El Perú Fabrica de Cigarrillos
Antique chromolithographed cards from a fantasy publicity pack for the Peruvian tobacco company Roldan y Cia, San José 66, Lima. c.1890. 40 cards, miniature size: 36x55 mm. The design and transformation of the suit symbols into illustrated scenes is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution. An identical, full sized pack was made for the French firm Joseph Bardou & Fils for the Philippines. Only the legends and advertising slogans have changed. Manufacturer unknown, but believed to have been Spanish.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder 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.
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