Souvenir of Quito, Ecuador
Naipe Ciudad de Quito published by Grijalva y Compañia, Ecuador.
A pack of souvenir playing cards made in Quito, Ecuador, featuring black & white photographs depicting Ecuador as one of the great nations on Earth. The box states that Babylon may have had great walls, Athens men of letters, Constantinople a great empire... but Quito holds the key to Christianity and the source of the river Amazon. The photographs show a wealth of Spanish colonial buildings, churches, statues, large modern cities containing government buildings, hotels, banks, museums, fountains, etc., including an astronomical observatory but no indigenous, Quitus, Cara or pre-Columbian art. The backs show the coat-of-arms of Quito surrounded by four busts of historic persons.