Snapshots - a Missionary Card Game
This interesting educational card game contains 12 sets of four cards each (total = 48 cards). The object is to collect as many complete sets as possible. The rules are like any quartet or happy families game. The illustrations depict people from different cultural contexts engaged in their traditional ways of life.
The explanatory notes which accompany the game inform us about different ways of living including religious faith. They also reason that the indigenous people should give up their own religious practices or ‘idol worship’, which cannot save them. Instead, missionaries are there to preach the gospel and convert them to Christianity. Published by the Church Missionary Society, London, c.1910.
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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.
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