‘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►
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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.
8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.
Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
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.
The “Traveler’s Companion”, Union Playing Card Co., New York, c.1886.
Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.
“Head-to-Head” Poker by Parker Brothers (Hasbro), 2005
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
Poker Faces playing cards were illustrated by Alex Elsen and published by Verlag Um Die Ecke, Germany, 2015
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
Naipes Fantasio by Vigor S.A.C. e I., c.1960.
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.
While card rooms and private gaming clubs may have been around for hundreds of years, the earliest known European casino of the type gamblers know today is probably the Casino at Monte Carlo.
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, c.2008
The origin of Poker - arguably the most influential card game of all time - is actually quite unclear.
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.
Native Indian hand-made cards made on rawhide
Playing cards had been introduced to the Americas with explorers such as Columbus or Cortés, whose fellow countrymen were keen gamblers. Cards were imported from Spain since the 16th century. Local production usually imitated Spanish cards.
Tacuabé was a Charrúa native from Uruguay, an indigenous tribe that became extinct following European conquest and colonisation.
Cards from a 40-card pack made in Belgium by Antoine van Genechten exclusively for the firm "Escalada y Vidiella" based in Montevideo (Uruguay) in c.1860.
In 1806 the Council of Concepción del Uruguay imposed an 8 Peso tax on card and billiard tables on account of “the detrimental effect on poor and innocent people”
Naipes Tatú, M.C. de Casabó S.A., Montevideo, c.1956
Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60