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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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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. • Jul 10, 2012

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Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers

Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers • Nov 11, 2011

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Anonymous Mexican Playing Cards c.1825

Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s. • Jan 01, 1970

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As Vencedores

Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern • May 02, 2015

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Baraja Charra Ernesto Icaza

“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002 • Mar 03, 2015

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Baraja Hispanoamericana

“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America • Mar 09, 2015

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Baraja Taurina Toranzo

Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003 • Jul 22, 2017

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Bartolo Borrego, Mexico, 1836

40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836. • Jan 01, 1970

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Camacho

Productos Camacho, c.2003 • Nov 10, 2011

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Cards from an anonymous Mexican pack c.1835

Cards from a Mexican pack c.1835; maker unknown • Jan 01, 1970

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El Fenix

Naipe Fino 'El Fenix' playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico • Nov 09, 2011

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El León

Naipes El León • Nov 21, 2011

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Grupo Editorial RAF S.A.

Grupo Editorial RAF S.A. de C.V. (founded 1962) has branches throughout Mexico. • Nov 04, 2011

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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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Naipe Victoria

Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques • Nov 25, 2011

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Naipes Gacela

Naipes Gacela & Gacelita • Nov 10, 2011

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Naipes Nacionales

Naipes Nacionales designed by Manuel Bayardi and published by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico c.1940 • Nov 04, 2011

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Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A.

Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960 • Jan 01, 1970

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Pierrot-125

Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico • Nov 10, 2011

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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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Soberano

‘Naipes Soberano’ published by Productora de Naipes y Confetti, S.A., Mexico, c1990s • Nov 24, 2011

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Tonalamatl

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