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Published January 25, 2021 Updated June 06, 2022

Baracca & Burattini

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.

1990 Italy Dal Negro Dimmo Menozzi and Otello Sarzi Art & Design Humour Add to Collection

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck illustrated with the puppets of Dimmo Menozzi and Otello Sarzi. See the Extra Card

Baracca & Burattini is a travelling wooden Puppet Show which tours around Italy entertaining both children and adults with its mix of satire and fairy tales. The Puppet Master was Dimmo Menozzi whose mother was the last of the famous Sarzi dynasty of puppeteers. Unfortunately Dimmo died last year (2020) at 74 years old. He leaves two daughters and five grandchildren. I hope the puppet tradition will continue in the family.

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998 Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998

Above: Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck, sponsored by La Società del Sandrone, produced by Iperteam Software Services (Modena) and printed by Dal Negro, 1998. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + extra card in box, 2500 copies.

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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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