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Vintage original 3.5 x 5.25 in. German Ross-Verlag postcard depicting the Italian-born German silent film actress, MARCELLA ALBANI.


The dark-haired beauty is depicted in a close publicity shot with an artistic effect around her head that compliments the color and material of her dress. It was signed in black ink by Marcella Albani in 1926 (see additional details below), the year in which she appeared in three silent films in Germany. Printed by the renowned Ross-Verlag company of Berlin, it is unused in very fine condition.
Provenance: We purchased a collection of two albums of vintage original German postcards from a rare book dealer at an antiquarian book fair in Pasadena, California. Approximately half of the postcards were signed by the respective personalities and the ones that were dated by the actors are all dated "1926." We were informed by the dealer that these photographs came from a film collector in Germany who acquired the postcards at the time they were issued and then had them signed by the respective actors when he met them in person. 


*"Marcella Albani (born Ida Fidalma Angela Maranca; 7 December 1899 – 11 May 1959), was an Italian actress and writer. Although largely forgotten today, Albani was an idol of European cinema in the 1920s, and appeared in 50 films between 1919 and 1936 in 5 different countries.


Shortly after completing her exams at school, Maranca was discovered by the actor, director, and screenwriter Guido Parisch. Maranca took on the stage name Marcella Albani and she made her film debut in L'amplesso della morte (1919), directed by Parisch. Parisch would go on to direct most of Albani's early filmography.


In 1923, Albani and Parisch traveled to Berlin, and Albani made her German film debut in Im Rausch der Leidenschaft (1923), which she also produced, followed by Frauenschicksal (1923) with Carl Auen, and The Game of Love (1924). Albani quickly became a popular actress in Germany, and her career was based there for the next six years. She played a supporting role in Old Mamsell's Secret (1925), which starred Frida Richard, and acted opposite Mady Christians and Bruno Kastner in The Divorcée (1926), based on the operetta Die geschiedene Frau.


In 1926, her creative partnership with Parisch ended, and she began working with directors such as Joe May, Friedrich Zelnik, and Wilhelm Dieterle. Albani starred with Paul Richter in Dagfin (1926), in which she played Lydia, and with Sandra Milovanoff and Werner Krauss in Make Up (1927). Between 1927 and 1929, Albani was at the height of her career, and her popularity expanded to France, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.


She made her French film debut in L'évadée (1929), and in Czechoslovakia, made the drama Sin of a Beautiful Woman (1929), directed by Karel Lamač.


After the silent era ended, Albani's career began to decline, and she returned to Italy, where she starred in Before the Jury (1931). She devoted herself to literature, and wrote several novels, one of which, "La città dell'amore" (1934), was adapted for the screen, with Albani starring in it in addition to producing it. Her last screen appearance was in the Western Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (1936).

In 1931, Albani married director Mario Franchini. After retiring in 1936, she lived on the Ligurian Coast. Albani died of a brain tumor on 11 May 1959 in Wiesbaden, Germany."

*(source: Wikipedia)


Ross-Verlag in Berlin was a German publishing house specialized in photographs and photo postcards of artists. The owner of the company was Heinrich Ross (b. 10 August 1870; d. after 1954 as emigrant in the USA).



MARCELLA ALBANI (1926) German Ross-Verlag Postcard 01 Signed By Marcella Al

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