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Published April 10, 2019 Updated June 08, 2022

54 Pin-up Motivs

Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.

1960 Hungary Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda Artex Imre Sebök Erotic Pin-up Add to Collection
Imre Sebök's signature

‘54 Different Pin-up Motivs’ playing cards illustrated by Imre Sebök

Imre Sebök (1906-1980) was a respected Hungarian painter, graphic artist, book illustrator and was one of the first Hungarian comic artists. In addition to producing illustrations for newspapers and fiction works he also illustrated magazines, posters and this deck of playing cards featuring 53 paintings of lusty female figures. Although rather blurry, Sebök’s signature is visible on most cards.

Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960

Above: ‘54 Different Pin-up Motivs’ playing cards illustrated by Imre Sebök, manufacturted by Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda (Hungarian playing card factory also known as ‘Artex’ brand for exports), c.1960.

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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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