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Naipes Chinita by Vigor S.R.L.

Naipes CHINITA

Naipes CHINITA Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Vigor S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1955

Naipes Chinita was one of Vigor's brands of standard Spanish-suited playing cards, alongside Naipes Barcelonesa, La Estrella and La Española. Decks contain 40 cards.


Naipes CHINITA, c.1955

Left & right: Naipes Chinita in green or brown wrappers, manufactured by Vigor S.R.L., c.1955. In both cases the company's capital value is quoted as $ 1,000,000 Pesos.

The Spanish word 'Chinita' means an Asian girl who looks mixed of two or more races, for example, Philippine with Chinese blood.

Naipes CHINITA, c.1955
Naipes CHINITA, c.1955

Above: the court cards from Naipes Chinita are based on those of Segundo de Olea (Spain) which had been imported into Argentina since the 19th century.

Quality control slip from Naipes CHINITA, c.1955

Above: quality control slip from Naipes Chinita, c.1955.

Tax band, c.1955

Above: tax band from Naipes Chinita, c.1955.


The Patent Office Registration documents, dated 22nd June 1955, show the original designs for Naipes Chinita. By holding these up to the light, we can read beneath the white labels on the sample card and wrapper the name of Igor Domicelj (c.1950-55), who was the company's predecessor, operating at the same address.

Last Updated March 04, 2019 at 12:26pm

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