Do I have these jokers? What do I know about them? Let's work our way through the nine jokers in each of the eight rows of this poster. I'll admit which ones I don't have - or brag about those that I do - and share what I know about the history of each joker and how many variations I have of them.
Background: This poster was published by the Playing Card Museum in 1991. The museum was run by the The United States Playing Card Company. The fine print: "Poster Design Margery B. Griffith Photograph, color separations and printing: Stevenson Photo Color Company. Paper and preparation: The United States Playing Card Company. Copyright 1991." I would love to hear how they picked these 72 jokers. I'm particularly intrigued by the choice of a joker published by Adobe Systems which was still a very young company back then.
Here's my status on these jokers, 4/9/2021 I only have 20 to go, 19 if we count the one that I've bought and paid for and which is in the mail
3/22/21 I think I only have 22 more to go.. Here’s what I think I’m missing: 1f 2c 2H (I’m bidding on 2H), 3c 3D 3e 3h 3i 4f 5e 5G (some confusion on 5F) 6b 6d 6i, 7d 7e 7f 8d 8e 8h and 8i. If anyone ones that I’m missing available for sale as singles or with a deck, I’m highly motivated.
1A. This means Row 1, column A. In my collection, he's in the Performers with cards section. I have three variations and some duplicates. He is a British joker, created by Alf Cooke in Leeds in the 1920s in black and white. Corporations doing what they do, he seems to have become part of Universal Playing Card Company Limited and then, via Amalgamated Playing Card Company Ltd, part of Waddingtons. It's described on the World of Playing Cards. The key to the poster: Universal Playing Card Co., London, c 1940
1B. He is in the American People section of my collection (which doesn't quite make sense) and is the source of much interest by me to figure out what myth he might relate to. I have maybe four variations of him. He was first published in 1895 by the Standard Playing Card Company based in St Louis and Chicago. He first appears as SU2 on P137 of Hochman. The key says FASTMAIL (sic), Standard Playing Card co, Chicago, c 1905.
1C. He is in the topsy jokers with clowns or jesters section. Two variations. Northbrook Playing Card Co., 1965.
1E. Head no hands section. I have him in two colors and with duplicates available. Virginia Slims, USPC for Philip Morris, 1984.
1G - Parachuting clown. In the clown section. A Special edition. USPC. c 1950.
1I Picture not clear enough. Waldorf #240. A Dougherty, NY c1909. Again, I want him and his deck.
1G - This card playing guy (what game could that be?) is in the head and busts section, subsection with hands but NOT holding a wand. I have six variations. Special edition. USPC c 1950.
jesters on a stick. I'll move him shortly. Currently, to be honest, he is in the clown section since he is clown-like and his pair, below him, is also a clown. USPC for Barton Playing Card Co. C 1960.
2H - Standing juggling joker that I don't have (but he might be in the mail if my memory is correct). Adking USA for Pacific Telephone Yellow Pages. c 1960.
3E - Smiling clown head. Chess Deck. Unknown. c 1900.
7E - Need him
7G - He is the jokers with weapons section
7H - He's in the Topsy joker section, clowns and jesters subsection