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Creator Holmes, Caswell (estate) (Mr.)
Title game
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 69248
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description Legend claims that playing cards were invented centuries ago by bored wives and concubines in eastern harems. History tells us that playing cards first appeared in Europe during the early years of the Italian Renaissance, around 1376. As they spread throughout the continent, different versions of the deck were used in different areas. Court cards appeared in the earliest known decks. The four suits which we use today originated in France and represented the different social classes: hearts symbolized the Church; spades, the aristocracy; diamonds, the well-to-do; and clubs, the peasantry. This standard deck of playing cards was manufactured by the Montreal Lithographing Company in 1918. Woodward's Catalogue advertised a similar deck of Bicycle cards for 45 cents. This included a war tax which was imposed on playing cards to help pay for the cost of World War I.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">b)set of regular playing cards;1 joker card with face of clown;reverse sides of cards are all the same, with floral and leaf pattern, tendril background, diagonal band with wheel pattern across center;a)box, attached lid flap marked -cyclist playing cards, round corners, double heads-;stamped inside lid flap is -12, 4 june 1918-;sticker on front of box says -12-;design on back of box is same as on backs of cards, but in green</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">A)BOX;B)CONTENTS (CARDS)</div>
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