04 August 2012

The Choice of Egbert Barten

Certainly not every postcard at European Film Star Postcards is from my own collection. Some of my friends collect them too, and they share. Here below you find postcards from the collection of Dutch film historian, author and collector Egbert Barten. He chose ten of his favorite postcards for this post and explains why he loves them.

Lien Deyers
Lien Deyers. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 5315/1, 1930-1931. Photo: Ufa.
Egbert: "One of the reasons I love this postcard is because of the fake cap that the German photographer must have thought looked Dutch. But Lien is wonderful in it, of course. I had to choose from the remaining postcards of Lien in my collection since my favourite, hand-coloured card got lost when we did a story on Lien in the film magazine Flashback…"

Henkie Klein
Henkie Klein. Dutch postcard by B. Brouwer, Amsterdam. Photo: Bernard Eilers, Amsterdam.
"Because it is the only postcard of this child actor I know."

Adolphe Engers
Adolphe Engers. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 3186/1, 1928-1929.
"Every change to put forward this now totally forgotten German-Dutch actor must be seized with both hands!"

Lilian Harvey, Hans Albers in Quick
Lilian Harvey & Hans Albers. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 141/6. Photo: Ufa. Publicity still for Quick (1932, Robert Siodmak).
"What kind of bath IS Lilian Harvey taking in this postcard? Mud? Oil? Olive tapenade?"

La Kermesse Heroique
La Kermesse Heroique. Dutch postcard by Tobis filmdistributie N.V. Amsterdam. Photo: Tobis. Publicity still for La Kermesse Heroique (1935). Collection: Egbert Barten.
"Wonderful studio shot, isn’t it?"

Ferdinand Marian
Ferdinand Marian. German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3725/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Bavaria Filmkunst.
"In one of his later films. One wonders with every postcard of Marian one finds if ever there WERE postcards of his infamous role as Süss, the jew….

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan. Belgian postcard.
"Acting out his own FROM HERE TO ETERNITY moment… "

Liselotte Pulver
Liselotte Pulver. German postcard by UFA, no. CK-237. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Joe Niczky / Ufa.
"I had forgotten who this lady was, but the lobster on the menu card looks so appealing…".

Maria Schell
Maria Schell. German postcard by UFA, no. CK-225. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Sam Lévin / Ufa.
"Maria Schell’s wonderfully uncertain smile…"

Truus van Aalten in Die lustigen Vagabunden (1928)
Truus van Aalten. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 3823/1, 1928-1929. Photo: Hegewald Film.
Publicity still for Die lustigen Vagabunden/The funny vagabonds (Jacob and Luise Fleck, 1928). "No Top Ten… can ever be complete without a picture of Truus van Aalten. I have chosen this card as a hommage to film postcard collector Geoffrey Donaldson (1929-2002) whom I got this card from but also for a different reason: did they try to sell Truus here off as a youth star?"

Egbert, thanks buddy!

See also the EFSP page Collectors.


Bunched Undies said...

A wonderful collection. Many thanks to Mr. Barten. I must try a tapenade bath sometime!

Paul van Yperen said...

Rhanks Bunchie. And yes you should.