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"Kennedy Kards" Playing Cards by Humor House, Inc., c.1963
Excellent set of the wonderful “Kennedy Kards” political deck by Humor House, Inc., featuring gently satirical portrayals of the Kennedy clan. It was made in 1963, prior to President Kennedy's assassination, but not published until after his death. In addition to JFK, the court cards depict Bobby, Teddy, Papa Joe, the wives (Jackie, Ethel, Joan, Rose), Peter Lawford, and LBJ. JFK is depicted on the King of Hearts, the King of Diamonds, and the Ace of Spades.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 1 Joker (the Democratic Party donkey!), plus an extra card. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The extra card is ironic, to say the least, in light of events subsequent in the same year. It reads:
“The royalty of playing cards has variously represented Adam, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Helen of Troy, Pallas Athena and others. Our own national leaders and heroes have been occasionally commemorated on face cards.
"The Kennedy Kards have been conceived within this tradition and confirm what voters have said in recent elections -- we have a new JACK of Hearts. "The White House is now a full house. Long live the King, the Queen, and the Jack!"
The cards are in very good lightly used condition, with evidence of handling and very slight edge wear, but otherwise without issues of any kind. The box is in very good condition, with some soiling; the colors of the box are “faded,” as if exposed to prolonged sunlight.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.228, P8; Fournier, Playing Cards II, North America 195
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