Thursday, January 18, 2018

Congress Jokers

Congress Playing Cards were first produced by the Russell & Morgan Company in 1881. They were one of the four original brands produced by Russell & Morgan. The others were Tiger (101), Sportsman (202), Army and Navy (303 and 505),  and Congress (404 and 606).  In 1891, the company changed its name to the US Playing Card Company. (Source: Wikipedia Article on USPCC Jan 18, 2018)

These cards are from the original Congress decks with the Moon Fairy images.

This image is from the The World of Playing Cards website. All the other images are of my collection.


After the turn of the Century, the USPCC started producing jokers with the US Congress building on it. 




Pink Congress Joker
Pink Congress Joker











Monday, January 15, 2018

Masks Jokers

October 2018 - This article went up in January 2018 and while i usually just update the old articles, this time I'm obscoleting this one and sending people to the newly updated post with a video about masks and theatric jokers.

The following jokers are all theatrical, mostly masks. Do you have any theatrical or masked jokers?

Joker Masks
Joker Masks



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ads for Cigarettes, Liquor, Desserts

The next set of advertising jokers are for cigarettes and liquor with a few desserts thrown in at the end. But it starts with an advertisement for a fancy perfume. At least, I assume it's fancy.

















Advertisements for the Casinos

The Las Vegas casinos all publish their own cards with their own jokers. I would have thought how important cards are to their business that they would have invested a little more in the designs.  The Luxor is one of my favorites from the casinos.

Luxor Casino Joker
Luxor Casino Joker



The Harolds Club joker at least has some color and an interesting theme.


These jokers are pretty nice, I particularly like the one with the monkey. And the girls.






Yikes, what's going on with my scanner in this next picture?  It's shmeered. I imagine I picked it up before it was finished scanning. Remind me to do it again if I forget.






The jokers below are duplicates. Want to trade?  Just put your contact info in a comment and then I'll get back to you (I won't let your comment be seen publicly so your email won't be published). For references, there's a top row and numbers 1, 2, and 3 in each row, except the top row which only has 1 and 2. Got it?

NOTE - In row 2, both joker 2 and 3 have holes in them punched by the casino.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Elvis Jokers

How many Elvis Presley jokers do I have in my collection? I think I'm up to 13 of the King.

The Elvis jokers are in the Real People section in the entertainer subsection.  Here they are.

Elvis Collection: Jokers
Elvis Collection: Jokers















And here is what the Elvis jokers look like in the collection. They are in the  Real People jokers section, in the Entertainers subsection (versus the Politicians or Normal People subsections).


And here are their backsides.




This last shot is of what my dining room table looks like when I'm sorting my jokers.
Joker Collecting
Joker Collecting