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Published January 06, 2021 Updated May 24, 2022

My Goodness my Guinness

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.

1989 United Kingdom Cartamundi Guinness John Gilroy Advertising Breweries Commemorative Add to Collection

“My Goodness my Guinness” playing cards (Gilroy Special Edition) to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy (1898-1985), the famous designer of almost all of the Guinness posters and publicity items. I don’t think however, that the court card inserts were designed by the famous man but the animal characters holding the courts on each card are obviously the real Gilroy originals.

“My Goodness my Guinness” to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989 “My Goodness my Guinness” to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989 “My Goodness my Guinness” to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989

Above: “Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards” to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989. Printed by Carta Mundi in the larger size, has the Carta Mundi logo on the curved box flap.

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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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