Tuesday, December 24, 2019

My Joker Taxonomy

Here's how the jokers are organized. I tried alphabetical but they all start with J. I tried by color but ... and so here’s my system.

There are ten sections: animals, art, Christmas, entertainment cartoony, real people,  jesters, musical, travel, ads, and topsy turvy. Each section has subsections. Some of the subsections have sub-subsections. When a joker could count in 2 or more places (ie a topsy joker with Mickey Mouse), I have rules for which takes precedence.

Todays count: 5,392.😏 (Click to see the details, Dec 2019).

This organization or taxonomy keeps evolving.  Many sections are now on the website. But they are maybe not current. I update my collection daily and my website much less often.  I recently started taking a historical view of the American jokers: if that interests you, start with this article about Dougherty, he arrived in Brooklyn in the 1800s and became a famous (and rich!) playing card manufacturer. 

I present the taxonomy largely in alphabetical order .
  1. Animal Jokers 
  2. Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats and Dogs 
    2. Flyers: Bees, Birds, Owls, Dragons etc 
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys ...
    4. Other animals: Monkeys Bears and others with Paws;  antlers, horns, and tusksreptiles, 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 
    Bicycle - Unicycle
    Bicycle - Unicycle
  4. Christmas Jokers including angels and cherubs
  5. Entertainment Jokers: Animated
    1. CartoonsPeanuts, Betty Boop,  Alice In Wonderland  
    2. SuperHeros  
    3. Harry Potter Entertainment: 
    4. Anime
  6. 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. Plain people jokers (not celebrities)
    9. Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn)
    10. Sports Jokers: Golf, Baseball, Football (American), 
  7. Jesters (people but not celebrities)
    1. Dancing with or without jesters wands 
    2. Performing with cards 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
    9. Clown Jokers 
  8. Musical Jokers - Note this excludes real musicians which are in the real people section.
    1. Stringed Instruments 
    2. Wind Instruments
    3. Percussion and other
  9. Travel Jokers (outdated post from 2017)
    1. Vehicles
      1. Bicycle Jokers (Unicycles too)
    2. American places and Americana (different than American people). Congress Jokers 
      1. American Scenery Jokers
    3. Non US Places
    4. Maps
    5. International people types
    6. Chinese
  10. Ads: 
    1. Casinos 
    2. Cigarettes, Drink, Desserts
    3. Coca Cola Jokers
    4. Public Interest Messages
    5. Logo type jokers
    6. Text based jokers
  11. Topsy Turvy - This has subsections in it that mirror the overall organization.
Thoughts? Comments?


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