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Spanish Cards c.1920

Spanish-suited Playing Cards manufactured by Van Genechten, c.1920.

Spanish-Suited Playing Cards made in Belgium, c.1920

Cards from a Spanish-suited pack, in the Cadiz style, made in Belgium by Van Genechten, c.1920 for export to Spanish-speaking markets (Spain, Latin America, North Africa). As it happens this design is more or less an exact replica copy of a pack published in Cadiz by Viuda de González in 1850 which had already been supplied to Antoon Van Genechten at that time. The lion motif on the four of coins, as well as the caduceus and anchor, were common features on Spanish packs. The wrapper states 'A Todos Alumbra'.

Spanish-Suited Playing Cards, c.1920 Spanish-Suited Playing-Cards, c.1920
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By Simon Wintle

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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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