VIGOR S.R.L (1955 - c1975) manufactured a range of playing cards and card games, including “Chinita”, “La Estrella”, “Barcelonesa”, “La Española”, “Fantasio”, “Las Rosas”, “Pokerin”, “Ataque”, “Cartas Gitanas”, and a Hungarian “Seasons” pack.
The name Igor Domicelj appearing on early packs (early 1950s) suggests that the company name “Vigor” may have been inspired by the founder's forename. At some later stage the company became Vigor S.A.C.I. After successively becoming Virgo S.C.A., and finally Gráfica 2001 ("Naipes La Española"), the firm’s successors are still active today.
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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.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
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.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
The firm of Thomas Woolley lasted for many years from 1836-1904 in several different guises.
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.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
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
Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.