“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards
“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards were created between 1943-45 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist and political cartoonist for the U.S. Government as a series of propaganda posters of World War II. They were originally intended to be distributed in Central and South America by the US government as part of a propaganda campaign to bring the South American countries into the war in order to speed up its conclusion. However, the end of WW2 brought diminished interest and funding and the project was shelved before publication. The few copies of the posters lay forgotten in library drawers until the deck was rediscovered and published in 2002 by Bill Schroeder & M.R. Steele. Disguised as simple playing cards, these works of art capture the spirit of the Allied Nations’ resistance to the plague of Nazism.
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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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