Compañia General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A. was a leading producer of matches in Uruguay.
Commencing around 1900 their printing division began producing several brands of Anglo-American and Spanish-style playing cards such as Naipes Angelito and Naipes Victoria.
Naipes Ancla and a gaucho themed pack followed. They also produced brands for local casinos.
These would have competed with brands being imported from Europe or USA at that time.
The design of their standard Spanish-suited cards is the same Catalan style used by their sister company in Argentina, Cía General de Fósforos, S.A►
Above: two different logos appear on their playing cards over the years.
The company's playing card production was taken over in the 1980s by Ingrapa S.A.►
Above: Victoria' playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955.
The company monogram is visible on the lower half of the ace of hearts, whilst the 0.25 cents tax stamp can be seen in the upper half of the same card. See more →