Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jokers with Swords, Fighters

This category of jokers are those that are armed, usually with a sword, rapier, or spear.  Most are dressed from the 17th & 18th Centuries.  I haven't included modern military here so no guns. And I exclude wrestlers although there's one fighter with no weapon but with armor

I have about 48 in this category.   Below, I raise some extremely interesting and tricky questions about categories....











This next joker has a sort of bat, clearly not a sword or spear.


Categories. Has anyone else wrestled with these sorts of questions?  I'm going to review a number of issues in my current taxonomy of jokers (ie organizing system).

 Look at this next joker, he is not in the sword and fighter section, he is in a section that is more of stylized designs.  What do you think?


I put that guy (above) on this page (below) of Edwardian era black and and white retro designs. My thinking is that while he does have a sword, in fact is using the sword, I have him in the old black and white turn-of-the-century section and NOT in the sword section because it feels more stylistically coherent to me.

 Here's a guy with an old musket. He is in the US & UK historical section, not the swords and fighters.

 Musket man (above) is on this page (below), would he fit better there or on the fighters page?



Another question about categories. This statue of an ancient wrestler is in the history section but should he be in with the fighters?

The wrestler shot is in a history section that contains statues and some architecture.   What do other joker collectors do about categories?

The six jokers below are from part of the history section.  The top middle one is clearly sworded and I think the outside two on the bottom row are too. But they are in history section despite the swords. I think sometimes about a cross listing system. It could work like this. Each joker goes into his primary area and then, either a duplicate or photocopy of him goes into the other places that he should be. If it's a duplicate, I'd need to have a little marker (sticky?) which marks him as a duplicate and lists the canonical category that he is in. The original one would also need to marked somehow that a duplicated exists in the collection.  Is this a logical and reasonable next step or totally nuts?  I wills say I find it a more interesting question than when I start starting at 10 nearly identical jokers looking for tiny nuances that distinguish one from the next.

More sworded jokers from the history section.  This is driving me crazy!!!

And another historical joker with a sword who is in the history section, not the sword section.  I think the answer has to be that the sword section is made up of simple design jokers (of vector art for people who think that way), not paintings or statues or photographs. No modern fighters.


Jokers: Swords and Fighter Summary.  Below are the 48 jokers currently in the jokers - swords and fighting section.





 The top middle guy on the page below is the only one in the section with no weapon. I don't recognize the character so I have him here. The back of the deck is Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles so he could credibly go into the cartoon section.
Also, on the page above is the question of the middle joker, the skeleton pirate with the raised sword. I had him for while with the mystical and death jokers that are pictured at the bottom of this post about the Jewish Demon (dybbuk) jokers.


1 comment:

  1. You are not likely to find people with more expertise in organizing jokers than yourself. Great questions you've asked. Now answer them. Congrats!

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