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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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Chile

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Naipes Chilenos ~ Early Chilean playing cards were based upon Spanish models.

Chilean Playing Cards

Naipes Chilenos ~ Early Chilean playing cards were based upon Spanish models.

Chilean Playing Cards

Mapuche Indian Playing Cards

Spanish-suited playing cards made on rawhide and said to have been used by Chilean Mapuche Indians, XVI-XVII century

Mapuche Indian Playing Cards

Naipes del Salitre

Playing cards recovered from the Northern Chile saltpetre workers. The cards are mostly from Spanish 'Cadiz' pattern decks, and several manufacturers can be identified.

Naipes del Salitre

Mapocho

Naipes Marca Mapocho, Santiago de Chile.

Mapocho

Naipes Condor

"Naipes Condor" Chilean playing cards, with Chilean symbolism on the suit signs.

Naipes Condor

Cía Chilena de Tabacos

Anglo-American style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1930

Cía Chilena de Tabacos

J. M. Gandarillas, Buenos Aires, c.1815

Playing cards believed to have been designed in 1815 by the Chilean immigrant Manuel José Gandarillas in Buenos Aires and published the following year.

J. M. Gandarillas, Buenos Aires, c.1815

Quercia y Possi, Buenos Aires 1815-16

José Maria Quercia y Possi was an Italian immigrant who joined the Chilean Independence army. He set up a playing card factory in Argentina in 1815 known as "Fábrica de Buenos Aires".

Quercia y Possi, Buenos Aires 1815-16

Chilean Playing Cards

Naipes Chilenos ~ Early Chilean playing cards were based upon Spanish models.

Chilean Playing Cards

Cia Chilena de Tabacos

Spanish style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1932

Cia Chilena de Tabacos

Hugo Castro, Santiago de Chile

Imprenta y Litografía Hugo Castro, Santiago de Chile.

Hugo Castro, Santiago de Chile

Naipes Sonia

Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured in Chile by Imprenta y Litografía Universo S.A., Valparaiso, Chile

Naipes Sonia

Taller Fotolitográfico, Chile

Spanish suited pack made in Chile by Taller Fotolitográfico, inspired by Fournier's classic 'Castilian' design, c. 2000

Taller Fotolitográfico, Chile

Naipe Infantil by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Naipe Español Infantil miniature children's playing cards with suit signs of ice creams, baseball bats, swords and suns, manufactured in Chile by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Naipe Infantil by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Naipes Siluv, Valparaiso, Chile, 1931

Naipes Siluv, Valparaiso, Chile, 1931

Naipes Siluv, Valparaiso, Chile, 1931

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