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Anonymous producers of playing cards in Argentina   [page 1 | page 2]

Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games. At the same time, a number of longer-established playing card manufacturers closed down or went out of business, thereby providing opportunities for smaller, more competitive businesses to enter the market. Many of these chose to remain anonymous. Some printing companies produce one-off editions of playing cards which are not easy to identify.

Decks may carry the inscription "Industria Argentina" but no further details of their manufacturers are available.

El Negrito Pedro, c.1940

Right: cards from a 33-card children's game titled El Negrito Pedro, manufactured anonymously, c.1940s.

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El Negrito Pedro, anonymous manufacturer, c.1940

Anonymous Children's Cards, c.1930s

Right: cards from a children's deck of miniature Spanish-suited playing cards, 40 cards, manufactured anonymously, possibly by Della Penna & Cía, c.1930s.

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Children's playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, 1930s

The Jolly Joker, c.1940s

Right: cards from children's deck of miniature "The Jolly Joker" playing cards, 52 cards + Joker + extra card, manufactured anonymously, c.1940s.

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The Jolly Joker children's playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, 1940s

Clark's Industries Spanish Cards

Right: cards from an original Spanish-suited pack titled 'Spanish Cards' published by Clark's Industries, c.1975. 48 cards + 2 Jokers.

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Clarks Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975

Naipes Intransparentes "El Duque"

Right: cards from a standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Duque", by an anonymous manufacturer, c.1970s, based on the designs of Guarro (Barcelona). 48 cards + 2 Jokers. The Argentinean flag has been prominently added to the ace of coins.

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Naipes intransparentes El Duque, anonymous manufacturer, c.1975

Naipes Españoles "El Mexicano"

Right: cards from a standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous manufacturer, c.1980s, based on the designs of Guarro (Barcelona). 48 cards + 2 Jokers. The Argentinean flag has been prominently added to the ace of coins.

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Naipes El Mexicano, anonymous manufacturer, c.1985

Naipes "El Ruedo"

Right: cards from another anonymous Catalan-type deck, titled "El Ruedo", c.1980. The designs are based on those of Guarro (Barcelona) but are more simplified than the above examples, and colours of the flags on the ace of coins are altered. 48 cards + 2 Jokers.

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Naipes El Ruedo, anonymous manufacturer, c.1980

Naipes Lobo

Right: cards from 40-card Naipes "Lobo" by anonymous manufacturer with advertising for Anastasio Billi on the reverse, 1980s. The designs are almost identical to those published by Argenar.

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Naipes Lobo, anonymous manufacturer, c.1980

Naipes "El Taita"

Right: cards from Naipes "El Taita", c.1990s, anonymous manufacturer (probably Naipes La Española / Gráfica 2001) based on the Spanish Cadiz pattern used by Vigor S.R.L.

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Naipes El Taita, anonymous manufacturer, c.1990

Right: cards from a different edition of Naipes "El Taita", c.1990s, anonymous manufacturer. The ace of coins has Argentinean and Spanish flags draped down the sides of the central shield.

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Naipes El Taita, anonymous manufacturer, c.1990

Naipes Trebol

Right: cards from "Naipes Trebol", c.2000, anonymous manufacturer. The deck is completely uncoloured and has the same outlines as the above example of Naipes "El Taita", although the box and jokers are different.

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Naipes Trebol, anonymous manufacturer, c.1990

Naipes RedElec

Right: cards from an anonymous pack made for RedElec Argentina with digitally produced artwork based on traditional Catalan pattern. 48 cards + 2 jokers in special box,  c.2008.

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Last Updated January 01, 2016 at 08:40pm

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