The Italian engraver and printer Carlos Fabbri (1867- ) studied art & design in Italy. In 1887 he moved to Peru and commenced his career as artist & designer for the journal El Perú Ilustrado in Lima. By 1888 Litografía y Tipografía Carlos Fabbri, Lima, Peru, was set up in Calle Mercaderes 140. Having acquired the most up-to-date printing machinery from Italy they soon became leading book publishers and printers of postage stamps, maps, colour labels, posters, cheques, share certificates and, amongst other things, cigarette insert cards for tobacco companies during the period 1890-1920 (approx). Fabbri's artistic and industrial work was awarded gold medals at exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Madrid, London (1906) and Lima (1910).
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
“El Elefante” Cadiz pattern by Rodolfo de Olea Viaña, 1899.
‘Elephante No.50’ Cadiz pattern produced in Brazil, probably by Azevedo & Cia, Recife, c.1920.
Cádiz Pattern playing cards
Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.
Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975.
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980.
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
John Player Special non-standard playing cards created by the illustrator Nick Price, 1987
“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008.
Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.
De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934.
Heber Mardon was born in 1840. With his father he founded the firm of Mardon and Son which, in 1863, became Mardon, Son & Hall.
Tobacco insert cards were a very successful marketing innovation which started in the nineteenth century.
The United States Playing Card Co. issued Spanish versions of their flagship brand.
Leopardo 777 playing cards manufactured in Japan for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1960s.
‘Bosco’ Playing Cards manufactured by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1930s.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926
Naipes Barcelonesa Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Vigor S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960.
Playing cards recovered from the Northern Chile saltpetre workers. The cards are mostly from Spanish 'Cadiz' pattern decks, and several manufacturers can be identified.
Naipes Marca Mapocho, Santiago de Chile.
Inka Culture playing cards, Peru, c.2000, promoting alpaca and cotton.
“Calendario Inka” playing cards published by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.
Litográfica del Perú S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards in Peru sometime around the decades of the 1970s and/or 1980s.
Anglo-American style advertising playing cards made in Peru by Litográfica del Perú, c.1975, for Sydney Ross S.A. / Winthrop Pepsamar indigestion remedy.