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Cia General Fabril Financiera S.A.

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Founded in 1889 as Compañía General de Fósforos, and favoured by certain economic factors, the firm provided a range of general printing and publishing services, with interests in textiles and other industrial processes. In 1929 the firm became known as Compañía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Founded in 1889 as Compañía General de Fósforos, and favoured by certain economic factors, the firm provided a range of general printing and publishing services, with interests in textiles and other industrial processes. In 1929 the firm became known as Compañía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Naipes Mónaco, Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Mónaco playing-cards, Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1960.

Naipes Mónaco, Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Victoria - page 2

Naipes Victoria was Cía Fabril Financiera's leading brand of Spanish-suited playing cards.

Naipes Victoria - page 2

Naipes Victoria

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Victoria

Naipes Angelito

Naipes Angelito Spanish-suited playing cards, Cía Fabril Financiera, Buenos Aires.

Naipes Angelito

Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Founded in 1889 as Compañía General de Fósforos, and favoured by certain economic factors, the firm provided a range of general printing and publishing services, with interests in textiles and other industrial processes. In 1929 the firm became known as Compañía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Domador by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., c.1960

Naipes Domador Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., c.1960

Naipes Domador by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., c.1960

Naipes El Heraldo (1930-1977)

Naipes El Heraldo (1930-1977).

Naipes El Heraldo (1930-1977)

Naipes Payador

The logo on the four of cups on Naipes Payador shows a man playing a guitar beneath the legend "Payador".

Naipes Payador

Naipes Heraldo, later style

Naipes Heraldo, later style, c.1978.

Naipes Heraldo, later style

Casa Escasany

Naipes Casa Escasany ~ Magnificent novelty playing cards published by Casa Escasany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1930s.

Casa Escasany