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01 April 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Stars on Cigarette Cards

Last Friday, EFSP presented you a dozen cigarette cards, made by Ross Verlag in Berlin. These were all cards from a series called Bunte Filmbilder (Colourful Film Pictures). Before that Ross published a series of 275 cigarette cards called 'Unsere Bunte Filmbilder' (Our Colourful Film Pictures) for the Cigarettenfabrik (cigarette factory) Josetti in Berlin, approximately produced in 1935. The cards were enclosed in 'the packs of Josetti's various brands of cigarettes, like Juno and Vera Gold. This series contained smaller cards (6, 5 x 4 cm or 2.5 x 2 inch) with hand coloured portraits. Here are my twelve favourites of this series to make you dazzle.

Greta Garbo in Queen Christina (1933)
Greta Garbo. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 23. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Publicity still for Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933).

Marlene Dietrich in The Devil is a Woman (1935)
Marlene Dietrich. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 25. Photo: Paramount. Publicity still for The Devil is a Woman (Josef von Sternberg, 1935).

Paul Kemp
Paul Kemp. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 99. Photo: Minerva-Tonfilm.

Luis Trenker
Luis Trenker. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 107. Photo: Rota-Film.

Gustav Waldau
Gustav Waldau. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 132. Photo: Cine-Allianz.

Else Elster
Else Elster. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 153. Photo: Alex Binder.

Jakob Tiedtke
Jakob Tiedtke. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 179. Photo: Ufa.

Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 187. Photo: Paramount.

Paul Wegener
Paul Wegener. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 193. Photo: Lilenberger.

Oskar Sima
Oskar Sima. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 198. Photo: Ufa.

Theodor Loos
Theodor Loos. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 200. Photo: Nostra-Film.

Paul Hörbiger
Paul Hörbiger. German cigarette card in the series Unsere Bunten Filmbilder by Ross Verlag for Cigarettenfabrik Josetti, Berlin, no. 240. Photo: Patria-Film.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.

3 comments:

Lyneen J said...

Oh my gosh... what an great collection of cigarette cards... in awesome condition! Thanks for sharing!

Beth Niquette said...

Wow! What an amazing collection. I didn't even know such things existed. Truly a wonderful find. You have the most incredible collection of bygone days. Thank you for sharing, Paul. :D Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Thank you for your kind words, my Friend. Blessings and joy to you.

Beth Niquette said...

PS. I hope you are feeling better. There's a flu going around which is quite nasty.