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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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Industria Gráfica Papelera 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

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.

Cía Gral de Fósforos

Naipes ‘Baccarat’

An example of the typical version of the Spanish Catalan pattern which is widely used in South American countries, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Naipes ‘Baccarat’

Naipes ‘Retruco’

Naipes ‘Retruco’ published by Fantasias S.A., Montevideo, c.1980.

Naipes ‘Retruco’

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.