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Origin of Playing Cards

It is not known from where playing cards originated, nor has it been easy to document their introduction to European culture. Playing cards appeared in Europe almost everywhere at once in the latter half of the 14th century. Various explanations have been proposed for their arrival, but none have pieced together the entire story. Read More »


Card Masters of the 19th Century

Lewis I. Cohen Lawrence and Cohen Thomas de la Rue
Samuel Hart Andrew Dougherty Ferdinand Piatnik

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Early Standards Early English Court Cards

Very little is known of English manufactures, but it is clear to see the origins of the standard English court card, and its patrimony in the French Rouen design. MORE »


Standards Standard Playing-Cards

The Anglo-American standard playing-card is a modern version of the English court card. The standard is defined by the objects, weapons, and other incidentals assigned to each character of the Royal Household. MORE »


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Alphabetical Index of Card Games
Acey Deucey
All Fours
Auction Pitch
Basra
Bezique
Black Maria
Bourré
Bridge
Briscola
Briscola Barstarda
California Jack
Canasta
Cinch
Clover Jack
Conquian
Double Pedro
Ecarte
Euchre
Fildinsky
Five Card Stud
Five Hundred
Gaigel
German Solo
German Whist
Gin Rummy
HandJass
Hearts
KlaverJass
L'Hombre
Loo
Knaves
Napoleon
Ninety-Nine
Old Sledge
Omaha
Pepper
Pinochle
Piquet
Polignac
Polish Bezique
Rickety Kate
Rubicon Bezique
Rummy
Samba
Schafskopf
Seven Card Stud
Seven Up
Shasta Sam
Skat
Six-Bid
Sixty Six
Slobberhannes
Spades
Spanish Solo
Spoil Five
Texas Hold'em

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