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Playing card

A playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling, and were first invented in China during the Tang dynasty.

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French Revolution Playing Card

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, the Aces represent the "Law of the French Republic"

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Whoa, this is incredible. I can't imagine how many hours this guy practiced to get this good.

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Where did the four suits come from?...

Well the suits started off as COINS, CUPS, SWORDS, and STICKS... But later evolved into diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs.

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