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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.

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Uruguay

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Argenar, Buenos Aires, c.1980

The reverse has advertising for Cymaco motor spares who have branches in Uruguay. • Jan 01, 1970

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Children’s miniature football player cards, Montevideo, c.1928

Miniature children’s playing cards with photographs of football players on the reverse. • Jan 01, 1970

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Chocolondo by Famosa

Chocolondo by Famosa • May 02, 2010

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Cía General de Fósforos Montevideana

The design of these Spanish-suited cards is the same Spanish Catalan style as used by their sister company in Argentina, Cía General de Fósforos, S.A. • Jan 01, 1970

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Cía Gral de Fósforos

Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893. • Nov 04, 2010

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Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999. • Jul 08, 2016

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Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. . • Jan 01, 1970

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Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980 • Nov 12, 2010

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Escalada y Vidiella, Montevideo c.1860

Cards from a 40-card pack made in Belgium by Antoine van Genechten exclusively for the firm "Escalada y Vidiella" based in Montevideo (Uruguay) in c.1860. • Jan 01, 1970

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Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards

Spanish-suited playing cards made specially for the Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards • Jan 01, 1970

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Las Cartas de Sara

Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003. • May 03, 2010

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Las Cartas de Tacuabe by Manos del Uruguay, Montevideo, 2001

Tacuabé was a Charrúa native from Uruguay, an indigenous tribe that became extinct following European conquest and colonisation. • Jan 01, 1970

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Latin American Playing Cards

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. • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘American’

Naipes ‘American’ by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950 • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘Ancla’

Naipes opacos ‘Ancla’ manufactured by Cía General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A. c.1980. • Aug 01, 2004

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Naipes ‘Baccarat’

An example of the typical version of the Spanish Catalan pattern which is widely used in South American countries, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay • Jun 24, 2010

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Naipes ‘Bambú’

Naipes ‘Bambú’ manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950 • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘Charabon’

Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983 • Jul 09, 2016

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Naipes ‘El Gaucho’

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Caraven S.A., Montevideo, Uruguay, c.1990s. • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s • Dec 01, 1999

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Naipes ‘Jaque’ by Casabó S.A., c.1997

Naipes ‘Jaque’ Catalan pattern manufactured by Casabó S.A. for Laboratorios Gautier, c.1997. • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘La Criolla’ by Anabella Corsi

Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. • Jul 23, 2016

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Naipes ‘Miguelito’

The standard Spanish-suited 'Parisian' style (Tipo Frances) is based on models exported to South America by French manufacturers during the nineteenth century. • Nov 28, 2001

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Naipes ‘Retruco’

Naipes ‘Retruco’ published by Fantasias S.A., Montevideo, c.1980. • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos, Montevideo, c.1950 • Feb 23, 2002

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Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60 • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes 210 made by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A.

Naipes '210' playing cards made in Uruguay by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A. (Ingrapa), c.1990. • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes Artiguistas, 1816

Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García. • Jul 09, 2016

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Naipes Tatú

Naipes Tatú, M.C. de Casabó S.A., Montevideo, c.1956 • Jan 01, 1970

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Naipes Victoria

‘Victoria' playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955. • Nov 08, 2010

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Naipes Victoria Gaucho

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrating the culture and traditions of the gauchos. • Nov 04, 2010

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Naipes Victoria Gaucho-themed pack, c.1975

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrates the culture and traditions of the gauchos. • Jan 01, 1970

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Native Indian Hand-made Cards made on rawhide

Native Indian hand-made cards made on rawhide • Jan 01, 1970

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Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay. • Feb 02, 2020

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Pilsen Trucofest, c.2008

Pilsen Trucofest playing cards, Uruguay, c.2008 • Apr 03, 2010

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Playing Cards designed by Alvaros

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000 • Jul 09, 2016

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Popular heroes and celebrities

Miniature children's playing cards depicting popular heroes and celebrities on the backs, Montevideo, c.1928 • Jan 01, 1970

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Proverbs and Maxims

Naipe Infantil Gauchito children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse, • Jan 01, 1970

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Radisson Hotels

Playing cards for Radisson Hotels - Casinos del Estado - Victoria Plaza, Montevideo, Uruguay, c.2009 • Jan 01, 1970

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Scooby-Doo! playing cards for Hellmann’s Magic

Miniature Spanish-suited playing cards featuring Scooby-Doo! made specially for Hellmann’s. • Jan 01, 1970

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Spanish playing cards for Yerba Armiño

Spanish-suited playing cards for Yerba Armiño, anonymous manufacturer probably made in China. • Jan 01, 1970

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Supermercados CHIP

Supermercados CHIP playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1979 • Nov 08, 2010

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The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America. • Jan 01, 1970

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The Monkey

‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950 • Jan 01, 1970

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Uruguay

• Jan 01, 1970

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Uruguay playing card tax

In 1806 the Council of Concepción del Uruguay imposed an 8 Peso tax on card and billiard tables on account of “the detrimental effect on poor and innocent people” • Jan 01, 1970

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Uruguayan Playing Cards

Until the 19th century playing cards were imported into Uruguay from Spain. • Dec 06, 2004

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Walt Disney playing cards

‘Naipes Donald’, children's miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990. • Jan 01, 1970