Brinkmann’s Cigarette Cards

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Heli-Finkenzeller | #4

These colorful German cigarette cards from the mid 1930’s caught my eye. The background designs reminded me of Shepard Fairey‘s Obey series. All of the cards are from Brinkmann’s Cigarettes Bunte Filmbilder –or Colored Film Pictures– series 1 and 2 which ran in 1935 and 1936. The designs are almost literal representations of the crossover from Art Nouveau to the modern world of moving pictures and ‘talkies’. The people are mostly famous German and European actors/celebrities. Quite interesting the play on words and the juxtaposition of the black and white stills.

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Hortense Raky and Werner Krauss | #2Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Georgia-Holl | #5

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Erika von Thellmann | #11Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Adolf Wohlbrück | #12Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Berthold Ebbecke | #10Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Aino Bergö | #9

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Ursula Grabley | #12

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Paul Hoffman | #15Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Genia Nikolajewa | #16

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Lucie Englisch | #14Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Hannes Stelzer and La Jana | #13

Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Robert Taylor and Greta Garbo | #22Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Wera Engels | #18


Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Lucie Englisch | #17Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Jupp Hussels | #23Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Myrna Loy | #21Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Maria von Tasnady | #20Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Marika Rökk | #19Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Theo Lingen | #8Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Rotraut Richter | #7Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Kate Merk | #6
Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Heli-Finkenzeller | #3Brinkmann's Cigarette Cards | Setsuko-Hara | #1Link to cigcardpix‘s Flickr collection with lots more examples.