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Card-O “U.S. Navy - Series A”
Leaf Gum Company, United States, R112-6


  • Series Title: Card-O U.S. Navy - Series A
  • ACC No.: R112-6
  • Manufactured by: Leaf Gum Company
  • Number of Cards: 22 (w/o “Packed with CARD-O CHEWING GUM” line); 22 (with “Packed with CARD-O CHEWING GUM” line)
  • Numbering: unnumbered
  • Card Dimensions: 2¼ × 3½ inches with rounded corners (Playing Card Format)
  • Circa: World War II
  • Checklist: Download

R112-6 “U.S. Navy - Series A”


This wartime series of U.S. Navy Warship cards was issued by the Leaf Gum Company during World War II. The fronts of the cards feature a photo of a United States Navy warship. The warships range in size and function from the small Patrol Torpedo “PT” Boats to the giant Aircraft Carriers and Battleships. A white title strip denoting the name of the warship is located directly beneath the photo. It's interesting to note, that a blue filler strip is located to the left side of all the un-centered photos. A white disk with a black border and the letters “US” is located on the lower right hand corner of each image area. There were two types of backs associated with the set.

The Type 1 landscaped card backs have three vertical segments: (1) The card title on the top; (2) a brief history of the warship located below the title; and (3) a set identification notation on the bottom. The set identification notation reads “U.S. NAVY - Series A - 22 Cards.” The Type 2 landscaped card backs are identical to the Type 1 cards except for the addition of an advertising line at the bottom of the card. The line starts and ends with a star, with the notation “☆   Packed with CARD-O CHEWING GUM   ☆”. We currently have no information of the packaging scheme (i.e. wrappers, retail display boxes, etc.) for the series. The American Card Catalog reference number for the series is R112-6.

R112-6 Image Guide


Images of the fronts and backs of the 22 cards in each series are presented below.

Type 1 Series

Type 2 Series

Checklist


The Card-O “U.S. Navy - Series A” (R112-6) checklist page may be downloaded by clicking the “PDF” button below. This document is presented as an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format document.

Special Thanks


A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer, President of Roll-EZ Wheels, Inc., for helping us with this collection.

References


  1. Shupek, John A., Card images from the Skytamer Archive
  2. Kramer, Albert B., Card images from the Kramer Collection

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