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Spanish Cadiz-style pack

Traditional Spanish Cadiz-style pack manufactured by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, 1952.

Traditional Spanish Cadiz-style pack manufactured by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, 1952.

Demand in Spanish-speaking and ex-colonial countries for such cards, for use in casinos, was attractive not only to Spanish manufacturers, but also to foreign makers, who regularly produced cards for the Philippines, North Africa and Latin & South America

The designs of the cards are based on an earlier prototype published by C.L. Wüst of Frankfurt/Main. The Wüst star can still be seen on the Ace of coins.

Spanish Cádiz-style pack by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen,, c.1952
Spanish Cádiz-style pack by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen,, c.1952

Above: cards from a traditional Spanish Cádiz-style pack, manufactured by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, 1952 for export to North Africa, apparently for a client who never actually used it.

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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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