September 24, 2018

Glamorous Real Photo Postcards of Silent Film Beauties in the Early 20th Century

Heinrich Ross was born on August 10, 1870 in Rokytno, Austria-Hungary (now a part of the Czech-Republic). Around 1905-07, he began work at the Rotophot postcard publishing company in Berlin, Germany as the head of distribution. He started the postcard company that bore his name, Ross Verlag, in 1919.

Real photo postcards of silent film beauties by Heinrich Ross

Established by Heinrich Ross in 1919, the Ross Verlag company published some 40 000 real photo postcard portraits of film stars. Photographs were licenced from some of the major photographic studios in Europe including E. O. Hoppe, Alex Binder, Freida Reiss and Manasse.

Though stars from Hollywood, France and Britain appeared on the cards, Ross deserves most recognition for capturing the actors in German cinema during the height of Weimar cinema, the era just before sound transformed cinema and the years before the Nazis seized power. Jewish, Ross had his company seized and he escaped to England then the U.S.

He died in 1957, aged 87.

Here below is a glamorous collection of real photo postcards published by the Ross Verlag that shows portraits of silent film beauties in the early 20th century.

Agnes Esterhazy (1891-1956) by Atelier Schneider

Asta Nielsen(1881-1972) by Becker & Maass

Brigitte Helm (1906-1996)

Brigitte Helm (1906-1996)

Carola Toelle (1893-1958) by Becker & Maass

Claire Rommer (1904-1996) by Atelier Badekow

Dorothy Mackaill (1903-1990)

Elisabeth Pinajeff (1900-1995) by Binder

Elizza La Porta (1902-1997) by Atelier Manasse

Eva May (1902-1924) by Reiss

Eva Speyer (1883-1932) by Binder

Evelyn Holt (1908-2001) by Rembrandt Studio

Fern Andra (1893-1974) by Atelier Schneider

Fern Andra (1893-1974) by Atelier Schneider

Fern Andra (1893-1974) by Atelier Schneider

Fern Andra (1893-1974) by Binder

Fern Andra (1893-1974) by Binder

Helena Makowska (1893-1964) by Binder

Hella Moja (1890-1951) by Becker & Maass

Hella Moja (1890-1951) by Karl Schenker

Henny Porten (1890-1960) by Becker & Maass

Henny Porten (1890-1960)

Jenny Jugo (1904-2001)

Käthe Haack (1897-1986) by Binder

Lil Dagover (1887-1980) by Binder

Lil Dagover (1887-1980) by Binder

Lil Dagover (1887-1980)

Lilian Harvey (1906-1968)

Lissi Arna (1900-1964) by Kiesel Studio

Lucy Doraine (1898-1989) by Atelier Schneider

Lucy Doraine (1898-1989) by E.O.Hoppe

Lya de Putti (1897-1931) by Binder

Lya de Putti (1897-1931) by Binder

Lya de Putti (1897-1931) by E.O.Hoppe

Lya de Putti (1897-1931) by M. L. Boris

Lya Mara (1897-1960) by Atelier Schneider

Marcella Albani (1899-1959) by Binder

Marcella Albani (1899-1959) by Binder

Mia May (1884-1980) by Becker & Maass

Mia May (1884-1980) by Becker & Maass

Mia May (1884-1980) by Frieda Reiss

Mia May (1884-1980) by Frieda Reiss

Nita Naldi (1894-1961) by G.L. Manuel Freres

Pola Negri (1897-1987) by Karl Schenker

Valerie Boothby (1906-1982) by Verleih Engel & Walter

Vilma Banky (1901-1991) by Angelo

Xenia Desni (1894-1962) by Binder





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