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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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Clemente Jacques y Cía

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Gallo Intransparente

Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico.

Gallo Intransparente

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.

9: Standard English Cards From Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

Canasta

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

Canasta

Naipe Victoria

Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques c.1900.

Naipe Victoria

El León

Naipes El León by Clemente Jacques y Cia.

El León

Las Dos Torres

Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico.

Las Dos Torres

El Fenix

Naipe Fino 'El Fenix' playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico.

El Fenix

Souvenir of Mexico

Souvenir of Mexico playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A., 1950s.

Souvenir of Mexico

Poker Taurino

Baraja Taurina was published by Enrique Guerrero, c.1950. Subsequently published as Poker Taurino by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A.

Poker Taurino