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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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Apache cards by Tonto Naipero

Apache rawhide playing cards by ‘Tonto Naipero’, c.1871. • Jul 10, 2015

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Apache Playing Cards

Apache Indian Playing Cards made on rawhide, first recorded 1875. • Dec 02, 2014

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Baraja Cuauhtémoc

Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures. • Mar 15, 2004

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Calendario Inka

“Calendario Inka” playing cards published by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004. • Jul 08, 2010

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Cusco Inca Souvenir

Pre-Incas & Incas Souvenir Playing Cards, Cusco, Peru, 2000 • Jan 01, 1970

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El Ferrocarril

Naipe El Ferrocarril made by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960 • Jan 01, 1970

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Guatemala

Playing Cards from Guatemala • Jun 30, 2011

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Inka Culture

Inka Culture playing cards, Peru, c.2000, promoting alpaca and cotton • Jul 08, 2010

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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. • Jan 01, 1970

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Las Cartas de Tacuabe by Manos del Uruguay, Montevideo, 2001

Tacuabé was a Charrúa native from Uruguay, an indigenous tribe that became extinct following European conquest and colonisation. • Jan 01, 1970

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Mapuche Indian Playing Cards

Spanish-suited playing cards made on rawhide and said to have been used by Chilean Mapuche Indians, XVI-XVII century • Jun 04, 2014

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Maya

“Maya” playing cards were designed by Russian artist V. M. Sveshnikov and first published by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, in 1975. • Jul 25, 2014

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Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976. • Nov 08, 2020

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Maya Playing Cards

Maya Playing Cards, plus a multi-lingual leaflet published by Mundo Maya / Creaciones Artesanales del Sureste and a booklet describing the history of the Mayas, inside a specially made artesanal box. • Dec 27, 2011

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Mayan Cards

Mayan Playing Cards from Guatemala / Baraja Maya / containing illustrations of archaeology, art, folklore, history and mythology of the Mayans. • Jun 30, 2011

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Native Indian Hand-made Cards made on rawhide

Native Indian hand-made cards made on rawhide • Jan 01, 1970

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Ojibwa Native Indian Cards

Ojibwa Native Indian playing cards hand manufactured on birch bark in imitation of standard French / English cards, c.1875. • Jul 08, 2015

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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. • Jan 01, 1970

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Tonalamatl

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript. • Aug 14, 2020

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Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards

“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995 • Aug 29, 2017