“Zoom Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ”
“ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” Series Overview
The “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” cards issued with “Zoom Bubble Gum ” by Gum Products, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts during 1940 to 1941, is undoubtedly one of the most challenging sets of airplane cards for collectors to acquire. Overall there are 175 images and 775 cards associated with the “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” series. The “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” series is divided into three distinct subsets.
“ZOOM Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ” (500 Cards)
The “ZOOM Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ” contains a new series of 100 different aircraft images. The cards are numbered from 101 to 200. This series also uses the same color borders as in the second series, but also adds a red border series. The border colors associated with the series are therefore; Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, and Red. “ZOOM Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ” does not contain cards with white borders.
One can easily see that the best way to collect the “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” series is by card number only. Collecting all 775 cards would be a monumental task, but not impossible. The “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” series cards periodically pop-up for auction on eBay. However, it is quite rare to find the higher grade cards. The ZOOM Series 2 and ZOOM Series 3 colored cards are seldom seen on eBay auctions. The colored cards for the two series, particularly the higher grade cards, are very sought after by collectors.
“ZOOM Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ” Image Guide
“ZOOM Airplane Pictures, Series 3 ” Checklist
We have included two versions of checklist: (1) the web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format checklist.
"ZOOM Airplane Pictures" Series Wrappers
There appears to be three wrappers variations associated with the “ZOOM Airplane Pictures ” series. The first has a red, white and blue center with six airplanes “Zooming ” in the top panel. It does not have a copyright date printed on it and was probably used for the first series of 75 cards.
The second wrapper has a different design in the center, which is orange with green accents. It bears a copyright date of 1941 and has two different mail offers printed on the top and bottom panels. The top offer is for a 12-page album containing photographs of “72 of the finest and best airplanes in the world ” (25 “Zoom ” wrappers plus 10 cents). The promotion on the bottom pane offered a choice of any two large (9½" × 12½") airplane pictures, plus a surprise, also for 25 “Zoom ” wrappers and 10 cents. Because this second wrapper advertises a “New Series, ” collectors believe it was used to market the 101-200 sequence of cards. ”
The third wrapper is a variation of the 1941 wrapper show above, without the price information. This variation also has an offer expiration date of Dec. 31, 1942 rather than the 1941 expiration date shown on the Wrapper 2 design. All of the other features of the wrapper appear to be the same as the Wrapper 2 design.
A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer of Roll-EZ Wheels for loaning us his ZOOM Airplanes, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 collections and Album to scan. “Click ” on Al's card below to visit his website.
Also a very special thanks also to Bob Dros of BEL-AIR MODELS of Amsterdam, Netherlands for supplying us with some of the ZOOM Airplanes, Series 3 scans shown above. BEL-AIR MODELS is the manufacturer of solid Perspex aircraft models. Each model is hand carved from a solid block, polished and painted with the airbrush to a very fine degree. Windows are kept clear for the see-through effect. The models are of museum quality, and in scale 1:72. (unless indicated otherwise). The types are chosen from the range of airliners of the Golden Age of aviation, roughly the period from 1920-1955, and most of them stem from the two decades before the second world war. A range of military airplanes is also part of the Bel-Air Models catalog. So far more than 120 types have been released, and found their way all over the world. Use the link below to see their catalogue showing the models that are released thus far.
Bob also has written a book about the Wright Flyers. It is a collection of the various airplane cards that feature the Wright Flyers.
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