Naipes Republica A.F.A.P. for INACAL, c.2006
SPANISH-SUITED PLAYING CARDS made specially for the Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards, of which República AFAP S.A. was a winner. Printed by Impresos Manrique, Montevideo, 48 cards + 2 special jokers in box. There are no inscriptions or information printed on the cards regarding the manufacturer apart from the initials I.M. and a telephone number on the bottom box flap. It was presumably very prestigious to be commissioned to print the playing cards for this symbolic event. The design of cards is a slightly simplified redrawing of the standard Spanish Catalan type.
Impresos Manrique produce publicity and promotional playing cards, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American style, for various other Uruguayan businesses, in some cases with special jokers (click image below to see more). See also: Cossac • Radisson Hotel►
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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.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s.
‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups.
Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000
100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.
Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.
Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950 with archaic Spanish features mixed with the standard Catalan pattern
Spanish Catalan pattern No.6 by Heráldica Castanyer, Sabadell (Barcelona), c.1980.
Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles Héron - Catalan pattern.
Mas-Reynals standard Catalan pattern comes in several slightly different versions.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
“El Ciervo” No.4 manufactured by Hija de Antonio Comas during the Spanish Civil War, with mural crown and flag of the 2nd Republic on the ace of coins, c.1938.
Naipes Samsó published by N.E.G.S.A. (Barcelona) c.1965.
Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
Torras y Sanmartí y Cía, Barcelona, 1830.
With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain.
Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 & Bodegas Trapiche, 2003.
The United States Playing Card Co. issued Spanish versions of their flagship brand.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
A brief survey of the designs of English cards in South America.
Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1925.
Luis Guarro’s “El Caballo con Manta” Catalan pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1920.
Publicity playing cards for RedElec Argentina, c.2008
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe.
Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.
Pack of souvenir playing cards made in Quito, Ecuador, featuring black & white photographs depicting Ecuador as one of the great nations on Earth
Naipes Intransparentes de Una Hoja No.55 made by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier (Vitoria) for exportation to Argentina, c.1940.
Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.