The deck below was only planned during the war, but it took about 60 years before it was published. Originally the deck was commisioned by the American intelligence service in 1944. The deck was designed by Antonio Arias Bernal, a well-known Mexican artist and illustrator, but by the time he had finished the 55 designs, the war had already ended and there was no need to publish the deck anymore. 

A portfolio with the 55 designs was published after the war in a small edition and most of them ended up in libraries or in collections. Until Bill Schroeder, a long time collector of playing cards, discovered one of these portfolio's in the Library of Congress. It had such an impact on him that he decided to get this deck published. It was printed by Banner Production in a limited edition of 400 decks.


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