Fragments of playing cards and 2 dice were unearthed in a 16th century rubbish tip adjacent to a Spanish house in the lower Rimac Valley in Peru, providing evidence of games played by early Spanish settlers.
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980
Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s
Standard Genoese pattern with French indices made by Biermans for Cigarrillo Holiday and the Estanco de Naipes del Perú.
‘Bosco’ Playing Cards manufactured by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1930s
“Calendario Inka” playing cards published by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.
'El Caballo' brand (No.5P) playing-cards manufactured in Spain by Heraclio Fournier S.A. especially for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, c.1960.
“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.
Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
Spanish-suited playing cards for Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s
Coca-Cola themed deck produced for Ripley Department Store, Peru, anonymous manufacturer, c.2000
Pre-Incas & Incas Souvenir Playing Cards, Cusco, Peru, 2000
Disney playing cards from Peru
“El Reloj” card game by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920
In October 1888 the Republic of Peru Congress passed Law no.26 establishing taxes on playing cards, whether imported or locally produced, according to the quality of the cards
By 1888 Litografía y Tipografía Carlos Fabbri was established in Lima, Peru.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
Fenno souvenir playing cards, made in Peru
Festal advertising playing cards for Hoechst Peruana S.A.
Inka Culture playing cards, Peru, c.2000, promoting alpaca and cotton
'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.
Publicity playing cards manufactured for Laboratorios Magma, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1990
Playing cards had been introduced to the Americas with explorers such as Columbus or Cortés, whose fellow countrymen were keen gamblers. Cards were imported from Spain since the 16th century. Local production usually imitated Spanish cards.
Leopardo 777 playing cards manufactured in Japan for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1960s
“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008
Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20, printers of cigarette insert cards for tobacco companies.
Litográfica del Perú S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards in Peru sometime around the decades of the 1970s and/or 1980s
Peruvian costumes playing cards
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975
Naipes Tipo Español “Naipes y Casinos” Industria Peruana
Spanish-suited playing cards printed by OBD, S.A., Lima, Peru, 1976
Pavias playing cards made in Peru, c.1990
Anglo-American style advertising playing cards made in Peru by Litográfica del Perú, c.1975, for Sydney Ross S.A. / Winthrop Pepsamar indigestion remedy.
Peru Rail souvenir cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005.
Football playing cards made in Peru
Playing cards have been travelling from Spain to South American colonies ever since Christopher Columbus.
Assorted scenes from Peruvian landscape, architecture and culture published by Jan Mer S.A.C., c.2000
Playing Cards made by Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, c.1960
Playing cards manufactured by The US Playing Card Co for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1920s - 1950s
Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine.
Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.
The example of Spanish-suited silver cards shown here is grotesquely embellished and enamelled. It came from a former Spanish Viceroy in Peru and is dated 1745.
Spanish-suited playing cards printed for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú
Toyo playing cards No.88 manufactured in China for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, 1950s
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910
Vistas del Perú souvenir deck, made in USA and imported by Edw. E. Muecke, Lima, Peru, c.1920s.