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Tela de Araña

Naipes “Tela de Araña” by Flaiban S.A.

Naipes “Tela de Araña”

Naipes “Tela de Araña” is a brand inherited from Flaiban's earlier Flaiban y Camilloni days which endured right through to the company's demise in c.1970. However, the company name and the addresses given for the factory and sales offices change frequently over the years, as do some design details on the aces, Jokers, boxes and court cards which reflect the company's evolution and development over time. These details, in conjunction with the different tax stamps and tax bands, permit approximate estimates of the dates.

The back design usually shows a spider's web in red, green or light blue + white although advertising editions are also known from c.1960 onwards.

E. Flaiban S.R.L.

Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.R.L. in c.1950

Above: Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.R.L. in c.1950. The address of the factory is Esperanza 646-50 and the administration and sales address is Corrientes 3679; later version of Mercury tax stamp on Ace of Hearts. For some reason the clubs courts are missing the yellow colour in this example. See earlier edition in tax wrapper

Paisanito S.R.L.

Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban during the Paisanito S.R.L. period in c.1952-53

Above: Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban during the Paisanito S.R.L. period in c.1952-53. The address on the Ace of Spades and box is Flaiban's factory address at Esperanza 646-50 but on the Ace of Hearts and Joker it is Rio Limay 1527/29. The Joker has the greyhound from the "Galgo" brand. Marianne tax stamp on Ace of Hearts. See edition in tax wrapper

E. Flaiban S.A.C.I.

Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.A.C.I. in c.1960

Above: Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.A.C.I. in c.1960 featuring court cards based on American designs. The address on the Ace of Spades and Joker is Flaiban's sales address at Venezuela 1949 and on the Ace of Hearts the factory address is at Santa Rosa 4061. The Joker has the greyhound from the "Galgo" brand coloured. Marianne tax stamp on Ace of Hearts. See edition in tax wrapper

Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.A.C.I. in c.1965 for Fiat automobiles

Above: Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban S.A.C.I. in c.1965 for Fiat automobiles. The address on the Ace of Spades and Joker has changed once again and is now at Mario Bravo 525/9 with new telephone lines. Marianne tax stamp on Ace of Hearts. Other advertising editions include Ford, Chrysler and Phillips.


REFERENCES

Marotta, Florencia: Sellados e Impuestos en Naipes Argentinos, Buenos Aires, 2007

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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.


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