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Early American Playing Cards
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    In the days of early America,playing cards were quite different than they are today.  Unlike modern cards, which use contemporary production materials and coatings, these primitive cards were made of non-coated cardstock and printed on just one side.The designs for the cards were taken from old wood engravings of the time.

    This deck of Early American Playing Cards includes 52 colorful reproduction playing cards, copied after authentic cards of Early America.  The backs of the cards are blank as was common for card decks during this time.
                                                              (Includes history of playing cards.) 

History of Playing Cards
    The origin of playing cards is a mystery.  Most authorities agree that cards were first used in ancient China more than 800 years ago.  Such cards may have reached Europe via the Crusaders returning from the Holy Land. 

    Cards appeared to have been an instant success once they arrived in Europe and the 52-card deck, also popular in France, became standard.  Around the end of the 15th century, this deck was transported to England and later carried to the colonies in the New World.

    In the mid-1800's, people of all classes began playing cards increasingly for fun.  With the newly-invented gas-light, people turned card playing into an absorbing "pastime" for the evenings.  Many of our standard card games were invented at this time. 

    Today, an average of 175 million decks of cards are manufactured annually in the US alone.  Indeed, card playing is widely acknowedged to be the most popular game activity of all time.
Princess Pocahontas Necklace Kit
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We, at Homestead Folk Toys, are proud to introduce our newest product:

Princess Pocahontas Necklace Kit

Pocahontas was a true princess, favored daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl always in motion-always laughing, teasing and dancing. But the course of her life would change when English colonists founded Jamestown in Powhatan territory in 1607.  Fascinated by her new neighbors, Pocahontas seemed to be the key to the peace between
the colonists and the Powhatans. 
Although Pocahontas was not a princess in the context of the Powhatan culture, the Virginia company nevertheless presented her as a princess to the English public in 1616.

Princess Pocahontas Necklace Kit
Princess Pocahontas Necklace Kit
see in Native American Crafts & Games
Our Pocahontas Necklace kit symbolizes  the blending of the old world and native cultures, a joining of woodland beads
and English treasure.  Makes one colorful wooden bead and pendant necklace. 
Beads may vary.