1935-1939 Famous Airplane Pictures, 2nd Series (F277-1)
H.J. Heinz Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Series Title: Famous Airplane Pictures - 2nd Series
American Card Catalog №: F277-1
Manufactured by: H. J. Heinz Company
Country: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Number of Cards: 25
Card Dimensions: 1⅞ × 3 inches
Circa: 1935 through 1939
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During 1934-1935, the H. G. Heinz Company issued their first series of 25 “Famous Airplane Pictures” trade card set with the American Card Catalog number of F277-2. Chronologically, this set was Heinz’s first of two “Famous Airplane Pictures” trade card sets. Both sets were packaged with Heinz Breakfast Wheat and Heinz Rice Flakes breakfast cereals.

During the 1935-1939 timeframe, Heinz’s issued their second series of 25 “Famous Airplane Pictures” trade cards. The American Trade Card number for this set was F277-1.

Both the first (F277-2) and the second (F277-1) sets had multiple printings, and both sets shared identical checklists. The first set (F277-2), featured aircraft mostly in-flight, against a simplistic colored landscape background. This second said (F277-1), is by far the more attractive of the two series. The artwork for the second series (F277-1) is painted in beautiful pastels and presents a more realistic representation of the aircraft.

The two series are easily distinguishable from each other by the card numbers.. The first set (F277-2), lists the card number twice on both the card fronts and backs, except for the cards with generic backs. The second series (F277-1), of cards of lists the card number once on both the card fronts and backs. A comparison of the two series is shown below. The cards measure 1⅞ × 3 inches. The American Card Catalog reference number for this series is F277-1.

Multiple Printings

There were multiple printings of this second series (F277-1) during the 1935-1939 time frame. We know of seven distinct printings. The printing sequence number appears on the backs of the cards in the lower right hand corner. The seven printings are #23235 (20 August 1935), #9836 (7 April 1936), #14636 (25 May 1936), #13137 (11 May 1937), #3238 (2 February 1938), #22738 (15 August 1938), and #0969 (6 April 1939). 23235 means that the cards were printed on the 232nd day of 1935. 9836 translates to the 98th day of 1936, etc.


Modern Aviation Album

There were two different albums associated with the F277-1 and F277-2 “Famous Airplane Pictures” series. The first was printed in 1935 (#18235) in the second in 1937 (#13137). Obviously the 1937 album is the one that was associated with this series. Details of the 16-page #13137 album are shown below.


1935-1939 “Famous Airplane Pictures, 2nd Series” (F277-1)
H.J. Heinz Company, Pittsburg, PA, United States
Front Card Title / Back Card Title
1Roscoe Turner’s Original “57” Racer / Roscoe Turner’s Original “57” Racer
2Boeing 247 Transport / Boeing 247-D Transport
3Sikorsky Flying Boat S42 / Sikorsky S-42 Flying Boat
4Kinner Monoplane R-5 / Kinner Monoplane R-5
5Aeronca C3 / Aeronca C-3
6Douglas Amphibion / Douglas Amphibion
7Stinson Model / Stinson Model A
8Stearman Model 80 / Stearman Model 80
9Beechcraft / Beechcraft
10Lockheed Electra / Lockheed Electra
11Northrup Delta / Northrup Delta
12Waco Model D / Waco Model D
13Great Lakes Sport-Trainer / Great Lakes Sport-Trainer
14Kellett Autogiro K-4 / Kellett Autogiro K-4
15Pitcairn Autogiro Pa-19 / Pitcairn Autogiro PA-19
16Vought Corsair / Vought Corsair
17Fairchild 24 / Fairchild 24
18Curtiss-Wright Condor Transport / Curtiss-Wight Condor Transport
19Douglas DC-2 Transport / Douglas DC-2 Transport
20General Aviation GA-43 Transport / General Aviation GA-43 Transport
21Vultee Transport Monoplane / Vultee 1-A Transport
22Bellanca Aircruiser / Bellanca Aircruiser
23Amphibion Privateer P-3-B / Amphibion Privateer P-3 B
24The “YB” Martin Bomber / Martin Bomber
25Consolidated (Navy Patrol) / Consolidated Model P2Y-1
n/a      “Modern Aviation” Album (13137)


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  2. Watson, James C. M.: Non-Sports Bible (NSB). Vol. I. Chelsea, MI: Sheridan, 298-299. Print
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  4. John A. Shupek: The Skytamer Archive Digital Image Database

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