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Tô Tôm №1204

Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck.

Tô Tôm №1204 cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, for French colonies. Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck and is derived from the Chinese game of Khanhoo. The head and foot of each card gives the rank and suit in Chinese characters.

Tô Tôm cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, c.1900
Tô Tôm cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, c.1900
Tô Tôm cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, c.1900
Tô Tôm cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, c.1900

Above: Tô Tôm cards manufactured by A. Camoin & Cie, Marseille, c.1900. During French colonial rule, the Marseilles firm Camoin redesigned the deck to depict people wearing traditional Japanese costumes from the Edo period.

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Images courtesy Ruth Mancino.

Wikipedia: Tổ tôm


Vietnamese card players, 1904

Above: Vietnamese card players, 1904.

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