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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.

Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards

“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975.

by Zandrox Producciones, Peru, c.1975

Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975. 40 large-sized cards in box, with dramatically illustrated divinatory interpretations at each end, intended to foretell your destiny in matters of love, finance, health, travel and business. Each card features a miniature Spanish-suited playing card motif in the centre of the card, the ace of coins also has the legend ‘El Perico Baraja’. Whilst some of these playing-card motifs are based on Fournier’s Castilian pattern, others are based on OBD’s Cadiz pattern. The ace of coins is the only card not to have an index number.

Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 Naipes TU DESTINO Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975

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Cartomantic meanings of Spanish playing cards by Benita the Witch (XVI century), published by Chocolates Nelia, c.1932
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