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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York by Luc Sante
Page 158 - In addition to this, there were a variety of trimmed and marked cards and cards manufactured in such a way that any two could be made to stick together. What is remarkable is that these devices were all sold very openly, advertised in newspapers as "advantage tools," and in at least one case carried on the shelves of a specialized shop around the corner from the Bowery, so that any gambler not straight from the woods would know that the chances of his being swindled were overwhelming.