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Hija de B Fournier

Having started out as Fournier Hermanos, Burgos in 1860, the company remained in the Fournier family undergoing several changes of name and finally becoming Hija de B. Fournier sometime around 1900.

Hija de B. Fournier playing card wrapper showing Burgos cathedral and an ace of coins

Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos

c.1900-1978

Right: detail from Hija de B. Fournier playing card wrapper showing Burgos cathedral and an ace of coins, c.1940.

Having started out as Fournier Hermanos, Burgos in 1860, over time and as events unfolded, this branch of the company remained in the Fournier family undergoing several changes of name as it passed from generation to generation, finally becoming Hija de B. Fournier sometime around 1900. The factory remained in the original location where several types of playing cards continued to be produced (Spanish and English types) and also, for a short period during the Spanish Civil War, postage stamps were also produced. Playing Card brands include: Opaco 1ª; Marfil 1ª; Marfil 2ª; Florete; No.4 A; Poker Español & Poker No.52. The company was finally closed down in 1978.

cards from a pack of 'Florete' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos c.1945 for export to Argentina cards from a pack of 'Florete' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos c.1945 for export to Argentina

Above: cards from a pack of 'Florete' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos c.1945 for export to Argentina. The Argentinean import tax stamp and the name of the importing agent can be seen on the four of cups. The ace of coins contains a bust of Philip V on a medallion with Spanish flags draped either side, above a cannon and a sleeping lion on a plinth.


Marfil 1ª & Marfil 2ª

cards from a pack of 'Marfil 1ª' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945

Above: cards from a pack of 'Marfil 1ª' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945. The Ace of Coins has a blue scroll at the top and the Spanish exportation tax stamp is visible on the four of clubs.

cards from a pack of 'Marfil 2ª' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1940

Above: cards from a pack of 'Marfil 2ª' playing cards printed lithographically by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1940. The Ace of Coins has a red scroll at the top.

cards from a pack of 'No.4 A' Anglo-American style playing cards printed by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos c.1940 for export to Argentina

Above: cards from a pack of 'No.4 A' Anglo-American style playing cards printed by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos c.1940 for export to Argentina. The brown Argentinean importation tax stamp and the importing agent's details are overstamped onto the ace of hearts. The Spanish exportation tax stamp is visible on the four of clubs. See the box here

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By Simon Wintle

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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.


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