“Aircraft Recognition Cards” (F49)
Hood® Company Overview ¹
For more than 160 years, the name Hood® has been synonymous with fresh, quality dairy products that taste great. Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts by Harvey Perley Hood, the company has since extended its New England roots, and today Hood is a national company distributing dairy products throughout the United States. In fact, HP Hood LLC is now one of the country's largest branded dairy operators with 15 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. The company also maintains its own research and development operation, which supports the superior product quality and innovation that Hood® customers have come to expect.
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Hood® branded lines of milk, cream, ice cream, cottage cheese and sour cream regularly rank among the top branded dairy products in New England. The Hood® family of products also includes Simply Smart® Milks, and Calorie Countdown® low calorie dairy beverages. Hood® also has national and super-regional franchise rights to process and sell extended-shelf-life products including LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, Fiber One™ Cottage Cheese, HERSHEY®'S Milk & Milkshakes and Almond Breeze® Almondmilk.
Hood® Ice Cream was introduced more than 100 years ago at a Hood® dairy bar on Beacon Street in Boston and quickly became New England's favorite frozen dessert. In 1972, Hood® became the first dairy in the United States to produce Frozen Yogurt. Today, Hood® remains committed to superior product quality and continues to be an innovator in the frozen dessert category, offering a wide selection of ice cream varieties and flavors to choose from, including Hood® Ice Cream, Hood® New England Creamery Ice Cream, Hood® Fat Free Frozen Yogurt and Hood® Red Sox Ice Cream and Red Sox Ice Cream Singles.
The 1950s ²
Now that we've introduced you to the present Hood® company, let's take a look at a typical Hood's advertisement that promoted the airplane trading cards that were available upon purchase of Hood® Country Peach Ice Cream. The following advertisement and text for Hood® products was run in the Lewiston Daily Sun, Auburn, Maine, July 11, 1956. Additional ad copy adjacent to ad graphics “How to Feel like a Kid Again” are also presented below.
Airplane Cards Overview
During the early 1950s, a series of “Aircraft Recognition Cards” sets were issued by 3-Minute Oats (F285), Carnation Corn Flakes (F270-1), Hood Country Peach Ice Cream (F49), Whitman Publishing and the Oak Manufacturing Company (R724-1). All of these “Aircraft Recognition Cards” sets shared the same color photo/artwork. The Carnation Corn Flakes (F270-1), Hood Country Peach Ice Cream (F49) and the 3-Minute Oats (F285) sets were borderless PLC designs with rounded corners. The Whitman sets were also borderless, but had square corners. However, the “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes” (R724-1) set was of a conventional trading card design with square corners and substantial borders around the airplane photo image. The Backs of the cards all had simplistic three-view OML (outer mold line) drawings of the subject aircraft, along with a brief narrative about the aircraft. the cards measure 2½ × 3½ inches. The American Card Catalog reference number for the set is F49.
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The Hood Peach Ice Cream F49 “Aircraft Recognition Cards” set consists of the following 42 cards. The following images were scanned from the Kramer Collection³ and the Skytamer Archive4. Behind each of the thumbnail images is a 600-dpi image of the card.
The following checklist lists the 42 cards in the Hood Country Peach Ice Cream “Aircraft Recognition Cards” F49 series. Remember that this is an “unnumbered” set of cards. The numbers shown in the checklist are merely the alphabetical sequence of the individual cards.
According to the Hood website¹, Hood Country Peach Ice Cream is no longer their product line.
A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer of Roll-EZ Wheels, Inc. for helping us with this collection. be sure to visit Al's website via the link below.
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