The Map Deck

How Playing Cards Helped POW’s Escape During WWII -The Map Deck

Throughout WWII, the British produced hundreds of thousands of maps on thin cloth and tissue paper for soldiers to carry with them.  It was hoped that if a serviceman was shot down behind enemy lines, he could use the map to help him evade capture and find his way back to safety.  The size and weight of these British maps also made them useful in clandestine wartime activities.     Continue reading “The Map Deck”

The Longest Poker Game

The Longest Poker Game

Longest Running Poker Game in History at The Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona

In 1881, inspired by the packed houses of San Francisco, Billy and Lottie Hutchison opened The Bird Cage Theater.  They hoped to bring respectable entertainment to the inhabitants of Tombstone, Arizona, and profit from the silver mining boom.  The Hutchisons quickly learned that reputable entertainment would not draw the mining crowd.   Continue reading “The Longest Poker Game”

Comanche Naming Ceremony

American Indian Naming Traditions – Comanche Naming Ceremony

Why choose one name, when you can have several? If you lived in the Comanche tribe, your birth name was often just one of many.

When a son was born, it was custom for a midwife to tell the father, “It’s your close friend“. Considered to be a warrior from birth, families might decorate their tipi with the good news. Baby boys were named by their father or the tribe’s medicine man. Mother’s named their daughters—usually after someone in the father’s family. Continue reading “Comanche Naming Ceremony”

Choctaw

Choctaw is Oklahoma’s First Official Town

Founded in 1983, Choctaw is Oklahoma’s oldest town.

Just east of Oklahoma City in the greater metro, sits our state’s oldest town, Choctaw. Originally part of William McClure’s 7C Ranch, the land turned into the first official city because of one small thing: a mailbox.

The draw to a place like Choctaw was twofold: the railroad line and the location along the North Canadian River. After the war, railroad lines began to spread across America from Continue reading “Choctaw”

Card Shoe

The Card Shoe: Automatic Card Dispensers at Casino Gaming Tables

The “card shoe” guarantees that cards are dealt fairly to the players.

Constellations are named after Greek Gods, cities after explorers, and scientific discoveries after famous scientists—but do you know what the casino’s card dispenser is named after? A shoe! Early versions of the device looked like a woman’s high heel shoe, and Continue reading “Card Shoe”

Comanche Shields

Comanche Shields Were Made With Paper Torn From Books.

To the Comanche tribe, shield making was a ceremonious task. Comanche shields was much more than an object, but a source of protection, piece of artistry, and a religious symbol. The Comanche warriors usually carried two shields, one for protection in battle, and the other for spiritual protection. Both skill, careful tools and the right supplies were needed for the laborious task. Continue reading “Comanche Shields”