Monday, October 26, 2020

Mermaid Jokers

 Mermaids intrigue me. Do they exist and do they lure lonely sailors to a watery but ecstatic death like in the Odyssey?  Do they fall in love with humans like Ariel and the mermaid in the Splash film? The ones in Harry Potter were a particularly mean strain of merpeople.

 I have seventeen fish-tailed lovelies in the art section and another five in other parts of the collection. 

Here are the 17 mermaids that I've collected in one space. 

As I've mentioned, I think there are more mermaids elsewhere, perhaps in the statue section (or the travel section, I think I have a photo of the Little Mermaid from Holland). There could be some in the girlie section although I have trouble imagining it. And surely there are some in the cartoon section since there's whole films about Ariel and I know there's one of the SeaWitch. I might also look in  the sea creatures section.

I just found this pair in, would you believe, the juggling section!

And in the cartoon section, there was definitely the Sea Witch. Ursula!

Here's three more mermaid jokers found in the musical category, wind section.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Musical Trios - Joker Band Ensembles

Since so many jokers feature music, I've split the musical jokers just like an orchestra into a wind section, a string section, and a percussion section (coming soon). Today, after struggling with the fact hat a set of jokers from a deck should be kept together and not split across sections, I've create a new group: the ensemble trios! 

This section shows the ensemble trios where a deck of card publishes three jokers each of which is playing a different instrument.

There are six trios that make up this ensemble section

Want to see more jokers?  How about:
Musical String Section
- Jokers: The Wind Section
Musical Trios Ensemble Groups of Jokers
- Percussion Musical Jokers
Famous Musicians
Star Wars Jokers
Juggling Jokers
Monkey and bear jokers

The Orchestra Wind Section - Musical Jokers

 The wind section musical jokers start with a faun, a Medievil, and a youthful flutist.

Here's the ensemble of the wind section of the musical jokers. It starts with the flutists.

Now to the horn and bagpipe section.

Old trumpets provide the fanfare for the announcement of all these other jokers.
On the page above, there are three horn blowers whose lower limbs are fishy and so they are not fully human. These mermaids or merpeople are a Nintendo joker design often customized slightly for custom printed decks. The colored joker in the bottom left has the Nintendo N on the banner and a standard Nintendo copyright notice below. The joker in the bottom right also has the N banner and the text says “World Famous Garden Restaurant CHINZAN-SO Tokyo Japan”.  The black and white joker in the middle row on the left is for Japan Airlines and the banner has the Japan Airlines logo, not the Nintendo N.

I’d suggest Joop /Miriam’s DX Expo webpage for a very fine listing of these Nintendo Mermaid jokers. Also, this website now has an article on mermaid jokers

Want to see more jokers?  How about:
- Musical String Section
- Jokers: The Wind Section
- Musical Trios Ensemble Groups of Jokers
- Percussion Musical Jokers
- Famous Musicians
- Star Wars Jokers
- Juggling Jokers
- Monkey and bear jokers

article on mermaid jokers. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Jokers on the Wall

This display of jokers was framed by me: I think it is one of my better efforts. They make a nice colorful ensemble, none are overwhelmed, overwhelming, or clash.  Note how the two on the top right are oriented back towards the picture's middle. And how the BeeBoy in the top left is marching back towards the middle.. The middle in the top and bottom row are natural middles.

This display was made for my nephew Will whose reflection you can barely see in the glass.

Here's the framed jokers that I have in my office.

This framed set of jokers in my company office ( It is bolted to the wall. I've spent a lot of time staring at this selection and I feel that I made some mistakes. I wish I had not put in the seagull, horse, or the seal joker. I put them in for diversity but I think they wreck the aesthetics. I also regret the modern Congress joker and the juggler in the middle row.  I think the peacock in the bottom right is among my most lovely jokers and I think it is pretty rare.

The jokers below is a hand-painted one of a kind joker. Florencia made this, she starts with a card from a deck of cards, scrapes off the image, and then paints on it.  She'll do this as a commission. 

BTW, the lady below looks a lot like my wife.  

My children have received some framed joker selections for their walls.

Friday, October 9, 2020

old Fashioned Pornography

 This site and my collection displays jokers of all sorts. Some jokers have people holding swords or guns. Some jokers are from decks given to US Servicemen with the "enemies" list printed on each of them so there are some real villains on those jokers. Some jokers present different races in ways that make me cringe and wonder about the basic humanity of people but they were typical of a certain time and milieu. Nevertheless, I collect them all.  

If looking at vintage American porn on jokers is not your thing, that's fine. Please move on.  If you want to condemn me for collecting and displaying such things, be aware that there's worse on this site.  I have a large erotic dehumanizing section called Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn) with five subsections: bikini girls (the essentials covered), illustrations, old fashioned (this section), Asian, and harder core. And if you noticed that I am defensive about displaying certain jokers, you’re right. I’m ambivalent. I have conflicting thoughts.

This article shows the old fashioned American pornography which is basically girlie pictures mostly in the 1960s style: there's about 55 of these lovelies...

Here are the sets of 9 jokers which is how I organize and stores the collection.

Astute observers might feel that the girls in the top left and right below are more illustrations than photographs and should be moved. I agree.

 These are a subsection of my Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn). This section is split into bikini girls (the essentials covered), illustrations, old fashioned (see above), Asian, and harder core.

Or, for a complete change of pace, check out my Peanuts Jokers, Star War Jokers, Elvis Presley Jokers, or Alice in Wonderland Jokers

Pin Up Illustrations

This section of the girlie section features illustrations and drawings, not really photography. Here's my favorite which is really elaborate. It is from a famous French deck: "Le Florentin" by Draeger Freres - Editions Philibert. France 1955. There were a limited and numbered set of edition playing cards designed by Paul-Emile Becat. 12,000 decks where printed. Could this be an original or a copy?

And a nice Vargas...

Here is a set of illustrations by the renowned Alberto Vargas.

Here's an overview of my Pin Up Girlie Glamour Jokers (ie erotica and porn). It's now split into bikini girls (the essentials covered), illustrations (this one), old fashioned, Asian, and harder core.

Or, to change topics, here are jesters standing, juggling, performing with cards, or clowns.