hist-games: Card History Question

David KUIJT kuijt at umiacs.umd.edu
Thu Mar 11 13:05:40 PST 1999

On Thu, 11 Mar 1999, Michael McKay wrote:

> How are the number cards printed in a French suited playing card pack in the
> time of 1500-1700?

I assume you mean pip or non-court cards when you say "number"; the
practice of using corner indices is much later.

Judging from examples shown in paintings, they used stencils alone.  The
non-court cards are monochrome (red or black depending) without any
decoration or detail; very easy to produce with stencils.  Stencils work
best with simple large holes, such as the pips on court cards shown in

All the non-stencil techniques you describe seem unlikely or unwieldy.

Dafydd ap Gwystl

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