These first jokers are Santa Claus jokers that use art work from two influential Twentieth Century American artists. One is widely known: Norman Rockwell.
The other might be even more influential but he is largely unknown: Haddon Sundblom.
Haddon affects how you (and how most of the world) thinks about Santa Claus...READ ON!
|Rockwell and Sundboom Christmas Jokers front and back|
One set featuring the widely celebrated Normal Rockwell, are published by Curtis Publishing. They usually feature Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations of Christmas themes on the front and back. Curtis was the publisher of many magazines in the 1900s including the Saturday Evening Post. Curtis is now largely a licensing company with Norman Rockwell's images as their primary asset.
Intermingled with Norman Rockwell imagery is artwork by the less famous but also very influential artist called Haddon Sundblom.
For Coca Cola, one of his big series, he did an art series that defined the modern Santa as human, jolly, and tubby. These images are on the back of the cards in color and repeated in black and white on the joker. Prior to that, images of Saint Nick widely varied and could treat him as an old testament type, a supernatural being, or in many other ways.
The next two are from a Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer deck published by Aquarius products (printed in China)
Next, a crazy juggling Santa.
A serious Santa with really big teeth.
And now some angels...
Ho Ho Ho, Have a Merry Christmas all of you and may all of your joker dreams be realized....
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