.
Baraja Digital by Naipes De La Cigüeña, 1990
Playing cards recovered from the Northern Chile saltpetre workers. The cards are mostly from Spanish 'Cadiz' pattern decks, and several manufacturers can be identified.
Standard Spanish Catalan pattern playing cards by S. Giráldez, Barcelona, c.1905.
Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871
Vic Joc de Cartes, happy families quartet game, 1990
Printed by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, for the French-speaking tourist market. 52 cards + joker in mock crocodile skin box.
Having started out as Fournier Hermanos, Burgos in 1860, the company remained in the Fournier family undergoing several changes of name and finally becoming Hija de B. Fournier sometime around 1900.
Deck of half-sized [58 x 35 mms] Spanish-suited playing cards in the Maciá pattern produced by José Gombau, c.1833.
These two uncoloured, uncut sheets of early Moorish playing cards were formerly preserved in the Instituto Municipal de Historia in Barcelona. They were first brought to light by Simon Wintle in 1987.
These cards may be a typical example of early 'standard' Spanish playing cards, maybe from before Columbus sailed for the 'New World' which were imitated by German engravers who wished to export their wares back to Spain.
Baraja 'Te Amo' con dibujos de Serafín en tirada de 500 ejemplares numerados, 48 naipes. Fabricado por Naipes Comas (Barcelona) 2002.
Fournier No.35 Spanish-suited playing cards imported into Argentina by Fagoaga y Compañía (Bertrand Domec), c.1970
Founded in 1868, today it is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA).
'El Caballo' brand (No.5P) playing-cards manufactured in Spain by Heraclio Fournier S.A. especially for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, c.1960.
A range of popular standard designs were produced, including Catalán and Castilian type packs, plus Cádiz-type models for exportation to Philippines and Latin America.
ZOO COMICS animated playing cards made by Litografía Ferri, Valencia (Spain), first published in 1968.
Baraja Cinematográfica printed by J. M. Arnau, Barcelona, 1925-26
Playing cards in this style have been discovered in various parts of the world, suggesting that they were exported or carried there by early explorers or merchants.
The firm was acquired by Heraclio Fournier in 1940, who continued to produce the 'El Heraldo' brand for some time. The designs inspired several foreign manufacturers, including Vigor S.R.L. of Buenos Aires and other anonymous makers.
The most noteworthy feature of its history is that this design has since been adopted for use in Sardinia, where it is now regarded as the standard local pattern.
Cards from a deck etched by José Martinez de Castro first published by Clemente Roxas in Madrid in 1810.
Archaic, late medieval Spanish-suited playing cards printed by Phelippe Ayet, c.1574
Designed by Emilio Soubrier, Ignacio Díaz and Augusto Rius during the 1880s as a new definitive national pattern.
Baraja Taurina manufactured by Simeon Durá (Valencia) for Chocolate Angelical, first published in 1916.
Naipes Finos No.21 "Hispano Americana", in the Castilian style, by Juan Roura, Barcelona, c.1940. 40 cards.
Catalan type by Juan Roura, La Hispano-Americana, Barcelona (1872 - 1962)
El Cid playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain, 1900-1940
El Cid fantasy playing cards designed by E. Pastor, Valencia, Spain, c.1875
Simeon Durá of Valencia was one of Spain's most distinguished playing card manufacturers, flourishing between 1871-c.1940.
49 assorted cards were found hidden in the lintel of a doorway, in an old building in Toledo, during demolition, and are now preserved in the the Museo de Santa Cruz de Toledo.
"El Ciervo" standard Catalan-type pack made in Barcelona by Sebastian Comas y Ricart, c.1905-10.
Cards from a "Nº 4" pack manufactured by Antonio Moliner, Burgos.
Sebastian Comas y Ricart - Hija de A. Comas "El Ciervo" Spanish-suited playing cards, c.1930
Sebastian Comas y Ricart - Hija de A. Comas "El Escudo Armado" Spanish-suited playing cards for export to Argentina, c.1930
Primitive Latin suited pack, possibly of Swiss or German origin for export to Spain, dated by paper analysis as early XV century, which makes this one of the earliest known surviving packs of playing cards.
Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards
La Baraja 'Hoja de Afeitar'. Baraja de Hojas Maravilla descalificadas como de primerísima categoría.
Baraja Artistas del Cine Mudo, c.1926
Francisco Torras y Lleó was a playing-card maker in calle Carmen, Barcelona, who flourished during the period 1838-1860.