Knowing my penchant for poker, my son gave me some playing cards he had found at a thrift store. The box was decorated with a reversed-out Chinese print and some calligraphy, and read “Characters in Water Margin.” This link shows details of the box and the cards. Very nice, although the size of the cards suggest they were meant for either smaller hands or cut of a size to save paper costs.
Made in Shanghai, China, I was intrigued by their availability and age, and confused by the term “Characters in Water Margin.” Was the article ‘a’ between ‘in’ and ‘water’ lost in translation? I thanked him for the gift and as soon as I could, googled. “Water Margin” is a famous story in Chinese literature. The decks are readily available on ebay.