Mao Zedong & International Friends
Playing cards celebrating the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao /Mao Zedong. Each card has a photo of Mao Zedong in a relaxed pose with notable International personalities, giving the impression that he was a friendly person. The foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China during the Maoist era attempted to present a broad united front to the world. The cards are all surrounded by a red kitschy border and four indices, with captions in Chinese and a date; the latest date is 1974. The reverse shows Mao reading a letter against a bright sun.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Caricatures of Romanian political figures by Academia Catavencu.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.
Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck.
“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.
“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997
“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.
Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai.
A third and final look at some Chinese cards.
“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,
Some further American designs used in China.
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016
Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983
Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna.
Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
“Le Jeu des Alliés” manufactured by Mesmaekers N.V., Turnhout, 1945.
“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara
Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”