Friday, April 23, 2021

Duplicates for Trading

I’ve noticed that while my joker website is mostly about showing what I have, many other sites focus more on showing what they have to trade.  So I’m creating a page where I will over time list my jokers available for trade. This will take awhile since my extras have not been well organized:

My photography and organization will improve. Promise. I just don't know when.
In the meantime, if you have extras and as I get more extras organized (think months and years), I'd be interested in buying some of yours, Please contact me in the comments below. (updated 4-25)

Extras - Music-Flute - April 2021. Page 1
Please refer to the row by number (1-2-3), the columns by letter (A-B-C)
extra jokers: sitting


Musical Ensemble - 4/21 - Page 1

 Art-Statues - April 2021 - Page 1

Art-Statues - April 2021 - Page 2




Extras - Sitting- Birdman-Page 1- April 2021


















Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wind Instruments sans flutes

The musical jokers are a happy section and the wind section with the bagpipes and horns is perhaps teh jolliest of all. Without further ado, here's the wind section (note that the flute-playing jokers now have their own subsection).


 
 
 

So here's the collection as it appears in the album. The baby faun has long been one of my favorites. The Triumph jokers are a new favorite for reasons that I'll explain at the bottom of this article.

 
There are five bagpipers on the page below.  Arguable six depending on how the middle row middle on is interpreted. Any chance that I can complete a full page of 9 bagpipers?

The top row below are from Hallmark. I don't know anything about the origin or publishers of the other jokers on these pages.



There are more wind instruments that are two-headed so they are in the topsy musical section.
There are also jokers with real musicians which are in the real people section. And Elvis, the King, of course has his own section.
  1. Stringed Instruments 
  2. Wind Instruments: this page! (the flute players recently split into their own section)
  3. Percussion including piano.
  4. Musical Ensembles (to keep joker sets together)
Oh, and why do I like those Triumphs? Well, when I was little, we lived in London. My Dad bought a Triumph Vitesse 1968 and brought it back to the US. Here’s the day he brought it home.


Here’s me driving that car when I was in high school in the early 1970s.
John Edelson: mid 1970s
This past month, I bought almost the same car.
John Edelson










Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Flute Playing Musical Jokers

 This section was part of the musical wind instrument jokers but it's become its own subsection and just features jokers playing the flute or picolo.  Trumpet, horn, saxophone, clarinet, and bagpipe playing jokers are in the general wind section. There's also another section that has the two headed musical jokers (but they are mostly string instruments) plus a few in the musical ensemble joker section.

The first flutist joker features a dancing flute-playing faun. Nice pair of hooves, eh? Is he playing left handed?

This example is a youthful full-colored (his clothes) jester

Here's the collection, are you ready?

In the bottom left of this set is the Muller Swiss joker which is the original of these flute-playing themes. I believe.

 
 
There are more wind instruments that are two-headed so they are in the topsy musical section.
There are also jokers with real musicians which are in the real people section. And Elvis, the King, of course has his own section.
  1. Stringed Instruments 
  2. Wind Instruments (the flute players recently split into their own section: this page )
  3. Percussion including piano.
  4. Musical Ensembles (to keep joker sets together)
 

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