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Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.

Anma US Armed Forces non-standard playing cards designed to teach US military ranks and insignias, published by the Amna Card Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1942. This company was the trading name of Earl Pleasant Butler, a resident of Tulsa Oklahoma. Each suit (Army, Navy, Marine & Air Corps) is distinguished by a different colour, so it could be used to play any game - the same as a standard deck. The Internal Revenue stamp on the box was in use from 1940 to 1965. See the Box

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Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Vol.550, May 1943

US Patent Office Gazette May 1943
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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

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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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