THIRD REICH CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM OF WW1 'DER WELTKRIEG' DRESDEN 1937
- Cigarette card collector's book titled Der Weltkrieg (The World War) compiled in Germany 1937 as a commemoration of World War I. It features 270 full-colour cigarette cards illustrating significant German battles and events. The scrapbook was issued by Cigaretten-Bilderdienst Dresden. This scrapbook captures the German perspective of World War I in pictures and writing. Themes such as nationalism, armed forces, everyday life during the war and stereotypical images of the enemy forces are referenced by the visual iconography. Through the chapters the progression of the war is illustrated. The individual sections are organised around each year of the war, 1914-18. The introduction to each chapter lists the different theatre's and progression of the war. This summary is followed by sections, which under individual headings like 'Reason and Start of War', display cigarette cards and a short description of the image on that card. The first chapter also features a map of Belgium, France, Germany and parts of Switzerland in 1914 with the German armies and their campaigns. The appendix features cards depicting life behind the front line, the war in the colonies, and Germany's enemies. While the cigarette cards are in colour, the chapters are predominantly printed in sepia. The exception are maps of the East and West front, and the battles in Italy, Serbia and the Orient, which took place in 1915. Of particular note, under the heading 'Our Enemy in the War' on page 70, is an image titled 'Uustralischer [Australischer] Ureinwohner' - Australian Aboriginal - the only Australian soldier shown in the album. Depicted without a hat or mark of rank, and with dis-shevelled hair (unlike most other soldiers depicted in the album), the image is likely to have been intended as derogatory.
- Paper and cardboard scrapbook. Red coloured card cover shows a colour image of a map of Europe from the early 20th century. Back cover depicts a colour image of the world map at the time of the First World War, 1914-1918. Printed throughout in predominantly black ink.
- Printed in ink across the front cover: Der Welt/ krieg