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12:57pm on Sunday, 5th September, 2010:
I bought another set of antique playing cards off eBay the other day, and they were waiting for me when I arrived back from Sweden. Here's a picture of them, alongside a modern card:
I only did one suit because I wanted to show them approximately life-size but I don't like putting huge images on QBlog because they cost bandwidth...
Anyway, as you can see they're small and not a common design. I don't know anything about them, except the lack of an index in the corner probably puts them in the middle of the 1800s. I just liked the look of them.
I don't blog every old pack of cards I buy, but this one has something odd about it. The four and five of diamonds, as you can see from the picture, are lighter than the other cards. This normally means that they haven't been used much, which is how you can tell a deck that's been primarily used for Piquet, Skat or Bezique from one that hasn't. Except, that would mean the two to the six would be cleaner, not just the five and the six. Also, it would mean that all suits would have those cards cleaner, but they don't: the only other cards in the whole deck that are as light as this are the five and six of hearts.
What game or other activity involves using every card in the pack except the red fives and sixes?
Hmm, beats me!
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