The Nintendo Playing Cards Co. from Kyoto, Japan, has a standard joker that
depicts a mer-man -I can't find any mermaid features- holding a small flag with
the letter N (for Nintendo) in one hand and blowing on a straight horn with the
other. The word "joker"can be found placed vertical as well as horizontal.
On some jokers the name of the manufacturer is mentioned too.
The design itself can be found in a tilted position, where the flagpole leans to the right or in a horizontal position, where the flagpole stands up straight.
Many of these jokers were added to advertising decks and show the advertised company on the joker too. Here below some examples with a textual advertisement.
General Electric Kent House Onward
? Japan Asia Airways JCC
Philippine Airways Tunibra
All the previous jokers had the flag with an "N" on it, but the flag has also been used to show the logo or name of the company that ordered the advertising deck.........
MC Opel ?
last update: 1/04/2006