Mexican Canasta set with paintings by Ramón Espino Barros (1918-2000)
Maya Playing Cards, plus a multi-lingual leaflet published by Mundo Maya / Creaciones Artesanales del Sureste and a booklet describing the history of the Mayas, inside a specially made artesanal box.
Following their acquisition of Clemente Jacques y Cia in 1967, the playing card business was taken over by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., which in 1990 became Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V.
Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico
Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s
Mexican Poker cards made by Juegos y Fichas, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, 1991
Nutrimientos Purina (Purina pet foods) advertising playing cards produced by Miguel Galas S.A. (Brown & Bigelow), Mexico, c.1960
Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques
‘Naipes Soberano’ published by Productora de Naipes y Confetti, S.A., Mexico, c1990s
Naipes El León
Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico
Acapulco Souvenir playing cards designed and printed by Foliproa S.A., Mexico
Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers
Naipes Gacela & Gacelita
Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico
Productos Camacho, c.2003
Naipe Fino 'El Fenix' playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico
Grupo Editorial RAF S.A. de C.V. (founded 1962) has branches throughout Mexico.
Naipes Nacionales designed by Manuel Bayardi and published by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico c.1940
Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.
Spanish-suited playing cards from a 40-card pack by F. Munguia, Merced 8, Mexico, c.1868. F. Munguia produced playing cards with brand names 'La Campana', 'La Estrella' and 'El Aguila' during the period c.1868-c.1882.
40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836.
Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s.
Baraja Taurina was published by Enrique Guerrero, c.1950. Subsequently published as Poker Taurino by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A.
Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures.
Cards from a Mexican pack c.1835; maker unknown
Naipes Estrella Nueva, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Poker Profesional, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Bridge o Canasta Uruguaya, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Bridge Profesional, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Campana, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Estrella Antigua, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca (Jaspe), La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Naipes Campana Extra, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Bridge advertising playing cards for Morganite Carbon, manufactured by La Cubana, S.A., Tulipan 108, Mexico 4, D.F., c.1980s
Naipes para Ferias, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1942 & c.1960
La Cubana were successors to P. Munguia, who were founded in 1872. The company finally closed down in 1995 thus bringing to a close Mexico's longest standing playing-card factory.
MEXICO shares a long tradition with Spain in the field of playing cards. The early Spanish colonists carried packs of playing cards with them, and when these wore out new ones would have been made from local materials, maybe drum skins or rawhide. The first printing press was established in Mexico in the 1539. Prohibitions were passed as early as 1539 and the Estanco de Naipes (playing-card monopoly) was established in 1576.