Tuesday, December 24, 2019

My Joker Taxonomy

Here's how the jokers are organized. I tried alphabetical but they all start with J...

Ten sections: animals, art, Christmas, entertainment cartoony, real people,  jesters, musical, travel, ads, and topsy turvy. Most sections has subsections. Some subsections have sub-subsections. When a joker could be put in two or more places (ie a topsy joker with Mickey Mouse), I have rules for which takes precedence.

 Today's count 7,456 😏 (Click for previous counts). The collection keeps growing and evolving. As of 1/1/21, all of the sections are now on the website but they are not current. I update my collection daily and my website less often.  

While my collection is by theme, I’ve looked some at jokers other ways. I’ve some historical views of American jokers: examples: Dougherty , ARRCO, or Standard Jokers  Other views : how I frame jokers to put on the wall, whether I have all the jokers from the Joker Poster, and what resources I find useful. I enjoy comments: don’t be shy. 
  1. Animal Jokers 
  2. Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats  or  Dogs 
    2. Flyers: The Birds and the BeesButterflies Dragons 
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys, giraffes ...
    4. Monkeys, bears, and others with paws 
    5. Animals with antlers, horns, and tusks
    6. Reptiles, amphibians, sea creatures  
  3. Art and Artsy Jokers
    1. Beautiful art jokers including flowers, fruit, mermaids
    2. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    3. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.
    4. Masks
    5. Statues 
    Bicycle - Unicycle
    Bicycle - Unicycle
  4. Christmas Jokers with angels and cherubs
  5. Entertainment Jokers: Animated
    1. CartoonsPeanuts, Betty Boop,  Alice In Wonderland  
    2. SuperHeros  
    3. Harry Potter Entertainment: 
    4. Anime Japanese Jokers
  6. Real People
    1. Politicians: The binders now distinguish between American & European. Needs updating. Also, the American peoples such as Native Americans, American historical figures etc are in the travel section.
    2. Star Wars
    3. Movie Stars
    4. Musicians. There's an Elvis section.
    5. Comedians -TV Personalities Commentators
    6. Historical and contemporary American. (There's also an Americana symbols section)
    7. International:   People of ColorOld Europeans with names,  Old European stereotypes
    8. Plain people jokers (not celebrities)
    9. Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn) is split into bikini girls (the essentials covered), illustrations old fashioned,  Asian, and harder core.
    10. Sports Jokers: Golf, Baseball, Football (American), 
  7. Jester Jokers (not real people or celebrities)
    1. Dancing with or without jesters wands 
    2.  Performers with cards or without cards 
    3. Juggling things 
      Juggling Jesters
    4. Scatterman - The Cartamundi jester
    5. Sitting Jokers
      1. SidewaysCrescent moons, Bird/Owl Man, Sideways
      2. Forward: Sitting Facing Forward or Cross Legged
    6. JestersStanding jesters with WandsWalking Jesters with WandsNO WAND (standing still or walking)
    7. Head Shots or Busts. On a stick, heads, hands no wand, hand with a wand  
    8. Fighters! ie Jokers with swords, etc
    9. Clown Jokers  
    10. Jokers, not jesters, standing (or walking) 
  8. Musical Jokers - Note this excludes real musicians which are in the real people section.
    1. Stringed Instruments 
    2. Wind Instruments (recently split in the albums, online needs updating)
    3. Percussion including piano.
    4. Musical Ensembles (to keep joker sets together)
  9. Travel Jokers (outdated post from 2017)
    1. Vehicles. This section is now split into: 
      1. Vehicles: Sea & Air, Trains, Cars & Motorcycles  60+28+41
      2. Bicycle Jokers, Skater JokersUnicycle Jokers  
    2. American places and Americana,  Congress Jokers 
      1. American Scenery Jokers
      2.  American people
      3. Cowboys
      4. Native Americans
      5. People of Color
    3. Non US Places
    4. Maps
    5. Old Europeans with names, Old European stereotypes
    6. Chinese Jokers - Acquired Collection, Collected
  10. Ads: 
    1. Casinos 
    2. CigarettesDrink,  Desserts and Candy 97 + 18
    3. Coca Cola Jokers   34    
    4. Cars  35
    5. Public Interest Messages
    6. Logo type jokersGeometric Designs 162
    7. Ads   63      Text based jokers 150
    8. Jokers promoting playing cards
  11. Topsy Turvy - Two headed jokers take precedence over other criteria for organzing so this section is large and has subsections that mirror the overall organization:
    1. Animals - 40
    2. Card Themed - 52
    3. Music - 35
    4. Ladies & Masks - 28
    5. Jesters and clowns 65
    6. People -61
    7. Things - 32
  12. Large, small, and weird-shaped 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).