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Petrovskie

Petrovskie, politicheskie karty Rossii (Russian political cards), 1997.

1997 Russia Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati Caricatures Political Add to Collection
Russian political cards, caricature of John Major

Each of the 36 cards and 2 jokers in this political pack, printed by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine) displays a cartoon figure of a politician of the period. These include both Russian and those of neighbouring countries. Unfortunately, most of these are now difficult to identify -- the public life of some politicians is transient. However, recognisable figures include Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin, John Major, Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl. See the box

‘Petrovskie’ political cards printed by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine) in 1997 ‘Petrovskie’ political cards printed by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine) in 1997

Above: ‘Petrovskie’ Russian political cards printed by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine) in 1997. 36 cards + 2 jokers.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.

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