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05 June 2017

Ross Verlag Postcards, Part 3: the 1930s

This week EFSP brings a tribute to Ross Verlag. The German publishing company produced many, many star postcards from the late 1910s till the early 1940s. For the third part of this series, we chose 20 postcards of German stars of the early 1930s. Many of these stars of the Weimar cinema had to flee the country when the Nazis started their reign of terror in 1933.

Enrico Benfer and Jenny Jugo
Enrico Benfer and Jenny Jugo. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 4535/1, 1929-1930. Photo: Ufa.

Trude Berliner and Maurice Chevalier
Trude Berliner and Maurice Chevalier. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 5748/1, 1930-1931. Photo: Paramount. Unknown is for which film this still was made. Probably it was an alternative language version of a Paramount production, produced at the studios in Saint-Maurice, a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris.
N.B. We and man of our sources always located the French Paramount studios in Joinville, but Marlene Pilaete mailed me that Joinville-le-Point was the location of the Pathé studios under the direction of Bernard Natan. The confusion was probably caused by the fact that Saint-Maurice is very near to Jonville-le-Point. See French Wikipedia.

Felix Bressart, Anny Ondra
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6065/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Ondra Lamac Film. Publicity still for Eine Freundin so goldig wie Du/A cute girlfriend like you (Carl Lamac, 1930) with Felix Bressart and Anny Ondra.

Otto Wallburg and Willy Fritsch in Der Kongress tanzt
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 131/3. Photo: Ufa. Still from Der Kongress Tanzt/The Congress Dances (1931) with Otto Wallburg and Willy Fritsch.

Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey and Willi Forst in Ein blonder Traum
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 143/3, 1931-1932. Photo: Ufa. Publicity still for Ein blonder Traum/Happy Ever After (Paul Martin, 1932) with Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey and Willi Forst.

Dina Gralla
Dina Gralla. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6345/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Heros.

Heinz Rühmann
German postcard by Ross-Verlag, no. 189/1. Photo: Elite-Cinema. Publicity still for Heimkehr ins Glück/Return to Happiness (Carl Boese, 1933) with Heinz Rühmann.

Renate Müller and Hermann Thimig in Viktor und Viktoria
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 195/1. Photo: Ufa. Publicity still for Viktor und Viktoria/Viktor and Viktoria (Reinhold Schünzel, 1933) with Renate Müller and Hermann Thimig.

Lilian Harvey and Wolf Albach-Retty in Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag (1932)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 709. Photo: Ufa. Publicity still for Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag/Two Hearts Beat as One (Wilhelm Thiele, 1932) with Lilian Harvey and Wolf Albach-Retty. Collection: Geoffrey Donaldson Institute.

Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6116/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Ufa.

Fritz Rasp
Fritz Rasp. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6828/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Ufa.

Hertha Thiele
Hertha Thiele. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6997/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Ufa.

Hans Albers
German postcard. by Ross Verlag, no. 7039/1, 1932-1933. Photo: Ufa. Publicity still for Der weiße Dämon/The White Demon (Kurt Gerron, 1932) with Hans Albers.

Betty Amann
Betty Amann. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 7357/1, 1932-1933. Photo: Paramount.

Margarete Schlegel and Ernst Verebes in Das blaue vom Himmel (1932)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 7394/1, 1932-1933. Photo: Aafa Film. Publicity still for Das blaue vom Himmel/The Blue from the Sky (Victor Janson, 1932) with Margarete Schlegel and Ernst Verebes.

Dolly Haas
Dolly Haas. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8157/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Walther Jaeger, Berlin.

Charlotte Ander
Charlotte Ander. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8490/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Atelier Binder, Berlin.

Lilian Harvey
Lilian Harvey in Hollywood. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8581/3, 1933-1934. Photo: Fox (20th Century Fox).

Jan Kiepura
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8612/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Ufa / Cine-Allianz. Still from Mein Herz Ruft nach Dir/My Heart Calls You (Carmine Gallone, 1934) with Jan Kiepura.

Gretl Theimer
Gretl Theimer. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8638/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Frhr. von Gudenberg / Ufa.

To be continued tomorrow.

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