This first one is thrilling, I have the deck including two jokers. On each joker, I count about 17 different Brownies (some are partially buried in something).
These three imps were on one of the oldest and most treasured jokers in my collection. 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.
Three Imps on a Joker
I think the one below is a more modern version again featuring the three "Palmer Cox Brownies" who were popular cartoon characters from the late 1900s. Palmer Cox was a Canadian illustrator and author, best known for The Brownies, a series of books and comic strips about the mischievous but kindhearted fairy-like sprites. The best known of the books with the comic books in them was The Brownies, Their Book (1887).
Due to the popularity of Cox's Brownies, one of the first popular handheld cameras was named after them, the Eastman Kodak Brownie camera.
Palmer Cox Brownies Playing Cards
This modern joker features the Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, and Jack.
I don't know much about this joker but it looks modern and cheap, perhaps from China. There do seem to be the Palmer Cox Brownies, or perhaps a modern reinterpretation of them.
Like these fun little imps? Perhaps you'd like some fun with some lovely pin up girl jokers and other erotic jokers.
Or, if you are curious about the other US Playing Card Brands, perhaps the Bicycle Jokers would interest you. There are also the Congress Jokers and jokers featuring Betty Boop!
Here's an amazing website about the National Card Company. I'm linking to the page about the Brownies: https://thenationalcardco.weebly.com/the-brownies.htmlReplyDelete