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Politicards

Politicards are a deck of playing cards produced each election year featuring 54 caricatures depicting political candidates and prominent political figures. The first Politicards deck was produced in 1971 for the 1972 election by artist Peter Green, writer Lee Livingston, businessman Mike Killeen and designer Norman Friant.[1] It enjoyed unexpected popularity due to a Los Angeles Times article written by Bella Stumbo with the title “Politicards Sweeping the Nation.” [2] Decks were said to have been used at the time by then New York Senator James Buckley and by the ladies of Mamie Eisenhower’s bridge club.[3]

Decks of "Politicards" have been produced for election years 1971, 1980, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.[4][5][6]

The 1980 and 1984 edition decks were produced by Washington, D.C. lobbyist Victor Kamber, who purchased the Politicards name in 1979.[7] In 1996 the name expired and was reclaimed by the original artist Peter Green, who has since produced the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 decks.[8]

References

Politicards in 2008
  1. ^ "What the Deuce?," Southland Sunday Magazine, June 18, 1972.
  2. ^ Stumbo, "Politicards Sweeping the Nation," The Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1971.
  3. ^ Stumbo, "Politicards Sweeping the Nation," The Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1971.
  4. ^ Stumbo, "Politicards Sweeping the Nation," The Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1971.
  5. ^ Krebs, "Notes on People," New York Times, August 16, 1980.
  6. ^ Vaillancourt, "Artist is Playing With a Full Deck," Glendale News-Press, October 29, 2007.
  7. ^ Krebs, "Notes on People," New York Times, August 16, 1980.
  8. ^ Vaillancourt, "Artist is Playing With a Full Deck," Glendale News-Press, October 29, 2007.

External links

  • [1]: The Official Politicards website. Contains more information about the history of Politicards.
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