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The two main makers in Mexico are La Cubana and Clemente Jacques. They have their own designs.
La Cubana, c.1960, also found in three colours
Note that in the above set the JC is unturned with a lowered arrow to make room for the left-hand suit-sign.
A completely different design was used in their wide-size packs and redrawn in bridge packs.
La Cubana Poker, c.1967
La Cubana Bridge, three colours, c.1985
Clemente Jacques had his own designs, too, again two different ones.
Jacques Canasta, c.1955
Jacques wide-size, c.1960
A smaller outfit, Productos Leo, makes cards today and has its own design.
Productos Leo Faisán large index, c.2005
I know few examples of Peruvian cards. Litografica del Peru produced advertising packs, but they were probably printed in China. The two packs below have the same courts, copies of USPCC's US4, in different colour schemes. Both have ASs with the outer frame of the Chinese copy of the Columbia AS used by USPCC and US4 is a favourite of China's many copies, especially in the 1970s.
Litografica del Peru, c.1970-75
The child's pack, Casino Infantil, Jorgito, may have been made in Peru. The red suits are all red and the black suits all blue. It could have been printed in China, as it has a USPCC AS copy.
The main maker in Uruguay is Casabó. They made two very interesting wide-size packs with their own courts. In the first one some of the courts are turned from their traditional posture, e.g. the KD, QC, JH, QS, while others are unturned, JC, QD, JD.
Casabó The Monkey, c.1950
In the other pack all the courts of the first one are turned!
Casabó American, c.1950
An example of an imported pack is furnished by Venezuela. In the 1930s Biermans exported cards to South America and had a special AS for Venezuela: Belgo-Venezolane. Notice that the KH is a redrawn KD.
Biermans for Venezuela, c.1935
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I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Félix Solesio e Hijos - Real Fábrica de Madrid - Spanish National pattern for Venezuela
Original designs inspired by Mayan art and culture published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico.
Latin American designs by Productora de Naipes y Confetti (Pronaco), S.A., Mexico, c1980.
Colourful Mexican version of standard Spanish designs, by Productos Leo, S.A., c.1980s.
‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern published by Fossorier, Amar et Cie (Paris), c.1902.
54 colour photographs of costumes and artefacts connected with the Inca civilisation, unknown publis...
Félix Solesio e Hijos, Fábrica de Macharaviaya, Spanish National pattern for West Indies, 1801.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co ...
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
Naipes ‘El Aguila’ with flamboyantly dressed court figures made in Mexico by La Cubana S.A., c.1975....
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C...
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 o...
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by ...
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationsh...
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s....
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980.
“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards designed in 1945 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist, bu...
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins,...
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable peopl...
The United States Playing Card Co. issued Spanish versions of their flagship brand.