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„Le Galant dupe“ (1701-1725) Cornelis Danckerts, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
In Casino Royale, James Bond foiled the plans of the villain Le Chiffre with a dramatic poker tournament; in the opera Carmen, the cards foretold the heroine’s ominous fate and in Agatha Christie’s Cards on the Table, the private detective Hercule Poirot solved a tricky case with the aid of a bridge game score table. It is apparent that cards, therefore, are of decisive importance in a cultural-historical aspect. Reason enough to throw the spotlight on the history of the playing card in this DDBspotlight.
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