While I am primarily an aesthetic joker collector (ie, I like the pictures and I organize the jokers by the way that they look), I’ve recently grown interested in card and joker history and in assessing my collection in terms of significant historical jokers.
I'm focusing on American jokers and while I’m enthralled by the research, it also makes my head hurt. I'll publish this although I have more research to do and will update it as I go.
For dating cards, this sequence matters since joker designs continue through the years with only some details or copyright information changing. Online sources about Dougherty? The World of Playing Cards and The World of Paper Empires.
- NYCC jokers
- USPC Jokers including Bicycle, Congress
- National Card Company and Perfection too
- Kalamazoo and Russell - this article
- Arcco and Arrow
- The History of the Joker, the Ace of Spades, and the Stamp Act
- Questions about the symbols on face cards
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