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Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60

Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A. (García Morales-Mercant), Dante 1978, Montevideo (Uruguay) c.1955-60

Only the name of the pack, the 2 Jokers and a motif on the four of couns, have Gaucho connotations: the style is a fantasy based on the ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern. However, in some respects the court cards are closer to Fournier’s Castilian pattern than to Gauchos, especially the Kings. Gráficos Unidos S.A. was succeeded by Cervantes S.A. in the 1970s who continued to produce Naipes “El Gaucho”.

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1960

Above: detail from the four of coins, and the tax stamp on the seven of coins. See more about taxes

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60 Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60 Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60

Above: Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60. 48 cards + 2 jokers in box. Gráficos Unidos also produced Naipes “Gamo”, “Fútbol” and Naipes “Cabure”.

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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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