1932 Reemtsma Cigarettes Olympia Set
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Reemtsma Cigarettes Olympia
|Size||3 1/8″ x 4 3/4″ and 4 11/16″ x 6 11/16″
|Images||Black and White / Color
|Number in Set
1932 Reemtsma Cigarettes Olympia Overview
Founded in the early 1900s, Germany-based Reemtsma is one of the Europe’s biggest manufacturers of tobacco. In 1932, the company produced a set of 200 cards for the Olympic games. As this is a German set, the technical name of the issue is Reemtsma Cigarettenfabrik (translated to cigarette factory) Olympia.
Hockey is the focal point here for most American collectors.
The ‘cards’ are more like photos, actually, as they are printed on very thin stock. Some were printed in full color while others are black and white and there are two different sizes as well.
Some cards are 3 1/8″ x 4 3/4″ while others are 4 11/16″ x 6 11/16″. Those sizes are not exclusive to the color or black and white cards. So, essentially, there are four different types of cards – the smaller color cards, smaller black and white cards, larger color cards, and larger black and white cards. However, while the sizes and colors mix and match, each card has only one type. For example, a card will not have both a smaller black and white version and a larger one. Each card is only one of the four types.
And covering the Olympics, obviously, a number of sports are included. Other noteworthy sports in the set include boxing, wrestling, and track and field. Track and field, by far, has the largest presence in the set, making up almost half of it.
Of the major sports, only ice hockey is covered. That sport is represented by two cards – No. 188 Germany vs. Poland and No. 191 United States vs. Canada. Both are pictured here.