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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.

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar, manufactured in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The courts are standard English pattern with prominent indices, printed in red and black only.

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar - Ind. Brasileira. Vale Tudo translates from Portuguese as “anything goes”.

Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar

Above: Vale Tudo - Cartas para Jogar, manufactured in Sao Paulo, Brazil (possibly by Lumicart or Copag), printed on low grade, unvarnished stock, c.1950s. The courts are standard English pattern with a pink border, wide margins, prominent indices, printed in red and black only. There is no information printed on any of the cards. The Jokers show a black musician with quadruple suit symbols in the corners.

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

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