“Paris Story” playing cards published by Éditions Philibert, c.1957, showing photographic scenes of Paris. Each card has suit symbols and indices superimposed in the corners, and the court designations are both English (K,Q,J) and French (R,D,V). The backs have the letters of the word "Paris" in black and gold set against a red sailing ship.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Joan of Arc and her contemporaries in a colourful pack designed by Patrice Louis.
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
French Cartomancy cards published by J. Gaudais; printed by Mansion, Paris, c.1830.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
A colourful pack aimed at children, with illustrations by Muriel Kerba.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
“Le Nouvel Etteilla” cartomancy deck published in Paris by La Veuve Gueffier, 1806.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
Révolution 1789-1989, celebrating the bicentenary of the French revolution, France, 1989
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.