In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
The Russians were no strangers to propaganda cards. Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, 1994.
Dolls Gallery / Galereia kukol : karty igral’nye / published by Varvara Skripkina, 2003.
East Slavonic Mythology designed by Aleksey Orleansky (1994) featuring creatures from the watery underworld.
Playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky.
Russian “Historical” playing cards with designs by Nikolay Karazin, 1897
Hunting playing cards / “Okhotnich’i karty” with illustrations by the court artist Mihály Zichy.
“Maya” playing cards designed by Russian artist V. M. Sveshnikov and first published by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, in 1975.
Playing cards showing the influence of ‘Jugendstil’ manufactured by the Soviet Playing Card Monopoly (U.S.S.R.) 1930
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