Playing Card Joker Collecting, It is not who I am, it is one of the things I do. This blog, another thing that I do, displays much of my playing card joker collection. My joker card collection contains around 3000 different jokers which is a fraction of the worlds' largest collections. My current projects are improved photography and organization. Truly. Amused by the jokers I am.
My death, devilish, pirate, and mystical section now has 65 different jokers. Here's two new ones that arrived today.
Here is the back of the seated skeleton joker above. It's convenient that it includes the date(copyright 2008) and URL: Alchemy1977.com (of course it's not a working site right now but I do intend to check it out on the waybackmachine)
For more info on the first image in the top left below, it is Jewish Dybbuk image made by Arthur Szyk. He was a great artist of the 1930s-50s, A dybbuk in Jewish or Kabalistic mythology is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. I have an article about Arthur Szyk and his card designs on this site.
This next two sets cover the pirate section of the collection.
The joker in the top left of the page below is derivative of a famous enigmatic painting by Jan Matejko in 1862. There's an interesting section about this in the article on death and deadly jokers.
The three imps were on one of the oldest and most treasured jokers in my collection. This joker of the three impsprobably dates from 1927. It's an old US Playing Card Joker. It features the Palmer Cox Brownies.
Three Imps on a Joker
I think the one below is a more modern version again featuring the three "Palmer Cox Brownies" who were popular cartoon characters from the late 1900s. Palmer Cox was a Canadian illustrator and author, best known for The Brownies, a series of books and comic strips about the mischievous but kindhearted fairy-like sprites. The best known of the books with the comic books in them was The Brownies, Their Book (1887).
Due to the popularity of Cox's Brownies, one of the first popular handheld cameras was named after them, the Eastman Kodak Brownie camera.
Palmer Cox Brownies Playing Cards
This modern joker features the Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, and Jack.
I don't know much about this joker but it looks modern and cheap, perhaps from China. There do seem to be the Palmer Cox Brownies, or perhaps a modern reinterpretation of them.
How many different jokers do you think there are in the world that have string instruments in them?
I have about 55 different stringed instrument jokers. (Plus 20 that are in the upside down section which I describe in the article below).
I expect that I have about 5% of the different jokers in the world. That means that there might be one thousand different jokers with stringed instruments on Earth.
Or more! Or less. Who is to say? Anywho, lets starts off with this joker with a great hat and a lute.
This post starts with a selection of my favorite two dozen of the stringed joker musicians. The next one has a royal or court jestor playing something like a cello.
This next joker has a guy wearing maybe a Roman toga while carrying a lyre.
Another lyre? Tiny harp?
WHOA, that last one was playing the stringed shovel? Before we continue, I should mention that are about 20 stringed jokers which I have in the topsy turvy section of my collection but I'll cross list them here.
And now back to the pure string section...
I love these next two playing their banjos and singing alone. I wish I could hear what they're singing. Any ideas?
This next joker is probably singing in Latin along with his mandolin. I hate Latin.
I'd like to end with this masked jester who dances, sings, plays his instrument, and probably jokes around too.
Here's the collection of musical stringed instrument jokers in their pages.