What is something that is used for games, magic tricks, building miniature houses, and even tarot readings? Playing cards! They are part of everyday life all around the world. Did you ever stop to wonder where they came from? The first playing cardsoriginated in as early as the ninth century in the country that invented paper—China. These Chinese playing cards were called money cards since they showed coins or strings of coins.
By the late 1300s, the Egyptian Mameluke deck of cards was introduced into Europe. This version contained 52 cards made up of four suits of 13 cards each. Just like modern-day playing cards, the suits, which were polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups, had 10 numbered cards and three face cards each. The use of playing cards was recorded in Spain, Switzerland, France, and Italy, with many adopting their own suits and styles.
The popularity of playing cards spread thanks to the Germans, who started printing large quantities of the once handmade product in 1418. Then with colonization7 and time, the playing cards we know today came to be the standard.