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1300s

I-8n Basle, 1377, the pack was described by Brother John in his sermon as: “in its common form, and that in which it first reached us” comprises four seated kings, on royal thrones, each one holding a certain sign in his hand, of which signs some are reputed good, but others signify evil. Under which kings are two ‘marschalli’, the first of whom holds the sign upwards in his hand, in the same manner as the king; but the other holds it downwards in his hand. After this there are ten other cards, outwardly of the same size and shape, containing pips one to ten, making a total of 52.

There is also documentary evidence that "Saracenic" playing cards reached Italy in 1379.  Read more →

1400s

  • 1451. Birth of Christopher Columbus

  • 1491. Birth of Henry VIII of England

  • 1492. Christopher Columbus discovers the 'new world' of the Americas on board his ship Santa Maria

  • 1499. Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India via the Cape of Good Hope on board his ship São Gabriel

1500s

1600s

Hewson
1650
Hewson
Infirrera
1693
Infirrera

1700s

Vogelspiel
1760
Vogelspiel
Brazil
1770
Brazil
L Day
1780
L Day
Amorcillos
1790
Amorcillos
  • 1717. The Freemasonry fraternity is founded with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London, England

  • 1725. Birth of Antoine Court de Gébelin

  • 1732. Birth of George Washington

  • 1738. Birth of "Etteilla", the pseudonym of Jean-Baptiste Alliette

  • 1769. Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 1776. The Founding Fathers establish the United States of America through the signing of the Declaration of Independence

  • 1785. Birth of Charles Goodall

  • 1793. Birth of Thomas de la Rue

  • 1799. The Rosetta Stone is discovered in Egypt by French soldiers during Napoleon's expedition, providing the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs

  • 1799. Death of George Washington, aged 67

1800s

1810s

Goyesca
1814
Goyesca

1820s

Myriorama
1824
Myriorama

1830s

De La Rue
1832
De La Rue
Dondorf
1833
Dondorf

1840s

1850s

Pou y Cía
1850
Pou y Cía

1860s

Gnav
1860
Gnav
Glanz
1862
Glanz
John Bull
1865
John Bull
Snap
1866
Snap

1870s

Excelsior
1870
Excelsior
Anno Mundi
1875
Anno Mundi

1880s

On Guard
1880
On Guard
Ivorette
1883
Ivorette
Four Flags
1884
Four Flags
Tally-Ho
1885
Tally-Ho
Ship Sails
1885
Ship Sails
Quits
1885
Quits
Tourists
1886
Tourists

1890s

Who Buys?
1890
Who Buys?
Crickette
1890
Crickette
Kimberley
1892
Kimberley
Khanhoo
1895
Khanhoo
El Barco
1895
El Barco
Our Ship
1896
Our Ship
Population
1896
Population
Bluffing
1896
Bluffing
Pashas
1898
Pashas
Misfitz
1898
Misfitz
Bible Game
1899
Bible Game

1900s

Japanesque
1900
Japanesque
Bargains
1900
Bargains
Skits
1900
Skits
Karoo
1900
Karoo
Nap
1900
Nap
Oosehe
1900
Oosehe
Tut=Tut
1900
Tut=Tut
Who Knows?
1900
Who Knows?
Ceki Cards
1901
Ceki Cards
C.W.F Snap
1902
C.W.F Snap
Flora
1903
Flora
Stage
1904
Stage
Hindooly
1904
Hindooly
Zum
1905
Zum
Sky
1905
Sky
Iddy Umpty
1905
Iddy Umpty
Boudoir
1906
Boudoir
Spelka
1908
Spelka

1910s

Algeria
1910
Algeria
Snapshots
1910
Snapshots
Adverto
1910
Adverto
Rokoko
1911
Rokoko
Peter Pan
1912
Peter Pan
Panko
1912
Panko
Roodles
1912
Roodles
Kuhn Khan
1912
Kuhn Khan
Spy
1915
Spy
Waisenfond
1916
Waisenfond

1920s

Rainbow
1920
Rainbow
Kikit
1920
Kikit
Old Maid
1920
Old Maid
Qantas
1920
Qantas
Tempest
1920
Tempest
Rococco
1920
Rococco
On Spec
1920
On Spec
Oppo
1920
Oppo
Blaze
1920
Blaze
Zoo-Zoo
1920
Zoo-Zoo
Funny Snap
1920
Funny Snap
Touring
1920
Touring
Uback
1922
Uback
Cocktail
1925
Cocktail
Snap 1925
1925
Snap 1925
Race-Cardo
1925
Race-Cardo
Sparx
1925
Sparx
Touring
1926
Touring
Beaver!
1927
Beaver!
Lindy
1927
Lindy
Slavonic
1928
Slavonic
Wings
1928
Wings
Arpak
1928
Arpak
Cir-Q-Lar
1929
Cir-Q-Lar

1930s

Julio Laje
1930
Julio Laje
Snap 1930
1930
Snap 1930
Zoo-Boots
1930
Zoo-Boots
Marguerite
1930
Marguerite
Pooltella
1930
Pooltella
Mr Bok
1930
Mr Bok
Non-Revoke
1930
Non-Revoke
Klubams
1930
Klubams
Kargo
1931
Kargo
Lexicon
1932
Lexicon
Lobo
1932
Lobo
Rūfa
1934
Rūfa
Rush Hour
1935
Rush Hour
Whot
1935
Whot
Sikar
1935
Sikar
Zole
1936
Zole