1890s Aeroplanes (K110)
International Coffee Co., New York City, New York, USA

Series Title: Aeroplanes
Issued by: International Coffee Company
Country of origin: New York City, New York, USA
Printed in: Germany
Year issued: 1890’s to early 1900’s
Type of card: Coffee Insert
Number of Cards: 12
Numbering: Unnumbered
Card Dimensions: 106 × 71 mm

This is an interesting FYI set of early aviation Coffee Insert Cards. According to American Card Catalog [2]: (1) the title of the set is Aeroplanes, (2) there are 12 cards in the set, and (3) the ACC reference number is K110. The American Card Catalog also notes that these types of insert cards were popular for a few years around 1890. At this point we’re not sure what the actual date of issue was.

The fronts of the cards contain detailed and attractive color artwork of scenes featuring Aeroplanes/Airships. Even though the set is titled Aeroplanes, the only three cards we have in our collection feature Airships. A close look in the lower left-hand corner of the artwork shows that the cards were printed in Germany. The backs of the cards feature descriptive text and brand advertising.


Currently we have the following three cards in our collection.

Partial Checklist

Checklist (Front Title / Back Title)
Airship of the English Army / British Airships
German Military Airships / German Military Airship
The Zeppelin Airship / Zeppelin
Need 600-dpi scans of the fronts and backs of nine missing cards


  1. John A. Shupek: Card images via the Skytamer Archive Digital Image Database.
  2. Burdick, J.R., The American Card Catalog, The Standard Guide on All Collected Cards and Their Values, Kistler Printing Company, East Stroudsburg, PA, 1960, pp. 94

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