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Heraclio Fournier

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Founded in 1868, today it is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA).

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

Founded in 1868, today it is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA).

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

El Gato con Botas

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

El Gato con Botas

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

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

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

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

East African Playing Cards

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

East African Playing Cards

Baraja Gaucha

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

Baraja Gaucha

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

Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.

Poker Nº 505

Poker N°40

Hijos de Heraclio Fournier’s “Poker N°40” c.1940.

Poker N°40

Catalan Playing Cards

With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain.

Catalan Playing Cards

Philishave

Spanish-suited advertising deck for Philishave electric razors.

Philishave

Deportistas Guipuzcoanos

Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, playing cards sponsored by El Diario Vasco and Euskaltel, manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, 1999.

Deportistas Guipuzcoanos

Monumentos de España

"Monumentos de España" souvenir playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria (Spain), c.1955.

Monumentos de España

24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

The Fournier catalogue is a very useful reference book, full of pictures of cards from all over the world, but especially Europe. Unfortunately, there are quite a few mistakes and unlikely assumptions in it.

24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

Ibero-American Deck, 1929

Ibero-American Deck, designed by L. Palao, 1929.

Ibero-American Deck, 1929

Bertrand Domec page 6

Playing Cards imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores) Bs. As., c.1935-50.

Bertrand Domec  page 6

Standard Swedish Pattern

Standard Swedish type playing cards manufactured by J.O. Öberg & Son, Eskilstuna, 1929.

Standard Swedish Pattern

Fournier Hnos Burgos

In 1860 the Fournier Brothers of Burgos (Spain) commenced producing playing cards. They produced high quality playing cards bearing a portrait of King Charles IV on the ace of coins.

Fournier Hnos Burgos

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

Founded in 1868, today it is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA).

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

Spanish Playing Cards

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

Spanish Playing Cards

Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970

Playing Cards Imported into Argentina by Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970

Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970