|Playing Card Facts & Trivia |
Some interesting facts (or possibly fiction) about playing cards.
It is said that each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the Middle Ages: Hearts represented the Church, Spades represented the military, Clubs represented agriculture, and Diamonds represented the merchant class.
Each face card in a deck of playing cards is said to represent a great person from history:
The King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache and is the only king with a sword through his head, otherwise known as the "Suicide King".
The Face Cards (King, Queen & Jack) are referred to as the "Court".
52 cards represents the 52 weeks in a year
The 4 suits also represent the four natural elements
An interesting fact about playing cards is that specially-constructed decks were sent to American soldiers who were being held in German camps during World War II. The United States Playing Card Company collaborated with the government in the production of these cards. What made these cards so unique was, once they became wet, they peeled apart. Inside, the prisoners found parts of maps that would lead them to freedom.
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