Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture.
Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity.
All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal.
Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.
Naipes Estelares playing cards manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cia., Buenos Aires, early 1950s • Nov 26, 2013
The Fourvel family was of French origin but had settled in Spain during the XIX century. In the 1930s Luis Fourvel went to Argentina and established a printing business which flourished until the early 60s. • Jan 01, 1970
Naipes “Naipynt” are a departure from Fourvel's usual Side Car brand, with a new ‘Clown Joker’ design, although the motorcycle motif is still visible in the centre of the Ace of Spades. • Jan 01, 1970
Naipes Side Car - Genoese type • Jul 31, 2009
Naipes Side Car Tipo Español • Jan 01, 1970
Luis Fourvel's standard English style Naipes Side Car, with the distinctive motorcycle Joker were published over several decades. • Nov 29, 2013