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Published December 22, 2017 Updated August 20, 2022

DSA Textil Berlin

Felix-Karte pack for Erste Deutsche Sack-Centrale / DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1970.

1970 Germany Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Advertising Add to Collection

Felix-Karte pack (first issued in 1966) produced by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik for German textile manufacturers Erste Deutsche Sack-Centrale / DSA Textil Berlin. The court cards, aces and jokers feature cartoons of cute animals (cats) with striped tails.

Special deck for DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1970 Special deck for DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1970 Special deck for DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1970

Above: originally called Felix-Karte and issued first in 1966, this is special edition for Erste Deutsche Sack-Centrale / DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik (aka “Cœur”), c.1970. One of the designs has a hessian pattern on the reverse with lettering, the other has "DSA Textil Berlin" in the centre. 52 cards + 3 jokers.

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Additional research by Roddy Somerville and Matt Probert.

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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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