Zwarte Piet Cards (SIO)

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Identifier

TBAFB0032

Title

Zwarte Piet Cards (SIO)

Description

Rectangluar black cardboard box containing 31 cards. The card game is resemblant of 'Happy Families', requiring players to match up cards which have the same occupation. Each card displays a child -either a boy or a girl- carrying out a task/job. The cards lay on top of a string that us used to easily remove them from their sitting. The top card is different from all other 30 cards, depicting Zwarte Piet in his traditional garbs dancing atop a red background. The top of the cardboard box also contains a bust of Zwarte Piet with his hands out surrounded by translations of his name in French, German, and Dutch; the SIO logo; and small print text reading "made and designed by SIO all rights reserved". The sides of the outer cardboard box also contain translationf of Zwarte Piet in French, German, and Dutch, as well as the SIO logo and trademark.

Creator

SIO

Type

Cardboard Box

Relation

Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism became part of the Dutch 'cultural archive' and our everyday ideas, customs and utensils. On the other hand, the exhibition shows how there has always been 'everyday resistance' to various forms of racism and how Black people themselves have given and continue to give meaning to their culture and identity.

Source

The Black Archives

Format

Playing Cards

Subject

Zwarte Piet, Children, Boy, Girl

Coverage

Gold Hooped Earrings, Shirt, Bells, Sled, Poncho, Hat, Scarf, Candle, Moon, Flowers, Hat, Dungarees, Trousers, Sun, Teddy Bear, Stethoscope, Scooter, Skirt, Socks, Doll, Dress, Umbrella, Football, Boots, Bag, Notebook, Fish, Fishin Rod, Jar, Pan, Apron, Stove, Fork, Dog, Cake, Toy Boat, Bathing Suit, Cello, Stool, Telephone, Towel, Swimming Shorts, Rain Coat, Lollypop, Bottle, Baby Doll, Rake, Bicycle, Flute, Music Stand, Music Sheets, Millstone Collar, Ruff

Date

c.1980's?

Physical Dimensions

8x12x4

Country of Production

Netherlands

Place of Production

Vroomshoop

Keywords

Black Caricature, Zwarte Piet, Playing Cards, Children

Rightholder

SIO

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Bibliography

https://www.pwcollections.nl/dollhouses/made_in_holland.php?lang=en; https://www.lastdodo.com/en/items/6171721-sio-made-in-holland-trade-mark-red

Citation

SIO, “Zwarte Piet Cards (SIO),” The Black Archives, accessed February 29, 2024, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3466.
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