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1935 “Famous British Airmen & Airwomen” (L8-46)
By: John A. Shupek (Skytamer.com)


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Set Overview


  • Series Title: Famous British Airmen & Airwomen
  • World Tobacco Issues Index №: L8-46
  • Issued by: The Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd.
  • Issued with: Lambert & Butler's Cigarettes
  • Country: UK
  • Number of Cards: 25
  • Card Numbering: 1 to 25
  • Type of Card: Tobacco Insert Card
  • Card Dimensions: 1.42 × 2.68 in (36.15 × 68.16 mm)
  • Circa: 1935
  • Checklist: Download Set's Checklist

During 1935, The Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd. issued a 25-card set of “Famous British Airmen & Airwomen” tobacco insert trading cards that were issued with Lambert & Butler's Cigarettes. The cards measure 1.42 × 2.68 in (36.15 × 68.16 mm), and are assigned the World Tobacco Issues Index № L8-46.

During the 1930s, also known as the “Golden Age of Flight”, new aircraft, new aviation records, and new famous pilots, were taking place almost daily on both sides of the pond. This particular set is a snapshot in time, celebrating the achievements of noteworthy British airmen and airwomen. Both the fronts and the backs of the cards are presented in a portrait (vertical) format.

The fronts of the cards feature a very well done black-and-white drawing of one of the famous British airmen or airwomen with the name of the person located on the bottom of the card serving as the card's subject title. The top of the card fronts bear the caption “Lambert & Butler's Cigarettes” from which this particular set was packaged with. The backs of the cards feature a boxed vertical stack of the following 7 items with the fist 6 items within th box:

  1. The set title: “FAMOUS BRITISH AIRMEN & AIRWOMEN”
  2. Series length: “A Series of 25”
  3. Card number: i.e. “3”
  4. Subject: i.e. “Miss Jean Batten”
  5. Biography: A brief biography of the subject celebrity's achievements.
  6. Issuer: “LAMBERT & BUTLER”
  7. Manufacturers tag-line (unboxed): “ISSUED BY THE IMPERIAL TOBACCO CO. (OF GREAT BRITAIN &. IRELAND), LTD.

The overall set as a nice eye appeal and is particularly helpful as a historical starting point for those individuals interested in aviation history of the mid-1930s.

The following reference card shows the fronts and backs of a typical 1935 “Famous British Airmen & Airwomen” (L8-46) card. Click on the card images to reveal full-size computer enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.

Set Image-Guide


The following 1935 “Famous British Airmen & Airwomen” (L8-46) 25-card set by The Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd., UK, Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 25 cards in the L8-46 set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this article.

ORIGINAL SCANS
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Set Checklist


We have provided two versions of the checklist for this set: (1) An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and (2) the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access on print-out the PDF checklist version.

SET CHECKLIST
xCard Title
1Flight-Lieut. R. L. R. Atcherley
2Captain C. D. Barnard
3Miss Jean Batten
4The Duchess of Bedford
5T. Campbell Black
6Flight-Lieut. J. N. Boothman
7Captain H. S. Broad
8H. L. Brook
9Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce
10Flight-Lieut. P. W. S. Bulman
11The Marquess of Clydesdale
12Sir Alan Cobham
13Captain G. de Havilland
14Squadron-Leader O. R. Gayford
15Captain W. L. Hope
16Air Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith
17C. J. Melrose
18Mrs. Amy Mollison
19J. A. Mollison
20Wing-Commander A. H. Orlebar
21Flight-Lieut. H. M. Schofield
22C. W. A. Scott
23Flight-Lieut. G. H. Stainforth
24Flight-Lieut. C. S. Staniland
25Captain C. F. Uwins

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.

References


  1. Shupek, John A. “Famous British Airmen & Airwomen“, (L8-46), The Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd..” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2017. Digital Image Database.

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