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Storia del Fascismo

Published by Il Meneghello, this pack provides a visual history of Fascism in Italy between 1919 and 1945.

1989 Italy Edizone Il Meneghello Military Political Add to Collection

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) looms large over this pack about the history of Fascism in Italy - from the cover to the four Kings. Different Fascist symbols are used for the four suits (the logo of the M Battalions, the fasces, the eagle, and the Roman sword and wreath), with larger versions on each of the four Aces. The Queens, Jacks and 7s to 2s carry further Fascist symbols and badges, and also black and white photographs of troops and important events, such as the March on Rome in 1922. The images on these cards are the same in each suit. There is much use of black, especially on the backs, black being the colour used by Italian Fascists as a symbol of their movement and also the colour of the uniforms of their paramilitaries, known as Blackshirts. The cards have square corners. Numbered, limited edition of 2,000 packs. See the back design

Storia del Fascismo playing cards published by Il Meneghello, Milan, Italy, 1989 Storia del Fascismo playing cards published by Il Meneghello, Milan, Italy, 1989

Above: Storia del Fascismo playing cards published by Il Meneghello, Milan, Italy, 1989. 40 cards + numbered slip in fold-over card wrap (in the Italian colours) in open-sided ‘book cover’ sleeve tied with black ribbon. Size: 60 x 100 mm.

• See the wrap & book cover sleeve

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.

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