JOKER OF THE MONTH
Started in March 2004, there will be
a new "joker of the month" added to this xpo each month.
The shown joker presents the best one that came to us in that month.
Each year we'll start with a clean sheet, but previous years will remain on xpo.
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month for this section. I did buy 3 decks, but none of them were ever
issued with a joker. So I decided to browse through Miriam's collection
again and see which joker would catch my eye.
the other 30% I chose this cute girl. Maybe it was the red and yellow,
maybe the suit signs, maybe that mysterious number, but I fell for her.
There was a b/w version next to it.
Anyway, a nice one to start the year with.
it was a difficult month, especially in the week around the 11th. It's
been two years now since Miriam died, but this year the loss felt more
intense. I guess the lockdown and curfew didn't really help either to
lift the spirit.
Through the latter I got in contact with a couple, that used to have a stall at the same collectors bourses as we attended a long time ago. It was nice to renew that contact and it brought a few decks as well. To deal with on eBay, but there was one that had 2 (similar) jokers which I hadn't seen before. It's a simple souvenir deck with 52 pictures from Kenya, so not really interesting to keep. But the joker was unusual, showing a white man, dancing in traditional headwear and dress, holding a joker baton. As said..... unusual.
have decided to buy one joker each month, in which there are no interesting
jokers in the decks that I bought that month. This month there was only one
deck. It had a joker, even an interesting one, but as I chose the deck as Deck
of the Month that joker will be shown there.
had actually gone out to buy a joker, which I thought would be a nice one for
this spot here. I had bought it on the Dutch auction sit and the seller lived
nearby, so I had agreed to pick it up. But when I got there he showed me
several other albums full of jokers. I couldn't help it, but I bought a few
jokers by the Universal Playing Card Company from Japan and this one.
I say more info? Well sorry, I don't have any. No idea who made it and when.
An educated guess would say probably American and from the 1930's or 40's. The
joker comes from an advertising deck for Singer sewing machines and the same
image is used on the backs, although somewhat smaller and set against a green
background with two banners saying "you will score" and "by
measures in France were further lifted on June 19 and it was no longer
necessary to wear a facemask outside. For me that was a good enough reason to
finally take a short 10 days vacation and head for the south of France on the
20th. On the way I visited Jean-Pierre Godard, a French dealer in stamps,
antique postcards and ... playing cards. I spent almost a whole day with him
and his family and looked though his merchandise between chatting, lunch and
dinner. And I found a couple of interesting decks, one for my own collection
and a few for selling on eBay.
had bought one joker from a Dutch collector, specially for this spot here, but
I gave it to another Dutch joker collector, when she visited me with her
hubby. Why? Well, after receiving it I found out that it was already in
Miriam's collection, but in a book that I hadn't checked. And that one was in
I also found that this joker probably isn't a very rare one, because it was the standard joker of the Western Playing Card Co. from Racine, USA, since the early 1930's. For those of you who want to see the back design of this joker, click here.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear that there would be a meeting of playing card collectors in Hasselt again. Mostly jokers and backs, but some collectors had brought decks to sell too. One of them had a standard Anglo-American by Hija de B. Fournier S.L. from Burgos (Spain). I still have a mild dislike for this pattern, but the deck had a joker that immediately stole my heart. The price wasn't too wild, so I bought the deck just to have a suitable joker for this spot.
deck was published as No. 4 A, probably in the 1940's, but maybe a bit
earlier, as the history of the company goes back to 1785, when Francois
Fournier settled in Burgos and started a printshop. His sons Braulio, Gervasio,
Heraclio and Julián began their own playing card printshop in 1860 as
Fournier Hermanos. Heraclio left the company to start his own printshop in
Vitoria, not far from Burgos.
This month was such a hectic and intense one, that I had to make serious and painful decisions. One of them is that I will be selling the collection of playing card decks with the exception of the SN decks and a few others. But for now I will not be selling the joker collection and I will continue to post a new Joker of the Month. I will not be buying jokers for this spot, but will choose them from the existing collection.
The Deck of the Month has a different animal illustration on each card, so to remain in style, here's a double image of a cute bear. The red JOKER suggests that there was one with black letters too. The joker comes from a deck that was printed by the Western Playing Cards Co. from Racine, Wisconsin, probably in the 1940's. The back also shows a drawn image of a bear.
joker was chosen from one of the books in Miriam's collection, titled
"women". Somehow most of the jokers in that book show pin-ups,
either drawn or photographic. I wonder why :)
I immediately recognized this head when I was going through Miriam's "Heads" holder looking for the Traviata jokers. I didn't know that it was also in the joker collection. I sold the complete deck halfway October to an Austrian collector.
the joker has a modern look it's an almost antique one. The joker comes from a
deck that was printed by Rasche from Wiesbaden, Germany, and published as
"Silvet" by the Silvet Spielkarten Verlag around 1925. Not only the
joker, but also the courts have a very modern design for those days.
This joker has the same back design as the shown deck, but in blue.
taken some time off from selling decks from this site and have been working on
my site instead. It resulted in the index for the Deck of the Month section,
which will make searching for a specific deck much easier. Another project on
my to-do-list was the update of the War on Cards xpo. And I've made a start
with scanning the decks to add there.
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