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1955 “Planes, Series 2” (W452-2)
Exhibit Supply Company, United States


  • Series Title: Planes, Series 2 (aka “New Jet Planes”)
  • American Card Catalog Number: W452-2
  • Issued by: Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, IL
  • Card Type: Vending machine
  • Number of Cards: 64
  • Card Dimensions (measured): 3.31 × 5.31 inches (130 × 209 mm)
  • Circa: 1955+
  • Checklist: Download

Overview 1,2


The leader in the field of cards retailed in vending machines without merchandise was the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago, hence the general term “Exhibit” for these cards. The “Exhibit” cards were designed to be sold direct, without a product, which was the distinguishing feature of the cards.

Card vending machines were mostly found in arcades and amusement centers, although they were not confined to these locations. The issues started about 1920, which makes Exhibit just about the oldest continuous issuer of cards in the business. Standard Exhibits cards are 3⅜ × 5⅜ inches, post card size on thick card stock, and many have post card Backs, although the usual Back is blank. Most of the recent issues have no identification of the supplier, usually just “Printed in U.S.A.” Other sizes and thicknesses of cards are known for other firms, and also some cards may well have been machine cards. Black and white, and tan sepia, are the common colors, particularly for the photo types.

The “Exhibit” photo type airplane cards were issued in a least four separate series. The first series, “Planes, Series 1” (aka “Jet Planes”) consisting of 64 cards, was issued in 1955 with an ACC number of W452-1. It is identified by the phrase “Printed in U.S.A.” in both black and white. The second series, also issued in 1955 “Planes, Series 2” (aka “New Jet Planes”) also consists of 64 cards. This series is identified by the phrase “Made in the U.S.A.” and has an ACC number of W452-2. The third series, which is not cataloged in the NSB² is titled “Aircraft”. Though not catalogued in the NSB, the logical ACC number for this set is W452-3. This set also bears the “Printed in U.S.A.” caption. This 3rd set was most likely issued in the 1956 timeframe or later since the Convair F-106A #9 card has a 1956 tail number. The fourth set in the series is titled “Missile” and was most likely issued during the 1958 or later timeframe since the Nike Hercules shown on card #15 became operational in 1958. Again, we have assumed a sequential ACC number of W452-4. We are also assuming that the number of cards in both the 3rd and 4th sets are also 64. The checklists for the 3rd and 4th sets are incomplete, so the 64 cards per set is only an assumption. Any help would be appreciated to finalize the composition of the 3rd and 4th sets. Sample cards from each of the four sets are shown below. You may also “click” on these images to reveal 600-dpi computer enhanced images of the card.

1955 “Planes, Series 2” (“Made in U.S.A.” Series) Image Guide ³


The following 1955 “Planes, Series 2” 64-card set by the Exhibit Supply Company (W452-2) Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts of the 64-cards in the set. The Backs of the cards are blank and therefore not included. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access.

1955 “Planes, Series 2” (“Made in U.S.A.” Series) Checklist


We have provided two versions of the “Planes, Series 2” 64-airplane card set issued by the Exhibit Supply Company during 1955. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1955 “Planes, Series 2” (W452-2)
Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, Illinois
CHECKLIST
xCard Titles
1LOCKHEED F94
2DOUGLAS F3D SKYNIGHT Twin Jet Fighter US Navy
3DOUGLAS XF4D SKYRAY Jet Fighter US Navy
4DOUGLAS AD SKYRAIDER Attack Bomber US Navy
5LOCKHEED F80
6DOUGLAS F3D SKYNIGHT Twin Jet Fighter US Navy
7DOUGLAS AD SKYRAIDER Attack Bomber US Navy
8NORTHROP X4 US AIR FORCE Exceeds speed of sound
9NORTHROP FLYING WING YB-49
10NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION F86 SABRE Jet Fighter 710 MPH US Air Force
11NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION B-45 TORNADO Four Jet Bomber, US Air Force
12VOUGHT F7U CUTLAS Navy Fighter Plane
13NORTHROP RAIDER C-125 USAF Arctic Rescue Transport
14NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION FJ-1 FURY Single Jet Fighter US Navy
15NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION RB-45C Four Jet Bomber US Air Force
16VOUGHT F7U CUTLAS Navy Fighter Plane
17MARTIN XB-51 US AIR FORCE
18GRUMMAN GUARDIAN Anti-Submarine US Navy
19GRUMMAN MALLARD
20CONSOLIDATED VULTEE T-29 Navigational Trainer USAF
21MARTIN XB-51 US AIR FORCE
22GRUMMAN PANTHER Jet Fighter US Navy
23GRUMMAN ALBATROSS Rescue Amphibian USAF
24CONVAIR B-36D US AIR FORCE Intercontinental Strategic Bomber
25BOEING C-97A STRATOFREIGHTER USAF
26REPUBLIC F-84E THUNDERJET USAF
27BEECHCRAFT BONANZA
28PIASECKI XH-16 CAPSULE CARRIER World's Largest Helicopter
29CONSOLIDATED VULTEE AIRCRAFT 40 Passenger 300 MPH Transport
30REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERJET USAF
31BEECHCRAFT YT-34 TRAINER USAF
32PIASECKI HUP-1 HELICOPTER USN
33FAIRCHILD C-119 PACKET TRANSPORT USAF
34CHASE XC-123 US AIR FORCE Cargo and Troop Transport
35BOEING B-50B SUPERFORTRESS USAF
36BOEING B-47A STRATOJET BOMBER USAF
37PIASECKI HRP-2 HELICOPTER USN
38CHASE XC-123 US AIR FORCE Cargo and Troop Transport
39REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERJET USAF
40BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS USAF
41CONVAIR XP-46 US AIR FORCE Consolidated Vultee Jet Bomber
42CONSOLIDATED VULTEE XF-92A Supersonic Aircraft USAF
43P-59 BELL AIRCRAFT CORP. First Jet-propelled Plane in America
44MARTIN P4M-1 MERCATOR Long Range Patrol Plane USN
45CONSOLIDATED VULTEE RB-36D USAF Strategic Reconnaissance Bomber
46CONVAIR XP5Y-1 US NAVY Consolidated Vultee Super Seaplane
47BELL H-12 HELICOPTER USAF
48BELL X-1 BELL AIRCRAFT CORP. First Aircraft to Attain Supersonic Speeds
49McDONNELL XF-88 US AIR FORCE Twin Jet Penetration Fighter
50McDONNELL TWIN JET BANSHEE Carrier-based Fighter US Navy
51NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION AJ-2 USN Carrier Based Attack Bomber
52P-51 MUSTANG FIGHTER North American Aviation
53McDONNELL XF-88 US AIR FORCE Twin Jet Penetration Fighter
54McDONNELL TWIN JET BANSHEE Carrier Based Fighter US Navy
55NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION T-28 Advanced Trainer US Air Force
56NORTHROP SCORPION F-89 USAF
57DOUGLAS D-588-2 SKYROCKET USN Exceeds speeds of sound
58DOUGLAS D-588 SKYSTREAK USN
59LOCKHEED CONSTITUTION USN 92 Ton Transport 180 Passenger
60LOCKHEED P2V
61DOUGLAS A2D SKYSHARK USN
62DOUGLAS A2D SKYSHARK USN
63LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION
64LOCKHEED T33

References


  1. Burdick, J. R. “Exhibit Series.” The American Card Catalog. East Stroudsburg, PA: Kistler Printing, 1960. 184-85. Print.
  2. Watson, James C., M.D. “Planes.” Non-Sports Bible (NSB). Vol. I. Chelsea, MI: Sheridan, 2007. 642. Print.
  3. Shupek, John A. “Planes, Series 2 (W452-2) Exhibit Supply Company.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.

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