I'd be very interested in knowing if anyone has a better term for this style of jokers than topsy turvy. Comments please? UPDATE: I've been told common terms are mirrored or duplex jokers.
These first two are original jokers designed by me as part of promotional decks for my day job. Click to read the description of the process of designing the jokers.
|Ed Mouse & Penguin Jokers|
|Back of the Cards|
|HangMouse Cat & Mouse Joker|
I like jokers, topsy turveys, and monkeys. Imagine my joy at finding all these design elements together!
This next joker is known (Per Dan Nordquist and I quote him...) as SlapStick. The term "slap stick" actually comes from the Commedie del Arte, which also produced Punch and Judy and the word 'zany". This originated in Italy, many hundreds of years ago and changed the world of comedy dramatically. It was the continuation of trends begun in Greek theater and originated the idea of characters ( such as the Marx Brothers of modern times ) who always behaved in a similar way. Harlequin was another person from the Commedie. Many jokers have such characters on them.
Polo players on a joker, symmetrically!
Another well rendered classical topsy turvy jester joker.
Another horsey themed topsy turvy joker but this time with a clown. As you may know, I don't like clowns on jokers.
The next two are long standing favorites of mine in that I remember collecting them in 1979. I was 21. I took a trip with my parents (technical exchange, my Dad was a big time space engineering technical type) to the Soviet Union. The next joker is from Russia, the one below from Finnish Air.
The jokers are pictured inside the plastic holders that I keep them in. These pages are sold primarily to collectors of baseball playing card.
I think I have 84 jokers that I count in the topsy turvy section of the joker collection.
The ones in the top photo in the top left and top right spots are original jokers designed by Time4Learning and VocabularySpellingCity.
I'm particularly fond of the middle joker in this next set and the one on the middle row on the far right. The reason is that I collected both of them on the same trip, a trip to Leningrad and Moscow form the US. It was 1979, I was about 21 years old. Leningrad of course is no more, now it's back to St Petersburg.
This post was updated on Sept 22, 2017 with the most recent set of topsy turvy jokers. My photography is better than it was but still not good enough.
Here's an early September 2018 update. I now have about 175 topsy turvy jokers. Here's a quick video of them, please excuse my production values.