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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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Fabricantes de Naipes de España

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Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern

Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1925.

Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern

Luis Guarro, c.1920

Luis Guarro’s “El Caballo con Manta” Catalan pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1920.

Luis Guarro, c.1920

Torras y Lleó, Barcelona, Spain, c.1838-1921

Francisco Torras y Lleó was a playing-card maker in calle Carmen, Barcelona, who flourished during the period 1838-1860.

Torras y Lleó, Barcelona, Spain, c.1838-1921