Can't You Take a Joker?
Impropriety is the soul of wit.
- W Somerset Maugham
Naked people have very little influence in our society
- Mark Twain
Artists: Anthony Donaldson's joker is on the left and Anthony Green's joker is on the right.
Artist: Georgina Harvey
Victoria Playing Cards No. 29 designed 1988
Artist: Peter Wood
Transformation deck 2000 Pips. It's raining pips in this, one of two different jokers in the deck.
You can contact Peter at PWood16103@aol.com or write
Source: The Bob Lancaster Gallery of Unusual Playing Cards!, an unusual site, worth a visit...
Cocktails Patience aluminium playing cards
Although aluminium is the 3rd most common element on earth, it always occurs chemically joined to another metal. Prior to 1886, extracting aluminium from other metals was a costly endeavour, making the refined metal nearly as precious as gold. But it was in that year that a cheap process for such extraction was invented, and suddenly, everyday items started being made out of aluminium which would have been unthinkably expensive before. Some of these items were actually better suited to the older, more traditional materials, but creating them out of aluminium was a novelty. One such novelty item was aluminium playing cards, decks of which were sold as souvenirs at World's Fairs in the 1890's. The cards were easily bent and scratched, and soon the novelty wore off. Not many aluminium decks were made after that.
This deck, made in the 1920's by Hauserman, was unusual, even for an aluminium deck: its courts are non-standard, featuring art deco depictions of the rich crowd. Also, it is a "patience-sized" deck, being only 1 5/8" x 2 3/8" (the image above has been enlarged for better viewing). The box reads "Natural Alumimium Playing Cards - Cocktail Series - Charles L King - New York, New York - Made in Austria".
Ukrainian playing card
Source: englishrussia.com English Russia
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