Interesting Canasta Facts
Posted by Alex (126.96.36.199) on April 23, 2006 at 18:47:12:
Canasta, a game of the Rummy family was the most popular American game in the early 1950s. It originated in Uruguay about 10 years earlier, spread rapidly to Argentina and the rest of Latin America, and reached the United States about 1948. Soon it was played everywhere in the United Stated. The game became the biggest fad since Mah-Jongg in the 1920s and crossword puzzles in the 1930s. In the early 1950s, Canasta surpassed even Contract Bridge in popularity, and it is still one of the most widely-played card games in the country. The next game to reach fad proportions was Backgammon in the 1970s.
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