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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 Tiburón - Flaiban y Camilloni

Flaiban y Camilloni, c.1936, Naipes Tiburón, Tela de Araña.

Flaiban y Camilloni Ltda, Buenos Aires 1936-41

In 1930 E. Flaiban merged with Camilo Camilloni to become Flaiban y Camilloni Ltda. Playing cards were first produced in 1936: registered brands include "Tiburón", "Patito" & "Tela de Araña". Some brands were also sold in neighbouring Uruguay. The military coup of 1941 destabilised business, and the alliance was wound down in 1942.

Flaiban y Camilloni, c.1936, Naipes Tiburón Flaiban y Camilloni, c.1936, Tela de Araña

Thanks to Diego Flaiban for information about E. Flaiban.

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Naipes Tiburón - Flaiban y Camilloni

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Flaiban y Camilloni, c.1936, Naipes Tiburón, Tela de Araña.