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GARBO PICTUREGOER CARDS
- by GarboWerner -


Introduction

PICTUREGOER was a real phenomenon! That British publishing company, located in London, started the production of fine memorabilia in 1921 and was active till 1960. The longest period of a memorabila producing publishing company worldwide!

Over 6500 different real photograph postcards on 2000 actors and actresses have been issued, also on singers, theatrical stars, pop stars and film scenes.

Even more popular than the card programme was the publishing of periodical film magazines, probably the most successful ones in history: Picturegoer Magazine or the following ones such as Film Weekly, Picture Show or Film Pictorial. They had wonderful covers of the most beloved celebrities and huge reports with excellent picture material. The company was so successful that they could even publish their mags on a weekly base.

Not only postcards and magazines established a good reputation for Picturegoer. They also produced nice supplements within the mags (kind of film programmes), annual film books or other nice memorabilia.

The postcards were issued in series, the first one, which ran to over 1400 cards, did not have any kind of prefix letter. Groups of several poses of the same star were sometimes published in this series and were identified with an alphabetical suffix (e.g. Greta Garbo had cards published numbered 600, 600a, 600b, 600c, 600d, 600e, 600f, 600g, 600h which depicted 9 different images of the star for example).

Subsequent series were given a prefix letter with the majority of images  being in sepia tone (e.g. "W" for those issued in the 1940's, "D" for the 1950's and "S" for the last series issued up to 1960).

The "K" series was devoted to cameo portraits and the "P" series to film partners(e.g. P208 Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor).

The "K" and "P" series were issued in b/w and coloured versions.The coloured versions were given the prefixes "KC" (for example KC8 as Garbo in the so called Cameo Series) and "PC" (for example PC17 as Garbo and Clark Gable) but the poses were identical to the b/w versions.

The "C" series, known as the Colourgraph Series (for example C81 as Garbo), was devoted entirely to handcoloured images.

The "FS" Series was related exclusively to film scenes.

Special sets of different cards were issued for specific films in the "D" & "W" Series.

Greta Garbo had a lot of covers regarding the magazines and got more than 140 postcards. So Picturegoer was the other big publishing company after ROSS (Berlin) producing the most Garbo cards.

The individual card numbers are only listed on the reverse side of each card. Also the company name can be seen there. The production took place in a gentle sepia brown and in light version.  The cards have the regular postcard size.

Picturegoer was the only publishing company which attached a special importance to the art of colorizing. As mentioned before, there are even small series dedicated to that art (Colourgraph, Cameo, Filmpartners).

After my research Picturegoer produced 148 different Garbo cards.

As you can see subsequently, we list all Picturegoer cards on one side, also the different series names such as Colourgraph, Famous Filmpartner Cards, Film Shots (= Film Weekly) and Filmkurier Series because they all do belong to one publishing company.

A few cards are still missing. So if you can help to complete our list by scanning some of the the outstanding ones, please be so kind as to do so. If you should have more informations about that company, write an email, would be great. Thank you.

Picturegoer. A great tradition. A huge array of products. And a big remembrance for Greta. Enjoy! Garbo forever!

 
 

283

283 a

283 b

283 c

283 d

283 e

283 f

283 g

283 h

283 j

283 k

283 l

283 m

283 n

283 p

283 r

503

503 a

503 b

508

508 a

523

526

530

548

570

570 a

600

600 a

600 b

600 c

600 d

600 e

600 f

600 g

600 h

601

601 a

601 b

601 c

601 d

637

637 a

637 b

638

638 a

638 b

639

639 a

639 b

640

640 a

640 b

640 c

641

641 a

641 b

647

647 a

665

798

798 a

798 b

798 c

954

954 a

1111

1111 a

1112

1112 a

1161

1161 a

1161 b

1161 c

1348

1348 a

1349

A 32

D 688

K 8

KC 8

W 37

without Nr.
   


COMPLETE GG PICTUREGOER LIST

  283
 
  283 a
 
  283 b
 
 
  283 c
 
  283 d
 
  283 e
 
  283 f
 
  283 g
 
  283 h
 
= Ross 5717/1
  283 j
 
  283 k
 
  283 l
 
  283 m
 
  283 n
 
  283 p
 
  283r
 
 
  503
 
 
  503 a
 
 
  503 b
 
 
  508
 
  508 a
 
  523
 
with Lew Ayres
  526
 
with Lew Ayres
  530
 
with Lewis Stone
  548
 
with Conrad Nagel
  570
 
  570 a
 
  600
 
with Ramon Novarro
  600 a
 
with Ramon Novarro
  600 b
 
  600 c
 
with Ramon Novarro
  600 d
 
with Ramon Novarro
  600 e
 
  600 f
 
with Ramon Novarro
 
  600 g
 
with Ramon Novarro
 
  600 h
 
 
  601
 
 
  601 a
 
  601 b
 
  601 c
 
  601 d
 
  637
 
  637 a
 
  637 b
 
  638
 
  638 a
 
  638 b
 
  639
 
 
  639 a
 
 
  639 b
 
 
  640
 
 
  640 a
 
 
  640 b
 
 
  640 c
 
 
  641
 
 
  641 a
 
 
  641 b
 
 
  647
 
 
  647 a
 
 
  665
 
 
  798
 
  798 a
 
  798 b
 
  798 c
 
  954
 
  954 a
 
1111
 
1111 a
 
1112
 
 
1112 a
 
 
1161
 
 
1161 a
 
 
1161 b
 
 
1161 c
 
 
1348
 
 
1348 a
 
 
1349
 
 
A 32
 
appeared under AUTOGRAPH SERIES
 
D 688
 
appeared in the 50=ies
 
K 8
 
appeared under CAMEO SERIES in b/w
 
KC 8
 
appeared under CAMEO SERIES colorized
 
W 37
 
appeared as FILM SERIES
 
without Nr.
   
= 283l

83 cards
 
 
 

GARBO COLOURGRAPH CARDS


C 81

C 81 A

C 118

C 118 A

C 119

C 120

C 121

C 122

C 123

C 126

C 127

C 128

C 162

C 162 A

C 163

C163 A

C 167

C 228

C 228 A

C 267

C 267 A

C 287


COMPLETE GG COLOURGRAPH LIST

 

C 81
 
C 81 A
 
C 118
 
with Ramon Novarro
 
C 118 A
 
C 119
 
C 120
 
with Ramon Novarro
C 121
 
with Ramon Novarro
C 122
 
C 123
 
with Ramon Novarro
 
C 126
 
with Ramon Novarro
C 127
 
with Ramon Novarro
C 128
 
with Ramon Novarro
C 162
 
C 162 A
 
C 163
 
C 163 A
 
 
C 167
 
with Ramon Novarro
 
C 228
 
 
C 228 A
 
 
C 267
 
C 267 A
 
C 287
 

22 cards
 
 

GARBO FAMOUS
FILMPARTNERS CARDS


P 17

P 65

P 82

P 145

P 146

P 175

P 176

P 188

P 208

P 209

P 210

P 225

P 299

PC 17

PC 65

PC 82

PC 145

PC 146

PC 175

PC 176

PC 188

PC 208

PC 209

PC 210

PC 225

PC 299


COMPLETE GG FAMOUS
FILMPARTNERS LIST

P 17
 
with Clark Gable
P 65
 
with John Barrymore
P 82
 
with Melvyn Douglas
 
P 145
 
with Herbert Marshall
P 146
 
with George Brent
P 175
 
with Frederic March
P 176
 
with Freddie Bartholomew
P 188
 
with Frederic March
P 208
 
with Robert Taylor
 
P 209
 
with Robert Taylor
P 210
 
with Robert Taylor
P 225
 
with Charles Boyer
P 299
 
with Melvyn Douglas
PC 17
 
with Clark Gable
PC 65
 
with John Barrymore
PC 82
 
with Melvyn Douglas
 
PC 145
 
with Herbert Marshall
 
PC 146
 
with George Brent
 
PC 175
 
with Frederic March
 
PC 176
 
with Freddie Bartholomew
PC 188
 
with Frederic March
PC 208
 
with Robert Taylor
PC 209
 
with Robert Taylor
 
PC 210
 
with Robert Taylor
 
PC 225
 
with Charles Boyer
 
PC 299
 
with Melvyn Douglas
 

26 cards
 
 
 

GARBO FILM SHOTS
(= FILM WEEKLY) CARDS


Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel *

Grand Hotel *

Grand Hotel *

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Susan Lenox

As You Desire Me

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil
* Belongs to the series but Greta isn't pictured!

COMPLETE GG FILM SHOTS
(= FILM WEEKLY) LIST

without Nr.
 
Grand Hotel
 
without Nr.
 
Grand Hotel
Belongs to the series but Greta isn't pictured!
without Nr.
 
Grand Hotel
Belongs to the series but Greta isn't pictured!
without Nr.
 
Grand Hotel
Belongs to the series but Greta isn't pictured!
without Nr.
 
Mata Hari
 
without Nr.
 
Mata Hari
 
without Nr.
 
Mata Hari
 
without Nr.
 
Mata Hari
 
without Nr.
 
Susan Lenox
 
without Nr.
 
As You Desire Me
 
without Nr.
 
Queen Christina
 
without Nr.
 
Queen Christina
 
without Nr.
 
Queen Christina
 
without Nr.
 
Queen Christina
 
without Nr.
 
Queen Christina
 
without Nr.
 
The Painted Veil
without Nr.
 
The Painted Veil
appearing not certain
without Nr.
 
The Painted Veil
appearing not certain
without Nr.
 
The Painted Veil
appearing not certain

       19 cards
 
 
 

GARBO FILMKURIER SERIES CARDS


18

110

COMPLETE GG FILMKURIER SERIES LIST

18
     
110
     

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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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