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Majas Alfabets Spel

Majas Alfabets Spel beautifully illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s.

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Maja’s Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s

Majas Alfabets Spel by Swedish children’s book illustrator and author Lena Andersson.

Maja is a character from a series of books by Lena Andersson which she illustrates herself. The pictures on the pairs of cards are from the books. There are 2 cards for each letter of the alphabet, the lower case and the upper case. In the Swedish alphabet there is no W but there are 3 extra vowels with different accents to learn as well. The game is played by collecting pairs of lower case and upper case of each letter, or, alternatively you could play a memory game. See the Rules

Majas Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s Majas Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s Majas Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s Majas Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s
Maja’s Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s

Above: Majas Alfabets Spel illustrated by Lena Andersson and published by K Hjelm Förlag AB, 1980s. Printed in China.

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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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