Friday, April 19, 2024

Jokers With Card Designs

 This article focuses on the jokers in the collection which feature cards on the jokers. Like this one:


Here's some more examples of beautiful jokers that feature playing cards. 








Now before we get to the ensemble photos where I show all the jokers featuring playing cards, I should explain that there are other jokers with playing cards pictured on them which are in different sections. I know it can be confusing. Believe me, I know.  Joker taxonomy (or categorization) can be confusing.

To clarify, here is a quick listing of other sections of the collection which could be confused with this one.  All of the sections have playing card jokers with cards on them in one manner or another:

Card trick  performing subsection. Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Juggling things, including cards or pips -  Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Scatterman - Jokers scattering cards -  Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Jokers Promoting more card playing Advertising section 
Ads for Brands of Playing Cards Advertising section
Head Shots holding cards - Jesters Section, Heads and Busts subsection, With Hands subsubsection
Card Themed Full Duplex ie Topsy Turvy Cards - Topsy Turvy Section, Cards subsection
Cards featuring Cards - This article

Here are the ensemble shots of jokers featuring playing cards. There are 38 different jokers in this section (4-2024)








Want to see more cards about cards? Here's the other sections:

Card trick  performing subsection. Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Juggling things, including cards or pips -  Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Scatterman - Jokers scattering cards -  Jesters Section, Performing sub section,  
Jokers Promoting more card playing Advertising section 
Ads for Brands of Playing Cards Advertising section
Head Shots holding cards - Jesters Section, Heads and Busts subsection, With Hands subsubsection
Card Themed Full Duplex ie Topsy Turvy Cards - Topsy Turvy Section, Cards subsection
Cards featuring Cards - This article

Note to self. There's some ambiguity or confusion between this group and the group with the word "joker" in the middle.  For instance, on this page grouped here, there is one that clearly has the word joker in the middle. Also, there's one that might be a full duplex topsy turvy.  Also, focus on the two jokers with the big "J", shouldn't they be with the ones on the page beneath it which is currently in the group with the word joker in the middle.



Saturday, March 16, 2024

Alice in Wonderland Jokers and Decks

 Here are my two newest Alice jokers bringing the total up to 30.

Alice in Wonderland Jokers

Here's another lovely pair of Alice Jokers:


A pair that I added in Sept 2023.

These three were from an Italian deck. Art by Jesus Blasco,

Alice in Wonderland. It's always bothered me that while the story features a deck of cards and particularly, the Queen of Hearts, there is no real focus on jokers. I feel a little better knowing that Alice was published in 1865 (and probably written years before that) and an ocean away from where the first joker was being developed just a few years later.

This "Lion Lady with Bird and Card" might in fact, not be Alice or Wonderland related. Thoughts?

So here’s all the Alice jokers. The top left and right one below are from Penguin Magic (I think).
And their backs...

The second page

And their backs...

Here's another nine Alice jokers. I'm pleased by my artful arrangement on this page.
And here are three more that are the start of a new page..

Want some more info on my Alice jokers and decks? Keep reading....

Here's three of the Alice decks now in my collection. I might have more.



Here's more on my Alice in Wonderland joker collecting.   I purchased a fantastic Alice deck created by Prospero Art (who have lots of wonderful decks. I've bought 3 so far and will soon be going back for a dozen). Here’s the deck, more on them later (10-2020):




Here's the back from Prospero Art. Very nice. 


I just (10/2019) bought an Alice in Wonderland Playing Card Deck entitled "We're all Mad Here" created by ASVP. It’s lovely. Marked 1865 on the cover (the date the book was published), the deck might be using much of the original book’s artwork.

First, the back and a joker:


Then two examples of the artwork on the royal cards and aces.



Other Alice in Wonderland jokers: Here’s a Mad Hatter joker, front and back. Modern and cheesy.

Mad Hatter Joker

The Back


Here's a Steampunk Adventure Alice in Wonderland deck designed by Juan Solorzano. There are three jokers: the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and Alice.

The Cheshire Cat Joker
The Cheshire Cat Joker

White Rabbit Joker
White Rabbit Joker

Alice: The Joker
Alice: The Joker
Here is the back of the Steampunk Alice in Wonderland deck.  Pretty good but it didn't blow me away.

 On the other hand, I loved the Jack, Queen, and King of Diamonds. Especially the queen. The detail on the queen that is so cool is the tiny mouse that she's holding.  Generally, the details on the royal cards are great.  The diamonds are cool since this is an integrated deck which is really rare.





The next picture is not of a playing card.  This morning, I opened my Alice in Wonderland deck partially because last night for Halloween, we dressed up as Alice and Mad Hatter. Wifey was Alice, I was the Hatter.   We won first prize for costumes at a neighborhood party. I'll probably be scraping greasepaint off my face for a week but it was worth it in that Wifey liked how she looked as Alice (actually, when she wasn't next to me, people thought she was Dorothy from Oz).
Alice and the Mad Hatter
Alice and the Mad Hatter

 





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