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Playing cards by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1945-55

Igor L. M. Domicelj, fabricante de naipes
Naipes Fantasio by Igor Domicelj, c.1950

Right: double set of Naipes "Fantasio" in bakelite box, manufactured by Igor L. M. Domicelj, c.1950.

Left: Naipes "Fantasio" made by Igor L. M. Domicelj, c.1950. The ace of hearts has a green 'Mercury' tax stamp.

Naipes Fantasio by Igor Domicelj, c.1950
1 Peso orange tax band, c.1950

Above: orange 1 Peso tax band from Naipes Fantasio manufactured by Igor L. M. Domicelj, c.1950. This was the tax for 'French-suited' cards.

Left & Right: Naipes Bols manufactured by Igor L. M. Domicelj, c.1954. This is the first advertising pack produced by Domicelj / Vigor.

Naipes La Estrella for Ginebra Bols, c.1954

Igor Domicelj commenced producing playing cards in Argentina in c.1945. By the early 1950s the range had grown to include Naipes La Estrella, Barcelonesa, Chinita, La Española, Fantasio, Cartas Gitanas, Naipes Tipo Húngaro and a Jewish Quartet game. The design and content of these last three items suggests that Igor Domicelj may have had an Eastern European background - possibly Slovenian or Czech.

In 1955 the company changed to Vigor S.R.L. who continued to produce the full range of cards. Further details about Domicelj's early history are not available, but there may have been an association with G. Berger.

The Patent Office Registration documents dated 22 June 1955 show the designs registered by Vigor S.R.L. for Naipes Fantasio at the time of the take-over.

Tax band, c.1954

Left: brown 50 Centavos tax band from Naipes Bols manufactured by Igor L. M. Domicelj, c.1954. This was the tax for Spanish-suited cards.

Below: Naipes "Tipo Húngaro" made by Vigor S.R.L, c.1955-60.The seven of bells has a green 'Marianne' tax stamp and gives the name of the manufacturer as Vigor S.R.L. The box states that Igor L.M. Domicelj is the manufacturer suggesting that old stock was being used up.

Last Updated January 30, 2016 at 01:21pm

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