18TH CENTURY PLAYING CARDS
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Originating  in China, playing cards had developed into the four suits as we know them by the early 15th century.  A french knight developed a game of knights and chivalry called Piquet, in which the suit of hearts represented the church, diamonds the vassals, clubs the husbandmen, and the spades represented the knights themselves.  With the invention of printing, rare hand-painted cards became available to the masses.  First introduced to America by the Spanish, they were also brought over by the French, English and Dutch.  By the 18th century, the sale of playing cards was so profitable, they were specifically targeted by the Stamp Act.  Popular during America's colonial and revolutionary War periods were Whick (Whist), Lotto, Cribbage, and Pope

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