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El Reloj card game by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920

‘El Reloj’ (‘the clock’) card game manufactured by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920

Estanco de Fósforos y Naipes tax stamp from the Caja de Depósitos y Consignas, c.1920 'El Reloj' card game printed by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920. The game is described as 'a modern salon game'. The blurb on the back of the box states that the game was invented to commemorate man's invention of the clock, and is dedicated by the game's creator to all homes as an agreeable pastime. There are no instructions how to pay the game, but the illustration gives an idea.

The One of Red suits and the box have the 'Estanco de Fósforos y Naipes' stamp from the Caja de Depósitos y Consignas (shown left), which would have preceded the Estanco de Naipes, which was established in 1924. Thus at this time card games as well as ordinary playing cards were subjected to some form of tax. No other examples of this tax stamp have been seen to date.

The front of the box (shown below) and the back of the cards have a small registered trade mark or logo featuring what looks like a letter 'B' - it is not known what this represents.

Box and card from El Reloj card game manufactured by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920 Cards from El Reloj card game manufactured by Imprenta Lecaros, Lima, Peru, c.1920
Last Updated August 01, 2015 at 04:34pm

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