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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 Hispasa

Naipes ‘Hispasa’, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002

Naipes ‘Hispasa’, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002

Naipes Hispasa, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002 Naipes Hispasa, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002

Above: Naipes ‘Hispasa’, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002. 40 cards in wrapper, based on Mexican versions of Fournier's Castilian pattern. No pintas. Reverse: red/white disc pattern. See also: Naipes ‘El Borrego’

Naipes Hispasa, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002
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