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Luis A. Fourvel y Cia

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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.

Luis A. Fourvel

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.

Luis A. Fourvel

Side Car

Luis Fourvel's standard English style Naipes Side Car, with the distinctive motorcycle Joker were published over several decades.

Side Car

Estelares

Naipes Estelares playing cards manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cia., Buenos Aires, early 1950s.

Estelares

Naipes Side Car - Genoese type

Naipes Side Car - Genoese type.

Naipes Side Car - Genoese type

Naipes de Poker Naipynt

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.

Naipes de Poker Naipynt

Naipes Side Car Tipo Español

Naipes Side Car Tipo Español.

Naipes Side Car Tipo Español

Luis A. Fourvel

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.

Luis A. Fourvel