Founded in 1889 as Compañía General de Fósforos, and favoured by certain economic factors, such as the emergence of transportation infrastructure (railways) and network links with the Italian community in Buenos Aires, the firm provided a range of general printing and publishing services, with interests in textiles and other industrial processes. In 1929 the firm became known as Compañía General Fabril Financiera S.A. read blog→
Spanish suited playing card brand names include: Angelito, Domador, Payador and Victoria. These cards were based on Catalan designs appropriated from Sebastian Comas y Ricart of Barcelona (Spain). Naipes El Heraldo, registered in 1930, and Naipes Mónaco were the company's leading Anglo-American playing card brands.
During the 1960s the firm grew to become one of the major general printers of the day, with over 3,000 employees. In January 1969, following a period of growing labour unrest, a strike was called which lasted for four months read more→
In c.1975 Gustavo Pueyrredón designed a special pack celebrating Aberdeen Angus cattle breeding. The firm commissioned artists such as Dante Quinterno, Divito, Lino Palacios and Carlos Páez Vilaró. A special promotional pack was produced for Parliament Cigarettes in 1977 with cartoon characters on the courts and jokers, designed by Carlos Loiseau.
There was a business relationship with F.X.Schmid of Germany during the 1970s, but the playing-card side was finally taken over by Joker S.A. in 1977. The business closed down in 1995, when the official Telephone Directory contract was lost and debts escalated, and the buildings were destroyed by fire and bankruptcy ensued.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.
“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.
Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.
Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975.
Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002.
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.
“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000
Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.
Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.
World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.
‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.
“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998.
Anonymous “La Baraja” Spanish deck, c.2005.
Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.
125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.
Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.
‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.
Promotional playing cards produced for ‘El Rodeo Talabartería’ specialising in leather goods and clothing, Buenos Aires, c.2006.
Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954
‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.
Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.
Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.
Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.
“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001
Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.
“Naipes Argentinos Patagonia” with court cards depicting gauchos and native Indians, c.2000.
“Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos” with re-styled Spanish suit-symbols reflecting Argentinean culture, 2004.
'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.
Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985.
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.