Wednesday, September 11, 2019

American People Jokers

These jokers are people, American people. I'm writing this on 9/11. It is both symbolic people like Uncle Sam and generic cowboys and suburbanites, and specific historical figures like George Washington and Calamity Jane. It is closely related to American travel jokers  (which have American sites but not people), American politicians (that's a different part of the collection), and entertainers like Elvis or Sports Figures

An American Joker
An American Joker

A number of these are old and historically significant but most notably: The Little Joker coming out of the box. It could be part of an 1878 deck by Dougherty. AD11 in the Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards.

This next page of Americana jokers presents a problem. No, I'm not worried about the incarcerated guy nor am I worried about the violence and guns. It's the horses.  Should they be here in the Americana section or in the Animals / Horses section?  Also, there's the shrimp in the cowboy boots and Stetson hat: is he Americana or Animals / Misc / Sea Creatures?
Cowboy Jokers
Cowboy Jokers

These jokers are Americans, all sorts of Americans.

These are also not the American travel jokers  (which don't have people).

They are not politicians (that's a different part of the collection).
They are not entertainers like Elvis. Or Sports Figures


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