Thursday, July 22, 2021

Dancing Jesters No Wand

Welcome to a happy page of dancing jokers. This article features dancing jokers who are NOT holding jesters wands. Huh? Here's the thing: The dancing section got so big that I felt that I had to divide it into sections. This article has these dancing jokers with NO WANDS. Yup, they aren't holding jester wands or baubles. The overall dancing jesters section is as follows:
 
Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right
-    Straight ahead
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands
- this one!
 



This next page has six jokers that I consider to be almost  moneybag jokers.  They're here because they are dancing and what a jester is doing is the more primary (primordial?) organizational system.  But, since they are holding a bag full of gold coins and coins are spilling onto the ground, they are closely related to the money bag playing card jokers. 








































Why aren't these jokers grouped with the three that are above with the near money-baggers? Very strange, lamentable, and on the list of reorg projects near the top!!!!

The dancing section got so big that it's now subdivided into:
 
Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right
-    Straight ahead
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands
- this one!

Dancing To the Left with a Wand

The dancing section got so big that it's now subdivided into:
Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three sections:
-     To the Right
 



The dancing section got so big that it's now subdivided into:
Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three sections:
-    To the Right
-    Straight ahead
-    To the Left - this one!
Dancing Jokers with no wands.


Dancing Jesters - Straight Ahead - With Wands

Welcome to a happy page of dancing jokers. This article features dancing jokers, holding jesters wands, facing directly forward (not to the left, nor to the right). Huh? Here's the thing: The dancing section got so big that it's now subdivided into:

 Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right 
-    Straight ahead - this page!
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands.

 






 Want to see more dancing jokers? I bet you do. Because there were so many, the dancers got organized as follows:

 Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right 
-    Straight ahead - this page!
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands.

 There's also jokers with cats, gals in bikinis (a few guys), and American monuments (just to name a few areas)

Dancing Jesters with Wands, To the Right!

Welcome to a section with many dancing jokers. There were so many dancing jokers, so many many many dancing jokers, that I felt that the section should be subdivided for easier navigation to find if a specific joker was already in the collection. For dancing jokers, here's the organization. It's based first on whether the joker is holding or NOT holding a jesters wands (bauble). And if they are holding a wand as so many are, it's about the orientation or direction that the dancer is facing.

 Dancing Jokers with Wands can dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right 
- this page!
-    Straight ahead
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands.

 





WANT TO SEE MORE JOKERS? I'll bet you do, they're very interesting and addictive aren't they?

For more dancing jokers, here's the organization.
 Dancing Jokers with Wands who dance in one of three directions:
-    To the Right 
- this page!
-    Straight ahead
-    To the Left
Dancing Jokers with no wands.

 If you'd like to widen your joker horizons, here's some jokers with cats, gals in bikinis (a few guys), and American monuments (just to name a few popular areas)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Adobe Playing Cards 1988

Adobe Systems published a deck in1988 to show off the power of Postscript and Display Postscript. One of the  jokers made it onto the poster created byThe United States Playing Card Company Playing Card Museum in 1991.


Because this deck is a collectors item, I keep the jokers with the deck. I’ll put a photocopy of these jokers in my collection. Where? They’ll go in the garage art section, digital subsection. 








art section, digital subsection. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Buying Old Jokers Requires Buying Old Decks

I recently decided that as part of collecting old American jokers, I should when necessary buy and collect the old deck. Here’s what I’ve bought so far. 

Perfection! This is my favorite! I wanted this Perfection joker as part of trying to collect all the jokers on the Card Museum Joker Poster (Row 5, Column B). He's listed a Hartford Safety Bike. Perfection Playing Card Co. c 1895.
This deck is listed in Hochmans's  PU2 Top-Top #350, page 118. Philadelphia, c 1887. And I quote: The cards in this deck look slightly later than PU1. It came with at least three different Jokers. We have found several Perfection decks in special boxes for R. H. Stearns & Co., Engravers and Stationers, Boston, with the Perfection brand name and number on the ends of the boxes.

The Wild Frontier. I like this Frontier joker and Picket deck by USPC despite how warn and ratty it is. He's US30a Picket #515 on page 51 of Hochman. 


Brownies.  This deck is thrilling, it's named after the Palmer Cox Brownies who are often featured on jokers. If you don't know about the Brownies, take a few minutes and learn about them. They were very popular little characters whose name lives on this third millenium as the Brownies (young girl scouts) and as the name of the fondly remembered easy to use Brownie Camera.  The deck is by the American Playing Card Co of Kalamazoo MI, I need to check on its relationship with the National Card Playing Company also of Kalamazoo.

 

This next deck is Waldorf #240. A Dougherty, NY c1909. I bought the deck as part of getting my hands on that joker who is in the first row in the poster, almost on the far right. 





Here are the decks that I bought from  the Coin Up Auction, May 29 2021 from a Potter and Potter Auction.  (note that I'm using their quality photos instead of my own). The auction was

  Two English Tobacco Advertising Decks. Including Old English Curve Cut Pipe Tobacco (52 + J + EC + OB), gilt edges, near fine. – Manikins Cigars (52 + J), coupon slip laid in, good/very good, box worn. Lot 343 for $80.

Page Dairy Co. Advertising Playing Cards. Circa 1910s. 48 (complete) + J + EC + OB. Advertising pinochle deck for the Toledo-based dairy. Advertising joker (“Kleen-Maid” Ice Cream), box, AS, and backs; extra card depicts company buildings across Ohio. Deck with some wear from handling; box rubbed and skinned.




 E.C. Atkins Saws Advertising Playing Cards.
Circa 1900s. 52 + J + EC + OB. Advertising deck for the Indianapolis based saw company. Cartoonish advertising illustration on joker with rhyming slogan; advertising on extra card, backs, AS, and box. Gilt edges (rubbed on higher/euchre cards). Old writing on EC. Generally very good. Lot 372 bought for $100.

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Have Old Decks to Trade!

I initially thought that I generally wanted some old American decks but it turns out, I don’t much like the decks if they don’t have  jokers in them. Below are two here that I’d like to trade away. I'm looking either for old American decks with jokers or more specifically, for any of the decks with jokers that I don't yet have from the Joker Poster. 

This first one is a Hart deck bought from Phil Bollhagen in 2020. It's Samuel Hart NY 41 in Hochman c1875.  c. 1855.  Hochman P55. Good condition 51/52.  (missing the 6 of spades)  Single-ended courts used in Faro decks.  No joker issued as faro decks (gamblers) did not use a joker.  in the original playing card case.  Hochman's values--  $400-$250-$175.  it's quite rare. The purchase sale price was $250

 

Another deck with no joker that I’d like to trade on. It’s also a USPC Picket deck with an original case. He looks to me like US30 Picket3515 on P101 of Hochman.

Reproductions of Old Desks - These actually old decks are not not to be confused with modern reproductions of the old decks, of which I have a number below. They are mostly self explanatory.


Five Reproductions of Old Decks

 

I Have Some Old Decks to Trade or Sell!

I initially thought that I generally wanted some old American decks but it turns out, I don’t much like the decks if they don’t have  jokers in them. Below are two here that I’d like to trade away. I'm looking either for old American decks with jokers or more specifically, for any of the decks with jokers that I don't yet have from the Joker Poster. 

This first one is a Hart deck bought from Phil Bollhagen in 2020. It's Samuel Hart NY 41 in Hochman c1875.  c. 1855.  Hochman P55. Good condition 51/52.  (missing the 6 of spades)  Single-ended courts used in Faro decks.  No joker issued as faro decks (gamblers) did not use a joker.  in the original playing card case.  Hochman's values--  $400-$250-$175.  it's quite rare. The purchase sale price was $250

 

Another deck with no joker that I’d like to trade on. It’s also a USPC Picket deck with an original case. He looks to me like US30 Picket3515 on P101 of Hochman.



More decks that I have, these I like and am keeping!