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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.

Pierrot-125

Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico.

Naipes Pierrot-125

Naipes ‘Pierrot-125’ manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico

Organización Papelera Mexicana S.A. de C.V. (founded 1959) produce a wide range of products including office stationery, educational materials, computer accessories, catering and cleaning materials, etc.   www.orpamex.com.mx

Naipes Pierrot-125 were first produced by Orpamex in c.1980 and are presented in a cardboard box (shown right). The name and address of the manufacturer printed on the edge of the box reads: Organización Papelera Mexicana, S.A., Av. del Taller 24, whilst the ‘Pierrot’ logo appears on the Fours of Coins and Cups.

Naipes ‘Pierrot-125’ manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico

Above: Naipes ‘Pierrot-125’ manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico. 40 cards in box. The name and address of the manufacturer is printed on the edge of the box: Organización Papelera Mexicana, S.A., Av. del Taller 24.

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