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Published July 31, 2011 Updated March 22, 2022

SOIMCA

SOIMCA - Sociedade Impressora Caxiense - is an important playing card manufacturer in Brazil. It was established by Nelson Soares in Caxias do Sul, in the south of Brazil, by 1955.

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SOIMCA (Sociedade Impressora Caxiense) is an important playing card manufacturer in Brazil. It was established by Nelson Soares in Caxias do Sul, in the south of Brazil, by 1955. Its “Pingüim” brand is very popular. In 1993 SOIMCA asked the artist Gertre to design a new Spanish-suited pack, inspired on the Castilian pattern; they tried to introduce these into players’ circles but they were not well received. The designs were traded with COPAG and nowadays are used by COPAG as its Spanish-style cards for exportation. In 1999 SOIMCA jointed forces with COPAG, transferring its machines to Manaus.

Above: new Spanish-suited playing cards designed by Gertre in 1993, 48 cards, published by SOIMCA. The designs were not well received by card players.

SOIMCA's standard Spanish-suited playing cards, Catalan pattern SOIMCA's standard Spanish-suited playing cards, 1975 SOIMCA's standard Spanish-suited playing cards, 1999

Above: different editions of SOIMCA's traditional standard Spanish-suited playing cards, “Baralho Tipo Espanhol”, Catalan pattern, with female horse-rider on the Four of Cups.


“Pingüim” brand Anglo-American type playing cards with advertising reverse for Chevrolet / General Motors, 1983

Above: “Pingüim” brand Anglo-American type playing cards with advertising reverse for Chevrolet / General Motors, 1983. The trade mark penguin Joker has been used, along with the internationally accepted copy of Fournier's large index Anglo-American courts.

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