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Fournier History

(taken from wikipedia)


Naipes Heraclio Fournier S.A. is a playing card manufacturer that was founded in 1868 and is based in Vitoria, Spain. Though it has been owned by The United States Playing Card Company since 1986, not only does it continue to maintain separate manufacturing operations, but it also manufactures certain USPC products sold by its parent company in the States (i.e., Congress bridge playing cards).


It was founded by Heraclio Fournier in 1868. He died in 1916. His grandson Félix Alfaro Fournier took on the administration of the company and started a card collection. In 1970 he acquired the card collection from Thomas De la Rue. His collections formed the Fournier Museum of Playing Cards, now property of the Province Government of Alava. Their design is the most used for the Spanish deck of cards. In the past, they have also printed postage stamps for the postal authorities of certain countries.


Nowadays, Fournier is part of the American holding, Jarden Corporation (JAH).


For more information, please visit Fournier's official website.



Time line of important facts about the premier Spainsh card manufacturer - Fournier 

(found on the historical section of the Fournier website) 



In 1868, Heraclio Fournier, descendant of renowned master printers of Paris, established and founded a small playing card factory in Vitoria, Spain. The business prospered quickly and Fournier had to move to a larger space.



In 1875, Fournier adopted new printing methods and new graphic designs for its playing cards. Two years later, Emilio Soubrier and the Vitorian painter Díaz de Olano requested the services of Heraclio Fournier and they created the designs of the emblematic Spanish deck of the company. This deck won first prize at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889.



In 1889, Heraclio Fournier created the lithographic deck with 12 colours, with the distinct characteristic of his own face on the Ace of Coins. This deck won prizes at the exhibitions of Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Cairo, and others. Later, Augusto Rius would revise the design, giving to the cards their own definitive style, very similar to those we have today.



In 1916, Heraclio Fournier died in Vichy, but the company continued its expansion, run by his grandson Félix Alfaro, who replaced him as the head of the business. He was responsible for the great worldwide development of the brand and the international fame of the Spanish deck.



In 1948, Fournier Playing Cards had already become the national market leader. In order to respond to the increasing demand, the company moved to a new, larger factory incorporating the latest technological advances of the era and establishing the base of its international consolidation.



In 1993, Fournier Playing Cards moved to its current location to adequately attend to the quality requirements demanded internationally. This Company's modern facilities, with the latest technological advances, create a product unique for its quality and precision.


1994 - 2009

Nowadays, the company is part of the American holding, Jarden Corporation. The group formed by Fournier Playing Cards and the United States Playing Card Company, is the leader with a 35% share of the worldwide playing card market. The quality and security of its methods, has led to its attainment of the ISO 9001 - 2000 certification (Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance). A centenary history which is based on tradition, but also on constant innovation and the desire to improve the quality of its playing cards, which are considered by many as the best in the world. 


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