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Published February 03, 2024 Updated February 11, 2024

Politicards 2008

Politicards ’08 with caricatures cast as characters from classic movies, USA.

2008 USA Peter Green Caricatures Humour Movies & Film Political Add to Collection

In this pack Peter Green has once again produced comic caricatures of the leading politicians, media pundits and celebrities of 2008 – the year in which the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden defeated the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin. However, there is a slight twist this year: in recognition of Ronald Reagan's remark that "Politics is just like show business" the individuals are cast as characters from classic feature films. So, for example, Joe Liberman is a “Rebel without a cause”, John Kerry is King Arthur from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, and Barack Obama is Moses from the film “The Prince of Egypt”. Beneath each figure is a line from their respective film. Although the names of the individuals are given on each card, there is an extra card which lists them by suit.

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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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