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World Leaders Snap

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.

Anonymous wartime Snap game (working title “World Leaders Snap”) comprising 12 different caricatures of generals, dictators and world leaders representing different political ideologies, with large, whimsical funny faces, each repeated four times, including: Hitler, Himmler, Eisenhower, Stalin, Goebbels, Monty, Churchill, General Tojo - and his teeth, with Stalin resembling a little devil. The caricatures are by an unknown artist and reveal a sense of fun and humour. The reverse shows an Alpine mountain scene.

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940

Above: World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940. Different colour schemes are known, red with the blue back and blue with red back. The cardboard / printing seems to be the wartime quality associated with rationing etc. Unknown manufacturer (possibly Clifford or Betal). The cards measure 9 cm high x 5.5cm wide.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Images courtesy Cheryl McDonagh. Thanks to Neil Darbyshire for extra research.


Above image source: Baugnez 44 Historical Center, B- 4960 Malmedy, Belgium. www.baugnez44.be

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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