Anonymous producers of playing cards in Argentina[page 1 | page 2]
Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games.
At the same time, a number of longer-established playing card manufacturers closed down or went out of business, thereby providing opportunities for smaller, more competitive businesses to enter the market.
Many of these chose to remain anonymous. Some printing companies produce one-off editions of playing cards which are not easy to identify.
Decks may carry the inscription "Industria Argentina" but no further details of their manufacturers are available.
El Negrito Pedro, c.1940
Right: cards from a 33-card children's game titled El Negrito Pedro, manufactured anonymously, c.1950s.
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Anonymous Children’s Cards, c.1930s
Right: cards from a children’s deck of miniature Spanish-suited playing cards, 40 cards, manufactured anonymously, possibly by Della Penna & Cía, c.1930s.
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The Jolly Joker
Right: cards from children’s deck of miniature "The Jolly Joker" playing cards, 52 cards + Joker + extra card, manufactured anonymously, c.1940s.
Right: cards from an original Spanish-suited pack titled 'Spanish Cards' published by Clark's Industries, c.1975. 48 cards + 2 Jokers.
Right: cards from a standard Catalan-type deck titled “El Duque” by an anonymous manufacturer, c.1970s, based on the designs of Guarro (Barcelona). 48 cards + 2 Jokers.
The Argentinean flag has been prominently added to the ace of coins.
Right: cards from a standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous manufacturer, c.1980s, based on the designs of Guarro (Barcelona).
48 cards + 2 Jokers. The Argentinean flag has been prominently added to the ace of coins.
Right: cards from another anonymous Catalan-type deck, titled "El Ruedo", c.1980. The designs are based on those of Guarro (Barcelona) but are more simplified than the above examples, and colours of the flags on the ace of coins are altered. 48 cards + 2 Jokers.
Right: cards from "Naipes Trebol", c.2000, anonymous manufacturer. The deck is completely uncoloured and has the same outlines as the above example of Naipes "El Taita", although the box and jokers are different.