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Published November 05, 2017 Updated July 17, 2022

Art Nouveau

Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987

1987 Germany A.S.S. Benz Advertising Art Nouveau & Jugendstil Add to Collection

Elegant gold-printed playing cards in a dreamy Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987. See the Box

Art nouveau playing cards designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987 Art nouveau style playing cards designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987 Art nouveau playing cards designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987

Above: Art nouveau playing cards designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987. Double set of 52 cards + 3 jokers in box plus leaflet, manufactured by A.S.S., Germany. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

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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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