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Playing cards have been travelling from Spain to South American colonies ever since Christopher Columbus.

Peruvian Playing Cards

Playing cards have been travelling from Spain to South American colonies ever since Christopher Columbus.

Peruvian Playing Cards

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

Vargas Girls

Cefacidal

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.

Cefacidal

Vistas de Lima

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910

Vistas de Lima

Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards

“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975.

Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards

Amos del Universo

“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980.

Amos del Universo

Líneas de Nazca

“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008.

Líneas de Nazca

Leopardo 777 made in Japan for Peru

Leopardo 777 playing cards manufactured in Japan for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1960s.

Leopardo 777 made in Japan for Peru

Bosco by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

‘Bosco’ Playing Cards manufactured by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1930s.

Bosco by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

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

Inka Culture

Inka Culture playing cards, Peru, c.2000, promoting alpaca and cotton.

Inka Culture

Calendario Inka

“Calendario Inka” playing cards published by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.

Calendario Inka

Litográfica del Perú

Litográfica del Perú S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards in Peru sometime around the decades of the 1970s and/or 1980s.

Litográfica del Perú

Pepsamar advertising playing cards

Anglo-American style advertising playing cards made in Peru by Litográfica del Perú, c.1975, for Sydney Ross S.A. / Winthrop Pepsamar indigestion remedy.

Pepsamar advertising playing cards

Festal advertising playing cards

Festal advertising playing cards for Hoechst Peruana S.A.

Festal advertising playing cards

Peru Rail

Peru Rail souvenir cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005.

Peru Rail

Vistas del Perú, c.1920s

Vistas del Perú souvenir deck, made in USA and imported by Edw. E. Muecke, Lima, Peru, c.1920s.

Vistas del Perú, c.1920s

Fenno, Peru

Fenno souvenir playing cards, made in Peru.

Fenno, Peru

Ramses II tarot

Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine.

Ramses II tarot

Cigarette Cards and other ephemera

Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.

Cigarette Cards and other ephemera

Cards for export to Peru by Heraclio Fournier

'El Caballo' brand (No.5P) playing-cards manufactured in Spain by Heraclio Fournier S.A. especially for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, c.1960.

Cards for export to Peru by Heraclio Fournier

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

Cusco Inca Souvenir

Pre-Incas & Incas Souvenir Playing Cards, Cusco, Peru, 2000.

Cusco Inca Souvenir

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20, printers of cigarette insert cards for tobacco companies.

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20

Inka-Dynasty

'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.

Inka-Dynasty

OBD Playing Cards made in Peru

Spanish-suited playing cards printed by OBD, S.A., Lima, Peru, 1976.

OBD Playing Cards made in Peru

Animals Quartet printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru

Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s.

Animals Quartet printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru

Laboratorios Magma, S.A.

Publicity playing cards manufactured for Laboratorios Magma, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1990.

Laboratorios Magma, S.A.

Estanco de Naipes del Perú

In October 1888 the Republic of Peru Congress passed Law no.26 establishing taxes on playing cards, whether imported or locally produced, according to the quality of the cards.

Estanco de Naipes del Perú

Naipe Peruano

Peruvian costumes playing cards.

Naipe Peruano

Disney playing cards from Peru

Disney playing cards from Peru.

Disney playing cards from Peru

Biermans for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

Standard Genoese pattern with French indices made by Biermans for Cigarrillo Holiday and the Estanco de Naipes del Perú.

Biermans for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

Playing Cards manufactured by The US Playing Card Co for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

Playing cards manufactured by The US Playing Card Co for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1920s - 1950s.

Playing Cards manufactured by The US Playing Card Co for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

Toyo playing cards No.88 for Peru

Toyo playing cards No.88 manufactured in China for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, 1950s.

Toyo playing cards No.88 for Peru

Peruvian Football playing cards

Football playing cards made in Peru.

Peruvian Football playing cards

Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”

Playing Cards made by Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, c.1960.

Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”

16th century cards discovered in Peru

Fragments of playing cards and 2 dice were unearthed in a 16th century rubbish tip adjacent to a Spanish house in the lower Rimac Valley in Peru, providing evidence of games played by early Spanish settlers.

16th century cards discovered in Peru

Roldan Tobacco Cards, Peru

Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.

Roldan Tobacco Cards, Peru

El Reloj card game by Imprenta Lecaros

“El Reloj” card game by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920.

El Reloj card game by Imprenta Lecaros

Silver Cards from Peru

The example of Spanish-suited silver cards shown here is grotesquely embellished and enamelled. It came from a former Spanish Viceroy in Peru and is dated 1745.

Silver Cards from Peru

Peruvian Souvenir Playing Cards

Assorted scenes from Peruvian landscape, architecture and culture published by Jan Mer S.A.C., c.2000.

Peruvian Souvenir Playing Cards

Naipes y Casinos Industria Peruana

Naipes Tipo Español “Naipes y Casinos” Industria Peruana.

Naipes y Casinos Industria Peruana

Pavias Playing Cards made in Peru

Pavias playing cards made in Peru, c.1990.

Pavias Playing Cards made in Peru

Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s

Spanish-suited playing cards for Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s

Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s

Peruvian Playing Cards

Playing cards have been travelling from Spain to South American colonies ever since Christopher Columbus.

Peruvian Playing Cards

Coca~Cola themed pack for Ripley department store, Peru

Coca-Cola themed deck produced for Ripley Department Store, Peru, anonymous manufacturer, c.2000.

Coca~Cola themed pack for Ripley department store, Peru

Spanish-suited deck for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú

Spanish-suited playing cards printed for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú.

Spanish-suited deck for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú