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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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Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A.

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Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.

Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes Victoria

‘Victoria' playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955.

Naipes Victoria

Supermercados CHIP

Supermercados CHIP playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1979

Supermercados CHIP

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Naipes ‘Ancla’

Naipes opacos ‘Ancla’ manufactured by Cía General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A. c.1980.

Naipes ‘Ancla’

Naipes 210 made by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A.

Naipes '210' playing cards made in Uruguay by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A. (Ingrapa), c.1990.

Naipes 210 made by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A.

Naipes Victoria Gaucho-themed pack, c.1975

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrates the culture and traditions of the gauchos.

Naipes Victoria Gaucho-themed pack, c.1975