In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.
Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.
Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932
Taxation on Spanish Playing Cards.
Duty was first introduced on playing cards in Argentina in 1892, as part of the Internal Duties law, and in 1896 the first duty labels were printed to be used on packets of 1 gross packs.
Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968
EL CONGRESO DE COLOMBIA. LEY 69 DE 1946, por la cual se elevan las tarifas de algunos impuestos indirectos y se dictan otras disposiciones.
In October 1888 the Republic of Peru Congress passed Law no.26 establishing taxes on playing cards, whether imported or locally produced, according to the quality of the cards.
In 1806 the Council of Concepción del Uruguay imposed an 8 Peso tax on card and billiard tables on account of “the detrimental effect on poor and innocent people”