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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.

Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.

Naipes Cardón depicting traditional Argentine culture, 2002

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero, depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, published in 2002. The non-standard suit symbols are thistle flowers, cactii, mortar bowls and lances, with gauchos as courts and 2 Payador jokers.

Naipes Cardón depicting traditional Argentine culture, 2002 Naipes Cardón depicting traditional Argentine culture, 2002 Naipes Cardón depicting traditional Argentine culture, 2002

Above: Naipes Cardón depicting traditional Argentine culture, published in 2002. 48 cards + 2 jokers + leaflet in box.

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By Simon Wintle

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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