These ~67 showman and showwomen are jesters and other characters who perform without any playing cards. I had to split this section into performers without cards - ie this section - and performers with cards to keep it manageable. The organization of this article, like all the others is:
- short intro explaining the organizing principle of this part of the collection
- images of some of my favorites from this section with brief commentary
- a series of "ensemble" pictures which shows comprehensively the jokers in this section as they are organized in pages of nine. Note that most of these posts are out of date since I'm constantly updating the collection and I update the website far less often. Also, pay attention to the beautiful balance of each page in which subthemes are developed.
This joker is from a deck made in the Bay Area in the 1960s as part of the Black Power / "Black is Beautiful" movements. Published 1972 by Omega. I recently started thinking more about the social and political messages embedded in cards, my thinking was helped by Rory Rennick, a European (Dutch?) that I met online who has written on how the African Diaspora experience is presented on cards over the last two hundred years. I collect and display all the jokers that I find which is often value neutral but there are issues implicit in sections such as the pin up girls section (call out toSolfrid Johanne Thunestvedt who has also pointed out some crass crappy comments by me) the international people section, and elsewhere. So far, I have only once shared my own political views in a post on Americana Jokers written on Memorial Day 2020.
Here are some related jokers that you really must see: