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Anti-religious playing cards began to be produced in the USSR in 1931. In the USSR, cards were distributed with Russian indices and Russian text on aces. This is the only anti-clerical propaganda deck released at the Card Factory, painted by artist Sergei Levashov. Each card in this original deck is a "double bottom box": in the foreground - the clergy of one of the four world religions (Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Judaism and Buddhism), and in the back - the "real" thoughts and deeds of these persons. The joker and card shirts correspond to the general idea of anti-religious propaganda. On the joker "Almighty" is shown in the form of a fine-looking plump capitalist in a top hat, tie and with wings, leading like puppets a shaman, pastor, rabbi and Orthodox priest. The artist added the Star of David, a Christian cross and a pagan ritual mask to the composition of the shirt for the export version. The aces depict compositions that offer alternative activities to religions: cult attributes are contrasted with images symbolizing industry, art, science and sports. The export version, unlike the Russian one, was produced in several versions, in particular, there were editions with a gold edge Extra fine No.-701 and Extra fine No.-702. They differed in the color of the box and shirt. This reprinted version on cards 2-10 contains cartoons from the magazine Atheist.
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