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Started by printsmurf, November 06, 2022, 03:11:02 PM

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It looks like the heavy cost didn't involve research into the subject of the card!

Cigarette cards were the first trading cards distrubuted to the general public in "packs", as they were packed out inside tiny cigarette boxes to reach collectors. Aside from being used to increase tobacco sales, trading cards also doubled as extra reinforcement on the cigarette boxes, making sure the contents were not damanged in transport. Later cards gave information on the back of the card such as in post 10


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1891 set 'Inventors and Inventions'.  Gutenberg appeared in this set of ten cards
 




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Issued on 1 July 1991 by Deutsche Telekom
The image on this phonecard is that used on a stamp issued on 5 May 1954. (West Germany
Gutenberg using a pair of inkballs to ink a forme locked on the bed of his press is based upon a woodcut by Jost Amman.






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Phonecard issued on 29 February 2004 by Telecom Italia







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Beer label from Kuehn Kunz Rosen, Mainz.
Gutenberg Bock








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A brass commemorative medal from the German Empire





Obv.:Den Worten der Weisheit der Neuesten Zeitung / Geben Gutenberg Junger die Schnellste Verbreitung
Rev.: Erfinder der Buchdruckerkunst

Google translate
Obv.:Words of Wisdom of the Latest Newspaper / Give Gutenberg Young the Fastest Spread
Rev.: Inventor of the art of printing



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Johannes Gutenberg, printer's sample for the World's Inventors souvenir album (A25) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes 1888




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Looking through this thread you will see that there is no definitive portrait of Gutenberg.
The first portrait of Gutenberg appeared in Heinrich Pantaleon's 1567 book on famous Germans.
This one is an anonymous portrait date with a date of 1440  and in the Gutenberg Museum 



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Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468) on engraving from 1859. Engraved by unknown artist and published in Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, Germany,1859.



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Gutenberg expelled from Strasbourg. An illustration for La Ciencia Y Sus Hombres by Luis Figuier (D Jaime Seix, 1876).
He is shown with an iron press!



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Johannes Gutenberg. From Woodburn's Gallery of Rare Portraits, published 1816.
This image has been used on a number of stamps honouring Gutenberg.




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Slightly different image from above - in colour and with the punch removed from his right hand.



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A little known fact regarding the Gutenberg Bible.

During the Soviet occupation of Germany at the end of World War II, the Red Army organized "Trophy Brigades" to seize priceless cultural artefacts from museums and libraries. The Russians considered the plunder an act of revenge for Germany's own looting and war crimes, and they eventually confiscated millions of books and works of art.

Chief among the booty were two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, which were taken from the German Book and Script Museum and the University of Leipzig. The Soviets denied any knowledge of the missing Bibles' whereabouts until the 1980s, when it was revealed that they were being held in libraries in Moscow.

Since then, the German government has made several unsuccessful attempts to secure their return.

Dave Hughes

Quote from: printsmurf on November 28, 2022, 12:26:23 PMA little known fact regarding the Gutenberg Bible.

During the Soviet occupation of Germany at the end of World War II, the Red Army organized "Trophy Brigades" to seize priceless cultural artefacts from museums and libraries. The Russians considered the plunder an act of revenge for Germany's own looting and war crimes, and they eventually confiscated millions of book and works of art.


Interesting stuff, and not very well documented. There is a little more information about the "Trophy Brigades" on Wikipedia here: Gosfond (Translates to "State Fund"). That article states that the operation also involved the forcible relocation of mainly German engineers and scientists.
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In Mainz, Germany an over-life-size bronze statue of Johannes Gutenberg adorns the square that bears his name. The statue (unveiled in 1837) is based on a model by the Danish sculptor Berthel Thorvaldsen. Fully restored in 2010, the monument depicts the famous inventor of movable type. As we do not have a contemporary portrait of Gutenberg, the statue is of an idealised scholar of his time.



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