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Published October 05, 2020 Updated May 06, 2023

Rainbow

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

1920 United Kingdom Goodall Robert Crawford Johnson Colouring Education Patent Add to Collection

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, Leicester, c.1920, designed to instruct players in the blending of colours.

Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920

Above: the box lid.

The box and rules mention the patent no.151141. The original patent appication for the game was made in August 1919 and accepted in September 1920, The full specification can be read here

Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920 Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920 Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920 Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920

Above: Rainbow printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920. 56 cards + rules + 2 Key Charts in box.

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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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