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At the top of the page are matchbook covers. Move your pointer over a picture for more info, such as country, etc.

Following are cigarette cards, which are grouped by country, with company, year, size, and other info listed, if available.


Matchbook Covers

  Matchbook, Raleigh 903 cigs--'It's Moisturized!'   Cuban matchbox. Year unknown.   Matchbook advertising 1940's 'Susan and God' at Loew's Capitol Palace, Columbia.   1937 or '38. (Text mentions that 'Last of Mrs. Cheyney' was her last film.)   Matchbook circa 1934. (Text mentions upcoming films 'Chained' and 'Forsaking All Others.')   Matches handed out at the Hollywood Canteen during WWII.


Cigarette Cards

Germany      UK      Other

Further info: The Movie Card Website has an extensive list of cards from various countries (though you can't search by star).
One site that I found helpful for German cigarette card information  was
German Cards.

 German Cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: From the 1931 "Filmbilder" series from the Josetti company. All 1-4/8 x 2-3/8 in.

 

      

     

 


 

    

Above:

Year: Card 1: 1934.  Card 2: 1936.

Size: Card 1: 2-1/16 x 2-7/16 in.  Card 2: 2.4 x 2 in.

Other info: Card 1: #68 in the "Moderne Schoenheitsgalerie Series 2." Card 2: from the "Galerie Schoener Frauen" series.

 

Below: 4 unknown Garbaty cards.

  

   

 

  Joan-husband Franchot Tone

Company/Brand: Monopol. Inserted into Rimalti Privat and Merkur Rund brands.

Year: 1937

Size: 2.25 " x 2.5"

Other info: Part of 200-card "Kuenstler im Film" ("Artists in Film") series.

   

 

Company/Brand: Rothman's.

Year: Both 1939

Size:

Other info: Card 1 is a rare round card. "Beauties of the Cinema" series.

   

Company/Brand: Union (Dresden)

Year: 1937

Size:

Other info: Part of 100-card "Beruhmte Filmkuenstler:Film Grossbilder" ("Famous film artists: Large film pictures") series. The backs of these contained no info.

   

Note re the above two rows: These five cards were part of 2 series-- "Bunte Filmbilder" ("Colored Film Pictures") 1 and 2-- issued in 250-card sets  (1 - 250, 251 - 500)   in 1936 and 1937, respectively.
Identical cards were issued by the following companies: Austria, Brinkmann, Drama, Greiling, Massary, Orienta, Zuban.
The larger cards above are size 58mm x 72mm and were issued in packets of 10 cigarettes;  the smaller are 33mm x 60mm, issued in packets of 4.
Of the larger cards pictured: The Joan/Clark card is # 129 from the first series; the blue card is  #372 from the second series; the third card is #196 from the first series. The numbers of the smaller cards are unknown.

 

 

Company/Brand: Bergmann (Dresden)

Year: 1934

Size: 2.8 x 2.3 inches

Other info: From the "Farb-Filmbilder" series.

 

Company/Brand: Jasmatzi, Manoli Gold

Year: 1931

Size: 2-1/16" x 3"

Other info: Series "Hansom Filmbilder"; card #168.

Unknown German Cards

 

 


UK Cards

Company/Brand: Abdulla

Year: 1932

Size:

Other info: #50 of "Cinema Stars" series.

1934. #49 in 'Famous Film Stars' series.  Ardath #14. 'Film, Stage, and Radio Stars.'  1938. 'Photocards' series.  

 

Company/Brand: Ardath

Year: Card 1: 1934. Card 2: 1935. Card 3: 1938. Card 4: 1939 (?)

Size: Card 3: 2-1/2" x 3"

Other info: Card 1: #49 of 50 in the "Famous Film Stars" series. Card 2: #14 in the "Film, Stage, and Radio Stars" series. Card 3: Part of the "Photocards" series. Packaged with kings cigarettes in packs of 10.
Text of card 3: Attractive, auburn-haired Joan Crawford, one of screenland's foremost modern actresses, has played many widely-varied roles. Her first talkie, "Untamed," was appropriately titled, as her ardent devotion to the art invariably reflects her care-free and tempestuous spirit. This film planted her firmly on the road to fame. Born in Texas, she is married to the popular star, Franchot Tone. She has appeared in "The Gorgeous Hussy," "Love on the Run," "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney," "The Bride Wore Red," and "Mannequin."

 

Company/Brand: BAT (British American Tobacco)

Year: The eBay seller listed this as "1924," but Joan didn't arrive in Hollywood until 1925...

Size: 1.375 x 2.625 inches.

Other info: Part of Cinema Stars, Second Series. Especially rare since she's credited as "Lucille LeSueur."

 

1935 BAT. Card 48. 1-3/8 x 2-5/8 in.

 

 

Company/Brand: Caid

Year: 1930s

Size: 1.375 x 2.375 inches

Other info:

      Carreras, 1938.

 

Company/Brand: Carreras

Year: Card 2: 1936.  Card 3: 1938.

Size: Card 1: 2-1/2" x 2-3/4. Card 3: 9.4 x 6.4 cm.

Other info: Card 1: Carreras also issued the same photo as a smaller card, which was part of the "Film Stars" series, #12 in the second series of 54. Card 2: #49 of the "Film Stars" series.

Company/Brand: De Reszke brand manufactured by J. Millhoff & Co.

Year:

Size:

Other info: No. 23 of 24-card set.

   With Clark Gable in "Chained"

 

Company/Brand: Gallaher Park Drive

Year: Card 1: 1930s.   Card 2: 1934.   Card 3: 1936

Size:

Other info: Card 2 is #7 of the "Champions of Screen & Stage" series. Card 3 is #24 of the series "Shots from Famous Films." Text on back of Card 3: "Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in a scene from "Chained." Clark Gable is a South American horse-breeder, whom Joan Crawford meets on a cruise to Buenos Aires. The sequences on board ship, as well as the ranch scenes, are well photographed, and the two stars' acting powers fully justified. Clark Gable is also seen in "Manhattan Melodrama" in No. 29 of this series."

With Robert Taylor in 'Gorgeous Hussy'  With Spencer Tracy in 'Mannequin'  With Robert Young in 'The Bride Wore Red'

Company/Brand: Godfrey Phillips

Year: 1939

Size: 6 x 5.3 cm.

Other info: From the "Famous Love Scenes" series. The middle card is #17.

  #17.

 

Company/Brand: Lloyd's

Year:

Size:

Other info: Nos. 1 and 17 from the "Cinema Stars" series. (Note: Oddly,  #46 from this series is exactly the same photo and design as the #17 card shown here. The text of #46: "Her real name is Billie Cassin, but she was professionally known on the comedy stage as Lucille LeSueur. Began as an extra in the film 'Pretty Ladies.' Since then, has appeared in many others, including 'Laughing Sinners,' 'Our Blushing Brides,' 'This Modern Age,' 'Letty Lynton,' 'Rain,' and 'Grand Hotel.' Was born on May [sic] 23rd, 1904, in San Antonio, Texas. Height 5ft. 4 ins. Has auburn hair and hazel eyes.'")

 

 

Company/Brand: Mitchell's Cigarettes by Stephen Mitchell & Son

Year: late '30s

Size:

Other info: "Stars of Screen & History."  #8 in series of 25.
Back of card reads: Beautiful Peggy O'Neale numbered many great Americans of her time among her acquaintances, and she exercised an extraordinary influence on the political and social life of Washington in the early 19th century. One of her greatest friends was Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States. The story of this remarkable girl was told in "The Gorgeous Hussy," in which Joan Crawford took the part of the irrepressible Peggy, playing opposite Robert Taylor in the role of "Bow" Timberlake, her husband. Joan Crawford, who was born in San Antonio, Texas, has many screen triumphs to her credit; her latest films include "Mannequin," "The Shining Hour" and "Ice Follies."

 Company/Brand: Ogden's

Year: Circa 1935

Size:

Other info:

 

 

Company/Brand: Player's Cigarettes by John Player and Sons

Year: Card 1: 1930s   Card 2: 1933

Size:

Other info: Both cards are part of the 50-card "Film Stars" series. The second card is #12.
Card 2 text: Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23rd, 1904, and christened Lucille Le Seuer. Her stepfather, Henry Cassin, a theatre owner, died when she was eleven. Some years later she ran away from school, and joined a vaudeville company, and in 1922 began her stage career. Her first screen test was a failure, but a second brought her a chance to prove her talent, her first big opportunity being in "Sally, Irene, and Mary," a silent film in which the two title roles were taken by Constance Bennett and Sally O'Neill. One of her latest talkies is "Dancing Lady" with Clark Gable. In 1929 she married Douglas Fairbanks, Jnr., but they have separated

 

Company/Brand: R. and J. Hill Modern Beauties

Year: 1939

Size: 2-1/2" x 3-3/4"

Other info: One of set of 50.

Company/Brand: Scerri's Senator

Year: 1931

Size: 1.625" x 2.375"

Other info: Part of the "Cinema Artists" series. Print on back, but no info about Joan.

Sherman's Series of Famous Film Stars.

 

Company/Brand: Sherman's Pools Ltd.

Year:

Size: 5-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches.

Other info: Part of "Sherman's Series of Famous Film Stars."

    

 

Company/Brand: Sinclair

Year:

Size:

Other info: Both cards are from the "Film Stars" series; at left with Franchot Tone is no. 57.

Wills company, 1920s.

 

Company/Brand: Wills/Three Castle, Vice Regal

Year: 1920s

Size: 5 cm x 7 cm

Other info: Card #97 of the "Famous Film Stars" series.

   

Company/Brand: J. Wix and Sons, Ltd.

Year: 1933

Size: 1-9/16 in. x 2-9/16 in.

Other info: Part of 25-card set "Famous Films Third Series." Nos. 2, 5, 23. (With Nils Asther in the 1928 film "Dream of Love.")

 

 

 

Company/Brand: J. Wix and Sons, Ltd. Issued with Kensitas brand.

Year: 1933

Size: 1-9/16 in. x 2-9/16 in.

Other info: Like the above cards, part of 25-card set "Famous Films Third Series." This is #20, with Ramon Novarro from the '28 film "Across to Singapore." Back of card reads: "The story of jealousy between two brothers, Mark and Joel (Ramon Novarro). Mark is betrothed to Priscilla (Joan Crawford) and leaves for Singapore. Believing that his love is not returned, he takes to drink, and eventually is killed in a mutiny.  Joan Crawford's real name is Lucille LeSueur. Appeared in "Shadows of Paris," "Eternal Youth" and "Our Dancing Daughters." It was during the production of this last film that she was officially created a star by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Ramon Novarro sprang into fame as Rupert in "The Prisoner of Zenda." He has since appeared in "Scaramouche," "Ben-Hur," "Where the Pavement Ends," etc. [Film Weekly]"

Unknown UK Cards

     

         

 

 


 

Cards from Other Countries

Chile     Cuba     Egypt

 

Chile

General info on Chilean cig cards.

 

 

2a Serie, No. 30.   Serie 11, No. 5. No More Ladies.

 

Serie 12. No. 29. I Live My Life.

 

Serie 12. No. 40. I Live My Life.

 

Company/Brand:  Chilena Tobacco Company (La Ideal)

 

 


Cuba

 

 

Company/Brand: La Corona Aguilitas y Susina/ Tabacalera Cubana, Habana

Year: 1936 or 1938

Other info: Card #53

 

 


 

Egypt

 

        

Above: Early '30s from the Toccos company.

 

 

 


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