Wartime playing cards and card games are those that were produced during times of war and were often designed with patriotic themes or propaganda messages. They were distributed to soldiers and civilians alike and served as a form of entertainment and morale booster during times of conflict. Wartime playing cards often feature images of military leaders, soldiers and patriotic symbols, such as national flags or eagles.
“26th Yankee Division Playing Cards” was designed by Alban B. Butler, Jr and printed by the Press of the Woolly Whale, New York, in 1933.
This pack was issued during wartime, in 1936, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.
This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
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.
Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920.
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
A deck of cards inspired by the American Civil War, featuring leaders, army generals, President Abraham Lincoln and other characters from this historical period.
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