E.E. Fairchild Co., Rochester, N.Y, published many varieties of Bridge sized cards, advertising decks and card games during the 1930s & 1940s.
Decks published by Fairchild were imported into Argentina by Julio Laje (Buenos Aires) during this time.
Above: twin set of 'Haddon Hall' playing cards manufactured by E.E. Fairchild Corporation (USA)
and imported into Argentina by Julio Laje, Buenos Aires, c.1930s.
The green 50 Centavos tax bands wrapped around the decks, which along with the orange/brown 'Mercury'
tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts, used between 1924-1943, show the importer's details.
The selling price is also overstamped on the tax band.
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Above: another set similar to the twin decks shown above, showing the Joker and Ace of Spades, with the same tax stamp and importing agent's details overprinted on the Ace of Hearts. Interestingly, the design of the Joker was the inspiration for Jokers made in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana and their successors Ingrapa.
Above: Game of Cities boxes by E. E. Fairchild, 1932 & 1945 more →