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Shakespeare Playing Cards

In 1893, Chas. Goodall & Son, London, produced a pack showing characters from Shakespeare's plays. The maker's name is on each Ace.

The Aces also have the name of the play and a symbolic representation on them. The court cards show characters from the play (named here in the order King, Queen, Jack):
Clubs: 'King Lear' with King Lear, Cordelia, and Edmund
Spades: 'Julius Caesar' with Julius Caesar, Calphurnia (Calpurnia), and Brutus
Hearts: 'Henry VIII' with Henry VIII, Katherine, and Wolsey
Diamonds: 'Henry V' with Henry V, Kate, and Falstaff

© Peter Endebrock, 01 Oct. 2008