|A Brooding Court Jester by Jan Matejko|
Arthur Szyk was a famous artist in mid 20th Century who escaped the Holocaust by moving to America.I have an entire article about Arthur Szyk and his card designs on this site.
|Jacobs Bible Cards Joker|
Here is the back of the demon with wings joker.
This next joker is I think a play on the poker concept of a Dead Man's Hand. In poker, the term dead man's hand goes back into the mid 1800s. The term has also been linked to the poker card held by Wild Bill Hitchcock when he was shot in 1876. Reportedly, he had the ace of spades, the ace of clubs, two black eights, and the queen of clubs. Generally the term "dead mans hand is used for a two-pair poker consisting of the black aces and black eights.
|Dead Man's Hand|