History Of Playing Cards

A nice, illustrated article on playing cards:
It’s All in the Cards

Heavy Metal Madness: It’s All in the Cards
(creativepro.com)
By Gene Gable, creativepro.com contributing editor
Thursday, May 20, 2004

“Despite their global origins, playing cards are a uniquely American art form. Looking at a deck of cards provides a glimpse of social, economic, and advertising history, says Gene Gable. In this installment: Gene finds meaning in a shoebox full of playing cards, or how to master Canasta. ”

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