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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.

No.407 Naipe Español by F. X. Schmid

Naipe Español No.407 by F. X. Schmid, c.1980.

No.407 Naipe Español manufactured by Vereinigte Münchener Spielkarten-Fabriken K.G. (F.X. Schmid) in West Germany for the Argentine market, c.1980. The blue/white Argentine flag is visible on the ace of coins. The angel/cupid on the four of coins resembles that of "Naipes Angelito" formerly published by Cia Fabril Financiera S.A although no mention is made to that brand name in this edition. The design of the cards is different from cards formerly printed by Cia Fabril Financiera for F.X. Schmid (Argentina).

Naipe Español No.407 by F. X. Schmid, c.1980 Naipe Español No.407 by F. X. Schmid, c.1980 Naipe Español No.407 by F. X. Schmid, c.1980

Above: No.407 Naipe Español manufactured by F.X. Schmid in West Germany for the South American market, c.1980.

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