“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.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Splash Page Special party card game.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.
“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.
Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.
Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.
Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010.
Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.
Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.
Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.
Venezuela Souvenir deck by Heraclio Fournier, c.1980s.
Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.
Souvenir playing cards from the culturally diverse southwestern Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.
Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.
Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House
Souvenir of Sorrento by Carte Da Gioco Muoio, Naples, c.2010
“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995
Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.
“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.
The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.
Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980.
Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987
East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.
The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.