There is much debate as to when the playing card first made it's appearance. Many historians believe it was during the 9th century in China (since the Chinese invented paper) and during the tenth century it is documented that the Chinese used paper dominoes in order to create new games.
This was a long time ago of course, and the playing card has gone through many changes and been used for many different purposes throughout the centuries.
Over at the World of Playing Cards site, you can find out everything you never thought you didn't know about playing cards. From the history and uses of cards to the numerous galleries of card artwork, there is enough fun to be had here that you could keep occupied for hours on end!
A truly great resource that is not to be missed!