Spanish advertising playing cards often featured cinema personalities. An early example was drawn by J. Passos (whose monogram appears on the 12 of clubs) and printed by Cromografía Irández, Barcelona, c.1926. The cards feature movie stars from different eras framed inside or amongst the suit symbols. The pack was re-issued in 1995 as “Centenario del Cine” commemorating 100 years of Cinema to coincide with “El Papel y El Cine” exhibition in Elche, 1996.
The backs of the cards have a floral pattern with three panels. The central, diamond-shaped panels contain a concise “History of Hairstyles” with forty-eight styles, the latest dated 1926. The other two panels were used for advertising messages.
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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.
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
Issued to mark the opening of line 3 of the metro in Valencia, 1998.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
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Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584.
Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
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Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.
Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.
The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.
Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.
“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.
“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.
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Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.