Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Heads with Hands (but no wands)

 Many of the classic European jokers from Piaget, Modiana, and x.  These jesters are just the bust or top half of the body. The hands are shown but they are NOT holding a jesters wand. If they were, they'd be in the section called juster busts holding a jesters wand.  

The first one is by Modiano. He is making that we-have-a-secret finger gesture. He tried winking but it didn't look right in a still shotl
Here's a classic Piatnik joker typical of this section.

The two variations of the joker below  - the nose itch guy - is by Bernard Dondorf from Frankfurt, Germany. They were used from ca.1895 until 1933. "NASM stands for Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Dutch American Steamship Company), which later became the Holland Amerika Lijn, better known now as HAL." He is on the Joker Poster in the 3G position.  (Source:   Joops page about him and his kind). 

I'll end this post by reviewing that the joker category of "Busts or Heads" has four subcategories.

 And that each of these subcategories now has its own post:

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Birds and the Bees: Jokers!

 In the old days (before this article was written), I had a "flyers" section in my joker collection. There are now three sections: The Birds and Bees plus the  Butterfly  and the  Dragon Jokers.

First the birds, starting with the most beautiful peacock joker along with some roosters and turkey.

Here's some wild birds including an owl, a turkey vulture, and a blue turaco.
More aggressive birds include eagles, hunting birds, but somehow two little songbirds snuck in. One eagle appears to have two heads! Others wear crowns. Symbols?
More eagles! But the one in the bottom in the middle is more of a <name of that type of bird?>. There's less verisimilitude with these than the photos on the previous page. These are simple drawings or engravings.  
More simple artwork. Several are clearly bats, one is bat-like. One is loonie and there's a pelican, a bird that I see a lot of everyday but tend to only recognize when they are standing, not flying. Flying, they are elegant.

The bottom middle below has another of those birds whose name I cannot think of.

These birds are pretty cartoony but have made it into the bird section, not the cartoon section, because they are not established cartoon characters.

Parrots! Plus a vulture and secretary bird. Is the top right a toucan?

And onto the buzz buzz BEES! These are mostly variations on the famous BirdBoy joker used on the Bee Cards.

  1. Other Animal Jokers 
  2. Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats  or  Dogs 
    2. Flyers: Bees, Birds, OwlsButterflies  & Dragons 
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys, giraffes ...
    4. Monkeys, bears, and others with paws 
    5. Animals with antlers, horns, and tusks
    6. Reptiles, amphibians, sea creatures  

Joker Poster Jokers that I'm Still Looking For

There is a joker poster published by the Joker Museum in 1991. Learn more about my pursuit here of these 72 jokers and how I classify the ones that I have.  

 Here's the ones that I still need:

2C: X-Ray Playing Cards. N American Playing Card Co, Chicago. 1898

2H Adking USA for Pacific Yellows Pages, c 1960.

3D Perfecto Americana. Atlas Playing Card Co. NY. c 1925

3E Chess deck. Unknown. C 1900

3H Eclipse Comic Book Playing Cards. EH Kowerre. First original American Transformation deck with Joker. 1876.

3I Bengal. American Playing Card Co. Kalamazoo Paper Box Co. c 1895.

4F Charter Oak. N American Card Co. Chicago. C 1900
5E Piatnik, Vienna, Austria c 1951

5G Steamboat (marked deck) Novelty Playing Card Co, Chicago 1935

5I Bearings Magazine (Bicycles). USPC 1910

6B American Bank Note Co, NY c 1930

6D Bier Smoking Tobacco. USPC 1934

6I Adobe Deck, Adobe Systems, Mountain View, CA 1988

7D P.B. Ale-Portlager. USPC. 1907

7E Marked Cards. Brooklyn Playing Card Co., NY 1896.
7F Art Colo. Justo Rodero E Hijos S>A>I>C, Argentina, c 1970+
Here's the good news. April 13, I got a Rodero. 
Confession: the text on mine is different than the original on the poster. Here's a comparison so you can opine on whether it's fair. Mine is the one with more dramatic text. He'll go in the seating section!

8D Fairplay. A Dougherty, NY c 1910

8E Piatnick, Vienna. Austria. C 1949

8H Red, While and Blue Playing Cards (No-Revoke deck). Independent Playing Card Co Johnston, PA 1926

8I Clown Cigarettes. USPC 1925. Last one. Finally.