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Baraja de Amor

Published May 10, 2010 Updated March 31, 2022

Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871.

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Baraja de Amor, Hijos de Taboadela, Malaga, Spain 1871

Baraja de Amor, Hijos de Taboadela, 1871

A deck for lovers, titled “Baraja de Amor para Entretenimiento y Recreo de las Tertulias” published by Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela, Calle de Granada No.38, Málaga (Spain), 1871

Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela were book-sellers who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871. The subtitle of the deck, "para entretenimiento y recreo de las tertulias" means "for entertainment and recreation at social gatherings". The ace of coins, also shown on the box (left), is based on that of Fournier Hermanos (Burgos) who had recently commenced manufacturing playing cards. Each card features a Question and Answer relating to matters of the heart in the form of four-line poems, with a Spanish-suited playing card in the centre. 48 cards, size of each card = 68 x 47 mms.

Baraja de Amor, Hijos de Taboadela, Malaga, Spain 1871 Baraja de Amor, Hijos de Taboadela, Malaga, Spain 1871

Above: cards from "Baraja de Amor para Entretenimiento y Recreo de las Tertulias" published by Hijos de Taboadela, Calle de Granada No.38, Malaga (Spain), 1871


Cartomantic meanings of Spanish playing cards by Benita the Witch (XVI century), published by Chocolates Nelia, c.1932
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