ROSS VERLAG
MOVIE STAR POSTCARDS
HISTORY
AND CHECKLIST
Bree Pickford Vanna Maynard Sebastion McConell

Anyone who collects vintage movie star postcards has undoubtedly come across the Ross Verlag name, a postcard publishing company that existed from the early 1920's through the mid 1940's in Berlin, Germany.   On this website, I'll tell some of the company's history, and attempt to create checklists of all the Ross Verlag film star postcards.

Ross Verlag printed real photo postcards of the highest quality, among the finest ever published of movie stars.   The company licensed thousands of images from the Hollywood studios; some of those photos may have only been distributed on these postcards.   In Germany, movie stars were photographed by the best European glamour studios.   Quite possibly, many of these photos were taken just for publication through Ross Verlag.

Most of the records for Ross Verlag were lost, no doubt, in the war, so a thorough research of the company is very difficult.   There are still many mysteries.

I have divided this website into several pages, each dealing with a different topic related to the history of Ross Verlag.   For instance, the first topic discloses what is known about the founder of the company, Heinrich Ross.   To access any of the pages, click on the subject heading, or either of the postcards on each side of the topic.



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Rogers
  THE MAN BEHIND THE CARDS:
HEINRICH ROSS
Veidt

Terriss
THE BEGINNINGS   --   ROTOPHOT
Lady

Kolberg
                    FILM STERNE                    
Moja

Phipps
THE HISTORY OF ROSS VERLAG
Gish

Damita
NUMBERING AND DATING
Haid

Taylor
PORTRAIT CARD EXAMPLES
PART 1
Prevost

Murray
PORTRAIT CARD EXAMPLES
PART 2
Reinwald

Malten
PORTRAIT CARD EXAMPLES
PART 3
White

Ralph
FILM SCENE CARD EXAMPLES
PART 1
Gish

Horn
FILM SCENE CARD EXAMPLES
PART 2
Maurus

Moore
ROSS VERLAG ADVERTISING
Fritsch

MacKaill
                THE SERIES                

Paudler
            MYSTERY SERIES            
Albani

Vidor
              FOREIGN CARDS                
Baclanova

Brent
            TOBACCO CARDS            
Fuller

Kolberg
            THE PHOTOGRAPHERS            
Dean

Solveg
                    THE LISTS                    
Bergner

Eyk
POSTCARDS OF INTEREST
Bell

Corda
HERE'S SOME FAQ I MADE UP
Bird

Gibson
MOVIE STAR POSTCARD LINKS
Negri

Boardman
OTHER MOVIE STAR POSTCARD
PUBLISHERS CHECKLISTS
Bronson

Bellamy
VINTAGE MOVIE STAR POSTCARDS
FOR SALE
Mara


Thanks to Peter Hughes, Carola Jüllig (Berlin German Historical Museum), Ian Sayer, Titia Harmanni, Alain Carbuccia, Marlene Pilaete, Bob Summerell, Rachel Tanner, Rebecca Isacsson, Richard Minns and Dave Stone for assistance with this information and/or scans.   Much appreciation to Sarah Hyams from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for her kind assistance.   Special thanks to Stefan Riebe for his invaluable help in this research early on, as well as for several scans.   Grateful appreciation and a huge thanks to Hans Schnepper, Klaus Wunderlich and Klaas Dierks for their continued interest, research and support.  

A very extra special thank you to Werner Mohr from Berlin, who has provided me with much additional help for this website, particularly on the numbering scheme of Film Sterne and Ross, and for revealing that "Ross" was an actual person, as well as much more.   And Mr. Mohr did this by handwritten letter because he did not have a computer or internet access!   I am forever indebted.   And a big thank you also to Patrick Kuster who was kind enough to print out some pages and send them to Mr. Mohr and for contacting me about this and sending along my address.   It was very much appreciated.

Although I thank those who contributed numbers to the Ross Verlag lists on THE LISTS page, I would still like to acknowledge everybody here too for all their help.   Thanks to Olaf Schneider, Peter Orban, Armando Giuffrida, Peter Hughes, Ladd McIntosh, Stefan Riebe, Jolande Hibels, Lisa Stein, Daniel Loftin, Master Gundam, Carola Jüllig, Ian Sayer, Titia Harmanni, David Humphrey, George Baker, Sandra Wendel, Helmut Schmidt, Rodolfo Tizzi, Dave Jenner, Gianna Lammering, Anya Gutknecht, Joop van Dijk, Walter Oeyen, Günter P. Neumüller, M. Henry Veyox Neumueller, Daniel (Romania), Vuk Markovic, Alain Carbuccia, Faruk Oralbi, Martin Verlaan, Euan Mathieson, Peter B. Müller, Peter Milam, Marlene Pilaete, Diana Savage, Ken Hall, Mijke Bloothoofd, Hans Schnepper, David Ferrer, Netty Rosenkranz, Maris Muhu, Eric-Jan Noomen, Vincent Roozendaal, Klaus Wunderlich, Klaas Dierks, Uwe Steh, Ellen Roubus, Tanya van Hauwaert, Franchesca Vullings-Windley, David Morrison, Andrei Stomff, Teresa Witkowska, Giuseppe, Yvonne Mulder, Bruno Bargelletti, Michael Boy, Derek Young, Johann Hofbauer, Maria Georgieva, Karen Barouski, Vera Kraus, Kees Kleihues, Ken Ries, Johan Bruynseraede, Alvaro Aguilar, Neil Goulding, Ben Veenhuis, Crystal Glantz, Frederic Mahler, David Stone, Torsten Anklam, Ines Schulz and Roman Bílý for additions and corrections to my Ross lists.


Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed me with information, numbers and scans.   It's always great to hear from other collectors.   I also appreciate all the kind words about this site.

Also thanks to Lydia Dunkle for showing me the secret of how to type German characters on my computer, even though they don't always show up on all the browsers!



This website is dedicated to the memory of Heinrich Ross, in appreciation for all those beautiful postcards he brought to the world.


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