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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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L’union fait la force 1945

L’union fait la force

“L’Union Fait la Force”, sometimes known as “the Allied pack”, has the four suits dedicated to the victorious nations of the Second World War.

La Baraja Constitucional 1822

La Baraja Constitucional

The “Baraja Constitucional” commemorates the declaration in Cádiz of the Constitution of 1812 and was designed and created by Simón Ardit y Quer in 1822

La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7 1996

La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7

“La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7”, created by Jaume Capdevila and Helena Rovira for Edicions Intercomarcals SA in 1996, depicts caricatures of Spanish politicians from that era.

LBJ Texas playing cards 1966

LBJ Texas playing cards

LBJ Texas playing cards, each card contains different historical facts about Texas, USA, 1966.

Le Carte di Forattini 1993

Le Carte di Forattini

Political caricatures by Giorgio Forattini published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy, 1993.

Le Giscarte 1976

Le Giscarte

Le Giscarte political playing cards designed by Eddy Munerol, France, 1976.

Le Jeu des Alliés 1945

Le Jeu des Alliés

“Le Jeu des Alliés” manufactured by Mesmaekers N.V., Turnhout, 1945.

Le Régime Bush 2003

Le Régime Bush

“Le Régime Bush” anti-war playing cards designed by Thierry Meyssan, France, 2003.

Liberal Democrats Playing Cards 2003

Liberal Democrats Playing Cards

Liberal Democrat MPs shown on playing cards at the time of the annual Party Conference in September 2003.

Liberated: America's Most Unwanted 2003

Liberated: America's Most Unwanted

“Liberated: America's Most Unwanted” playing cards published in support of the Iraqi War, c.2003.

Líneas rojas 2016 2016

Líneas rojas 2016

Semicaricatural images of Spanish politicians by Jordi Minguell, combined with non-standard suits.

Mao Zedong & International Friends 1974

Mao Zedong & International Friends

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

Marlborough’s Victories 1707

Marlborough’s Victories

Marlborough’s Victories playing cards, first published in 1707, depict Marlborough's campaigns and the personalities involved.

McCain Presidential 2008 playing cards 2007

McCain Presidential 2008 playing cards

John McCain and Sarah Palin Presidential playing cards, USA, 2008.

Meal Tub Plot 1971

Meal Tub Plot

Meal Tub Plot playing cards [facsimile] with 17th century sketches by Francis Barlow.

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards 1896

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards, 1896.

Ms. playing cards 1975

Ms. playing cards

‘Ms. playing cards’ promoting votes for women, USA, 1975.

Münz-Spiel GmbH 1993

Münz-Spiel GmbH

Advertising playing cards for a data bureau depicting German politicians.

Naipes Artiguistas, 1816 1815

Naipes Artiguistas, 1816

Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.

Naked Truth 1997

Naked Truth

“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997