Playing cards

Description

Playing cards appeared in Europe after the mid 14th century, when wood-block printing on paper made mass production possible, but they had been known in other countries even earlier. The number of cards per pack, the suits, and illustrations have varied over time, but the standard pack has 52 cards with suits of hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs. The joker was added to the playing card deck in America in the mid nineteenth century.

Source: Maurice Rickards, Encyclopedia of Ephemera

Details

Descriptive Terms

card games (game sets)
playing cards

Physical Description

42 items

Collection Code

EP001

Collection Name

Ephemera collection

Reference Code

EP001.08

Record Details

Material Type

playing cards

Description Level

Series

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Playing cards appeared in Europe after the mid 14th century, when wood-block printing on paper made mass production possible, but they had been known in other countries even earlier. The number of cards per pack, the suits, and illustrations have varied over time, but the standard pack has 52 cards with suits of hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs. The joker was added to the playing card deck in America in the mid nineteenth century.

Source: Maurice Rickards, Encyclopedia of Ephemera