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Published November 21, 2022 Updated November 21, 2022

White House of Cards

“White House of Cards” produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, USA, 2017.

2017 USA Peter Dunlap-Shohl Cartoon Political Add to Collection

This pack was produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl in 2017, a former cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for twenty-five years. It is a fierce caricature of those associated with the early days of the Trump administration, or as the artist himself stated in his blog: “Incisive caricatures of the unforgettable faces of Trumplonia as seen on cable and in the fake news media adorn each and every face card”. Donald Trump is shown on the 2 jokers, and the court cards include:

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  • Jack of hearts: Newt Gingrich
  • Queen of hearts: Ayn Rand
  • King of hearts: Paul Ryan
  • Jack of Clubs: Sean Spicer
  • Queen of clubs: Ivanka Trump
  • Jack of diamonds: Vladimir Putin
  • Queen of diamonds: Kellyanne Conway
  • King of diamonds: Steve Bannon
  • Jack of spades: Jared Kushner
  • Queen of spades: Betsy DeVos
  • King of spades: John Roberts
“White House of Cards” produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, USA, 2017 “White House of Cards” produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, USA, 2017

Above: “White House of Cards” produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, USA, 2017.

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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.

Russian Playing Cards

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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