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Poligrafist “Anti-Fascist” Cards, Reserve Museum “Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad,” Ivan Kharkevich 1943 Designs, c.2003
A beautiful set of cards made in 2003 featuring the satiric designs of sketches made by Ivan Kharkevich in 1943. Ivan Kharkevitch was a Leningrad artist, and during the Great Patriotic War he worked for the Russian front and Army newspapers. Kharkevitch made sketches for a set of cards by order of the Political Administration of the North Western Front. They were meant to be used for propaganda purposes, thrown from airplanes behind enemy lines so as to be read by the German Army units. But in 1943, events moved too quickly for that plan to be realized. The cards contrast the triumph of the German Army in 1941 with the catastrophe of 1943. The objects of the cards’ satire were the leaders of Nazi Germany, the allied countries, and the banks and other institutions that financed the German war effort. This set of cards was published 60 years after the designs were made at the behest of the Russian Reserve Museum, “Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad.” They are outstanding.
The deck has 36 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus 2 insert cards describing the Kharkevich designs, plus a card with what I assume is a photograph of the siege of Leningrad. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 59mm.
The cards are mint, and the box is “as new.”
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