A deck of cards is something you probably do not give much thought to. It is just a tool that you can use to play fun games alone or with others. For some people a deck of cards is a serious thing that allows them to make money and serves as part of their business. For others, a deck of cards is computerized and used to kill time. Have you ever thought about where cards and card games originated? It seems they have been around forever, but why where they created and how did they become such a staple in everyday life?
The origins of cards seem to go back to dominoes. When paper was invented, cards were invented as more convenient way t play classic games. The Chinese are said to be the actual inventors of playing cards, which occurred around the ninth century when paper was invented.
Somewhere between the 14th and 15th century playing cards began showing up in Europe. The Europeans redesigned the cards into the more modern looking deck that we know today. They added the four suits and the court cards. This is also when the many popular card games we play today were created.
Classic games like euchre, spades, bridge and hearts became very popular as in home card games. Today there are many different types of card games, ranging from group games to single play games. Most of these card games came from Europe.
Card games differed from region to region. The traditional suits of hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs were often changed in different countries. In Germany they used hearts, leaves, bells and acorns. In Switzerland they used coins, cups, swords and clubs. A person could usually tell where a pack of playing card from simply by the different suits.
Playing cards today come in a range of styles and designs. Some include real life pictures and some may have a theme, like cats. You can find many different playing card designs to suit your tastes. Of course, there is always the traditionally designed playing cards with the use of minimal colors and classic designs.
Playing cards quickly found there way into the American home where they became a popular part of recreation. Playing cards play a role in many family gatherings and fun get togethers. Poker, euchre and spades are popular games for adults to play when they get together. Children love such popular games as Go Fish!, Old Maid and crazy eights.
The history of playing cards may not be too exciting, but anyone who has a deck of cards laying around knows just how exciting they can be. A spirited card game can brighten up a get together of friends or turn a rainy day into a fun filled one for bored children. Playing cards are probably one of the greatest inventions of the past that are still very relevant and useful in today’s modern world. There is no doubt that playing cards will be around for a long time.