Berlin/ Hannover: Verlag "Ross"/ Cigarettenfabrik Constantin, ca. 1925/ 1928. First edition. Cards/Softcover. 1. This is a complete collection of postcards printed by Verlag Ross, for Ufa-Delca Film, to celebrate the release of Fritz Lang's two-part epic fantasy film Die Nibelungen. The postcards measure approximately 3.5 x5.5" each, and are printed in striking sepia-toned photogravure, on heavy cardstock. The images depict characters and dramatic scenes from the film, covering both parts "Siegfried" and "Kriemhilds Rache" ("Kriemhild's Revenge"), and are divided into 6 groupings. Each card is captioned with the serial number, and title of the character or scene, with the name of the actor often mentioned as well. The final group of 4 cards is a sequence showcasing the pivotal dramatic battle between Siegfried and the dragon. This set is not to be confused with the series of colored postcards by Uvachrom, which were based, in part, on these images. The postcards were never used (circulated), but some have a red triangle stamped insignia, light smudges and/or light pencil markings. Some of the cards use a faint light blue cardstock, while most are white. The front of some of the cards have some occasion light smudges, minor stains, and/or light creases, with most images unaffected. The cards are in overall very good- condition.
2. Die Nibelungen (Complete set of 75 Cigarette Cards in an Album). Small folio. 13x10". Textured Gray-green string-tied wrappers, with embossed brown and gold lettering and helmet illustration on the front cover. The is an album containing the complete collection of Cigarette Cards for "Die Nibelungen", produced by the Cigarettenfabrik Constantin company of Hannover in 1928. Each card measures 2.5x4" and featured b/w photogravure images from the film. Many of the images featured are the same as those of those of the Verlag Ross set, but many are unique to this collection. Each double-sided leaf of the album contains a mat with an average of 6 windowed cutouts, framing the cards, which have been slid underneath. Each cutout section contains a caption in German bellow, naming or describing the image on the respective card. The set coves both parts of the film "Siegfried" and "Kriemhilds Rache". Introduction to the collection from the company, on the first page of the album. Text in German. Wrappers with some light creasing and rubbing along the edges and to the corners. There is a small closed tear along the bottom edge. Wrappers in very good-, interior in near fine condition overall. vg- to near fine. Item #43391