CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – WELTKRIEG 1914 /1918
This is a consignment item. It is one of the very popular cigarette card albums that were published in Imperial Germany. It was common for cigarette manufacturers to include a cigarette card with a pack of cigarettes as a premium. Many people had an interest in collecting the entire series of cards, so complete albums were offered to the public. Generally, an interesting story about the subject accompanied the cards.
This album is quite different in that the cigarette cards were far larger than those we normally see. It contains eighty five cards that measure 3 ½” x 4 ½.” The album itself measures 10” x 11 ½.” Its cover displays the legend “Weltkrieg 1914 1918,” and an oversized Iron Cross. The war’s time frames and theaters are featured throughout the album. It includes sections concerning von Hindenburg, von Mackensen, and Ludendorff. On the naval side we find Graf Spee, and Admiral Scheer, who commanded the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland and later headed the Kaiserliche Marine. Sections are also featured on the U Boot ace Otto Weddigen, and Generalmajor von Lettow Vorbeck, the hero of East Africa who did not surrender until after WW I had ended.
All cards are in place, along with some interesting maps and diagrams at the back. [One final factoid: when this album was published it cost .90 Reichs Marks]!