Blast from the Past - Nintendo advert from the Meiji era

Talk about a classic Nintendo advertisement! The image above is a Nintendo advert from the Meiji era, and showcases the company's Karuta cards. The ad itself comes from anytime between 1868 to 1912. It's crazy to think has been operating for so long!

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Was that circle with letters inside Nintendo's logo back then?

All their cards since the beginning were branded with the Marufuku symbol, which they still use to this day on their hanafuda cards.

Do you know what it means in English?
Google Translate managed to tell me that "maru" is "circle" and "marufuku" might be "whole".

Mon Apr 16 18 11:45pm
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"Nintendo was founded as Marufuku Company, Ltd. in Kyoto, Japan, in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi."
That was when they started making playing cards.
Source: http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/29/Nintendo-Company-Ltd.html
(The source is actually very complete and interesting, if you like a bit of light history from time to time. :3

The business was called the Marufuku Nintendo Playing Card Company from the start (and sometimes referred to as "Yamauchi Nintendo" as evidenced by the advert), although I believe Marufuku was probably more of a brand name.

A quick google search of the symbol in question "福" says it means "good luck/fortune, happiness" which makes a lot of sense considering their business was based around playing cards.

I got the rain man card tattooed Smile

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