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.
The latest articles from Rex Pitts (1940-2021)
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany • May 22, 2021
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos. • May 22, 2021
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927. • May 22, 2021
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War. • May 22, 2021
Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11 • May 22, 2021
Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950. • May 21, 2021
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912. • May 15, 2021
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne. • Apr 18, 2021
Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s. • Apr 17, 2021
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck. • Apr 16, 2021
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950. • Apr 15, 2021
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979. • Apr 03, 2021
“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958. • Apr 02, 2021
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri. • Mar 27, 2021
French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s • Mar 19, 2021
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century. • Mar 16, 2021
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf. • Mar 01, 2021
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. • Feb 28, 2021
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo. • Feb 26, 2021
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s. • Feb 26, 2021
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s. • Feb 16, 2021
Majas Alfabets Spel beautifully illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s. • Feb 14, 2021
Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck. • Feb 14, 2021