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GARBO BONNIST & ZONEN CARDS
- by GarboWerner -


INTRODUCTION

What ROSS meant for Germany, IRIS for Austria, BONNIST & ZONEN meant for the Netherlands. A very reputated publishing company which printed a huge collection of memorabilia postcards honoring a lot of famous filmstars. And it goes without saying that Greta got a special attention in their products.

Unfortunately little is known about Bonnist & Zonen. And on the internet I couldn't find anything either about the history of that Dutch company. It's only well known that they were successfully publishing their postcards in the pre war aera. Another famous competitor in Holland was the publishing company JOSPE. Bonnist & Zonen (actually M. Bonnist & Zonen) was located in Amsterdam.

As I found out (in collaboration with all my collecting friends) Bonnist & Zonen edited 100 different garbo cards (to be exact it's 99 because no. 108 H doesn't picture Greta but Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and John Barrmore; because that card number belongs to the series, it's listed in my compilation).

A very big difference to Ross is the fact that the Dutch company didn't release any other formats, just the regular postcard size (14x9 cm). And you won't find any colorized motifs. But the cards themselves appeared in two different layouts, a light version and a brown one (but not as dark as Ross was producing).

The numbering of the cards looks a little bit strange. It started with no. 107 and ended with B 493. No idea why the first 22 cards came out with a number and a character next to it whereas the following cards had the B infront of the number. The individual card numbers can't be seen on the front sides, they are listed on the reverse sides. There you will also find the notes "This is a real Photograph" and "British Manufacture" (?), the name of the company and the remark "Reproduction forbidden" in Dutch and French (the postal language).

The motifs show an excellent quality and do have an edge around. The cards portray Greta alone and with her partners. Both formats are available in the collection, longish and horizontal.

Attention: M. Bonnist & Zonen published a lot of postcards under the company name M.B.&Z. You might think it could be a different company but it's still the same one. There are 3 M.B.&Z. cards available portraying Garbo, one with number 1104 from Ninotchka, two other ones from Queen Christina without number. By the way, the Ninotchka card is the only one without an edge.

Because I am still missing a lot of cards regarding that company, I would be grateful if you could help illustrating our list in case you should posess cards we couldn't show yet. Further information about that Dutch publishing company would be highly appreciated.

As a small European country Bonnist & Zonen in the Netherlands paid tribute to Garbo with  100 postcards showing her unique beauty for the whole world.

 

107

108

108 A

108 B

108 C

108 D

108 F

108 G

108 H

108 I

108 J

108 K

108 L

108 M

112

112 A

112 B

119

119 A

119 B

119 C

B 178

B 182

B 239

B 240

B 261

B 270

B 296

B 297

B 321

B 322

B 323


B 324

B 325

B 326

B 327

B 328

B 334

B 369

B 370

B 371

B 372

B 373

B 380

B 381

B 382

B 383

B 384

B 385

B 386

B 387

B 388

B 389

B 390

B 403

B 404

B 405

B 406

B 413

B 414

B 415

B 416

B 417

B 418

B 419

B 420

B 421

B 422

B 438

B 439

B 448

B 449

B 450

B 451

B 452

B 453

B 454

B 455

B 462

B 463

B 464

B 465

B 466

B 467

B 468

B 469

B 470

B 492

B 493

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

1006

1071
 
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.

1104

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.

without Nr.
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.
appeared as M.B.Z.

 

COMPLETE GG BONNIST & ZONEN LIST

 
107
 
 
108
with John Barrymore
 
 
108 A
with John Barrymore
 
 
108 B
with John Barrymore
 
 
108 C
 
 
108 D
 
 
108 F
 
 
108 G
 
 
108 H
 
 
108 I
 
 
108 J
with Rafaela Ottiano
 
 
108 K
with John Barrymore
 
 
108 L
with John Barrymore
 
 
108 M
with John Barrymore
 
 
112
with Clark Gable
 
 
112 A
with Clark Gable and John Miljan
 
 
112 B
with Clark Gable
= Ross 140/2
 
119
 
 
119 A
with Erich von Stroheim
 
 
119 B
 
 
119 C
 
 
B 178
 
 
B 182
with Clark Gable
 
 
B 239
with Ronald Varno
 
 
B 240
with Melvyn Douglas
 
 
B 261
with Melvyn Douglas
 
 
B 270
 
 
B 296
 
 
B 297
 
 
B 321
 
 
B 322
 
 
B 323
with John Gilbert
 
 
B 324
 
 
B 325
with John Gilbert
 
 
B 326
 
 
B 327
 
 
B 328
with John Gilbert
 
 
B 334
 
 
B 369
   
 
B 370
 
 
B 371
 
 
B 372
 
 
B 373
 
 
B 380
with Herbert Marshall
 
 
B 381
 
 
B 382
 
 
B 383
 
 
B 384
 
 
B 385
 
 
B 386
with George Brent
 
 
B 387
with George Brent
 
 
B 388
with Herbert Marshall
 
 
B 389
 
 
B 390
 
 
B 403
 
 
B 404
 
 
B 405
 
 
B 406
 
 
B 413
 
 
B 414
 
 
B 415
 
 
B 416
 
 
B 417
 
 
B 418
 
 
B 419
 
 
B 420
 
 
B 421
 
 
B 422
with Herbert Marshall
 
 
B 438
 
 
B 439
 
 
B 448
 
 
B 449
 
 
B 450
 
 
B 451
 
 
B 452
 
 
B 453
with Robert Taylor
 
 
B 454
with Robert Taylor
 
 
B 455
with Robert Taylor
 
 
B 462
with Charles Boyer
 
 
B 463
 
 
B 464
 
 
B 465
with Charles Boyer
 
 
B 466
with Charles Boyer
 
 
B 467
 
 
B 468
 
 
B 469
with Charles Boyer
 
 
B 470
 
 
B 492
 
 
B 493
 
 
without Nr.
Filmstars keeping fit
 
 
without Nr.
with Ramon Novarro
 
 
without Nr.
Greta Garbo and her Screen Lovers
 
 
without Nr.
Garbo Expressions
 
 
without Nr.
Fim Stars at Home
 
 
without Nr.
As You Desire Me
 
 
without Nr.
Queen Christina with J. Gilbert and C.A. Smith
 
 
without Nr.
Camille
 
 
without Nr.
Camille
 
 
appeared as M.B.Z.
 
 
1006
 
 
1071
with Melvyn Douglas
 
1104
Ninotchka
 
 
without Nr.
Queen Christina with John Gilbert
 
 
without Nr.
Queen Christina with John Gilbert
 
 
without Nr.
Queen Christina with Lewis Stone
 
 
without Nr.
Queen Christina
 



105 cards

 

 
 
 
Postcards
  Introduction   
  Garbo Postcards  
  Introduction   
Ross Verlag
 
      Introduction   
      The Regular Postcards   
      The Scene Postcards   
      The Luxury Cards   
      The K-Cards   
      The Mini Collecting Cards   
      The Colorized Cards   
      The Ross Related Cards   
      Complete GG Ross List   
      Epilogue   
Iris   
Ballerini & Fratini   
Bonnist & Zonen   
Picturegoer   
Cinemagazine   
EMBR   
Europe   
G.B. Falci   
Jospe   
Other Publishing Companies   
New Publishing Companies   
Swiftsure Postcards 2000   

 

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