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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...

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California Total Recall Playing Cards 2003

California Total Recall Playing Cards

California Total Recall Playing Cards / Hasta La Vista, Davis!, USA, 2003.

Carel de Wagenaer 1698

Carel de Wagenaer

Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698

Carte da gioco anticomuniste del Comitato civico 1951

Carte da gioco anticomuniste del Comitato civico

Anti-Communist propaganda pack with satirical designs by Benito Jacovitti.

Cartes Imperiales et Royales

Cartes Imperiales et Royales

‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century

CCCP playing cards 2000

CCCP playing cards

Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.

Centenario Nascita Benito Mussolini 1983

Centenario Nascita Benito Mussolini

Playing cards to commemorate the centenary of Benito Mussolini's birth, Italy, c.1983.

Churchill in WW2

Churchill in WW2

Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.

Cinquantenario Fondazione dell'Impero 1986

Cinquantenario Fondazione dell'Impero

50 anniversario / cinquantenario fondazione dell'Impero, Italy 1936-1986.

Commedia dell’Carte 1977

Commedia dell’Carte

Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977.

Deakin’s 1st edition 1886

Deakin’s 1st edition

Deakin & Co., 45 Eastcheap, London EC published a political pack in 1886 with caricatures of political figures relating to the Irish Home Rule movement which was a contentious issue of the day.

Deakin’s 3rd edition 1888

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.

Deck of Reagan 2004

Deck of Reagan

“The Deck of Reagan” political playing cards produced by NewsMax Media Inc. in 2004.

Die Neue ÖVP 1996

Die Neue ÖVP

Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996.

EPCS August 1993 Newsletter

EPCS August 1993 Newsletter Members Only

Mercury • Wrigley's Chewing Gum • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Game • Scottish Clan Tartan • The Card & Dice Office Evasion of Stamp Duty • 10th Anniversary Transformation Pack • Karl Gerich • Willis & Co • Globe Series

EPCS February 1993 Newsletter

EPCS February 1993 Newsletter Members Only

75th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Great Britain • Sherlock Holmes • H.P. Gibson • The Card & Dice Office • Evasion of Stamp Duty in the Early 19th Century • Worshipful Company Pack 1992 • Libby's Happy Families • The Orange Wench and Her Merry Monarch • OXO • Chesterfield Tube Company • De La Rue • London Opinion "Limerique"

EPCS June 2023 Newsletter

EPCS June 2023 Newsletter Members Only

Coronation • Who Were Rowley & Co. • Research Archives by WCMPC • Winstanley Queen of Clubs • Kirk's London Cries Revisited • Pub Quiz Snap • Street Cries Snap • Jarvis Porter • Ogilvy Game • Precedence • Rock Brothers and Pope Joan • A Fight Between Cardmakers • Brexit - the Real Deal • A French Mystery • Crown the Queen • Transformation Cards

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter Members Only

Charlie Chaplin • Adolf Hitler • An interesting Discovery • Worshipful Company • VETO: The Exciting Election Game • Joseph Reynolds & Sons • Mistitz or Metamorphosis Valentines The Muddied Menagerie • William Hancock • Non Revoke • Universal • De La Rue • British Gas • Imported (Part 1)

EPCS May 1992 Newsletter

EPCS May 1992 Newsletter Members Only

Most Honourable Order of the Bath • Kimberley of Birmingham • UCBS Happy Families • Bass Group • Robin Hood • Nestle • Berkshire Printing Company • Deakins Political

EPCS May 1993 Newsletter

EPCS May 1993 Newsletter Members Only

40th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation • The Card & Dice Office • Evasion of Stomp Duty in the Early 19th Century • Lexicon • Nursery Rhymes • Game of Parliament • Happy Families • De La Rue

EPCS May 1997 Newsletter

EPCS May 1997 Newsletter Members Only

Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1897 • Gambling at cards in Georgian Bath • Misfitz • Hokey-Pokey • Goodall Canada • Wei-Hei-Wei Regiment • Noah's Ark • 1938 Comic by Birds Custard • WWII • Edward Hall • Politics • Flowers of Britain • Garden Birds of Britain