The Card Maker Who Brought the Joker Into the World | Atlas Obscura

Some of the face cards without indices in one of Hart’s sets from the mid-1860s, including his new trump card. (Photo: Courtesy of World of Playing Cards)

Numbered cards, those make sense. The jack, king, queen—also logical. But a 19th century card maker named Samuel Hart re-shuffled the American notion of the card game by popularizing that bumbling buffoon we love to hate, the joker.

Hart is widely credited with having introduced the first illustrated joker-like card to the…

Source: The Card Maker Who Brought the Joker Into the World | Atlas Obscura

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