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”.
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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.
Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947
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, c.2008
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
Naipes ‘Retruco’ published by Fantasias S.A., Montevideo, c.1980.
A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America.
Naipes '210' playing cards made in Uruguay by Industria Gráfica Papelera S.A. (Ingrapa), c.1990.
Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrates the culture and traditions of the gauchos.
Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. .
Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Caraven S.A., Montevideo, Uruguay, c.1990s.
Naipes ‘American’ by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950.
Naipes ‘Jaque’ Catalan pattern manufactured by Casabó S.A. for Laboratorios Gautier, c.1997.
Naipes ‘Bambú’ manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950
‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950.
Naipe Infantil Gauchito children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse,