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.
*** 2022 ***
order to reunite some jokers with their decks I had to go through the
joker collection quite often. Miriam had created several folders to make
it easier to find certain jokers and several of them were filled to the
brim, like the 2 with "Standing" jokers.
Finding the manufacturer (and date) proved to be a long search that in the end brought no answer. I started with turning pages in the Hochman, then browsed through all the American and Canadian manufacturers at the WWPCM site and finally tried a Google image search. But I didn't find an answer or even a picture of it in any of them. Then I realized that it could be Australian too, so back to the WWPCM site and voilį: Reed Paper Products' standard joker in the 1910's and 1920's.
Ever since I had to decide to sell most of the playing card collection I've tried to stay away from flea or antique markets and auction sites, but every once in a while I can't help myself and I visit the Dutch auction site. There I found the deck that has this joker. I have the deck, but in a 32 cards version, so with the same nice courts and aces, but without the joker.
This athlete comes with the "Sport Kaart" deck, which was published for the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928. The title is in Dutch, but the deck was printed by the Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken A.G. Werk Altenburg from Germany. It was designed by Pix, as the signature on the joker reveals, which stands for the the German illustrator Otto Pech. There are 2 versions of the deck. In Germany it was published as "Sport Karte", with German indices K,D,B. My deck has the Dutch indices H,V,B and shiny gold corners.
It's a rarely seen deck and the joker is a rare one too, so you can imagine that I'm very happy with this version. And as it came in the original box it will be one of the selected decks that I will keep as a small collection.
month I just picked an album from Miriam's collection and from that album I
picked the first joker that I liked. And who can resist a joker who's winking
Now that I found all the answers I realize that I've been tricked. He's not winking at me, but just closing one eye to look through the camera. Oh well.
This month I had to find a good number of jokers to complete decks for the Bargains section. It meant going through the different albums and each time I went through the "Standing I" album this joker caught my eyes. I don't think it's a particularly rare joker and many collectors will probably have it in their collections, but when I was looking for a joker for this spot a few days ago, it happened again and I decided to see what caused this attraction.
it's the pose, but the figure is presented here as a serious looking,
confident, strong young man. Not at all a clown or funny guy. In fact the only
reference to a joker is the marotte (joker head on a stick). It's no coincidence that
the figure is dressed in Indian looking clothing. He was produced there. The
WWPCM site doesn't give a maker, but mentions "poop-cee" as Indian
brand. As far as I can see that's well possible, as the Poop-cee brand was
carried by an Indian trading company since the early 1970's. Although nowadays the
Poop-cee brand seems to stand for bottles for baby food, it's possible that
about 40 years ago they carried a more varied assortment, including playing
had to find the second joker of the Deck of the Month and according to the
file card it was in the "Heads" joker album. While searching I came
across some other "heads" which would make a good Joker of the
Month. This one was one of them and I immediately recognized it as one of the
2 similar jokers that came with the Rummy Nr. 210 deck by Piatnik. The deck
has caricaturist nonstandard courts and must have looked quite modern when it
was published in 1934.
Click HERE if you would like to see the nonstandard courts of the deck (and the black star version, which doesn't show the Piatnik name).
your Polish? Maybe a bit hard to read, but next to the joker's head it reads
"Ferd.Piatnik i Synowie T.A. Wieden". Last month we could
read the German version at the bottom of the joker. I'm pretty sure that there
are jokers with the English version, Ferd. Piatnik & Sons Ltd Vienna, too.
Can't recall a joker with such a text in Dutch though.
said in the Joker Collectors group on Facebook, this month I chose a joker for
this spot from the album, which Miriam had titled "Animals". So I
saw a lot of cute cats, dogs, horses, birds, lions, giraffes and many other
animals, but I wanted it to be a vintage or antique one. That made the choice
somewhat easier and this joker became the chosen one. What attracted me was
that the design fills the outline completely. It has a background and shows a
lot of detail around the main scene.
month I had to browse through all of Miriam's joker albums, just to find the
correct jokers to complete decks for the bargains section. A few times it
inspired me to share a special joker in the Joker Collectors group on Facebook.
On the second last day of this month I went through the second
"Series" book and came across this joker.
From the WWPCM site I learned that this joker wasn't from the UK, but was made by Josef Schneider from Vienna, Austria. This playing card manufacturer (Spielkartenfabrik) was active there between 1962 and 1969. However, on another page of the same WWPCM site, the joker is shown as being made by Franz Adametz since 1930. There even the same advertising on the back is shown, which is for "Garvens ölbrenner", an Austrian company that sold oil-burners.
& Helen, we've known them since we first attended an IPCS convention. Our
friendship led to visits in England and the Netherlands. We last met during
the convention in Leinfelden in 2018. This year's convention in Madrid
was the first time that they (and I) had to do without Miriam's company. But
together with Christian we had three pleasant days together in the center of Madrid before the
actual convention started.
had already taken this joker out of it's folder some months ago, because every
time, that I passed it while looking for another joker, it had kept my
attention for a while..... somehow I liked it! But it ended up in a stack with
jokers which had to be reunited with their decks and I lost sight of it.
you see a joker juggling a product, it's often an advertising one. And this is
The early 90's must have been a much better era for the Tupperware brand. The joker looks very happy juggling their products. I hope he can bring such a smile to your face too.
year gone by and I hope that you all have succeeded to expand your joker
collections with some gems. I will close this year with an oldie. A typical
American joker by a manufacturer that favored imps were popular on jokers: the
National Card Co. from Indianapolis and New York. Here above there's another
example as Joker of the Month July. But there are other examples too from this
manufacturer, with 3 imps ice skating in their Columbia No. 133 brand or
playing cards in their Boston No. 55 brand.
Well, leaves me to wish you all a successful joker hunt in 2023!
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