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Published February 22, 2010 Updated June 12, 2022

Mesmaekers Spanish Pack, c.1875

Mesmaekers Spanish Pack for export to Spanish colonies and South American countries, c.1875

1875 Belgium Latin America Mesmaekers Catalan Pattern Spanish Suited Add to Collection

Since the 1840s & 50s Spanish-suited playing cards had been exported by leading European manufacturers to agents and wholesalers in Montevideo, Buenos Aires or Caracas, and in some cases the designs had an influence on local production.

Mesmaekers Spanish-suited cards, c.1875 Mesmaekers Spanish-suited cards, c.1875

Above: Spanish-suited Catalan-style playing cards made by Mesmaekers, Belgium, woodblock and stencil style, c.1875. 48 cards. The reverse has a purple marbled effect.

In 1875 the lithographic stone for Mesmaekers' Spanish cards was simply redesigned from a woodcut, despite the differences in technique and craftsmanship required for each method.

Mesmaekers Spanish-suited cards, c.1875
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