Polska topographical playing cards with watercolour artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & additional design by Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
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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.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Oser, 2020.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
An interesting pack of playing cards with illustrated Indian aces made "Specially for the Bombay Market", c.1915.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.
Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.
National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.