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25 March 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Colourful Film Pictures

Ross Verlag in Berlin put out little cards known as cigarette cards, which were much smaller than the famous Ross postcards. These cards (app. 7 x 5,5 cm or 28 x 22, 5 inch) were sold in packs or cartons of cigarettes in Germany and a few other countries. One of the series was called Bunte Filmbilder (Colourful Film Pictures) of which we know two series with both Hollywood and European stars. The cards have numbers on the back and were meant to be pasted into a book. The book for the second series was published in 1936. Some pictures were duplicates of photos seen on postcards, but others were designed just for the cigarette cards, which were printed for different tobacco brands. Here are twelve of these wonderful and indeed colourful film pictures.

Hans Albers
Hans Albers. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by G. Zuban, München, no. 115. Photo: Ufa / Ross-Verlag.

Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greilingen-Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 259. Photo: Paramount / Ross-Verlag.

Else Elster
Else Elster. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Caid Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 323. Photo: Schulz and Wuellner / Ross-Verlag.

Genia Nikolaiewa
Genia Nikolaieva. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greiling-Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 358. Photo: Ufa / Ross Verlag.

Heinz Rühmann and Theo Lingen, cc
Heinz Rühmann and Theo Lingen. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Drama Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 360. Photo: Projectograph-Film / Ross-Verlag.

Annabella
Annabella. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greiling-Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 384. Photo: New World Pictures / Ross-Verlag.

Luis Trenker
Luis Trenker. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greiling Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 403. Photo: Trenker-Tobis-Rota / Ross-Verlag.

Hans Richter
Hans Richter. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Drama Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 459. Photo: Cando-Film / Ross-Verlag.

Albrecht Schoenhals
Albrecht Schoenhals. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greilingen Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 465. Photo: Deka-Syndikat-Film / Ross-Verlag.

Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Greiling-Zigaretten, Series no. 2, no. 484. Photo: Styria-Film / Ross-Verlag.

Hans Holt
Hans Holt. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Caid, Series no. 2, no. 491. Photo: Styria-Film / Ross Verlag.

Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple. German collectors card in the Bunte Filmbilder series by Caid, Series no. 2, no. 496. Photo: Fox-Film / Ross Verlag.

Source: Mark Goffee (Ross Verlag Movie Star Postcards).

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3 comments:

Chris Overstreet said...

Dazzling, as always. What a great series!

Beth Niquette said...

These are wonderful, Paul! I have never seen such an extensive gathering of them before. Just fabulous. Happy Easter from the Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA! :D

Lyneen J said...

Wow... what a wonderful collection of cards!