Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Old American Jokers

 This section of the collection has American jokers arguably from the 1800s which do not fit really well in any other section so it deviates from the usual thematic organization.

The cherub in the middle of the top row below is by A Dougherty, c1910. AD45 Radbridge #201 P79 on Hochman. It was produced for Radcliffe stationary stores of New York & London. The name Rad-Bridge was put on the jokers.

The middle row of this page has three jokers published by the Gibson Playing Card Co, Cincinnati and New York.  Gibson was founded in the 1930s which totally blows by theory of this section as jokers from the 1800s. Gibson, like so many, was purchased by USPC at some point.  On P157 of Hochman, the Classique, Minerva, and Diana jokers are identified as MSN41, MSN42, and MSN 43 respectively. I believe that I also have the MSN44 High Stepper from Gibson PCC in the horse section bu since it has not been updated since May, it's not visible there yet.



The jokers in the top corners and bottom row are the featured mystery on the article about American Folk Tales and Mythology on jokers in late 1800s. The question is what folktale or myth does this scene portray?  The joker in the bottom left corner below might be the oldest,  the second joker that Standard PCC  published, SU2 c1895. It has the dotted background and no product codes on it. They show up on P137 and P140 of Hochman. 

The middle of the two row below is Fortuna, a Columbia PCC c1905 RU36, P135 Hochman. 


An organizational question. Does this section comprised of turn of the century American jokers make sense as a category or should it be broken up?  The collection is primarily thematic by image with only a few areas like this where they are collected by era and geography. Maintain it as an exception to the rule or disperse the cards to their respective visual themes?

Where would they go?
The four cherubs should go to cherubs angels section.

The three Gibson are a particular challenge since a set should never be broken up. They could go to the mixed animals section which is built for sets where one is an animal. Two of the Gibsons have weapons (bow and arrow, spear with shield) so they could go to the armed jokers section.

The three Smart set would go to the Jokers Dancing section although they would fit poorly with the others who are primarily jesters. They could go in the Americana profiles people section.

Liberty goes to American symbols.

Americans people types gets 3 couples and little joker. 

The hair wig guy goes either to classic Europeans or old Americana profiles people section.


Monday, June 20, 2022

Travel Jokers - Vehicles - Flying Section

 These jokers are not just taking off, they are soaring! This section is the flying subsection of the vehicles part of the travel section. Overview

  1. Vehicles: SeaFlying (translations too), Trains, Cars & Motorcycles 
  2. Bicycle Jokers, Skater JokersUnicycle Jokers 

 First some flying witches!!!


 And their backs...










 

This section is now split into: 

  1. Vehicles: SeaFlying (translations too), Trains, Cars & Motorcycles 
  2. Bicycle Jokers, Skater JokersUnicycle Jokers 

 

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Mystical, deathly, and devil jokers. Pirates too.

 Mystical, deathly, and devil jokers. Pirates too. There's about 150 of them!  They're in the artsy section of the collection along with:

    1.  Art: Traditional art  (ie, there was a canvas or drawing to start with). Digital art
    2. flowers, fruit, mermaids
    3. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    4. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.  THIS ARTICLE
    5. Masks
    6. Statues 

Starting with one of my favorite jokers of all time. This mystical dybbuk is one of the most beautiful and artistically significant jokers in the collection. It is of a dybbuk and designed by Arthur Szyk, one of the great artist of 1930s-50s,  Arthur Szyk was a famous artist in mid 20th Century who escaped the Holocaust by moving to America.   I have an entire article about Arthur Szyk and his card designs.  

It pictures a dybbuk which in Jewish or Kabalistic mythology is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. 

Arthur Szyk Joker Playing Card

Here's the back of the Arthur Szyk joker.

 
This scary jokers is another of my long time favorites



Here's the whole set.






 


The green joker in the top row below is derivative of a famous enigmatic painting by Jan Matejko in 1862. Click here and in the middle of the article, there is a copy of the painting and description of the historical context. (this deserves its own article)


 


Starting here, the focus goes to pirates, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons.






 An early version of this article was published in March 2018. It includes the backs and listed 30 jokers. The May 2019 article on mystical jokers shows a lot of the individuals ones in high res form.

They're in the artsy section of the collection along with:

    1.  Art: Traditional art  (ie, there was a canvas or drawing to start with). Digital art
    2. flowers, fruit, mermaids
    3. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    4. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.  THIS ARTICLE
    5. Masks
    6. Statues 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Equestrian Playing Card Jokers: Horses!

Playing cards have long featured horses.  Here's my collection of them.  












 
 






What to look at next? More animals?
  1. Animal Jokers - Ensemble Animal combinations (cats AND dogs)
    1. Cats  or  Dogs 
    2. Flyers: The Birds and the BeesButterflies Dragons 
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys, giraffes ...
      1. Fantasy horses: centaurs, unicorns, pegasus
    4. Monkeys, bears, and others with paws 
    5. Animals with antlers, horns, and tusks
    6. Reptiles, amphibians, sea creatures