1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”
Choicest Tips Tea, Bishops Stortford Dairy Farmers Ltd., United Kingdom

  • Series Title: History of Aviation, Second Series
  • Manufacturer: Bishops Stortford Dairy Products Ltd.
  • Card Type: Tea
  • Issued with: Choicest Tips Tea
  • Card Dimensions: 35.8 × 67.8 mm
  • Number of Cards in Set: 25
  • Card Numbers: 1 to 25
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom
  • Circa: 1964
  • Checklist: Download

1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”, Overview ¹

Bishops Stortford is a historic market town and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire in the county of Hertfordshire in England. It is situated just west of the M11 motorway, on the county boundary with Essex, and is the closest large town to London Stansted Airport and part of the London commuter belt. Bishop's Stortford is 27 miles (43 km) north east of Charing Cross in the center of London and 35 miles (56 km) from Liverpool Street station where the railway line from Cambridge to London, which runs through the town, terminates. The town has a population of 38,202.¹

During 1964, The Bishops Stortford Dairy Farmers Ltd., issued their “History of Aviation, Second Series of 25” airplane trading cards. The cards were packaged with their “Choicest Tips Tea”. The cards measure 35.8×67.8 mm, and chronicle a multitude of various types of aircraft from early transports to rocket ships. The card fronts feature aircraft color artwork surrounded by an ample white border and are devoid of any captions. The card fronts are predominately (21 cards) presented in a landscape format with four cards in a portrait format. The subject aircraft are from Great Britain, the United States, Germany, and France. The card Backs are presented in a portrait format, and are printed with a very light green ink. The information on the card Backs are stacked in the following vertical array: (1) set title, (2) series designator and number of cards in the set, (3) card number, (4) aircraft name, (5) descriptive text about the aircraft, and (6) four lines of advertising text.

1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”, Image Guide ²

The following “History of Aviation, 2nd Series” Image-Guide shows the fronts and Backs of all 25 cards. Behind each image is a 600-dpi card image that you may access.

1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”, Checklist

We have provided two versions of the 1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”, Choicest Tips Tea checklist. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1964 “History of Aviation, Second Series”
Choicest Tips Tea, Bishops Stortford Dairy Products Ltd., 25-Cards, UK
xCard Title
1Handley Page Hannibal
2Curtiss Hawk P-6-E
3The “Flying Flea”
4Dragon Rapide
5The Hindenburg
6Douglas X-19
7Mayo Composite Aircraft
8Sikorsky VS.300
9Junkers Ju.87B (Stuka)
10Bell X-1
11The “Bournemouth”
12D.H. Venom
13The “Flying Bedstead”
14The Pawnee
15Avro Vulcan
19D.H. Comet 4
21Short SC.1
22Viking Rocket
23Bristol 188
24Vickers VC.10


  1. Wikipedia, Bishop's Stortford
  2. Shupek, John A., Card images via the Skytamer Archive

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