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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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Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800 • Mar 21, 2020

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Hermanos Solesi

“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c. • Dec 08, 2017

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Pedro Rotxotxo

Standard Spanish National pattern by Pedro Rotxotxo, Barcelona, late 18th century • Apr 24, 2015

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Portuguese Playing Cards

The Real Fábrica de Cartas de Jogar was founded in 1769, by Royal Charter of King José, under the master craftsman Lorenzo Solezio, brother of Félix Solesio who ran the Spanish Real Fábrica at Macharaviaya. • Jan 01, 1970

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Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya

This is the official Spanish National pattern of the 18th century. Design and production was controlled from Madrid as a source of national or regional revenue. The factory was located in the town of Macharaviaya, in the province of Málaga. • Jan 01, 1970

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V. F. Solesio Tarot

V. F. Solesio Tarot, Genoa, mid-late 19th century • Nov 30, 2017