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The 'Joker' is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required.

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Baggy Clown Joker 1908

Baggy Clown Joker

Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker.

Chinese Jokers

Chinese Jokers

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.

De la Rue’s 125th anniversary 1957

De la Rue’s 125th anniversary

In around 1955 De la Rue introduced a new coloured joker and a series of aces of spades with a silhouette of Thomas de La Rue which coincided with their 125th anniversary

EPCS August 1988 Newsletter

EPCS August 1988 Newsletter Members Only

Tercentenary William and Mary 1988 • Fortune Telling Card • Lexicon • Joseph Hunt & Son • Collecting Theme: Whisky Distillers • English Jokers • Piquet Packs • SNAP Nursery Rhymes • The Big BAANG: Stock Exchange

EPCS Febuary 1988 Newsletter

EPCS Febuary 1988 Newsletter Members Only

Queen Mary • Healthguard Underwear • Newmarket Multum in Parvo Company • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 5) Joseph Hunt & Sons London • Woolley Card Games: OLD MAID and SNAP • Rhymes about Royalty or The Comical Court Cards (Part 3) • KAN-YOU-GO-AGAIN • Not a Lotta Bottle!! • Metropolitan Vickers Lamps • London's Loyal Volunteers: 450th Anniversary of HAC, PANKO, Votes for Women • Waddington pack with no borders to Court Cards • The Big Baang! • Walt Disney Anniversaries • Non-Standard Jokers.

EPCS June 2001 Newsletter

EPCS June 2001 Newsletter Members Only

Rare Universal Joker • Great Exhibition 50th Anniversary • Queen Victoria Death • Another Animal Snap • Featured Deck: Reynolds Fortune Telling • Advertising & Cards • Domino Cards • Tate & Lyle Story • Sir Donald Bradman • Peculiar Cards • Game Counters • Poets at Card Table • Pinhead Method • New Royal Mail Issue • New Heritage Issues • Lecardo

EPCS June 2005 Newsletter

EPCS June 2005 Newsletter Members Only

Nederland Shipping Line • Iranian Playing Cards • Trump Indicators • Municipal Honours • Coney People Happy Tribes • Hand Drawn Whist Cards • The Cabinet Pack • SSAFRA • Lexicon Competitions • The Lancashire Lad • Hi-Speed • De La Rue 1875 • Court Fools and Jesters • Cadbury’s Chocolate Game • Posies • City Imperial Volunteers • Playing Card Images in Advertising • Coronation Gift 1911 • Delhi Durbar 1911 • It’s a Knockout • 19th C Transformation

EPCS November 2005 Newsletter

EPCS November 2005 Newsletter Members Only

Top Trumps • Clifford Toys / Tricklico • Blackpool Souvenir • Squiggles • Esquire • Alberto Vargas • A Find? • Early Playing Cards • Fortune Telling Cards • Court Fools & Jesters (cont) • The Rolls Razor • The Virtue of Princes • Bovril Poster Snap • Defenders of the Empire • Waddington Catalogue 1981 • Tricards

Hand Drawn Joker Pack

Hand Drawn Joker Pack

Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers.

Jest Jokers 2000

Jest Jokers

Peter Wood’s “Jest Jokers” comprising 54 different Joker designs made into a full pack of cards.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS).

Sands & McDougall Aces & Jokers

Sands & McDougall Aces & Jokers

Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers.

SNP Ausprint Jokers

SNP Ausprint Jokers

A series of SNP Ausprint jokers with the various wording and name changes

The Joker Card 1863

The Joker Card

The 'Joker' is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required.

The story behind some special Jokers

The story behind some special Jokers

How the “Gibbons” Jokers came into being.

West Flanders Souvenir 1950

West Flanders Souvenir

West Flanders Souvenir pack manufactured in Belgium by Mesmaekers, c.1950.

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Analysis of early playing card designs: origins, suit differences, standardization, technological advancements and key innovations leading to modern designs.