The World of Playing Cards Logo
Published February 26, 2021 Updated May 09, 2023

Römihártya

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.

Hungary Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda Artex Pin-up Relationships Add to Collection
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85

Römihártya pin-up deck produced by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Hungary, c.1975-85. By this time the art had evolved since the burlesque shows of the 1800s. These painted images of slim, elegant young women are mostly innocent and playful, like young wives teasing their husbands at home.

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85 Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary, c.1975-85

Above: Römihártya pin-up deck produced by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda (aka ‘Artex’), Hungary, c.1975-85. 52 cards + 3 jokers in box. Unknown artist.

avatar
773 Articles

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.


Related Articles

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

A limited edition art print of the 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Queen of Clubs

Woodblock and Stencil Queen of Clubs

A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

1991 Le Roi bridge

Le Roi bridge

Reprint of a Piatnik (Budapest) pack of 1927 with Hungarian historical figures and scenic aces.

1991 Postabank 3

Postabank 3

Caricatures of German personalities on a promotional pack for a Hungarian commercial bank.

1990 Postabank 1

Postabank 1

Caricatures of Hungarian politicians on a promotional pack for a commercial bank.

2010 Pin-Ups

Pin-Ups

A deck of 55 cards celebrating a golden age of cheeky, naughty, bold and curvy ladies in film.

2004 Bettie Page playing cards

Bettie Page playing cards

Bettie Page pin-up playing cards with photographs taken by Bunny Yaeger.

2009 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.

2009 Winnie the Pooh Rummy

Winnie the Pooh Rummy

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and friends on a pack made for Eastern Europe.

2009 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.

2009 Disney Princess

Disney Princess

Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.

2009 Mickey Mouse Rummy

Mickey Mouse Rummy

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.

2000 Krónikás kártya

Krónikás kártya

A German-suited pack from Hungary in honour of the millennium.

2005 Budapest souvenir

Budapest souvenir

Colour views of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on all the courts and Aces.

2006 The Forces’ Favourites

The Forces’ Favourites

The Forces’ Favourites playing cards with glamorous illustrations by David Wright, United Kingdom, 2...

Youthscape playing cards

Youthscape playing cards

Two packs of playing cards offering emotional help and support to young people.

1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot

Joshi Bharát Tarot

A set of the major arcana created by an Indian fortune-teller living in Hungary.

2009 Charta Bellica

Charta Bellica

“Charta Bellica” playing cards produced by Piatnik, Budapest in 2009.

1965 IBUSZ folklore playing cards

IBUSZ folklore playing cards

Hungarian folklore pack produced by IBUSZ travel agency, c. 1965.

2003 Playboy playing cards

Playboy playing cards

52 different magazine covers from the first 50 years of Playboy.

2004 W Deck

W Deck

“W Deck” playing cards poking fun at President Bush, USA, 2004.

1955 Beauty

Beauty

Pin-up pack closely resembling the more famous one called “Darling”.

1953 Vargas Girls

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co ...

The Art of Pin-Up decks

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.

2003 Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Pin-up deck no.5513

Pin-up deck no.5513

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.

2010 Pulp Pin-Up

Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.

Römihártya

Römihártya

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.

1983 Eroticartes

Eroticartes

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.

1957 Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.

1955 Darling

Darling

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger.

Persian Miniatures

Persian Miniatures

Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.

Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.

1860 Tell Wilmoś

Tell Wilmoś

Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.

1967 Römikártya 4

Römikártya 4

Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.

2019 Military Pin Up

Military Pin Up

Military Pin Up created by Sviatoslay Pashchuk (Ukraine) 2019.

1960 Tease Me

Tease Me

‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.

1960 54 Pin-up Motivs

54 Pin-up Motivs

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

1980 Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.

1965 Chérie

Chérie

Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s

1946 Mayall Press Art Studies

Mayall Press Art Studies

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwe...