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Mao Zedong & International Friends

Playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao / Mao Zedong & International Friends.

1974 China HCG Political Add to Collection

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.

playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Mao Zedong

Above: playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao, possibly obtained from Mao's mausoleum in Beijing, published by HCG Products, c.2010. 54 cards in box.

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