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Published August 14, 2016 Updated July 10, 2022

Just William

Just William, drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952.

1952 United Kingdom Castell Bros Pepys Richmal Crompton Literature Card Games Add to Collection

Just William was drawn by Thomas Henry, who illustrated the “Just William” books written by Richmal Crompton, and was published by Pepys Games in 1952. The game is based on the stories in the books: the circle at the top left of each card contains the initial letters of the book from which the picture is taken. The object of the game is to collect 2 books, i.e. two complete sets of four cards. See the Rules

Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952 Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952 Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952 Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952 Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952 Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952

Above: Just William drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952. 52 cards + rules booklet in box.

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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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