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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Arlequin

Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.

Naipes Arlequin come in both International (Poker) and Spanish (Estilo Español) formats. The cards are by an unknown manufacturer but the box has a label stating “Distribuidor Romero y Cía, Agüero 1865 - Cap. Fed. Industria Argentina”.

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Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975
Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975

International Version - Naipes de Poker Arlequin

Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975 Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975 Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975

Above: Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975. The courts are a re-drawn version of American designs as used in ‘Bee’ brand. The cards are anonymous but the box has a label stating “Distribuidor Romero y Cía, Agüero 1865, Cap. Fed. Industria Argentina.” 52 cards + 2 jokers in box.

Label on Naipes de Poker Arlequin, c.1975

Spanish Version - Naipes Arlequin Estilo Español

Naipes Estilo Español Arlequin, c.1975 Naipes Estilo Español Arlequin, c.1975 Naipes Estilo Español Arlequin, c.1975

Above: Naipes Estilo Español Arlequin, unknown manufacturer, c.1975. 48 cards + 2 jokers in box.

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