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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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EPCS November 1984 Newsletter

EPCS November 1984 Newsletter Members Only

Garter Ace 1804-1828 • Beautiful Britain • The Queen of Diamonds (The English Court: Part 5) • De La Rue Stamps • Deakin's Political Playing Cards • Great Guns A Jaques Game • Gollywogg • The Soldier's Almanack

EPCS November 1990 Newsletter

EPCS November 1990 Newsletter Members Only

Cunard Shipping Line • Isle of Man • 1982 & 1983 Worshipful Company Pack • Hignett Bros • Circular • SNAP • WW1 • Deakins Political • Thomas De La Rue • FLEETS of Liverpool Happy Families • Noddy

EPCS October 2004 Newsletter

EPCS October 2004 Newsletter Members Only

40 Thieves • SDP & Waddington • Scottish Educational Cards • Kan-u-go Singing / Mystery • Waddington Catalogue 1979 cont • Two Goodall Aces • Redline • Golf Cards • Great Storm • Warning to Gamblers and Swearers • Besique 1870 • Toby's Family • Lenthal Broadside • The Rubaiyat of a Bridge Player • The Wedding • Orient Express – The Real Article • Mr William Straker • The Dansant Whist • Orient Express – The Real Boyle

EU52 Deck of Cards 2015

EU52 Deck of Cards

“EU52 Deck of Cards“ Eurosceptic political playing cards published by 52 Jokers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2015.

European Naval Powers 1981

European Naval Powers

“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.

Executive Deck 1973

Executive Deck

Executive Deck, otherwise known as “the Nixon Deck”, USA, 1973.

FDR New Deal Deck 2010

FDR New Deal Deck

Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.

Fynste Java Speelkaarten 1879

Fynste Java Speelkaarten

Dondorf's "Fynste Java Speelkaarten No.17" was published to commemorate the second marriage of King William III with Princess Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont, on January 7, 1879.

Game Over 2006

Game Over

‘Game Over’ political playing cards from Israel, 2006.

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites 2008

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites, USA, 2008

Gayant, 1793 1793

Gayant, 1793

French Revolution playing cards published by Gayant in Paris, 1793.

Gee Duh-bya

Gee Duh-bya

“Gee Duh-bya” parody playing cards, highlighting the President’s peculiar use of language.

George W. Bush Presidential Deck 2004

George W. Bush Presidential Deck

George W. Bush Presidential Deck, USA, 2004.



8 cards and two jokers from the 'Gironda' pack, showing eminent statesmen and politicians from Lithuania from the 1990s.

Glorious Russia 1995

Glorious Russia

‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995

Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign of 1888 1888

Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign of 1888

Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign playing cards of 1888, USA, [reprint 1980].

Habemus Boda, 2004 2004

Habemus Boda, 2004

“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara

Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2008 2007

Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2008

Hillary Clinton Presidential playing cards for the US presidency in 2008.

Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2016 2016

Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2016

Hillary Clinton Presidential playing cards, USA, 2016

History of the Russian Revolution 2021

History of the Russian Revolution

A pack of playing cards about the Russian Revolution, USA, c. 2021.