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Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1943

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1943

Towards the end of 1941 Stalin gave orders that playing card production was to be resumed in Leningrad and a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers. Working under difficult conditions and with no electricity, the pack was finally ready for distribution in 1943 in an edition of about 700 copies.

The characters portrayed are from those countries that had attacked Russia in 1941: Germany, Romania, Italy and Finland. The Queens and Aces are allegories of the times and the Joker shows Goebbels.

Russian anti-fascist playing cards first published in 1943

Above: a modern re-print of the Anti-fascist playing cards. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

Below: a selection of the original cards from 1943, with Russian indices, also showing the cropping guide marks and colour palette.

Russian anti-fascist playing cards published in 1943

REFERENCES

Mētra, Jānis: Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, in "The Playing Card" Vol.32 no.3, Nov/Dec 2003, IPCS, England.

Last Updated January 26, 2016 at 04:48pm

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