Sunday, June 28, 2020

Crescent Moon Jokers

I have a charming set of jokers with ladies sitting on the crescent moon.  It's inside the sitting section of the collection more specifically, inside the "sitting sideways" section.

Let's start with the Moon Fairy Joker, a venerable piece of American card and joker history. This Moon Fairy joker was the joker on one of the first Congress decks that the USPC published, in 1895 (I'm not sure that this is an original Moon Fairy although it does seem to match the example from Hoffman' Card Encyclopedia on page 87.)


 The World of Playing Cards cites an 1899 Congress Number 606 Deck that looks a lot like this. How do I tell what era mine is from?  Here's the back of myMoon Fairy joker.

Betty Boop has her own  Betty Boop article on this blog.

I call this one Witchie.

This NuVue crescent moon joker was one that I encountered a lot when I started collecting bakc in the 1970s. I think it was because it was the standard joker on most airplane decks (which were free back then) and so I got them often. BTW, if you want a cheap thrill, next time you are on a plane and the attendant is of a certain age and asks you want you want (while she really wants to know if you want water or a coke), tell her you'd like a deck of cards.  It seems to transparent them back to a different era and takes them awhile to recover with "And has it really been 40 years since you've flown?"


 This joker troubles me since the crescent moon is facing opposite all the others.  Does that happen?
More about the joker above. This joker was  featured by Joop Muller as the Joker of the Month, June 2020. Since his research and knowledge is so deep and thorough, I'll quote: 

So here she is, sitting on the moon holding up a drink, surrounded by stars and some light brown nebula's. No, she's not in the best condition. The back shows a goose in flight and advertises Miller High Life, "the champagne of bottle beer". So that's probably in the glass she's holding. Google brought some more information. Apparently this logo is called "Girl on the Moon" and there have been at least 5 versions of her. This version would have been in use in the 1950's. I think it's safe to say that the joker was made in the US, but couldn't put a maker to it. Nevertheless...... cheers!”





Plus there are four more topsy turvy crescent moon jokers. There are two where they have musical instruments and are drinking. (Only one is shown).
 
And there two (only one shown) in which they just have an instrument but nothing to drink.



What to look at next, I suggest the:




Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pin Up Joker Playing Cards

It is with mixed feelings that I share some of my racier jokers starting with nine jokers featuring scantily-dressed Asian ladies. Pardon the pun and of course, if this offends you, move on. There are lots of other joker pages to look at which don't raise hackles or questions (and there are some others that do that deal with race).  I sort of agree with you on these being in poor taste but I'm an equal opportunity joker collector.

So here are my pin-up jokers, the naughty jokers, the girlie jokers, the erotic jokers, the porn jokers, the glamour shot joker playing card jokerss. I have quite a large collection of porn jokers some of which are arguably too obscene to share (I might get rated X by Google!)

(UPDATE  I just counted and I now have 112 jokers in this section - 12/23/2018).

Lets start with nine different pretty Asian lady jokers. The girls are in mostly in their underclothes.  looking relatively cute and innocent (as this sort of stuff goes).

Pretty Asian Girls in Bikinis on Jokers
Pretty Asian Girls in Bikinis on Joker Cards

These girlie jokers come in many different levels of artsy-ness, explicit-ness, or porn-ness. And there are some boys too!

The next two jokers are from the same deck. They're real collectors items:  they are classy, subtle, a little hot, and funny.


I have two of these. One is in my album, the other is framed on the wall in my home office.  Here's some more info on the two jokers. They are from a French deck: "Le Florentin" by Draeger Freres - Editions Philibert. France 1955. Limited & numbered edition playing cards designed by Paul-Emile Becat. 12,000 decks where printed. Each deck was numbered. Blue and red backs. per Tom van Berkum on the Facebook Joker Collectors Group. Thanks Tom!
Le Florentin
Le Florentin

And here's the back from the Le Florentin.


Heh, if this section is really not your thing but you like jokers, here's some ideas of where you might go next.
 Standing jokers - All FULLY Clothed.
Jokers who are dancing
Jokers doing tricks or performing.
Jokers who are juggling.
Jokers who are simply a head or head and torso.

And then back to the modern world and a series of girls-gone-wild, bourdoir photography, Bond girls, and some classic pinup shots from a bygone era. Plus a bunch of jokers from Hooters.



Girl in Bikini with a Car. Joker
Girl in Bikini With a Car on a Joker


Vargas Girl Jokers
Vargas Girl Jokers

A Bond Girl Joker - 007!
A Bond Girl Joker - 007!
A Hot Faun Joker
A Hot Faun Joker
This next one feels very 1980s to me.


Hot Bikini Girl Joker
Hot Bikini Girl Joker





Ironically, this section is kept in the same album with the Christmas jokers (complete with angels and cherubs!)

HEH, if this section is really not your thing but you like jokers, here's some ideas of where you might go next.
 Standing jokers - All FULLY Clothed.
Jokers who are dancing
Jokers doing tricks or performing.
Jokers who are juggling.

If you've made it this far, I'm assuming you are not too offended by pornographic jokers.  So, lets get a little more explicit. Ready for some B&B? (buttocks and boobs?)

Buttocks

Boobs

And here is a quick overview of the erotic joker section  (updated Feb 2018).


















I wonder if Google treats blogs with "explicit" images in some ways that might trigger a series of reactions that might hurt my site.

I'd be surprised if any of the images that I have left up trigger problems with the rating of the site by the search engines and other arbitrators of websites.  But then, what do I know?

Ironically, this section is kept in the same album with the Christmas jokers (complete with angels and cherubs!)

One famous pin up type girl who is not in this section is Betty Boop. I have two Betty Boop jokers but I'm not sure where they should be classified, take a look at Betty Boop jokers and read about here role as a feminist icon.









Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Joker Nicknames from Dan's Childhood

In the summer of 2018, I had an extended business trip to Chicago. I remembered that there was a joker collector on the Facebook group in Chicago. I contacted him and we met. So far, Dan Nordquist is the only other joker collector that I've met face to face.

Dan Nordquist

Dan is charming, very knowledgeable about the history of jokers especially the early American jokers, and has a wonderful collection particularly of early American jokers.  But what struck me most was his story that he had started collecting jokers as small kid along with all the other kids in the neighborhood. And since they talked about jokers and started seeing the same designs over and over again, they gave them nicknames.  

I asked him if he could remember the nicknames and whether he minded if I shared. Here they are:

He called this joker: Head. 

Comedy Head Joker
Comedy Head Joker

Another anecdote that I found interesting that he shared was about his "little gang of 5th and 6th grade joker collectors" and I quote:

We decided to canvas the entire neighborhood for decks that had interesting jokers.  We told everyone whose doorbell that we rang that we were gathering old and maybe "stale" decks for an old folks home.  We discovered a few new Jokers this way ( such as "Livingston" ) and although we initially were just using the old folks thing as a pretext, we ultimately did give almost everything we found ( lacking a  few Jokers ) to a real old folks' home.  Now we are all "old folks" ourselves!

Candy:
Candy Joker
Hand
Picker
Shovel Player
Jockey
Donkey Clown
Throner
Canadian
Voodoo
Baggie
Mardi Gras
Plaque
S Rider
Pirate


Pinwheel Joker by Western Publishing

And Old Pinwheel.

I like the idea of a bunch of neighborhood kids ringing bells, asking for decks for an "old folks home", and then opening the deck and saying: "Durn, just another Old Pinwheel."  It somehow reminds me of my childhood where I collected cards and coins with my brothers and we would go to local banks to get an entire pound as a bag of either copper, threpences, or sixpences. But that's another story.