Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
Spanish advertising playing cards, or trade cards, cover a wide range of popular topics and interests including cinema, bullfighting, boxing and, of course, football. Information was often supplied on the cards about football teams, cinema stars, famous bullfighters or in the case shown (right), fortune-telling interpretations were given. Individual cards might be inserted inside packets of products such as chocolate, or printed on the wrappers or boxes, which could be collected, traded and assembled into full packs.
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Two Examples of the Spanish Catalan Pattern
What is known today as the “Modern Spanish Catalan” playing card pattern (to avoid confusion with the French Catalan style) began to emerge with an identity of its own during the early 19th century and became fully developed by the end of the 19th century. It was primarily manufactured by makers in the Barcelona region (Sebastian Comas y Ricart, Wenceslao Guarro, Giráldez, Juan Roura, etc) but is now regarded as a standard pattern throughout Spain and beyond. Packs usually contain 40 or 48 cards.
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Issued to mark the opening of line 3 of the metro in Valencia, 1998.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
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.
“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.
“Parejas del Mundo” matching pairs card game by Naipes H. Fournier, 1972.
The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.
Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800.
101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,
“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.
Hercules card game published by Herclio Fournier, 1997.
A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996.
Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.
Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.
Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897
Archaic Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly by Pedro Varangot in 1786.
Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682.
Wüst Lenormand deck, c.1860
Navarra pattern by an unknown cardmaker with initials I. I., 1793.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Baraja ‘Goyesca’ facsimile of original deck published in Madrid by Clemente de Roxas, 1814.