Zuban Lucy Doraine

Issuing Company: Zuban
Country of Issue: Germany (Munich)
Year of Issue: around 1926
Color/B&W: B&W (one-color shades of green, brown, b&w
Number of Cards in Set: 60
Card Size: 2 9/16" x 3 3/4" (6.5 x 9.5 cm)
Issued as insert with what product: Cigarettes

Notes: Yet another film star to have a brand of cigarette named after her, along with the likes of Ossi Oswalda (Lypstadt), Elsa Kruger (Jasmatzi), Asta Nielsen and Emil Jannings (both Wenesti). No series title on the cards themselves, "Lucy Doraine Filmbilder" is the given title for this series. Cards are unnumbered, blank-backed, and almost all have a facsimile signature of the actress. Very few cards even mention "Zuban" on them. Some of the cards were available in 3 different single-colour shades - green, brown and b/w. There are around 60 different motifs.

Zuban launched the Lucy Doraine brand in 1926, at the height of her fame, so this is the year used for this issue. Her star did not shine brightly for long - as a Hungarian working in Austrian silent cinema (her real name was Ilonka Kovacs), at first in films directed by her husband Michael Curtiz (yes, THAT Michael Curtiz, who later directed Casablanca), and then for her own production company, she didn't survive the advent of sound, making her last film in 1931.

Thanks to Nick Bolton for help with this checklist.

No checklist, because all the cards are of the same star in various poses.

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