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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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Productora de Naipes y Confetti

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Maya Playing Cards

The designs of Mayan artists shown here give a general idea of their enormous artistic and cultural potential.

Maya Playing Cards

Soberano

‘Naipes Soberano’ published by Productora de Naipes y Confetti, S.A., Mexico, c1990s

Soberano