Fantasy back designs for Canasta were produced in pairs with many themes, including: Alfareros, Arlequines, Continental, Cuban, Charros, Dalia, Dancers, Hawaii, Lanterns, Mexican watercolours, Flamenco, Cockerels, Parisian, Quetzal, Rococo, Roses, Social, Taurino, Tehuantapec, Tropical, Tehuanos, Xochimilco and Viejitos. These were often commissioned from local artists and new designs were added each year.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003
Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico.
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.V., 2002.
“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards designed in 1945 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist, but not published until 2002.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern.
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
Mexican Canasta set with paintings by Ramón Espino Barros (1918-2000).
The designs of Mayan artists shown here give a general idea of their enormous artistic and cultural potential.
Following their acquisition of Clemente Jacques y Cia in 1967, the playing card business was taken over by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., which in 1990 became Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V.
Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988.
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s.
Mexican Poker cards made by Juegos y Fichas, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, 1991
Nutrimientos Purina (Purina pet foods) advertising playing cards produced by Miguel Galas S.A. (Brown & Bigelow), Mexico, c.1960.
Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques c.1900.
‘Naipes Soberano’ published by Productora de Naipes y Confetti, S.A., Mexico, c1990s
Naipes El León by Clemente Jacques y Cia.
Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico.
Acapulco Souvenir playing cards designed and printed by Foliproa S.A., Mexico.
Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers.
Naipes Gacela & Gacelita.
Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico.
Productos Camacho, c.2003
Naipe Fino 'El Fenix' playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico.
Souvenir of Mexico playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A., 1950s.
Grupo Editorial RAF S.A. de C.V. (founded 1962) has branches throughout Mexico.
Naipes Nacionales designed by Manuel Bayardi and published by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico c.1940.
Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures.
Native Indian hand-made cards made on rawhide
Spanish-suited playing cards from a 40-card pack by F. Munguia, Merced 8, Mexico, c.1868. F. Munguia produced playing cards with brand names 'La Campana', 'La Estrella' and 'El Aguila' during the period c.1868-c.1882.
40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836.
Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s.
Baraja Taurina was published by Enrique Guerrero, c.1950. Subsequently published as Poker Taurino by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A.
Cards from a Mexican pack c.1835; maker unknown
Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960.