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Orestes A Cappellano

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Originally known as Cappellano Hnos in the 1920s, and undergoing several changes of name and address, the company produced catalan style packs with the brand names "Naipes Triunfo" and "Torcacita" as well as an Anglo-American style pack titled "VELCAP".

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

Originally known as Cappellano Hnos in the 1920s, and undergoing several changes of name and address, the company produced catalan style packs with the brand names "Naipes Triunfo" and "Torcacita" as well as an Anglo-American style pack titled "VELCAP".

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

Originally known as Cappellano Hnos in the 1920s, and undergoing several changes of name and address, the company produced catalan style packs with the brand names "Naipes Triunfo" and "Torcacita" as well as an Anglo-American style pack titled "VELCAP".

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

Estudio Negrin PIRELLI, c.1960

Estudio Negrin playing cards for PIRELLI, made by Orestes A. Cappellano S.R.L., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1960.

Estudio Negrin PIRELLI, c.1960

VELCAP c.1940s

Naipes VELCAP playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, playing card manufacturers, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1940s

VELCAP c.1940s

Naipes VELCAP c.1950

Naipes VELCAP playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950,

Naipes VELCAP c.1950

VELCAP circular, c.1980

VELCAP circular playing cards made by Cappellano S.A., c.1980.

VELCAP circular, c.1980

Naipes TRIUNFO c.1925-40

Cappellano Hermanos were book publishers during the 1920s who also commenced producing playing cards around this time.

Naipes TRIUNFO c.1925-40

Naipes Triunfo, c.1970-80

Naipes TRIUNFO Spanish-suited playing cards by Cappellano, S.A., Florencio Varela 542, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1970s.

Naipes Triunfo, c.1970-80

VELCAP, c.1960-65

Advertising pack for Lutz Ferrando y Cía Opticians, c.1960.

VELCAP, c.1960-65

Naipes TRIUNFO by Orestes A Cappellano, c.1940-55

Naipes TRIUNFO Spanish-suited playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, publishers and playing card manufacturers, Sarmiento 1537, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1940-55.

Naipes TRIUNFO by Orestes A Cappellano, c.1940-55

Naipes Triunfo for Fernet Branca

Naipes TRIUNFO Spanish-suited playing cards for Fernet Branca by Cappellano, S.A., publishers and playing card manufacturers, Florencio Varela 542, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1955-60.

Naipes Triunfo for Fernet Branca

Naipes Triunfo, c.1965

Spanish-suited playing cards by Cappellano, S.A., Florencio Varela 542, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1965.

Naipes Triunfo, c.1965

Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

The double ended version of the Piedmontese Tarot evolved during the second half of the nineteenth century, most probably in Turin. It is still produced and used today.

Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

Torcacita, c.1945-65

Naipes Naipes Torcacita, c.1945-65. Spanish-suited playing cards made by Orestes A. Cappellano; several examples from between c.1945-70.

Torcacita, c.1945-65