Saturday, October 6, 2018

Masks and Theatrical Jokers

One of the most focused sections of the joker collections has masks and a little theatrics.  Here's a quick overview by video of the 18 jokers in this section. Yes, it's a small section:

Want a closer look? Here's a few shots followed by a summary of the currently 18 masked jokers.

This mischievous joker is clearly having fun but up to no good.  I imagine we could be good friends.

Here too, a sense of humor creeps out from behind the mask.

 This mask is not a toy and he's clearing not fooling around.
And he's not alone in the world. Here's the back showing that there's a real mob of these fellows.

 Here are the traditonal symbols of the theater, the happy and sad masks. Symbol comedy and tragedy.

The concept of modern theater was largely developed in the Golden Age of Greece. I think this mask dates from then.  From reading Teaching History with 100 Objects, I think this might be a statue of a Greek theatric mask (the originals were not made of clay and didn't last. And I quote:

With its exaggerated, grotesque features, this terracotta model shows the mask worn by the old man character in many comedies of the 300s BC and later. He has a wide grin, furrowed brow and bald head and wears a wreath with ivy leaves and clusters of berries. The masks worn in tragedies were different, with idealised features set in calm, serious, or sometimes pained expressions. 

And two more variations of the masks symboling the theater.

 Here's another array of masks. Don't know much about them.

This gorgeous mask is from the Beijing Opera.
 And here is the back of the Beijing Opera Joker.

This lovely lady is a tricky one. I'm talking about how I'm supposed to think about her.  Should I think of her as a juggler? There is a juggler joker section but it is large and a little impersonal.  She's also scantily dressed and could be sent to the girlie joker section of the collection. But she is in the mask section not only because this is an elite section and I'm partial to her but also because she is both wearing a mask and juggling masks which earns her this spot in the mask and theatrical section. She's certainly theatrical with her spotlight creating a shadow which reveals her inner animal, her daemon, her totem.

We're near the end of the show folks. 

Two closeups of interesting backs of masked jokers.

And here are the 18 jokers that make up the mask and theater section, shown with their backs (for Hillary).

For a special treat, here are some shots of one part of my mask collection. Now do NOT be confused that in my mask collection, there is a joker even though you are reading about this in the mask section of my joker collection.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Walgreens: Great Card Selections

Hats off to Walgreens. I've generally, probably like most of the population, thought of them as sort of a generic drug store distinguished perhaps by their adjacent liquor stores. Unlike CVS, they haven't kicked out the tobacco products and launched full scale into being a health provider.

But I digress. I write today to brag about my new purchase of interesting decks of cards and jokers from Walgreens and to congratulate (and thank) Walgreens for having the insight to rotate their deck of card selections. This keeps me visiting monthly to check  on their card selection. And while I was there, I stocked up on toiletries and Benedryl and M&Ms and so on.

BTW, this is the second time that I have moved enough to dedicate a post lauding Walgreens offering of playing cards

The only other businesses that I would consider calling out as important to my card collecting: Ebay (where I shop a lot), Etsy, the US Playing Card Company, and Kickstarter.  It's an odd question to think about what other businesses help me with my my collection. And of course, who profits.  I guess I could also mention the people  who make the plastic card holders and the three ring binders.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Playing Card Collection Videos

October 6th, 2018: I created a quick video of the Mask and Theatrical section of my joker collection; Enjoy!

I updated the topsy turvy section of my joker playing card collection today.
I made a video. Obviously, there's a lot of room for improvement in my scripting, filming, and general production values.

If you would like a better look at my topsy turvies, click thru to the topsy turvy joker section of the joker collection.  Or, come visit Ft Lauderdale for a private viewing!

  I made this next video a few years ago in response to a video by an Italian magician who is listed as having the world's largest joker collection.


Here is a third joker video, circa 2017.  It highlights the section of the joker collection which has only headshots or upper body images of jokers.

And an updated joker from Sept 2018 also focusing on jokers which only show the head or upper body of the jester:


 And I'd recommend clicking through to see a full post on jokers with jester heads or upper bodies.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Betty Boop Joker

I just bought a nice Betty Boop joker. Here she is, front and back, what a doll!  And a youngster, printed in 1993.

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker

Betty Boop Joker Backside
Betty Boop Joker Backside

But I am all tied up in knots trying to figure out where she should go.  

On one hand, there is a cool old moon joker that I have in the Congress section of my collection. Why is the Moon Fairy joker in the Congress section. This Moon Fairy joker was the joker on one of the first Congress decks that USPC published, in 1895. Betty looks great next to the Moon Fairy and they are both classy ladies from yesterday who go together well. (I'm not sure that this is an original Moon Fairy although it does seem to match example from Hoffman on page 87.)

On the other hand, Betty Boop is clearly a cartoon character and maybe she would be happier in the cartoon character section of the joker collection, next to other simply drawn characters.  Pooh of course will have to be moved to another page where his style would be a better fit.

A third choice is to recognize that Betty Boop is a sitting joker. I have a large section of sitting jokers including a whole page of jokers with people sitting on crescent moons. Is that where Betty Boop would be happiest?

Lastly, Betty Boop is undeniably a looker and more than a little proud of her curves and charms.  Maybe, she belongs with the other great pinups girls from the erotica joker section?

Update 8-18-18  8:18pm

I just realized that in my section of the pretty pinup ladies, there is another Betty Boop Joker! Here she is:

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jesters Dancing

My jester section grew so large that I've had to make increasingly fine segments to keep the size of the sections manageable. There was a time when separating out just the jester heads and the seated jokers were enough. Now I have separate sections for jesters that are standing, performing (but not juggling), juggling, and dancing.

This is the jester dancing section! There are 103 different dancers. The key to identifying a dancing joker is that their feet are not flatly planted on the ground, that's how I can tell that they are dancing!  In this article, I'll show a sample of the dancers one-by-one and then I'll have a catalog in groups of 9 of all that are categorized as dancers.