Naipes SILUV, Valparaiso, 1931
Above: four cards from 'Naipes Siluv, Extra Finos de Primera,' which are inspired by Fournier's Castilian pattern. 40 cards, square corners, linen grained. The distributor Artus Imp. Co. of Valparaiso is named on the four of coins.
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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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Spanish style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1932.
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Naipes Siluv, Valparaiso, Chile, 1931
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