JOKER OF THE MONTH
*** 2005 ***
Who said that January is a slow month? Somehow we were too busy to notice. There were flea markets and a 2-days collector's fair, our website and Ebay, and of course we didn't want to neglect our social life either. But it was rewarding......we kept our friends and added some new decks to our collection. Among them was an interesting US photo pinup deck from ca. 1960, with an interesting joker too. Although this joker triggered a whole article, that can be seen in the xpo-section (in deck 3, but be careful, there's no buttonized return to this page), we chose the runner-up.
This month's joker comes from a deck that we've found on Ebay. It's titled "Mongolian Playing Cards" and the courts, aces, 2's, 3'and 4's are illustrated with a drawing of a Mongolian character or artefact. The deck has 2 jokers. This one we liked best!
immediately loved this joker. The complete deck has some wonderful
designs on the face cards too. It was published in the USA in 2004 as
the "Sailor Jerry" deck. The tattoo art is from the
"old school". Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins went to
sea when he was 19 and after roaming around South East Asia, he started
his first tattoo shop in Honolulu's Chinatown, ground zero for
swaggering sailors, drunken soldiers and whoever else wasn't afraid to
hang around volatile levels of testosterone.
We got the deck mid February, but already knew then, that it would have to be a real good one to beat this joker this month. And.....none of the later jokers made it!
month we acquired a number of new jokers. There were some that were more
cute or rare or older, but we chose this one. It comes from a photo
souvenir deck about Amsterdam and shows a street artist, dressed up like
a strange warrior, stranded in time and space on the Dam square in Amsterdam.
I think every collector will have special memories, that come with a certain deck or joker. This joker will always remind us of the lovely afternoon that we spent here with Santa, one of our friends from Paris.
This joker once again shows
our appreciation for "variations". It was a hectic month with
each and every weekend a collectors fair or meeting. We even had to wait
until the last day of April, because that's when the Queen celebrates
her birthday here and all over the country free-markets are held, so a
winner could even have turned up in the last minutes.
have been watching the mailbox like hawks, waiting for a deck to arrive
before the 31st of May, but......alas. The disappointment is not
only, because we cannot show that joker here, but also because this means
that it's now
already 99% certain which joker will be the June 2005 joker and that
takes away a lot of the fun of choosing a joker for the coming month.
By clicking the joker you can enter the Hans Christian Andersen pages, where the courts and aces of this deck and another one are shown.
Here's the late-comer from May. It's a she, so we could have expected that!
lovely joker comes from the Vannini Poker deck, that was published in
Italy in 1945. The deck is printed in black and red only, but even in
this simple colouring the courts show beautifull designs, with a late
"art deco" influence, of real gentlemen and ladies.
month's joker came from a swap with a German joker collector. It comes from a
deck that was printed and published by Heinrich Schwartz & Co. from
Nürnberg, Germany, as "Baby Rommé" in 1972.
3 weeks of this month were filled with our vacation. No need to say that we
found, besides a good rest and good food, a good number of new decks for our
This month we were pre-occupied with the annual IPCS Convention, this year in Turnhout, Belgium. Not only with the preparations, but also with meetings with other collectors in Amsterdam and at our home, before and after the convention.
The convention brought us 14 new decks for our collection. One of them comes from France. It was made by a small playing card manufacturer, Perceval, and published as "nr 283", probably in the 1940's or 1950's. The courts show a variation of the French pattern. The deck has 2 jokers. We were immediately taken by the strong black/white design. The other one has the same design, but done in red/white.
were a general collectors fair and a meeting of the Dutch playing cards
collectors this month and they both brought us some new decks and jokers. But
this month's joker comes from the "Theatre of Pain" deck, that we
acquired in the last week. The deck had drawn the attention of a few Dutch
newspapers late September, as a total of 120 decks and a few of the original
linocuts for the deck had been confiscated by the FSB, formerly known as the KGB, from 2
shipments to the museum in Jaroslavl, Russia, where an exhibition of the
linocuts for this deck had been planned.
The joker is a self-portrait of Cerberus, an alias for an artist from the southern part of the Netherlands. Click it to see the complete deck!
This month the largest collectors fair in Holland was held in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. This means 3 days of endless walking and afterwards your joints are telling you that you get to old for this. But......somehow it's always rewarding: this time we found some very nice and rare Dutch decks and a Dondorf Tarot deck, that had been on our wish-list for a long time.
However, this joker of the month
didn't come from there. This sturdy lady comes from a pin up deck, that was
printed by Piatnik in Budapest, Hungary, in 1967 and published as "52
Bathing Beauties". The deck has 3 similar jokers. On the other 2 the word
"joker" is printed in black.
We have found quite a number of new decks for our collection this month, but what we considered the highlight of this month was a rarely found Dutch deck by the SN (Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland) from 1958. It was published for the Magicians Convention that was held in Hilversum, Holland, from 6-8 June 1958.
found the deck in a big box filled with different decks, most of them incomplete
and very common, but with a few exceptions, like an Austrian
"WilhelmTell" deck by Adametz from the 1930's or a nice single-imaged Swiss pattern by
Müller from that same decade.
But nothing could beat the rare SN joker this month, so here it is............
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