Political playing cards were introduced in the 17th century providing entertainment by satirising or deriding current events and leaders. Propaganda cards, Imperial decks, war cards and even educational card games all carry a message which relates to the politics of memory, the means by which events are remembered and recorded, the way history is written and passed on. Historical memory can be used to arouse emotional reactions...
“52 reasons to re-elect George Bush” political playing cards published in 2004.
Satirical Anti-Fascist cards designed in 1943 by Ivan Ivanovich Kharkevich.
In 1942 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.
The King of Acorns is supposed to represent Prince Otto; the King of Leaves is Maximilian II; the King of Bells is Ludwig II; the King of Hearts is Ludwig I wearing a general's uniform.
“Better drug laws now” campaign playing cards issued by Release, United Kingdom.
Playing cards depicting British political images from the Bodleian Libraries.
Playing cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
California Total Recall Playing Cards / Hasta La Vista, Davis!, USA, 2003.