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Spain has played a pivotal role in the history of playing cards in Europe and Latin America.

Spanish Playing Cards

Spain has played a pivotal role in the history of playing cards in Europe and Latin America.

Spanish Playing Cards

Toledo, 1584

Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584.

Toledo, 1584

Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.

Corrida de Toros

El Gato con Botas

Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.

El Gato con Botas

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

Pato Donald

Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.

Pato Donald

Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.

Caperucita Roja

Pulgarcito

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.

Pulgarcito

Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

Inspector Gadget

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes

Familias de 7 Paises

“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.

Familias de 7 Paises

Parejas del Mundo

“Parejas del Mundo” matching pairs card game by Naipes H. Fournier, 1972.

Parejas del Mundo

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

Chinese Costumes

Educación Vial

Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.

Educación Vial

101 Dalmatas

101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,

101 Dalmatas

Baraja Turística de España

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.

Baraja Turística de España

Hercules

Hercules card game published by Herclio Fournier, 1997.

Hercules

A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996.

A Goofy Movie

Sarde Pattern

Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.

Sarde Pattern

Pedro Varangot, 1786

Archaic Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly by Pedro Varangot in 1786.

Pedro Varangot, 1786

Navarra Pattern, 1682

Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682.

Navarra Pattern, 1682

Navarra Pattern, 1793

Navarra pattern by an unknown cardmaker with initials I. I., 1793.

Navarra Pattern, 1793

Venezuela Baraja Turística

Venezuela Souvenir deck by Heraclio Fournier, c.1980s.

Venezuela Baraja Turística

Far East

Far East playing cards with designs by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano, c.1980.

Far East

Loewe

Deck designed by J. L. Picardo for Loewe, 1959.

Loewe

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810

Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810.

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810

Europe

“Europe” designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and printed by Heraclio Fournier in 1962, portraying XIV century European fashions.

Europe

Dumbo

Dumbo card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

Dumbo

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Rodolfo de Olea : “El Elefante”

“El Elefante” Cadiz pattern by Rodolfo de Olea Viaña, 1899.

Rodolfo de Olea : “El Elefante”

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s

Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s.

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s

East African Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.

East African Playing Cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Naipes ‘El Leon’ 1897

Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).

Naipes ‘El Leon’ 1897

‘El Cid’ by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain

‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain.

‘El Cid’ by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain

Baraja Gaucha

“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998.

Baraja Gaucha

Baraja Asescoin 1998

Asescoin 1998 member’s pack designed by Josep Soriano.

Baraja Asescoin 1998

European Naval Powers

“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.

European Naval Powers

Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Civilisations playing cards designed by Celedonio Perellón, produced by Heraclio Fournier, 1973.

Ancient Civilisations

Blancanieves

Blancanieves (Snow White) card game published by Heracliio Fournier, 1992.

Blancanieves

Canary Islands Souvenir

Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970.

Canary Islands Souvenir

Habemus Boda, 2004

“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara

Habemus Boda, 2004