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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Side Car

Luis Fourvel's standard English style Naipes Side Car, with the distinctive motorcycle Joker were published over several decades.

Side Car motif from Joker

Naipes Side Car

Luis A. Fourvel's standard English style Naipes Side Car were published over several decades, featuring a distinctive Joker based on Goodall's cross-legged Joker riding a motorcycle. The motorcycle & sidecar motif which appears on the boxes, wrappers, backs and Ace of Spades was also inspired by a Goodall back design from the 1920s, which in turn may have been inspired by USPCC's Bicycle series of back designs. The same brand name was also used on Spanish-suited versions of Naipes Side Car and Belgian/Genoese versions.

As an additional endorsement of quality, the manufacturer's signature often appears on the Ace of Diamonds along with a guarantee that the cards are made using English cardboard.

Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires standard English version of Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1948

Above: cards from standard English version of Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1948. The Ace of Diamonds guarantees that the cards are made using English cardboard; this must have been after the wartime restrictions had been lifted. The outer wrappers usually have a blue or orange 1 Peso tax band referring to Decree 18,235 [1944-1964]. The Ace of Hearts has the 'Mercury' tax stamp.

standard English version of Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1954

Above: cards from Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1954. The Ace of Diamonds guarantees that the cards are made using English cardboard. The Ace of Hearts has the 'Liberty' tax stamp.

back designs from Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires

Above: back designs from Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires. Each one is designated by a number on the box. The motorcycle and sidecar motif is featured in all the designs.

3ª Selección - 3rd Grade

3rd grade quality Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1948 3rd grade quality Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1948

Above 3rd grade quality Naipes Side Car, manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, Buenos Aires, c.1948, in a box without the Side Car branding. The Ace of Hearts has the "Mercury" tax stamp and an overstamp which reads "3ª Selección". The cards are certainly of inferior quality, but the Ace of Diamonds states that English cardboard is guaranteed. The reference to Canasta is the game which had only recently been invented in Uruguay.

The Side Car motif and brand name are now produced by Justo Rodero e Hijos as Naipes Casino Sidecar


REFERENCES

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

See also: Fourvel homepageNaipyntSide Car Spanish-suitedNaipes EstelaresSide Car Genoese style