Naipes ‘American’ manufactured by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Avda Gral Rondeau 1602, Montevideo, c.1950.
Casabó adopted American stylings (not direct copies) for several of their local brands, including this one. The court cards are a curious idiosyncratic design which in this edition have not all been turned so that the suit symbol is at the left-hand side which would make it easier to fan the cards in the hand. In later editions the courts are all turned. The ace of hearts has the blue 25 centésimo tax stamp which was applied to cards manufactured in Uruguay. The extra card and the box give the company name as M. C. de Casabó Ltda, and the address as Av. Gral Rondeau, 1602 (Montevideo). In May 1956 the name changed to M. C. de Casabó S.A. and the address to Cuareim 1885 (Montevideo).
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Standard Bohemian pattern designs by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
A brand name used in Norway over a number of years.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
One end Berlin pattern the other standard English pattern
Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000
100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.
Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back design, c.1880-1885.
‘Monic’ brand playing cards, c.1930s
28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])
My interest in postage stamp variants led me to apply the same principles to playing cards.
There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwich.
A brief survey of the different types of standard cards to be found in Continental Europe.
This pattern was used in various parts of eastern France but was ultimately replaced by the official ‘Paris’ pattern in c.1780.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.
Victoria playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955.
Supermercados CHIP playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1979
Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.
Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrating the culture and traditions of the gauchos.
An example of the typical version of the Spanish Catalan pattern which is widely used in South American countries, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003.
Chocolondo Waffle deck for Famosa.
Pilsen Trucofest playing cards, Uruguay.
Woodblock and stencil playing cards, produced by Reynolds & Sons c.1830-1850.
Until the 19th century playing cards were imported into Uruguay from Spain.
Naipes opacos ‘Ancla’ manufactured by Cía General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A. c.1980.
Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos, Montevideo, c.1950.
The standard Spanish-suited 'Parisian' style (Tipo Frances) is based on models exported to South America by French manufacturers during the nineteenth century.
Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s.
The reverse has advertising for Cymaco motor spares who have branches in Uruguay.