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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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Playing card production in Brazil was officially sanctioned by royal decree in 1770.

Brazil

Playing card production in Brazil was officially sanctioned by royal decree in 1770.

Brazil

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Brazil Pictorial Aces

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers, 1988.

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers

Elephante No.50

‘Elephante No.50’ Cadiz pattern produced in Brazil, probably by Azevedo & Cia, Recife, c.1920.

Elephante No.50

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

8: Standard English Cards in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil and Chile

A brief survey of the designs of English cards in South America.

8: Standard English Cards in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Copag Baralho Espanhol

Copag Baralho Espanhol / Naipes Español.

Copag Baralho Espanhol

Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil.

Brazil Scenic Aces

SOIMCA

SOIMCA - Sociedade Impressora Caxiense - is an important playing card manufacturer in Brazil. It was established by Nelson Soares in Caxias do Sul, in the south of Brazil, by 1955.

SOIMCA

Cartográfica Industrial, Curitiba, Brazil

Double advertising pack made by Cartográfica Industrial for Refrigeração Parana S.A. The extra card contains an insignia with the legend 'CARTAL'.

Cartográfica Industrial, Curitiba, Brazil

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

Schincariol Beer, Nossagraf, Brazil

Schincariol Cerveja Pilsen brewery playing cards manufactured by Gráfica Nossa Senhora Aparecida Ltda (Nossagraf), Brazil

Schincariol Beer, Nossagraf, Brazil

Brazil

Playing card production in Brazil was officially sanctioned by royal decree in 1770.

Brazil

Axe Deodorant

Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.

Axe Deodorant

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.

Latin American Playing Cards