Naipes BARCELONESA Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Vigor S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1955-75
Naipes Barcelonesa was one of Vigor's leading brand of Spanish-suited playing cards, alongside Naipes La Estrella, Chinita and La Española. The logo on the four of cups and the wrapper shows folk dancers with the legend 'Barcelonesa'.
The Patent Office Registration documents, dated 22nd June 1955, show the original designs with the new company name overwritten. By holding these up to the light, we can read beneath the name of Igor Domicelj (c.1950-55), the company's predecessor. The same applies to the Registration documents for "Naipes Chin-Chun", a 50-card version of Naipes Barcelonesa for the game Chin-Chun, and "Naipes Golfo", a 48-card version for the game Golfo, which are also dated 1955.
The card designs are based on those of Segundo de Olea (Spain) which had been imported into Argentina since the 19th century. The brand and designs are used in cards published today by Gráfica 2001 / Naipes La Española.