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Playing Cards from Latin America

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.

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Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.

Naipes Finos — No.304 Spanish Pack 1902

Naipes Finos — No.304 Spanish Pack

Spanische Spielkarten "Naipes Finos" No.304, manufactured by B. Dondorf designed by the catalan artist Apel-les Mestres, Barcelona, 1902.

Naipes Joketa 1975

Naipes Joketa

“Naipes Joketa” by anonymous manufacturer, c.1975. A slightly elaborated version of conosur pattern.

Naipes Victoria Gaucho 1975

Naipes Victoria Gaucho

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

Naipes Vigor S.R.L.

Naipes Vigor S.R.L.

VIGOR S.R.L (1955 - c1975) manufactured a range of playing cards and card games, including Chinita, La Estrella, Barcelonesa, La Española, Fantasio, Las Rosas, Pokerin, Cartas Gitanas and a Hungarian Seasons pack.

Naypes Finos made in Belgium

Naypes Finos made in Belgium

Belgian manufacturers were competing against Spanish makers. Features of the traditional Spanish designs, including many well-known brands, were imitated or plagiarised.

Panama playing cards 1980

Panama playing cards

Not a lot of playing cards have been produced in Panama, only a couple of locally-produced tourist souvenir packs.

Paraguayan Playing Cards

Paraguayan Playing Cards

Playing Cards in Paraguay

Parisian Spanish pattern by Fossorier, Amar et Cie 1902

Parisian Spanish pattern by Fossorier, Amar et Cie

‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern published by Fossorier, Amar et Cie (Paris), c.1902.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals 1998

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 & Bodegas Trapiche, 2003.

Pedro Bosio

Pedro Bosio

Cards of the Spanish National Pattern 'Money Bag' type manufactured by Pedro Bosio, Genova (Italy) probably during the 18th century and for export to Spain or South America.

Pedro Bosio, 2

Pedro Bosio, 2

Cards of the Spanish National Pattern manufactured by Pedro Bosio, Genova (Italy) during the 18th century for export to South America.

Pedro Domecq 2000

Pedro Domecq

Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.

Peintres Latino Americains 1986

Peintres Latino Americains

Original artwork by 18 different Latin American artists.

Playing Cards from Ecuador

Playing Cards from Ecuador

There has been very little playing card manufacture in Ecuador. Cards are mostly supplied from Colombia, Argentina & Spain. Known brand names include: Willy Wilson, La Raspa and El Heraldo. Some locally-made tourist souvenir packs are also known including Naipe Ciudad de Quito and Galapagos Islands souvenir cards.

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América 1992

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

Radisson Hotels 2009

Radisson Hotels

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

Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya

Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya

This is the official Spanish National pattern of the 18th century. Design and production was controlled from Madrid as a source of national or regional revenue. The factory was located in the town of Macharaviaya, in the province of Málaga.

Silver Cards from Peru 1745

Silver Cards from Peru

Spanish-suited silver cards, richly embellished and enamelled, from a former Spanish Viceroy in Peru, dated 1745.