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Published February 09, 2021 Updated March 09, 2021

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

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Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989. Bass & Bass of Paris are a retailer who puts the emphasis on retro games and toys in their shop. The cards are designed to imitate families and lifestyles from the historical past. Franz-Josef Holler is another retailer along similar lines from Münich. See the Box & Rules

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989 Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989 Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989 Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989 Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989 Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989

Above: Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989. 42 budget grade cards with square corners, plain grey backs.

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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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