“Airplanes” (F49)
Hood Country Peach Ice Cream, 42-cards, United States

  • Series Title: “Airplanes”
  • American Card Catalog No.: F49
  • Manufactured by: HP Hood LLC, Lynnfield, MA
  • Packaged with: Hood Country Peach Ice Cream
  • Number of Cards: 42-cards
  • Numbering: unnumbered
  • Card Dimensions: 2¼ × 3½ inches with rounded corners (PLC - Playing Card Format)
  • Circa: 1952

Hood® Company Overview ¹

For more than 160 years, the name Hood® has been synonymous with fresh, quality dairy products that taste great. Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts by Harvey Perley Hood, the company has since extended its New England roots, and today Hood is a national company distributing dairy products throughout the United States. In fact, HP Hood LLC is now one of the country's largest branded dairy operators with 15 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. The company also maintains its own research and development operation, which supports the superior product quality and innovation that Hood® customers have come to expect.


Hood® branded lines of milk, cream, ice cream, cottage cheese and sour cream regularly rank among the top branded dairy products in New England. The Hood® family of products also includes Simply 7Smart® Milks, and Calorie Countdown® low calorie dairy beverages. Hood® also has national and super-regional franchise rights to process and sell extended-shelf-life products including LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, Fiber One Cottage Cheese, HERSHEY®'S Milk & Milkshakes and Almond Breeze® Almondmilk.

Hood® Ice Cream was introduced more than 100 years ago at a Hood® dairy bar on Beacon Street in Boston and quickly became New England's favorite frozen dessert. In 1972, Hood® became the first dairy in the United States to produce Frozen Yogurt. Today, Hood® remains committed to superior product quality and continues to be an innovator in the frozen dessert category, offering a wide selection of ice cream varieties and flavors to choose from, including Hood® Ice Cream, Hood® New England Creamery Ice Cream, Hood® Fat Free Frozen Yogurt and Hood® Red Sox Ice Cream and Red Sox Ice Cream Singles.

The 1950s ²

Now that we've introduced you to the present Hood® company, let's take a look at a typical Hood's advertisement that promoted the airplane trading cards that were available upon purchase of Hood® Country Peach Ice Cream. The following advertisement and text for Hood® products was run in the Lewiston Daily Sun, Auburn, Maine, July 11, 1956. Additional ad copy adjacent to ad graphics “How to Feel like a Kid Again” are also presented below.


A heavenly old-fashioned dessert and a truly special guest treat. So right for warm weather refreshment. Get Hood Country Peach today … in half gallons as well as pints. It's the peachiest peach ice cream ever! And don't forget … for the kids … free airplane trading cards.

How to Feel like a Kid Again

Remember how you used to sit eagerly in the kitchen hoping for sample when Mother was cutting up the fruit for her own peach ice cream? Remember how diligently you turn the old crank freezer so you'd have first chances at licking the paddle when the job was done?

Well, in this modern day and age freezing equipment has had to change. But one thing Hood has never changed is that nostalgic country-kitchen quality. Hood still uses lots of peaches and lots of rich, heavy cream to create that wonderful flavor that really takes you Back to feeling like a kid again.

The peaches themselves are part of the secret. Some varieties just turn to chunks of ice when frozen in ice cream. Others to do the exact opposite - fall apart completely. But the Rio Oso variety grown only in Southern California is absolutely ideal for ice cream. And that's what Hoods been buying for years!

When our buyers visit an orchard they have instructions to select only the top grade peaches … and to assist on tree ripening. With peaches, as with any fruit, the flavor is far superior when they're really ripe.

When the peaches reach this peak of flavor, they're carefully picked and rushed immediately to nearby packers to be peeled, cut, sugared and quick-frozen while still at the height of goodness. Within 24 hours they're ready for the quick trip east by railroad refrigerator car.

Tons of the special peaches are shipped to us during the growing season. Each day fresh batches of this Hood Country Peach Ice Cream are made and each batch is filled with tasty bite-size pieces of fruit for real, honest-to-goodness peach flavor.

Now, of course, Hood could use one of the less expensive varieties of peach … or we could risk flavor loss by cutting down on the amount of peach. But that's not the Hood way. The expert personal selection of superior tree-ripened peaches and the fastidious care taken to make Hood Country Peach Ice Cream the best are typical of the extra precautions taken to make all Hood products extra good.

Whether it's Country Peach Ice Cream, Milk or Cottage Cheese, no wonder Hood is the name you and your family know you can trust.”

Lewiston Daily Sun, Aurburn, Maine, 11 July 1956, pg. 12

Airplane Cards Overview

During the early 1950s, a series of 42/43-card airplane card sets were issued by 3-Minute Oats (F285) “Airplanes” 42-cards; five different sets of F270-1 Carnation Corn Flakes airplane cards F270-1 Sets Overview 42/42/42/43/42-card sets (F270-1); Hood Country Peach Ice Cream (F49); Whitman Publishing (12-cards); and the Oak Manufacturing Company's 42-card set of “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes&rdquo (R724-1). All of these “Airplanes” sets shared the same color photo/artwork. The five sets of Carnation Corn Flakes (F270-1), Hood Country Peach Ice Cream (F49) and the 3-Minute Oats (F285) sets were borderless PLC designs with rounded corners. The Whitman sets were also borderless, but had square corners. However, the “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes” (R724-1) set was of a conventional trading card design with square corners and substantial borders around the airplane photo image. The Backs of the cards all had simplistic three-view OML (outer mold line) drawings of the subject aircraft, along with a brief narrative about the aircraft. The F49 cards measure 2½ × 3½ inches. The American Card Catalog reference number for the set is F49.

Image Guide 3,4

The Hood Peach Ice Cream F49 “Airplanes” set consists of the following 42 cards. The following images were scanned from the Kramer Collection³ and the Skytamer Archive4. Behind each of the thumbnail images is a 600-dpi image of the card.


The following checklist lists the 42 cards in the Hood Country Peach Ice Cream “Airplanes” F49 series. Remember that this is an “unnumbered” set of cards. The numbers shown in the checklist are merely the alphabetical sequence of the individual cards.

“Airplanes” (F49)
Hood Country Peach Ice Cream
N/AXCard Title
1Bell 47-D Helicopter
2Bell X-1
3Boeing B-29 Superfortress
4Boeing B-47
5Boeing B-50 Superfortress
6Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter
7Boeing Stratocruiser
8Chance Vought F7U-1 Cutlass
9Convair B-36 Bomber
11Convair Turboliner
12Convair XB-46 Bomber
13Convair XF-81 Escort Fighter
14Convair XF-92 Delta Wing
15Douglas AD Skyraider
16Douglas C-124 — Globemaster
17Douglas D-558 Skystreak
18Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket
19Douglas Super DC-3
20Douglas DC-6A Liftmaster
21Grumman Albatross
22Grumman F9F-2 Panther
23Lockheed Constellation
24Lockheed Constitution
25Lockheed F-90 Penetration Fighter
26Lockheed F94-A All Weather Interceptor
27Lockheed P2V Neptune Patrol Bomber
28Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
29Martin 404 Transport
30Martin AM-1 Mauler
31Martin Caroline Mars
32Martin P4M-1 Mercator
33Martin XB-51
34North American AJ-1 Attack Bomber
35North American B-45 Tornado Jet Bomber
36North American F-86 Sabre
37North American T-28 Advanced Trainer
38Northrop F-89 Scorpion
39Northrop X-4
40Northrop YRB-49
41Republic F-84F Thunderjet (side view)
42Ryan Navion 205


According to the Hood website¹, Hood Country Peach Ice Cream is no longer their product line.


Albert “Al” B. Kramer — A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer, President of Roll-EZ Wheels, for loaning us his entire collection of over 200 Non-Sports aviation trading card sets to scan for our website. Without Al's generous help, the scope of the airplane trading cards on this website would be significantly less. Al is a retired Air Racing pilot who raced during the 1980s in his famous “Cobra #22” Biplane Air Racer (N12FE). After his Air Racing career, Al went on to become Owner and President of San-Val Aviation located at the Van Nuys Airport. Al recently “retired” and turned his hobby of large scale model trains into “Roll-EZ Wheels”. Roll-EZ Wheels specializes in the finest large scale model train wheels, and other exclusive products strictly for large scale model trains! Be sure to visit Al's Roll-EZ Wheels website.

Al's Non-Sports card collection consists of War Cards, Presidents, Indians, Cars, Boats, Ships, Planes, Rockets, Movie Stars, Dogs, Licence Plates, Flags of the World, Headlines, Cigarette, and Cereal cards. Al's collection includes the first-known example of the Carnation “Airplane Flash Cards” (F270-1A2) Douglas D558-2 “Red Skyrocket”. Al obtained the Carnation “Red Skyrocket” card in a group of 12 different cards that he bought on eBay. He originally thought that the cards were a batch of Nabisco cards until he turned over the “Red Skyrocket” card and it instantly became Al's most prized Non-Sports card. Al believes that the “Red Skyrocket” was made as a sample for Carnation and somehow got into circulation. The Carnation “Red Skyrocket“ (Douglas D-558-2) was an artist drawing, while the Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket” included in both the Carnation F270-1A2 & F270-1A21 (single line) and the F270-1B (two-line) normal circulation sets were color photos, rather than drawings. As a sidenote, the Douglas D-558-1 “Red Skystreak” was also an artist drawing, but went into general circulation and was included in the three other Carnation sets. All of the other cards in both of the Carnation sets appear to be photographs.

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 NPOs 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 website in 1998. The 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 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 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 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.


  1. HP Hood LLC website
  2. Lewiston Daily Sun, Aurburn, Maine, 11 July 1956, pg. 12
  3. Kramer, Albert B. F49 high-resolution scan of cards fronts and Backs
  4. Shupek, John A., Card images via the Skytamer Archive

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