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Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

HDappy Gas Families was published by British Gas. In this brightly-coloured card game each family has its own background colour so that complete families are easier to recognise. Some of the text details on the Mr cards are shown beneath, intended to promote the benefits of gas in the home. The pack is udated, but in view of the Welcome family we estimate the date as c.1985-90 as gas showrooms were all closed down in mid 1990s.

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

Mr Counter, the meter reader, comes to read your meter every 3 months so you are sent an accurate bill. There are lots of ways to pay the bill.

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

Mr Flame cooks with gas because he knows gas is quick, clean and controllable. That's the beauty of gas!

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

Mrs Help is the Home Service Adviser. An important part of her job is to advise people how to make the most of gas in their homes. She pays particular attention to the old and the disabled.

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

Mr Wells, the explorer, and his partner have already found enough natural gas deep in the sea-bed under the waters around Britain to last well into the next century!

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985

Above: Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, unknown printer, undated but probably c.1985. 36 cards in box.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

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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.


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