22 March 2017

Vintage cigarette cards

Last year, EFSP had two posts about cigarette cards made by Ross Verlag in Berlin before the war: Bunte Filmbilder (Our Colourful Film Pictures) and Bunte Filmbilder (Colourful Film Pictures). The cards were enclosed in the packs of Josetti's various brands of cigarettes. Today EFSP presents German cigarette cards, made by an unnamed publisher after the war, and British cigarette cards with pin-ups from the 1930s.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe. German cigarette card, no. 30. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Scilla Gabel
Scilla Gabel. German cigarette card. Photo: Jiano.

Jackie Lane
Jackie Lane. German cigarette card.

Giovanna Ralli
Giovanna Ralli. German cigarette card.

Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini. German cigarette card.

Italian film director and screenwriter Federico Fellini (1920-1993) was one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. He was known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness. In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray. German cigarette card. Photo: Frontini.

Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee. German cigarette card. Photo: Treuhaft.

Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell. British cigarette card by State Express and Ardath Cigarettes, Series two, number 9. Photo: First National.

American actress Joan Blondell (1906–1979) performed in more than 100 movies and on television for five decades, often as the wisecracking blonde.

Diane Boyd
Diane Boyd. British cigarette card in the Seventh series of Modern Beauties, no. 16. Caption: 16 year old lady of chorus at the Prince of Wales's Theatre, London. This is one of a series of 36 real photographs now being packed with these cigarettes.

Hazel Lombard
Hazel Lombard. British cigarette card in the Third series of Beauties of To-Day by Godfrey Phillips Ltd, no. 5.

Pamela Mervyn
Pamela Mervyn. British cigarette card in the Seventh series of Modern Beauties, no. 6. Caption: Pamela Mervyn of the Windmill Theatre, London.

Valerie. British cigarette card in the Seventh series of Modern Beauties, no. 8.

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