Colour on the Cards

The benefits of charity and thrift shops, at least if you know what you’re looking for.

The Curious Archaeologist

Do you like Charity Shops? I do as you never know what you might find in them, and in my case where the discovery might take you.

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A little while ago I was in a local shop when I spotted a pack of playing cards in a glass case. I could see that the numbers had been written on, which told me that they were of some age as I knew numbers had been added to cards in the nineteenth century. Incidentally this had led to the term ‘Jack’ becoming socially acceptable, before this the lowest value court card had been known as the Knave in polite society, Jack was a much more lower class term (like using serviette instead of napkin). Thus in Great Expectations;

“He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!” said Estella with disdain.

But when there was a need to put a letter on a card…

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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2 Responses to Colour on the Cards

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Love old stuff – this was quite a find!

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