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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.

Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children’s television. These Spanish-suited playing cards feature photographs of “Piñón Fijo” on each card.

“Piñón Fijo” playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina c.1990 “Piñón Fijo” playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina c.1990 “Piñón Fijo” playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina c.1990

Above: “Piñón Fijo” playing cards, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina c.1990. 48 cards + 2 jokers in box.