Tuesday, December 24, 2019

My Joker Taxonomy

Here's how the jokers are organized. 

This organization or taxonomy is constantly evolving.  Many of these sections have been, at some point, video'd or photographed and are on the site. But they are probably not current.

It seems as soon as I post an organization, a section overview, or anything else, it is outdated.

Todays count: 5,392.😏 (Click on that link to see the details of the count. Circa Dec 2019).

I present it largely in alphabetical order for simplicity .
  1. Animal Jokers 
  2. Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats & Dogs - This is a good example of constantly being out-of-date. There are now two distinct sections: one for felines, another for canines. But online, I've not yet updated...
    2. Flyers: Bees, Birds, Owls, Dragons etc 
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys ...
    4. Other Animal Jokers: Other: Monkeys! Bears, Bulls, antlers, reptiles, amphibians, swimmers  
  3. Art and Artsy Jokers
    1. Beautiful art jokers including flowers, fruit etc
    2. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    3. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.
    4. Masks
    5. Statues
  4. Bicycle Jokers (Unicycles too) 
  5. Chinese
  6. Bicycle - Unicycle
    Bicycle - Unicycle
  7. Christmas Jokers including angels and cherubs
  8. Clown Jokers 
  9. Entertainment Jokers: Animated
    1. Cartoons: Peanuts, Betty Boop,  
    2. SuperHeros  
    3. Harry Potter Entertainment: 
    4. Alice In Wonderland  
    5. Betty Boop 
    6. Anime
    7. Peanuts Jokers 
  10. Real People
    1. Politicians
    2. Star Wars
    3. Movie Stars
    4. Musicians. There's an Elvis section.
    5. Comedians
    6. Historical and contemporary American. Plus an Americana section.
    7. Historical European
    8. Just plain people
  11. Jesters and people
    1. Dancing with or without jesters wands 
    2. Performing with or without cards 
    3. Juggling things 
      Juggling Jesters
    4. Juggling cards  
      1. Scatterman variations
    5. Sitting - Forward vs Sideways
    6. Standing Jesters 
    7. Head Shots or Busts. On a stick, heads, hands no wand, hand with a wand  
    8. Fighters! ie Jokers with swords, etc
  12. Musical Jokers - Note this excludes real musicians which are in the real people section.
    1. Stringed Instruments 
    2. Wind Instruments
    3. Percussion and other
  13. Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn)
  14. Sports Jokers: Golf, Baseball, Football (American), 
  15. Topsy Turvy - This has subsections in it that mirror the overall organization.
  16. Travel Jokers (outdated post from 2017)
    1. Vehicles
    2. American places and Americana (different than American people). Congress Jokers 
    3. Non US Places
    4. Maps
    5. International people types
  17. Ads: 
    1. Casinos 
    2. Cigarettes, Drink, Desserts
    3. Coca Cola Jokers
    4. Public Interest Messages
    5. Logo type jokers
    6. Text based jokers
Thoughts? Comments?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Real People: Actors

These jokers are real people but not comedians, musicians (including Elvis), politicians, sports figures, pin up erotic jokers, or ordinary people, they have their own sections (long ago, there was just the real people section).

Marilyn Monroe Jokers
Marilyn Monroe Jokers

The backs of Marilyn Monroe Jokers
The backs of Marilyn Monroe Jokers
Astute readers will notice that this MM joker was in backwards in the photographs of full pages below:

Back of the joker, Frontal of the diva

Real People, Actor Jokers. Mostly Actresses
Real People, Actor Jokers. Mostly Actresses

The Backs of the Real People Actor Jokers

What to look at next? Let me suggest: 
Comedians - waiting to be photoed
Musicians (including Elvis), 
Ordinary people, - waiting to be photoed
(long ago, there was just the real people section).

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Monkey Jokers (Animals Miscellaneous)

I LOVE Monkey Jokers.

The number of monkey jokers is picking up but it's still just a section in the Animals Miscellaneous section.

This first two jokers are from the  Bicycle deck: Sideshow Freaks. I think this is a contemporary deck (circa 2019).

These jokers are from the Bicycle Monkey King deck, also I think published in 2019.

This is one of my favorites since I like monkeys and there are only a few jokers where the jesters wand does not have the jester's own head. In this case, it's a human held by a monkey.  (I designed a joker with a cat and mouse holding jester wands with each others heads on it, topsy turvy)

The monkey in this picture interestingly enough had a previous role as the character for advertising for Monkey Brand Soap.  No, you could not make this stuff up.  Check out this advertisement from the 1880s including the clever poem: 

Here's a page of nine monkey jokers from the animal miscellaneous section of the collection.

Here's another nine from the monkey subsection.

These are not in the monkey section, should they be?

This monkey joker is in the Topsy Turvy Joker Section.

The two monkey jokers here are in the political people section since they feature George Bush junior.

These last two jokers do have monkeys but they are in the performing tricks section. 
If you're on a mobile device, you can't see the index on the side which has all the different types of jokers. Here's a quick sampling...
Cat and Dog Jokers 
Standing jokers 
Jokers who are dancing
Jokers doing tricks or performing.
Jokers who are juggling.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sitting Jokers

The sitting joker section got a little too large so now it's split into two types of sitting jokers: front facing and side facing. Here's a simple visual so you can see the difference...

Sideways sitting jokers.  The first subsection of the sideways jokers has the crescent moon theme.

The first one is a historical joke, the very cool old Moon Fairy. This Moon Fairy joker was the joker on one of the first Congress decks that the USPC published, in 1895 (I'm not sure that this is an original Moon Fairy although it does seem to match the example from Hoffman' Card Encyclopedia on page 87.)
Moon Fairy Joker
Moon Fairy Joker
 For all of you who like to know that some superior being is up there watching us, here's the joker that is keeping track of us.

Betty Boop is quite the character and we're grateful to have her posing on the moon for a joker.   I have a whole article about the Betty Boop joker, Betty Boop, and where she belongs in the joker collection.

This next jokers comes from China and is called OwlMan.  There are many variations of Owlman as you can see below.

Here is the sideways section of the sitting joker section. There are 53 different ones (10/19/2019).

Front facing sitting jokers.  The first subsection of the sideways jokers has the drinking theme.

There are nine pages plus a single of these forward facing jokers. So a total of 55. (yes, there are a few inconsistencies....it's a work in progress....). We'll start with the sitting and drinking jokers which go onto the second page.

On this second page, we transition from drinking sitting jokers to jokers sitting on balls or globes.

More jokers on balls....

And now, some cross-legged jokers, I think these are a Piatnek design.

These cross legged jokers are by John Worthington I believe.

Most of this next page features a joker called Throney, a name given to them by Dan Nordquist.

Below , I share a few samples of the agony of decision-making. Where to put jokers that could fit in multiple categories? The ones below are not in the sitting section although they could be.

The first one is in the animal joker section, equestrian (ie horses) subsection. He could also have been put in the musical string section or the sitting section.

This joker of the three imps probably dates from 1927. It's an old US Playing Card Joker. It features the Palmer Cox Brownies. They are in the jokers about playing card section.

These crescent moon jokers are in the crescent moon subsection of the topsy turvy section. Weird, I know. (Yes, one pair of topsy turvy crescent moon jokers do seem to be in both sections, just noticed it...)

These next few are from the death and mystical section of jokers.

 She is in the sports joker section, sitting on a driver.  There's a case for her as a sitter or as a pin-up.

The Little Mermaid from Denmark is neither in the sitting section, the nudie section, nor the travel section. She is in the joker statues section.

This last seated joker is seated in the musical joker section, string subsection. 

This post updates the 2017 sitting joker article.

What to look at next, I suggest the: