Early history[ edit ] A Chinese printed playing card dated c. Chinese playing cards Playing cards may have been invented during the Tang dynasty around the 9th century AD as a result of the usage of woodblock printing technology.
The International Playing-Card Society Perhaps you recall a game from your childhood and you want to relearn it to teach your own children. Maybe you have been on holiday and have seen an unfamiliar game being played with an unusual pack of cards and wondered how to find out the name and rules of the game, and where you might buy similar cards.
Would you like to start collecting these often cheap and colourful reminders of different times and different countries? Maybe you would like more in-depth answers to the questions asked above.
In that case the International Playing-Card Society may be for you. It numbers around members world-wide and is run by a members' elected council. The International Playing-Card Society was founded in to bring together people, in a variety of countries, who have a common interest in the collecting of playing cards and card games, with the object of sharing research and knowledge.
The Society has members in many countries around the world and has inspired the establishment of local societies, which it works closely with, including staging "joint Conventions" in that country.
The Convention will take place in Leinfelden-Echterdingen Germany. Details of future meetings can be found on the Calendar page. Benefits of membership Members receive four issues annually of The Playing-Card, an A5 journal packed with articles and research, with many colour plates.
A review of new issues is a popular contribution supported by members' own discoveries. The four issues total approximately pages annually.
Pattern sheets or monograph are regularly sent to our members, free of charge. Becoming a new member of the Society does not exclude you from the previous issues of The Playing-Card. Through the Members Area you will have access to all the back issue from This is an enormous benefit as the whole wealth of issues are 'searchable' through the hosting site of the Conjuring Arts Research Center.
Back issues are also available in hard copy at a reduced price for our members.
Also in the Members' Area you will have access to the current IPCS Members' List which will give you all means to contacting them, like their postal address, e-mail address, collecting interest, languages read and written, etc.
The IPCS is connected to many local associations.
These Conventions offer great opportunities to see a display of material that is stored in a local museum or library, and that is exhibited rarely.
Talks and a large trading session, game session, a nice dinner, guided tours of interesting places, some being exclusively shown us for the Conventions, are some of the benefits our members enjoy during these gatherings, not to forget the many friendly contacts they further.
Want to know more? In many cases the subscription can be paid in local currency to our Area Representatives. Alternatively, annual subscriptions can be paid online by PayPal: Playing-Cards Playing cards are common, everyday objects which we take for granted. Yet they have a history of use in Europe which goes back to the late s; their design is a strange mixture of fundamental changes as well as aspects which haven't changed since medieval times.
They are found in almost every corner of the globe. Patterns Most countries have their own designs, popular locally, which you may not have seen. Games There have been thousands of games invented and played since the late 14th century when playing-cards first came to Europe.
Some of the games became very popular and remained so for many years before being forgotten, unless they were recorded in literature. Some of today's popular games have changed little over several hundred years.
Playing cards is still a popular pastime; look at the postings to the newsgroup rec. Last updated 31 October Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products/5().
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Benefits of playing card games. Playing cards can be a pastime that offers pleasure and social enjoyment. A game of cards is a way of entertaining yourself in a group and it is one of the most popular indoor activities adults play.
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