While the vast majority of Bonzo postcards were of the art variety there were quite a number of 'real photographs' including those with famous film stars of the day - the best known of these with Louise Brooks, taking cookery lessons and alongside real dogs! Here's a selection . . .
The Louise Brooks card shown above, published by Ross Verlag and used by Paramount Pictures, is available (if you can find it at all) as a plain black and white photograph or as a hand tinted version - both are quite rare, the same image was used for 3 different sets of German cigarette cards. Bonzo's companion is Dismal Desmond.
Bonzo has also been seen alongside numerous other glamorous film starlets including Brigitte Helm (of Metropolis fame), Lee Parry, Xenia Desni and Dorothy Lee - all German actresses!
-(can you spot Bonzo?)
|Xenia Desni||Dorothy Lee|
What many people don't know is that Bonzo was one of the first celebrity cooks . . .
. . . he's also been seen in the company of other canines . . . Chee-Kee will be disappointed!
|Unknown publisher||Ross 1218/1|
|BKWI 82/1||BKWI 82/2|
|BKWI 82/3||BKWI 82/4|
and on stage. . . .
probably in the pantomime Aladdin
|The Pinnace Bonzo sign can
be seen left
of centre about half way up the card!
|The Lady Band showing the
sax-playing Bonzo on the drum.