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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.

Clark’s Industries

Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975.

Colourful Spanish-suited pack titled ‘Spanish Cards’ published by Clark’s Industries, c.1975. The elaborate designs are particularly good on the joker & ace of coins

Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975 Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975

Above: Spanish-suited pack titled ‘Spanish Cards’ published by Clark’s Industries, c.1975. 48 cards + 2 jokers. The court cards are colourfully designed, not unlike some Mexican packs. The Argentinean flag is visible on the ace of coins. The symbolism on the jokers represents the four suits.

Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975

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Simon Wintle
Member since February 01, 1996

  • Published: January 27, 2022
Country of Origin:
Argentina
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