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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Calon Arang, a figure from 12th-century Javanese and Balinese folklore known as a witch skilled in b...
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Early French Cartomancy deck "for the amusement of Ladies" but also referred to as "Jeu divinatoire ...
Playing cards with an educational and instructive purpose first trended in mid-17th century France, ...
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
A pack with court cards reflecting different ethnic and cultural groups found in Ethiopia.
Icelandic picture playing cards with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.
Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.
This cyberpunk deck by Acelion combines magic and science fiction elements, inspired by Nordic mytho...
Arthurian Playing Cards by Kings Wild Project, a luxury playing card deck designed by Jackson Robins...
Nipponia Playing Cards are a Japanese-themed playing cards featuring samurai, kunoichi and oiran. De...
Figures from Hawaiian history and scenes of everyday life designed by Joseph Feher.
According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa
Drum playing cards depicting demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities.
Playing cards depicting paintings of Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia.
Playing cards reflecting the history and culture of Suriname, on the northeastern coast of South Ame...