AIDS Awareness Trading Cards

Print
1993 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

AIDS Awareness Trading Card depicting the Australian songwriter Peter Allen, who was hired by Judy Garland to open her concerts in the mid-1960s. In 1967 Allen married Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli but they divorced in the early 1970s.


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Object Type
Additional TitlePeter Allen - Songwriter, Entertainer
Materials and Techniques
Printed card
Brief Description
AIDS related ephemera - AIDS Awareness Trading Card by Eclipse Enterprises, Forestville, California. USA, 1993.
Physical Description
AIDS Awareness Trading Card depicting the Australian songwriter Peter Allen, who was hired by Judy Garland to open her concerts in the mid-1960s. In 1967 Allen married Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli but they divorced in the early 1970s.
Object history
Exhibition: Graphic Responses to Aids. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 12 June - 13 October 1996
Bibliographic References
  • The following excerpt is by Franklin Robinson, a specialist in the archives centre at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and was originally published in an article in 'The Atlantic', February 14th, 2012: "The AIDS Awareness cards were distributed in packs of 12, along with a condom. When first released, the product generated some negative publicity. Card No. 7 showcases Kimberly Bergalis, who died in December 1991 after reportedly contracting AIDS from her dentist, David Acer, also depicted on the same card. The woman's father, George Bergalis, decried the cards, calling the premise of the series "sick" and accusing Eclipse of "capitalizing on people's tragedies. Another individual featured in the trading cards is Ryan White, who contracted HIV from a contaminated blood treatment, was expelled from middle school because of his disease, and died at the age of 18. His mother objected to his inclusion in the series. But [editor Catherine] Yronwode defended the cards in the Orlando Sentinel: "If you take the time to read the cards, you will come away with a good understanding of the disease," she said. Fifteen percent of the proceeds were donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a New York-based charity that raises money for HIV-infected people involved in the arts. By 1994, however, Eclipse ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy the following year".
  • Taken from R.P. 1997/265 Acquisition Form
Collection
Accession Number
E.142-1997

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