Antique 1936 German “Aus Deutschlands Vogelwelt” large album scrapbook full of 200 cigarette trade cards in color bird stickers. The title page says “Herausgegeben vom Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, 1936”. The next page says “Copyright 1933 by Cigaretten-Bilderdienst Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, Printed in Germany, Druck E. Gundlach Aktiengesellschaft, Bielefeld”.
It also says “701.-800. Taufend, Der Verfasser Des Textes 1st Hans Von Der Nordmark, Kiel Die Bilderklarungen Schrieb Ludwig Zukowsky, Hamburg Graphische Gestaltuhn: Carl Ernts Poeschel, Beide in Leipzig””, which may be the authors, or perhaps the contributors – I am not sure?
The front outside softcover cardboard cover has wonderful raised gold gilt lettering, with birds on a branch design. There are 110 numbered pages. The book measures about 9 ¼ inches by about 12 ¼ inches, and is about ½ inch thick. The trade cards each measure about 4 1/8” by about 2 ¾”.
The date on the title page is “1936” and the copyright date on the next page is “1933”, and I don’t know how these vintage books were printed in Germany or the significance of this variance in dates?
The rare vintage Ornithology book is printed in lovely German text script lettering. I do not read or speak any German, and my translations are from research, and may not be correct. Some of the script lettering is also difficult for me to read, so I hope that the above information has the correct spellings, but I am not sure?
This unusual antique collecting trade card album is in very good vintage used condition, with some minor staining, soil, yellowing, discoloration, and a minor crease here and there on the cover, and occasional minor age staining, yellowing, discoloration and soil inside. In the photographs of the front cover you can see a rectangular darkened spot. The binding is good and tight, and there is very minor edge and corner wear. There is a pencil handwritten name inside the front. The bird album has been packed away for a long time, and has a very slight musty odor.
Note: The cards are mostly firmly attached inside the book, however, one of the bird cards was fairly loose and I gently removed it so that I could show you a photograph of the writing on the back as an example. You will see this photograph showing the back of the card and the space on the page it came from. I will send the buyer this card still loose from the book, and let the buyer attach it back into the album.
In my research I found that a "Cigarette Card” is a generic term which included collectors cards issued by many types of product manufacturers such as cigarettes, coffee, and tea. I do not know if there is any actual advertising for cigarettes, or for any cigarette or tobacco product or brand name in this album?
I am offering another German cigarette trading card album sold separately (woods, field, animals), so please check my other store items for this book.
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