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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.

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Playing Cards imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores) Bs. As., c.1935-50.

Playing Cards Imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores), Tacauri 127, Bs. As., c.1935-50.

Naipe Coraza by Hija de Antonio Comas (Josefa Comas) and exported to Argentina, 1940s

Above: Naipes Coraza, Comas, Barcelona, 1940s. Imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores) Bs. As.  See more →   Cards very similar to these had already been manufactured in Argentina in the early 1900s by the manufacturer La Primitiva →


An advertisement from around this period promoting Consolidated Dougherty Card Co's Bee No.92 playing cards gives an additional branch address for Casa Bertrand Domec at U. 37 Rivadavia 1822. Casa Bertrand Domec also imported No.9352 Squeezers issued by Consolidated-Dougherty Card Co., Inc. during the 1940s.

No-92 Abeja Bee Seconds, Consolidated Dougherty Card Co., c.1930s

Above: No-92 Abeja Bee Seconds produced for export to Argentina, Consolidated Dougherty Card Co., late 1930s. The orange importation tax stamp can be seen on the ace of hearts along with details of Casa Bertrand Domec.

Above: Spanish-suited "Catalan" pattern No.55 playing cards manufactured by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier (Vitoria) for exportation to Argentina, c.1940. Imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores), Calle Tacauri No.127, Buenos-Aires.  Learn more →  


Above: Hijos de Heraclio Fournier’s “Poker N°40” c.1940. The ace of hearts has the Argentinean importation tax stamp along with the importing agent's details: Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores).

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