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Doeskin “Wings” (F381)
Doeskin Tissue Airplane Cards, United States


  • Series Title: Wings
  • ACC No.: F381
  • Manufactured by: Doeskin Products, Inc.
  • Packaged with: Doeskin Tissues
  • Number of Cards: 80 (numbered from 1 to 80)
  • Card Dimensions (measured): 4⅜ × 2⅝ inches (111.125 × 66.675 mm)
  • Circa: 1955
  • Checklist: Download

Overview


The Topps “Wings” series of 200 artwork pictures of airplanes is one of the most commonly-encountered of Topps early non-sports issues. First listed in the 1953 edition of the American Card Catalog, and assigned the ACC Number of R707-4, the “Wings” box bears a 1952 copyright date. The color paintings of planes, created from actual photographs provided by the Herald Tribune, are captioned on the front in large white letters. The card number is found on the Back in a red panel, along with a written description of the aircraft and a “Friend or Foe” quiz (answer given on the next card in the sequence).

In 1955 “Topps struck a deal with Doeskin Tissues in as that brand made a major relaunch of their product. The first 80 cards from the Topps R707-4 “Wings” set was used to generate the Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) set of 80 airplane cards. The F381 set was reprinted on the cardboard that served to stiffen small, personal sized tissue packs. These have elongated side borders, as the cards as originally issued were smaller than the stiffeners, so Doeskin cards measure 4⅜ × 2⅝ inches (111.125 × 66.675 mm), although the illustration area is unchanged from the originals.

“The Doeskin (F381) “Wings” card Backs are identical to the Topps (R707-4) issues except the “TCG” indicia has been replaced by Doeskin's. These cards look quite odd when fist encountered and the lack of Topps manufacturing information is curious. Perhaps Topps just realized that the artwork still had value even if there was an abundant overstock of Wings cards still available. As noted above, the cards in the Doeskin “Wings” (F381) set are comprised of the first 80 cards from the Topps “Wings;”. The ACC Number for the set is F381.

Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) Image-Guide


The 1955 Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) Image-Guide contains 600-dpi computer enhanced images the fronts and Backs of all 80 cards in the set. Since we had a limited number of F381 cards, the below computer “enhanced” computer F381 images were derived from the Topps “Wings” (R707-4) images. As with the Topps “Wings” set, blemishes have been removed, border lines reinforced, the outer margins whitened and the images re-centered. Click on the individual thumbnail images to reveal 600-dpi images.

Wrappers and Display Boxes


To the best of our knowledge, there are only two additional collectibles associated with Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) set of 80 Airplane Cards: (1) The Doeskin Tissues retail store display box, and (2) the Doeskin Tissue pack wrapper. Both are shown below.

Checklist


We have included two versions of the Doeskin Tissues “Wings - Friend or Foe” (F381) checklist: (1) The web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format version. “Click” on the PDF icon below the checklist table.

1955 “Wings” (F381)
Doeskin Tissues
CHECKLIST
x(Manufacturer) Card Title / Description
1(Lockheed) T-33 / U.S. Air Force Jet Trainer
2(Mikoyan Gurevich) MiG-15 / Russian Jet Fighter
3(Fairchild) XC-120 Pack Plane / U.S. Air Force Transport
4(Avro) Lincoln / British Bomber
5(North American) F-51 Mustang / U.S. Air Force Fighter
6(Beechcraft) AT-7 Navigator / U.S. Air Force Light Transport
7(Consolidated) PBY Catalina / U.S. Navy Patrol Bomber
8(Douglas) B-26 Invader / U.S. Air Force Light Bomber
9(Republic) XF-91 / U.S. Air Force Jet Fighter
10(Vought) F7U Cutlass / U.S. Navy Jet Fighter
11(de Havilland) Vampire / British Jet Fighter
12(English Electric) B-57 Canberra / British Jet Bomber
13(Short) Sunderland / British Patrol Flying Boat
14(Consolidated) PB4Y-2 Privateer / U.S. Navy Patrol Bomber
15(North American) T-28 / U.S. Air Force Advanced Trainer
16(Westland) Wyverne Mk. 2 / British Turbo-Prop Fighter
17(Boulton Paul) Balliol T. Mk. 2 / British Advanced Trainer
18(Republic) F-47 Thunderbolt / U.S. Air Force Fighter
19(Piasecki) HUP-1 / U.S. Navy Helicopter
20(Handley Page) Hermes / British Civil Transport
21(Ryan) L-17 Navion / U.S. Air Force Liaison Civil Private Plane
22(Douglas) F3D Skyknight / U.S. Navy Jet All Weather Fighter
23(Martin) AM Mauler / U.S. Navy Attack Plane
24(Consolidated Vultee) B-36 / U.S. Air Force Strategic Bomber
25(Grumman) F8F Bearcat / U.S. Navy Fighter
26(Lockheed) F-80 Shooting Star / U.S. Air Force Fighter-Bomber
27(Supermarine) Sea Attacker / British Navy Jet Fighter
28(Grumman) F6F Hellcat / U.S. Navy Fighter
29(Lockheed) P2V Neptune / U.S. Navy Patrol Bomber
30(Canada) Jetliner / Canadian Civil Jet Transport
31(Lockheed) C-121 Constellation / U.S. Air Force Transport
32(Douglas) C-74 Globemaster 1 / U.S. Air Force Strategic Transport
33(Republic) F-84F / U.S. Air Force Jet Fighter-Bomber
34(Chance Vought) F4U Corsair / U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Fighter
35(Fairey) Firefly / British Navy Fighter
36(Northrop) C-125 Raider / U.S. Air Force Assault Transport
37(Curtiss) C-46 Commando / U.S. Navy-R5C
38(Petlyakov) PE-2 / Russian Attack Bomber
39(Grumman) AF Guardian / U.S. Navy Attack Plane
40(Fairchild) C-82 Packet / U.S. Air Force Transport
41(Lockheed) R60 Constitution / U.S. Navy Strategic Transport
42(Ilyushin) IL-12 / Russian Transport
43(Handley Page) Hastings / British Military Transport
44(North American) AJ Savage / U.S. Navy, Composite Powered Attack Bomber
45(North American) F-82 Twin-Mustang / U.S. Air Force Fighter
46(Douglas) XF4D Skyray / U.S. Navy Jet Fighter
47(North American) T-6 Texan / U.S. Air Force Trainer
48(Chase) C-123 Avitruk / U.S. Air Force Transport
49(Martin) JRM Mars / U.S. Navy Transport
50(Gloster) Meteor / British Jet Fighter
51(Boeing) B-29 Superfortress / U.S. Air Force Strategic Bomber
52(Ilyushin) IL-10 / Russian Assault Bomber
53(North American) B-45 Tornado / U.S. Air Force Jet Bomber
54(Lavochkin) LA-5 / Russian Fighter
55(de Havilland) Comet / British Jet Transport
56(Bell) H-13D / U.S.A.F. & Army Helicopter
57(Petlyakov) PE-8 / Russian Heavy Bomber
58(Boeing) C-97 Stratofreighter / U.S. Air Force Strategic Transport
59(Piasecki) H-21 / U.S. Air Force Transport Helicopter
60(McDonnell) FH-1 Phantom / U.S. Navy Jet Fighter
61(Boeing) B-47 Stratojet / U.S. Air Force Strategic Jet Bomber
62(de Havilland Canada) L-20 Beaver / U.S. Navy Jet Fighter
63(North American) FJ Fury / U.S. Navy Jet Fighter
64(Lockheed) F-94 / U.S. Air Force Jet Interceptor Fighter
65(Avro) Shackleton / British Patrol Bomber
66(Sikorsky) S-51 Helicopter / U.S. Air Force
67(Douglas) A-20 Havoc / U.S. Air Force-Light Bomber
68(Ilyushin) IL-2 Stormovik / Russian Assault Bomber
69(Fairchild) C-119 Packet / U.S. Air Force Transport
70(Douglas) DC-4 Skymaster / C-54 - U.S. Air Force transport
71(North American) F-86 Saber / U.S. Air Force Jet Fighter
72(de Havilland) Venom / British Jet Fighter
73(Sikorsky) H-19 / U.S. Air Force Helicopter
74(Eastern Aircraft) TBM Avenger / U.S. Navy Torpedo Bomber
75(Avro Canada) CF-100 Canuck / Canadian Jet Interceptor
76(Republic) F-84 Thunderjet / U.S. Air Force Fighter-Bomber
77(North American) F-86D / U.S. Air Force Jet Interceptor
78(Hawker) Sea Hawk / British Navy Jet Fighter
79(Grumman) SA-16 Albatross / U.S. Navy Utility Amphibian
80(Martin) 202 / Civil Airline Transport
Doeskin Tissue Pack Wrapper
Doeskin “Wings” Retail Store Box

Contributors


John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved Back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this Skytamer.com website in 1998. The Skytamer.com site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it Back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the Skytamer.com is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the Skytamer.com website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the Skytamer.com website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.

Pete D'Luhosch — Pete is a retired IBM programmer/manager who lives in upstate New York. He graduated from Union College (Schenectady, New York) in 1963, with a degree in English Literature. Pete's 38-year IBM career, at their semiconductor development and manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York, spanned the time from punched cards and hard wired “unit record” machines being the norm, up to the time when computers were populated with chips containing millions of transistors that were “printed” on 12-inch silicon wafers. Pete's introduction to computers came on an IBM 1401 computer that was as big as a refrigerator and had an astonishing 4k of memory. Pete then learned IBM 360 programming and for many years worked on application programming at IBM East Fishkill. He eventually moved on to systems analysis and then held various management positions in support of chip manufacturing and statistical analysis. When he retired, Pete was a programmer/analyst in a staff department supporting the Director of the East Fishkill Semiconductor Laboratory.

Pete's interest in card collecting came, as many did, with baseball cards in the early '50s. The 1951 Bowman baseball card set is still his favorite. Sad to say, all Pete's cards disappeared while he was in college. He rekindled his love of cards in the late '70s, working on Topps baseball card sets with his kids, and attempting to re-create some of his sets from the '50s. When baseball cards became too expensive, Pete remembered another set he once collected: the 1952 Topps Wings set. On a whim, he bought a couple of them on eBay, just to see if they were still as cool as he remembered. Naturally, that led to years of trying to complete the set in the best condition he could find. Today, Pete's collecting interest lies almost exclusively with airplane cards from the World War II and Korean War periods. Some of Pete's card sets can be found on the SGC Registry.

Pete has written articles on the 1951 Bowman baseball card set for Sports Collectors Digest and articles on Topps Wings and Card-O Aeroplanes for The Wrapper. He has developed his own website that contains a lot of airplane and baseball card reference material. The website can be found at https://www.pjdenterprises.com.

References


  1. Shupek, John A. (Skytamer Images). Card scans from the Skytamer Images Collection
  2. D'Luhosch, Peter. Scans of “Wings” wrappers
  3. Hornish, David. “THE MODERN HOBBY GUIDE TO TOPPS CHEWING GUM: 1938 to 1956” PDF copy or hardcopy

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