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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.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
Kem ‘Spanish’ playing cards appear to depict Spanish conquistadors © 1994.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s.
Cádiz Pattern playing cards
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups.
Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000
100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875.
Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970.
Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.
Bull-fighters pack published by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria (Spain) with artwork by Andrés Martínez de León, 1951.
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.
Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950 with archaic Spanish features mixed with the standard Catalan pattern
Spanish Catalan pattern No.6 by Heráldica Castanyer, Sabadell (Barcelona), c.1980.
Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles Héron - Catalan pattern.
Mas-Reynals standard Catalan pattern comes in several slightly different versions.
'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
‘El Jokey’ Spanish-suited pack by Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1990s
“El Ciervo” No.4 manufactured by Hija de Antonio Comas during the Spanish Civil War, with mural crown and flag of the 2nd Republic on the ace of coins, c.1938.
Naipes Samsó published by N.E.G.S.A. (Barcelona) c.1965.
Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
Spanish National pattern re-printed from original woodblocks which are preserved in the monastery at Valdemosa, Mallorca, c.1960.
Torras y Sanmartí y Cía, Barcelona, 1830.
With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain.