Sunday, December 11, 2022

Map Jokers

 Here's an update of my map jokers. Let's start with Egypt, one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. Pyramids, sphinx, and all that...

Here's a joker with maps of some shipping routes between South America, West Africa, and New Orleans or NOLA as it is sometimes known.
/A joker with a map of Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australian just waiting to be colored in. (Yes, it' by Crayola, the crayon people).

The Joker below is from Baraja AMERICA by Teodoro N. Miciano, and published by Heraclio Fournier, 1960. The posting of it by Adam West-Watson on the Facebook Joker Collectors Page was what inspired me to update this page. Thanks.

Here are the ensemble shots of jokers.  You might notice that in the top row middle, there is a non-map joker. It is sort of a heraldry joker and for the moment, I have heraldry mixed in with the maps. But I also have some flags and other heraldry jokers mixed in with European travel so I still have some sorting and organizational work to do (no rest for the weary).

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Air Cushion Cards by USPCC

Here's a typical Bicycle joker. Below, close ups.

These close up pictures below were taken to highlight a subtle difference between two Bicycle Joker Playing cards.  I incidentally highlighted the texture of the cards.   See the little dimples in the finish? That is what the US Playing Card Company calls its Air Cushion which is what makes the cards slide against each other so smoothly. 

The cards don't fly, they aren't Air Jordans. They are Air Cushion.

There are three differences between the top and bottom picture and that is why I was taking the picture.

One. The top one has a registered trademark, an R in a circle. ®  The bottom one has a registered copyright on it. A C in a circle. © What's the difference? Well, a copyright has to do with ownership of the intellectual property. It is meant to protect property rights.  A trademark has to do with not confusing the public. It has to do with keeping the consumers from being misled.  Clear as mud, huh?

Two, the top one has 808 on the milestone. That's the Bicycle product line.  The 88 on the bottom one means the corner indices on the cards are much larger. Good for the alte kakers (old people).

Three, the graphics are also different. Look at the exact lines on the milestone for instance.

From here, you can choose what you want to learn more about:

Bicycle Jokers
Unicycle Jokers
The US Playing Card Company

More history perhaps?

To see my other articles about American historical jokers.  Here are some early American card-makers.
NYCC jokers
USPC Jokers including Bicycle, Congress  
National Card Company,
Kalamazoo, and Perfection too
Also: The History of the Joker, the Ace of Spades, and the Stamp Act 


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Joker: The Word Joker in the Middle

 Breaking news in the world of joker taxonomy. Faced with a category of jokers - jokers with just graphic designs on them and no character - that was ginormous, a new subsection has been created: jokers which feature in the middle the word "JOKER".  Here they are:

Look at this beautiful old design and note how the word JOKER is front and center.

Here's the ensemble. First two pages of classic vintage type jokers.

Ever heard of Andrew Dougherty and know how he helped create the world of jokers and the American card industry?

The related categories of jokers to look at:

    1. Casinos 
    2. CigarettesDrink,  Desserts and Candy 
    3. Coca Cola Jokers    
    4. Cars 
    5. Public Interest Messages, space science and technology
    6. Logo type jokersGeometric Designs Jokers featuring "Joker" 
    7. Ads         Text based jokers 
    8. Jokers promoting playing cards , Ads for brands of playing cards

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Big Cat Jokers

 There are pussy cats and big cats. The Big Cats now have their own section!  Hear them roar!

Tiger Joker Roaring

 Here's one stalking his prey...

Here's a lion, dressed for business?  What a joker!

And here are the ensemble shots of the big cat playing card jokers.  For clarity, this Big Cat section is a subsection of the feline section which is a subsection of the animal jokers. At the bottom of this article is a complete breakdown of the animal sections.

I’ll start with three recently added (May 2024).

What to see next? In the Animal Jokers category, there are...
Cats (the original article which combines big and small cats) and Dogs  
Flyers (Bees, Birds, Owls), Butterfly jokersDragons
Horses . There's also fantasy horses (centaurs, flying horses, and unicorns)
 Animal Jokers: Other: Monkeys!  including Bears, Bulls, antlers;  Swimmers reptiles shellfish and other squirmies, and animals with antlers, tusks, or horns.

And animal ensembles (ie cats and dogs on the same joker or as the same pair)!  Not listed here because they are not really animals: Mermaid jokers!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

American Political Jokers

 Cards featuring politicians are popular, here's some of the modern jokers. First, a few of my favorites. The first one is Walter Mondale, the Vice President of Jimmy Carter. 


Here's John Kerry, the Democratic Candidate for President against George Bush Jr.  He was also the Secretary of State for some years during Barack Obama's Administration

Al Gore was Bill Clinton's Vice President and was the Democratic Presidential candidate against George Bush. He also created the film: "An Inconvenient Truth". 
Here's George Bush Jr.


Here's nine more George Bush jokers.

In the next nine, the only two unlabeled jokers are Newt Gringich in the bottom left and ??? in the bottom right

There's George Bush in the top left here.  George McGovern (Democratic  in the late 1960s) in the middle.

It's Trump in the top left, Hillary in the top right.  Trump also in bottom left and right.  I'm not sure who it is the bottom row right.
Related groups of jokers:

European and Rest of World Political Jokers

 Here's a mixed group of contemporary jokers about modern non-US political figures.

Let's start with the Late Queen Elizabeth II.


Queen Elizabeth II Joker
And here's Winston Churchill.

Introducing the Lech Walesa of Poland joker.

And here's the complete set.

Related groups of jokers:

American Historical Jokers
TV Pundits, Standups, and Commentators
European (and other none US) Royalty, Politicians, and Dictators - this post
American Political Jokers
Old Europeans with Names