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The Origin of Playing Cards



   The Origin of Playing Cards

Although the real origin of playing cards is most uncertain, they appear to the majority of people as modern as most of the things of today. But a second look at a pack will convince anyone that they are quite different from anything of the present age. The queer costumes of the figures on the face cards, according to The Pathfinder, are those of the time of Henry VII of England, whose reign marked the beginning of English playing cards.

One popular belief is that Charles VI, the mad king of France, had playing cards invented for his personal amusement. But historical records show that cards were known in Virbo, Italy, in 1349, although they were a little different from the modern playing card. Some authorities claim that they originated with the Saracens, but they were possibly known to the Orient before the Christian era.

The Chinese dictionary, "Ching-tsze-tung," published in 1678, declares that cards were invented by a Chinese in the reign of Seun-ho, 1120 A.D. There is also a tradition that cards have existed in India from time immemorial and that they were invented by the Brahmans.

The invention of cards has also been assigned to the Egyptians, the Arabs, Germans, Spanish and French Cards were known in England as early as the middle of the thirteenth century.

This story appeared in The Zanesville Signal on November 20, 1927 under the title "The Origin of Playing Cards."


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