Antique, deck cards, Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico. 1930s

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Antique, deck cards, Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico. 1930s

 

40 deck cards - NEW - newer used -

 

Size  10 x 6 cm

 

Intransparente - registered in 1923 - is Clemente Jacques’ flagship deck of cards. Probably inspired by Fournier's ‘Castilian’ designs of the late nineteenth century, the Mexican version has a more elaborate design and a moderner period style. After an initial period of closer resemblance to the Spanish ‘medieval’ designs, the Mexican version emerged and has remained constant over the years; only the legends on some cards vary. Indeed, the ‘Gallo’ designs have become a sort of standard Mexican pattern, imitated by other Mexican manufacturers.

 

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. The flagship “Gallo Intransparente” continued to be produced under the new ownership, in different qualities and with slight variations on the Aces of Coins etc. In addition to the two versions shown below, there is also “Gallo Extra Extramatizado”