French for Fun, a sort of visual phrase book, was first published as an instructive and amusing pack of cards by John Jaques & Son Ltd in the 1930s. Each phrase is spread over four cards which complete a set. The illustrations undoubtedly make the process of practising French vocabulary more fun whilst playing a game. Players learn words in French whilst exchanging cards and trying to assemble a complete phrase. There are several editions of this game, some have a different number of cards and/or different illustrations, back design or card size. See the Box►
In this edition the number of cards and phrases is the same, but the cards are wider and the illustrations have been re-drawn against a grey background. There is also a new back design. The rules leaflet also gives a different address to the first edition. See the Rules►
In this edition the card size has reverted to the normal narrow card size. See the Box►
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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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