This is the Asian section of the girlie porn erotic pinup section of my joker collection. They certainly have a certain innocence about them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
I have an array of Bicycle and other American royal cards in front of me and I have many questions. If someone has already written all this up, I'd appreciate the referral. If not, here's some questions. I'll just ask about the jacks in this post but I have questions about the queens and kings too.
Clubs - The jack of clubs (should this be capitalized?) is holding a long vertical rod-like thing with a sort of arrow head on one side (the top?) and a point on the other side. It might be a stylized spear although the point on the back of it doesn't quite make sense. Anyone know anything about it?
There is also a leaf hanging from the hat or crown of the JoC. Again, anyone know anything?
Hearts. He has a moustache (JoC is cleanshaven) and is holding something in his hand, maybe a leaf? There is the axe behind him.
The Jack of Spades is holding a type of stick has a sort of spiral to it. It has three sections in the spiral (ie it turns around one and a half times). What is it and what is it called?
Diamonds. The JoD is holding a rod which looks very similar to the JoC rod but with the point at both ends (not the arrowhead). It has a curved thing coming off it which could either be the hand protector if it's a sword or, in some versions, suggests a crossbow. Anyone know anything about it? BTW, JOD also has a moustache.
These queens, like all the four suits, is holding a flower. She also has some sort of stick. What is that stick? In the one on the left, she has a musical staff clearly on a decoration that might be part of her clothes, might be a shield. On the right, she’s holding something with six symbols visible, a seventh potentially hidden by her hand. The symbol might be of a plant, perhaps a grass or grain.
I won't write much about the suits about which a great has been written. Simply, modern American suits are a descendent of the French four suits which can be traced to maybe classes of society, maybe other things.
The kings had a fixed identity in both French and British decks since the 1500s: Charlemagne (hearts), David (spades), Caesar (diamonds), and Alexander (clubs). The queens and jacks, not so much.
The card numbers have an array of symbols associated with them:
An Ace stands for Desire
Two stands for Union
Three is for Faith
Four is for Satisfaction
Five symbolizes a Change
Six is for Adjustments
Seven is an epitome of Victory
Eight stands for Power
Nine represents New beginnings
Ten symbolizes Success
A longer somewhat consistent explanation is available at: https://www.metasymbology.com/symbols.html
Monday, September 14, 2020
With about 500 different animal jokers, and more arriving weekly, chaos threatens. How to put them in albums so I know where to find them. I’ve created order by grouping them by species. At first it was easy, all the cats belong together. And all the dogs.
But as I've had to handle more than household pets and not being a biologist, I built my own categories of the animal kingdoms. I am not following the conventional system with domain, kingdom, phylum, genus, and species. Why not? Because I don't understand it . Today's article is about jokers with animals with antlers, horns, and tusks. Like this one:
This joker features a deer with corkscrew antlers from Cypress. I know that it's from Cypress since I've seen the back of the joker.
This is the Official System that I did NOT use
Monkeys, Bears and other furries; and Swimmers Slimeys and Sea Creatures. Also cats and dogs, flyers, and horses.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
This article review the joker playing cards in my collection that were created by Standard Playing Cards during its 40 year life. I also pursue my obsession with discovering the folklore mystery surrounding a Standard joker.
Standard Play Card Manufacturing Company was founded in 1890 and bought or merged as part of the creation of USPC in 1894. But USPC ran Standard independently until it was merged into Consolidated Dougherty in 1930.
My two primary sources about Standard playing Cards:
- WOPC has a page with a section on Standard Playing Cards (the World of Playing Cards).
- Hochman's Encyclopedia, compiled by Tom and Judy Dawson. pages 137-144
In terms of dating cards, there’s a question of the tiny code numbers USPC placed on their jokers. During Standards years of being an independently operated wholly owned sub, the coding system of small letters on the aces and jokers of USPC was used but the intertwined US in the corner was not added. I think.
This joker below may have been the second joker that Standard published, SU2 c1895. It has the dotted background and no product codes on it.
I have three jokers of this design: one with no fine print (above), one T 574, and one P220Z.
What of the saying: "IV'E GOT HIM (sic)"?
I have two that might be from SU11 Jap #20, c1910. P137 of Hochman. There’s another on P140.
Standard Jokers - This collection's inventory with Hochman page numbers: I still need to....- Sovereign P140 - in advertising designs section
- American Beauty Baggy Clown p139 c1910 in clowns section
WOPC has a page with a section on Standard Playing Cards.
Hochman's Encyclopedia is the major source, pages 137-144
Here are the other articles about my older American jokers:
- Coming soon: Midland, Arrco, Arrow
Also, there's the article about American Folk Tales and Mythology on jokers in late 1800s.
$200 GRANT! I'm a little disappointed that nobody so far has helped solve this mystery. I'm offering $200 to whomever gives me the most help in tracking down this mystery over the next week (I'll decide 9/19). It has to be a meaningful contribution. Here's my question "My primary mystery is the image where an apparently good little mythical creature is capturing an evil little creature in a box or trunk. It has a caption of “Iv'e got him” sic." (Is this allowed? If not, apologies but the offer stands!)I'm trying to better understand the mythology or folklore behind some jokers designed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Can anyone help? I have three sets of images that I'm curious about and one that I think I understand described below. I primarily announced this on a big Facebook folklore/history group but I'm repeating it here. To reach me, put a comment in the post with how to reach you (I won't approve the comment).
The big mystery for me is the first card where an apparently good little mythical creature is capturing an evil little creature in a box or trunk. It has a caption of “Iv'e got him” sic. Does this image reflect any story that might have been known in the US in the late 1800s?
They might be imps or elves or spirits or leprechauns (weren’t the Irish immigrating in great numbers at that time?). It was first published in 1895 by the Standard Playing Card Company based in St Louis and Chicago.
Here are my three jokers with the same image, the other two were published by the same company after it was bought by the US Playing Card Co but while it was run as an independent company.
This next joker card was first published in 1885 by National Card Company of Indianapolis and NY and it shows a bunny rabbit being hatched from an egg. Behind him, there are two small mystical creatures with a tool for hitting sort of like a pickaxe. It has an acorn on it. It is either to help the bunny break the egg or to bonk the bunny on his head. While it's clear that the little folk are surprised, it's not clear to me whether they are scared by the bunny or just surprised. It appears, using current thinking, to be Easter-related. Anyone know anything about them?
This fourth set of images on jokers with the three little mystical creatures is not a mystery to me. They are the Brownies as depicted by Palmer Cox in the late 1800s. They were widely known back then as the Palmer Brownies. They were popular in cartoon strips, books, and video games. OK, I'm kidding about the video games but they were so popular that the name was used for a Kodak Brownie Camera, the youngest girl scout levels, and a brand of mixes for chocolate Brownies. I wonder sometimes how much the National Playing Card Company (Indianapolis and NY) would have paid for the right to put these brownies on their jokers.
Here are some articles about my older American jokers:
And here are some nice happy mostly contemporary dog jokers!
Friday, September 4, 2020
Let me show you my jokers from the Kalamazoo and Russell Card Manufacturing companies. As background, this is one of a series of articles looking at my older American jokers:
- Dougherty jokers
- NYCC jokers
- USPC Jokers including Bicycle, Congress
- National Card Company and Perfection too
- Kalamazoo and Russell - this article
- Coming soon: Midland, Arrco, Arrow
Let's start with some romantic Kalamazoo jokers. Hochman says these started production on 1910. They're RU13 from Hochman P129.
Kalamazoo & Russell: What's the story? Willis Russell started Russell Playing Cards in Milltown NJ around 1905 and made lovely cards but the company declared bankruptcy in 1911. It continued to operate and was put up for auction in 1913. It was bought by Benjamin Rosenthal of the Kalamazoo Paper Box and Card Company the two entities were combined. He also bought the American Bank Note Companies playing card line a year later.
Let's summarize the Kalamazoo / Russell jokers in the collection (with the page from Hochman):
- Rustler P126 & 130
- Blue Ribbon P127
- Smart Set P129
- Baggie clown 130 NEED TO FIND
- Dapper 131
- Aristocrat 131 NEED TO FIND
- Statue of Liberty 131
- Whig King P133
Articles coming soon on:
Midland. P149. 150 Topsy Clowns
Arrco - Geometric Man. 1935 P151
Arrow - Dancer. 1925. P151
Here are the other articles about my older American jokers:
- Coming soon: , Midland, Arrco, Arrow
PLUS, there's the article on the mysteries of the mythologies of the images on some old jokers.