7.3.12

Topps Flags of the World 1956











 Topps, best known for its baseball cards in the United States, issued this colorful 80 card set of Flags of the World in 1956. I enjoyed looking at the countries represented from the Middle East. Iran seems to be the best depicted in comparison to the others, particularly Syria  in its depiction of a angry Beduin with a sword and Egypt which apparently in 1956 was still building  the great pyramids. 

2 comments:

Rusty Kjarvik said...

Very interesting!

Your cultural (mis)representation studies remind me of the way Native Americans continue to be depicted on state logos and consumer brands in the US, as a Native man said in a documentary on this topic regarding sports mascots, "what part of ouch don't you get?!"

eric parnes said...

Thanks RK!

I will be fair to say that many of the non middle eastern countries in the TOPPS series were also "interesting"....