First Printed Playing Cards

German documents reference wooden blocks used to print picture playing cards in large quantities for usage across Europe in 1402.


Additional Information:

  • The History of Playing Cards: The Evolution of the Modern Deck
    Educated guesses have made links to the cards, suits, and icons of 12th century and even older cards in China, India, Korea, Persia, or Egypt, which may have been introduced to Europe by Arabs. Some scholars believe that playing cards were invented in China during the Tang dynasty around the 9th century AD.Oct 16, 2018
  • Playing card – Wikipedia
    A playing card is a piece of specially prepared pasteboard, heavy paper, thin cardboard, …. Packs with corner and edge indices (i.e. the value of the card printed at the corner(s) of the card) enabled players to hold their cards ….. 1352; Singer, Samuel Weller (1816), Researches into the History of Playing Cards, R. Triphook …
  • History of Playing Cards – The World of Playing Cards
    Playing Cards have been around in Europe since the 1370s. Some early packs were hand painted works of art which were expensive and affordable only by the …
  • Playing Card printing history
    To a large extent the history of playing card manufacturing reflects the history of … Xylography, in which the subject is printed from a design engraved on a block …
  • History – The Playing Card Factory
    The first reference to the card game in world history dates no later than the 9th … However, it may be that the first deck of cards ever printed was a Chinese …

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