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Published by Vigor S.R.L., Tejedor 244-256, Bs Aires in the 1950s (formerly by Igor Domicelj), and then successive editions into the 1960s. 40 cards + instruction leaflet in box. The Patent Office Registration documents, dated 22nd June 1955, show the original designs at the time of the take-over, with the new company name overwritten. The deck is presented as an ancient gypsy oracle, however, the designs are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards, which were not designed for fortune-telling.
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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.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
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.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
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.
Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.
Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897
Wüst Lenormand deck, c.1860
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.
English Fortune Telling cards probably published c.1770.
“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
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.
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013.
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.