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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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Canasta

Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947

Canasta

Canasta

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

Canasta

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,

OBD Playing Cards made in Peru

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

OBD Playing Cards made in Peru