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.
This article, like its author, is a work in progress. This article has only the first row done whereas the author, at 62, can be said to have 6 of his rows done.
Here they are:
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. Duplicates available. Virginia Slims, USPC for Philip Morris, 1984.
1G - Parachuting clown. In the clown section. A Special edition. USPC. c 1950
1H Picture not clear enough. Waldorf #240. A Dougherty, NY c1909.
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.
What about rows two through nine? I think a reasonable goal is for me to do one row every two days. I'm really hoping that people will give me info on the background of the jokers that I don't know about.
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. Adking USA for Pacific Telephone Yellow Pages. c 1960.
3E - Smiling clown head. Chess Deck. Unknown. c 1900.