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Published January 18, 2020 Updated May 29, 2022

Schwarzer Peter mit Hundebildern

Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.

1960 Austria Piatnik Willy Mayrl Black-Peter Dogs Humour Card Games Add to Collection

Dog-themed Black Peter game featuring marvellous playful caricatures with plenty of detail by Willy Mayrl, first published in c.1960, and various times since. Whoever holds the Black Cat card at the end of the game is unfortunately the loser. Willy Mayrl, a children’s book illustrator, had been designing for Piatnik over a long period, not just children’s cards (where he usually got his name printed on at least one card) but also adult cards both standard pattern and non-standard.

Dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960 Dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960 Dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960 Dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960

Above: dog-themed Black Peter game (No.4270) illustrated by Willy Mayrl, manufactured by Piatnik, c.1960 onwards. 25 cards in box, economy quality. The full colour version is No.4271, and today the reference is Piatnik GmbH No.427015.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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