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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.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay

Parisian style Spanish deck made by B.P. Grimaud for export to Uruguay, based on a version of the old Spanish National pattern exported to South America during the nineteenth century. The pattern features a sea monster on the four of coins and the tethered hound on the jack of coins is another characteristic. The ace of batons is grasped by a hand. These decks were subsequently published in Uruguay by Camilloni Ltda and M.C. de Casabó S.A., subtitled ‘Tipo Francés’ or ‘Estilo Paris’.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay

Above: a Parisian style Spanish deck made by B.P. Grimaud as indicated by the four of cups. 48 cards. The importation tax stamp on the two of swords suggests a date somewhere between 1919-1949. Click image below to zoom.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay
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