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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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Castilian Pattern

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Fournier’s Castilian pattern

Designed by Emilio Soubrier, Ignacio Díaz and Augusto Rius during the 1880s as a new definitive national pattern.

Fournier’s Castilian pattern

Taller Fotolitográfico, Chile

Spanish suited pack made in Chile by Taller Fotolitográfico, inspired by Fournier's classic 'Castilian' design, c. 2000

Taller Fotolitográfico, Chile

Naipes ‘El Borrego’

Naipes ‘El Borrego’ Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured in El Salvador, c.2002

Naipes ‘El Borrego’

Naipes Hispasa

Naipes ‘Hispasa’, produced in El Salvador by Cartotecnica Centroamericana, S.A., c.2002

Naipes Hispasa

Scooby-Doo! playing cards for Hellmann’s Magic

Miniature Spanish-suited playing cards featuring Scooby-Doo! made specially for Hellmann’s.

Scooby-Doo! playing cards for Hellmann’s Magic