Archive for December, 2008

Christmas 2008

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And Now…A Little Black Book Quote

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“You don’t want to know the inside of crazy.”

If you are new to the Little Black Book of Quotes, see About the Little Black Book of Quotes under Curator’s Comments.

CURATOR’S COMMENT: About Crude Art Drawings

The drawings that will be on display in this gallery are extremely crude lacking sense of scale, continutiy, or any artistic value whatsoever. My apologies to those truly gifted in this medium.

CURATOR’S COMMENT: Card-O-Rama Exhibition

History of Playing Cards

The earliest playing cards are believed to have originated in Central Asia. The cards were hand-painted and only the very wealthy could afford them until mass production of playing cards across Europe started with the invention of woodcuts in the 14th century.

At one time, the king of hearts represented Charlemagne, the king of Diamonds was Julius Caesar, the king of clubs was Alexander the Great and the king of spades was King David from the Bible? These fascinating identities, along with special designations for the other court cards, were bestowed by the French who were instrumental in bringing the pleasures of card play to people in Europe and the New World.

It is from French designs that the cards we use today are derived. France gave us the suits of spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts, and the use of simple shapes and flat colors helped facilitate manufacture.

Americans began making their own cards around 1800. They invented the Joker.