Deck of Diversity: Suits, Symbols, & Cultural Differences
How Playing Cards Evolved
Can a deck of cards be the cultural thread linking ancient and modern cultures across the globe? When we trace the origin story of our modern decks and card suites, we find that this simple game can be a lesson in influence and evolution. Continue reading “Card Suites”
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
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”
Before the Beads: A History of Comanche Jewelry
When you mention American Indian beadwork, most think of decorative jewelry made from small, brightly colored beads arranged in intricate patterns. However, the glass beads of today were introduced by European setters. Continue reading “Comanche Jewelry”
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”
Texas is home to more bat species than another other state in the US – Bats of Texas
If you want to know why Texas has the best mosquito control than any other state, the answer would be bats – the bats of Texas. Texas is known for its crazy bat population, and a cave that sounds like it Continue reading “Bats of Texas”
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”
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 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”
There’s big, and then there’s Texas big! Nine Fun Facts
When you have a state as big as Texas— you have room for some pretty crazy things, like a wind farm 4.5 time bigger than the city of Manhattan! As they say, “big things happen in Texas” and this list of fun facts certainly proves it! Continue reading “Nine Fun Facts About the Size of Texas – Texas Big”