Lypstadt Ossi Oswalda Filmbilder

Issuing Company: Lypstadt & Co.
Country of Issue: Germany
Year of Issue: around 1925
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 1 11/16" x 2 9/16" (small) or 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (large)
Issued as insert with what product: Cigarettes

Notes: These unnumbered, sepia-tinted cards are difficult to identify, because no company is mentioned on them, and backs are blank. Only the actress Ossi Oswalda with a facsimile signature can be found. However, the cards were also issued as postcards, and on the back can be found the tobacco company Lypstadt, which existed from 1922-1927 before being dissolved. Upon careful examination, the company logo with an "L" inside it can be found on a couple of the cards. They even named a cigarette brand after her "Die neue 5 pfg. Cigarette Ossi Oswalda".

The same cards can be found in two different sizes, and to date 11 different cards have been seen.

Ossi Oswalda was a huge star in Germany during the silent era and was hailed as the German Mary Pickford. She made only 2 talkies before being forced to leave Germany after 1933 and died forgotten and penniless in 1947.

Thanks to Nick Bolton for help with this checklist.

All cards show Ossi Oswalda (11 different seen)

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