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The Ace of Spades also known as the Spadille and Death Card  is traditionally the highest and most valued card in the deck of playing cards in English-speaking countries.
The actual value of the card varies from game to game. The ornate design of the ace of spadescommon in packs today, stems from the 17th century, when James I and later Queen Anne imposed laws requiring the ace of spades to bear an insignia of the printing house.
Stamp dutyan idea imported to England by Charles Iwas extended to playing cards in by Queen Anne and lasted until Over the years a number of methods were used to show that duty had been paid.
From onwards, one of the cards in the pack, usually the ace of spades, was marked with a hand stamp. In hand stamping was replaced by the printing of official ace of spades by the Megalopolis - Tacheless - The World Keeps Burning Office, incorporating the royal coat of arms.
In the Duty Ace of Spades known as "Old Frizzle" was printed to indicate a reduced duty of a shilling had been paid. The system was changed again in when official threepenny duty wrappers were introduced and although the makers were free to use whatever design they wanted, most chose to keep the ornate ace of The Ace Of Spades - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 that is popular today.
The exact design of the ace card was so important, it eventually became the subject of design patents and trademarking. For example, on December 5,George G. His ace design was adorned with male and female figures leaning onto the spade from either side.
The ace of spades has been employed, on numerous occasions, in the theater of war. In the Second World Warthe soldiers of the Smash It Up - Captain Sensible - Glad Its All Over / Damned On 45 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American st Airborne Division were marked with the spades symbol painted on the sides of their helmet.
In this capacity, it was used to represent good luck, due to its fortunate connotations in card playing. All four card suits were used for easy of identification of regiments within the airborne division following the confusion of a large scale combat airborne operation. Battalions within the regiments were denoted with tic marks or dots, The Ace Of Spades - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 from top clockwise: headquarters at the twelve o'clock position, 1st Battalion at the three o'clock, etc.
Some twenty years later, a folk legend about the ace of spades being used by American Soldiers during the Vietnam War was popularized. Supposedly, US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune and in a bid to frighten and demoralize Viet Cong soldiers, it was common practice to mockingly leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card.
The plain white tuck cases were marked "Bicycle Secret Weapon", and the cards were deliberately scattered in villages and in the jungle during raids. It was not unheard of for US Sonata In B Minor Op. 58 - Frédéric Chopin, Vladimir Ashkenazy - The Complete Piano Works Volume 2 and Marines to stick this card in their helmet band as a sort of anti-peace sign.
More recently, in a deck of most-wanted Iraqi playing cards was issued to US Soldiers during Operation Iraqi Under The Double Eagle (Marche Des Aigles) - Les Fantômes - Et Leurs Big Sound Guitareseach card had the picture of a wanted Iraqi official on it.
Saddam Hussein got the nickname "Ace of Spades" as that card bore his image. Various idioms involving the ace of spades include, "black as the ace of spades," which may refer either to colorracelack of morality, or lack of cleanliness in a person.
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