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Published December 02, 2012 Updated October 10, 2022

Anti-Religions

Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.

1934 Russia Imperial Playing Card Factory Sergei Levashev Political Propaganda Religion Add to Collection

Russian “Anti-Religions” Playing Cards
Religion will always be controversial...

An interesting propaganda pack designed by Sergei Levashev depicting the various religions of the Soviet Empire. Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism. The Joker is depicted as a top-hatted Capitalist holding the strings of the four religions. The Russians were no strangers to propaganda cards. The Bolsheviks tried to distribute these anti-Religion playing cards at the 1933 Chicago “Century of Progress” World’s Fair. Printed in chromolithography by the Soviet Union State Playing Card Monopoly, early 1930s.

Russian “Anti-Religions” Playing Cards printed by chromolithography, 1934 Russian “Anti-Religions” Joker

Above and right: Russian “Anti-Religions” Playing Cards, each suit relating to a religion, printed by chromolithography, 1934. 52 cards + the Joker, depicted as a top-hatted Capitalist holding the strings of the four religions. The backs show a horned face masque design and Star of David in red or blue and white; silvered edges. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

See also:  Anti-fascist Propaganda

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By Barney Townshend

Member since October 06, 2015

Retired Airline Pilot, interested in: Transformation Playing Cards, Karl Gerich and Elaine Lewis. Secretary of the EPCS. Treasurer of the IPCS.

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Janne Stuxxa's Avatar'

Hi! We have this cards in good condition. Blue and red in the box.
Is it any value? Or we start playing with them?
Regard jan


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