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Naipes TRIUNFO c.1925-40

Cappellano Hermanos were book publishers during the 1920s who also commenced producing playing cards around this time.

Naipes Triunfo, detail from Four of Cups, c.1930 Cappellano Hnos logo from box, c.1930

Naipes TRIUNFO

by Cappellano Hnos, publishers and playing card manufacturers, Sarmiento 1537, Bs Aires, Argentina, c.1925-40

Cappellano Hermanos were book publishers during the 1920s who also commenced producing playing cards around this time. The cards below are their first known Spanish-suited designs. The four of cups has the green 'Mercury' tax stamp used on home-produced cards at this time and the address is given as Sarmiento 1537, Bs Aires.

Naipes Triunfo, c.1925

Above: naipes TRIUNFO made by Cappellano Hnos, Sarmiento 1537, Buenos Aires, 1920s. This is an early version of the Ace of Coins and court card design, showing the Argentine flag draped around the central medallion and simplified courts.

At some time (c.1930) the design of Naipes Triunfo was re-drawn in a more conventional style which resembles the cards of several other manufacturers of the time. The Art Nouveau logo on the Four of Cups was retained for a while, until this was also replaced in c.1945.

Naipes Triunfo, c.1930-40

Above: cards from a slightly later edition of Naipes Triunfo by Cappellano Hnos, c.1930-40, with gold edges, showing the re-designed Ace of Coins and court cards which were used in all Naipes Triunfo decks thereafter. The address is given as Sarmiento 1537, Bs Aires.

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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.


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