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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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Milonguita

Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Milonguita

Black Tango

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Black Tango

Naipes Tango by Arco Iris

Naipes Tango by Producciónes Gráficas Arco Iris, 1999.

Naipes Tango by Arco Iris

Naipes de Truco

Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Naipes de Truco

Argentinean Tango playing cards

The Tango - sultry and seductive - is Argentina's form of popular music and dance, invented in Buenos Aires in the 19th century.

Argentinean Tango playing cards