Congress Jokers are a historic and popular brand of the US Playing Card Company (Article updated July 2023). Congress Jokers are also a strong point of my collection especially since my great buy of Congress decks in the Spring 2023 from the Potter & Potter auction (described in my article about buying antique Congress decks.)
And in case you haven't figured it out (it took me years), the corner indices in the card above are the US Playing Card symbol, an intertwined U and S.
|Dundreary Lacquer back, no border|
|Original Congress Brand Jokers|
Remember these are Congress 606 gold gilded decks sold to high society types at very high prices. This is far from a racy illicit deck sold through some alternative not-so-reputable channels.
First, a mystery. Is this "Congress Joker" part of the Congress brand and if so, why is he not mentioned in Hochman?