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‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950.

‘The Monkey’ playing cards by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, c.1950

‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Avda Gral Rondeau 1602, Montevideo, c.1950. The court cards are a curious idiosyncratic design with indices in a smaller font size than in the numeral cards. The ace of hearts has the blue 25 centésimo tax stamp which was applied to cards manufactured in Uruguay at this time. Casabó also produced Naipes Conga, Naipes Elefante, Naipes Bambú, Naipes Tatú, Naipes King, Naipes American and Naipes Jaque

‘The Monkey’ playing cards  by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, c.1950 ‘The Monkey’ playing cards  by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, c.1950 ‘The Monkey’ playing cards  by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, c.1950

Above: in this edition the court cards 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. Two new joker designs have been added. The box gives the company name as M. C. de Casabó Ltda, and the address as Av. Gral Rondeau, 1602 (Montevideo) and a telephone number. In May 1956 the name changed to M. C. de Casabó S.A. and the address to Cuareim 1885 (Montevideo) with the same telephone number.

Right: the tax stamp on the ace of hearts→

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By Simon Wintle

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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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