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.
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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.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.
Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.
Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s
Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.
“What the Butler Saw” playing cards depicting tasteful photography of the female body.
Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957
Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015
“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004
In 2010 Playboy Fragrances (Coty) released a 'gaming' set promotion comprising two decks of identical cards, one set of five dice and poker chips.
“Shapely” non-standard adult playing cards manufactured by Angel Playing Cards Co., Japan, 1980
Pin-up deck given free with Paparazzi magazine, 2005
Spanish-suited playing cards featuring the ‘Glorious’ ladies swimwear collection for 1995, designed by Estudio Fileni/Mendióroz.
Tobacco insert cards were a very successful marketing innovation which started in the nineteenth century.
Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.