OK, let's say it's my guess...
噴煙賞 : literally "spitting out smoke prize"
合同忌大会 1973 : "big meeting/gathering to commemorate somebody's death?" I'm not exactly sure about the meaning of the character 忌 here. It can also mean, when pronounced as "i(mu)" something taboo, forbidden...
川柳噴煙吟社 : the first two characters are "senryuu", a Japanese type of short sarcastic/cynical piece of poetry. Then again "fun'en" (spitting out smoke). "gin" (吟) means something like "to sing out loud" and the very last character could be both a shinto shrine or any kind of association where this kind of poetry contest would be held. I can't really figure it out without knowing the context.
To summarize a bit : it seems to be a sign used for some kind of big senryuu tournament. "Spitting out smoke" must be a metaphore for "senryuu" (to spit sarcastic/cynical words out loud).
The character on the second picture has to be the name of this bird, but I can't find it. I thought it was a phoenix first (凰) but apparently it's not.
Hope it helps.