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MEXICO shares a long tradition with Spain in the field of playing cards. The Estanco de Naipes (playing-card monopoly) was established in 1576.

Playing Cards from Mexico

MEXICO shares a long tradition with Spain in the field of playing cards. The Estanco de Naipes (playing-card monopoly) was established in 1576.

Playing Cards from Mexico

Tonalamatl

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.

Tonalamatl

Baraja Taurina Toranzo

Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003

Baraja Taurina Toranzo

Gallo Intransparente

Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico.

Gallo Intransparente

El Aguila

Naipes ‘El Aguila’ with flamboyantly dressed court figures made in Mexico by La Cubana S.A., c.1975.

El Aguila

Pedro Domecq

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

Pedro Domecq

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002.

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

As Vencedores

Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern.

As Vencedores

Baraja Charra Ernesto Icaza

“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002.

Baraja Charra Ernesto Icaza

9: Standard English Cards From Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.

9: Standard English Cards From Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

Canasta

Mexican Canasta set with paintings by Ramón Espino Barros (1918-2000).

Canasta

Maya Playing Cards

The designs of Mayan artists shown here give a general idea of their enormous artistic and cultural potential.

Maya Playing Cards

Pasatiempos Gallo

Following their acquisition of Clemente Jacques y Cia in 1967, the playing card business was taken over by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., which in 1990 became Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V.

Pasatiempos Gallo

Cassino

Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988.

Cassino

Aeronaves de Mexico

Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s.

Aeronaves de Mexico

Mexican Poker

Mexican Poker cards made by Juegos y Fichas, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, 1991

Mexican Poker

Nutrimientos Purina

Nutrimientos Purina (Purina pet foods) advertising playing cards produced by Miguel Galas S.A. (Brown & Bigelow), Mexico, c.1960.

Nutrimientos Purina

Naipe Victoria

Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques c.1900.

Naipe Victoria

Soberano

‘Naipes Soberano’ published by Productora de Naipes y Confetti, S.A., Mexico, c1990s

Soberano

El León

Naipes El León by Clemente Jacques y Cia.

El León

Las Dos Torres

Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico.

Las Dos Torres

Acapulco Souvenir

Acapulco Souvenir playing cards designed and printed by Foliproa S.A., Mexico.

Acapulco Souvenir

Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers

Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers.

Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers

Naipes Gacela

Naipes Gacela & Gacelita.

Naipes Gacela

Pierrot-125

Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico.

Pierrot-125

Camacho

Productos Camacho, c.2003

Camacho

El Fenix

Naipe Fino 'El Fenix' playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico.

El Fenix

Souvenir of Mexico

Souvenir of Mexico playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A., 1950s.

Souvenir of Mexico

Grupo Editorial RAF S.A.

Grupo Editorial RAF S.A. de C.V. (founded 1962) has branches throughout Mexico.

Grupo Editorial RAF S.A.

F. Munguia

Spanish-suited playing cards from a 40-card pack by F. Munguia, Merced 8, Mexico, c.1868. F. Munguia produced playing cards with brand names 'La Campana', 'La Estrella' and 'El Aguila' during the period c.1868-c.1882.

F. Munguia

Bartolo Borrego, Mexico

40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836.

Bartolo Borrego, Mexico

Anonymous Mexican Playing Cards c.1825

Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s.

Anonymous Mexican Playing Cards c.1825

Poker Taurino

Baraja Taurina was published by Enrique Guerrero, c.1950. Subsequently published as Poker Taurino by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A.

Poker Taurino

Cards from an anonymous Mexican pack c.1835

Cards from a Mexican pack c.1835; maker unknown

Cards from an anonymous Mexican pack c.1835

Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A, Mexico c.1960

Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A, Mexico c.1960

Naipes Aguila Antigua Transparente

Naipes Aguila Antigua Transparente, c.1960.

Naipes Aguila Antigua Transparente

Naipes Goliat

Naipes Goliat, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

Naipes Goliat

Naipes Estrella Nueva

Naipes Estrella Nueva, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

Naipes Estrella Nueva

El Ferrocarril

Naipe El Ferrocarril made by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

El Ferrocarril

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca

Naipes Poker Profesional

Naipes Poker Profesional, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Poker Profesional

Naipes Bridge o Canasta Uruguaya,

Naipes Bridge o Canasta Uruguaya, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Bridge o Canasta Uruguaya,

Naipes Bridge Profesional

Naipes Bridge Profesional, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Bridge Profesional

Naipes Campana, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

Naipes Campana, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Campana, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A.

Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A.

Naipes Estrella Antigua

Naipes Estrella Antigua, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Estrella Antigua

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca (Jaspe)

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca (Jaspe), La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.

Naipes Aguila Antigua Opaca (Jaspe)