JOKER OF THE MONTH
*** 2004 ***
We found this joker in The
bought a deck (on Ebay.....of course) from people that we had met a few
times during a big collectors fair. They had already invited us before,
so this seemed a good moment to set a date and go there. After chatting
over tea and cake, we went upstairs to their hobby room and out came a
big box filled with decks. Of course there were nonstandard decks that
we didn't have yet and wanted. But there was this Chinese deck with a
standard international pattern and......it had these great jokers. Couldn't
resist them. Here's the "coloured" one, the second has the
same design but in purple-ish unitone.
we bought this deck on the German Ebay, it was intended to be re-sold. The
picture that was in the item description, was very small and showed one
face card and the back design, advertising PICON Apéritif. We have the
"Darling Playing Cards" deck in our collection, with the
standard factory backdesign and were not interested in an advertising
backdesign, although these are not often seen for this deck. Our interest
is in the face designs.
joker comes from an old American advertising deck, that was printed by the
Arco Playing Cards Co. and published in 1928 for the PEP BOYS Auto Supply
chain. The three brothers that founded the stores are Manny, Moe and Jack.
They are on each of the Kings, Queens and Jacks, holding auto supplies,
like a battery, a spark plug and a motor oil can. They also sit at the
table of this no-joker, inviting you to play with them..............
joker from Sweden this time. It comes from a deck that was printed by
Granbergs AB from Stockholm in 1924. The deck is known as "Hjortzberg
Spelkort", named after the man who had designed the deck: Olle Hjortzberg
(1872-1959), painter and professor at the Art Academy. The designs show
romantic Jugendstil influences. There are 6
variations of this deck, including a patience sized one.
Ben Crenshaw is
originally known as an artist who makes gems, rings etc. embellished with
old Celtic symbols or knots. He has published a deck in the US in May
2004: the Pippoglyph playing cards. The
international pattern was used, but each of the courts has
been "dipped in a Celtic sauce". The suitcolours too are made of old Celtic
we went on vacation, we had already chosen a joker as runner-up, but on
August 30th, just after we had arrived in Berck-sur-mer, France, we
decided to take a stroll in the center of the town. We spotted an antique
shop in a side-street. Besides two old glasses with a King of Clubs and a Queen of Hearts enameled on
them, we found an old Grimaud deck there. We already have this deck in our
collection and although the newfound deck was incomplete, the most
important cards, a beautiful Ace of Spades and this great Joker, were
present. So we took it with us to our hotel and the joker was there and
then elected best Joker of August.
During the hectic weeks after our return from vacation, we received a few packages with decks. There was the "Bush in Drag" deck, with an interesting "monkee joker" or the latest deck by Elaine Lewis, which would have made a nice scoop in this section. But we have decided that this Carta Mundi joker, with a rarely seen advertising variation, would be the September joker. We found it at a monthly fleamarket in Utrecht. The deck itself is not exceptional. It has Carta Mundi's standard Dutch pattern, regular Dutch scenic aces and it advertises D.E. on the backs and box. However, the logo of the D.E. company has been inserted twice among the falling cards on each of the otherwise standard Carta Mundi jokers. D.E. stands for Douwe Egberts, the major Dutch manufacturer of coffee. This Dutch touch, plus the fact that this CM variation is rarely seen, made us share it with you as Joker of the Month.
Before his first attendance of the meeting of the Dutch playing card collectors in Linschoten, a French collector spent a few days with us. So we had first choice in all the decks that he had brought with him for the meeting. One of the decks that we chose to acquire was an older French deck from the 1950's. It came with this joker. Because we don't know the maker of this deck, we hope that one of our visitors will recognize the joker and help us with this info.
But even if we don't get any further info, this was still the nicest joker that we have added to our collection this month!
We found this joker during the November meeting of the BEJC in Brussels. It comes from an older American deck, with a pin-up design on the backs, from the 1950's.
This pretty mermaid triggered the latest addition to the joker xpo's. This "mermaids" xpo can also be seen by clicking the joker.
were lots of new jokers this month. Among them were 9 Dutch jokers with
vintage and modern cars on them. Although these are very rare jokers,
none of them could pass this lady. As soon as we saw here, we knew that
she was going to be this month's best!
Although December had some hectical weeks, it was a slow month for new decks. No collectors fairs or other meetings, so the deck came from Ebay. It was published by LinuxMall.com earlier this year. The deck has nonstandard courts and aces, on which the penguin, being the Linux symbol, is depicted in a repeating series of 4 designs.
And who else could be the joker in this deck than........... Bill Gates!
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