December 17, 2009:
1930s Josetti Tobacco (Germany) #200 Harold Lloyd
While the 1930s may have been a relatively lean time for baseball cards, "Filmbilder" were enjoying their heyday. Worldwide audiences were looking for an escape from the effects of the Great Depression. People also loved a cool, refreshing smoke. Why not knock out the two proverbial birds with one stone by buying a pack of Josettis? Plus, if you had the collector's bug, you could try to house the entire set of 272 within this snazzy album. It's got a bear on it.
Harold Lloyd was a master of physical comedy, but because he was beaten to the punch by a decade or so, he was never quite as well known as Charlie Chaplin. Still, one of his most famous action sequences, which has been referenced and parodied several times over, is recognizable to most modern filmgoers. The clock climbing scene from the silent classic Safety Last! is one of the most enduring images in American cinema. Enjoy!