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.