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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 de Poker Naipynt

Naipes “Naipynt” are a departure from Fourvel's usual Side Car brand, with a new ‘Clown Joker’ design, although the motorcycle motif is still visible in the centre of the Ace of Spades.

Naipes de Poker “Naipynt”, c.1965

Naipes “Naipynt” are a departure from Fourvel's usual Side Car brand, with a new ‘Clown Joker’ design, although the motorcycle motif is still visible in the centre of the Ace of Spades. The company name is now given as Luis A. Fourvel & Cía, S.R.L.

See also: Fourvel homepageSide CarSide Car Spanish-suitedNaipes EstelaresSide Car Genoese style

 Naipes “Naipynt” manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, S.R.L., Buenos Aires, c.1965

Above: box and cards from Naipes “Naipynt” manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cía, S.R.L., Buenos Aires, c.1965. The Ace of Hearts has the green 'Liberty' Internal Revenues tax stamp.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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