A History of Aviation (L8-52-A, Green Fronts)
Lambert & Butler, 1932, UK

Series Title: A History of Aviation (Green Fronts)
World Tobacco Issues Index No.: L8-52-A
Issued by: Lambert & Butler
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Year issued: 1932
Type of card: Tobacco
Number of Cards: 25
Numbering: 1 to 25 on reverse side
Card Dimensions: 67 × 36 mm
Checklist: Checklist


The “A History of Aviation” is a series of 25 “aeroplane” cigarette trade cards issued by Lambert & Butler during 1932. The set is referred to as the “green front” set due to the green tint on the fronts the cards. The “landscape” images on the card fronts feature a chronology of aviation attempts, milestones, and significant aeroplanes from the 1843 Cayley “Aerial Carriage” up to the 1931 Vickers Supermarine Roll-Royce S.6.B. The card fronts have a white border with a thin black border-line surrounding the image. The card titles are centered beneath the image area within the white border. A “Lambert & Butler’s Cigarettes” advertising line is included within the image area.

The Backs of the cards are presented in a “portrait” format. The card Backs include the set title “A History of Aviation,” the series length “A Series of 25,” the card number, a descriptive text of the subject aircraft, and the manufacturer’s information “Issued by Lambert & Butler, Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd.”

Image Guide

The following images shown the fronts and Backs of the 1932 “A History of Aviation” (Green Front) 25-card set by Lambert & Butler. Behind each thumbnail is a 600-dpi image that you my access.

1932 “A History of Aviation” (Green Fronts) Original Card Scans
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6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b
11 11b 12 12b 13 13b 14 14b 15 15b
16 16b 17 17b 18 18b 19 19b 20 20b
21 21b 22 22b 23 23b 24 24b 25 25b  


We have included the following two versions of the checklist: (1) the web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format checklist.

1932 “A History of Aviation” (Green Fronts)
Issued by Lambert & Butler
Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland) Ltd.

xCard Title
1Cayley’ “Aerial Carriage.” 1843
2Henson & Stringfellow’s Model Aeroplane, 1843-7
3Stringfellow’s Model Aeroplane, 1848
4Maxim’s Experimental Aeroplane, 1894
5A Lilienthal Glider, 1895
6A Pilcher Glider, 1896
7Chanute Type Glider, 1897
8Langley’s “Aerodrome,” 1903
9Wright Aeroplane, 1903
10Santos-Dumont’s “14 Bis,” 1908
11Voisin Biplane, 1907-8
12Santos-Dumont’s “La Demoiselle,” 1908
13A.V. Roe’s Triplane, 1909
14Bleriot’s Monoplane, 1909
15Rumpler Monoplane, 1909-11
16Short Float-Seaplane, 1912
17Maurice Farman “Shorthorn” Biplane, 1914
18Avro Biplane Type 504, 1914
19Short “Shirl” Torpedo Carrier, 1917
20Vickers-Vimy Rolls-Royce Aeroplane, 1919
21De Havilland “Moth” Light Aeroplane, 1926
22Fairey IIIF Biplane, 1926-27
23Junkers Monoplane “Bremen,” 1928
24Short “Kent” Flying-Boat, 1931
25Vickers Supermarine Rolls-Royce S.6.B., 1931


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 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 eligible for the consideration on the website. John always welcome 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. Shupek, John A. “A History of Aviation (L8-52-A) (Lambert & Butler).” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2010. Digital Image Database.
  2. Murray Cards Ltd., 2008 Catalogue of Cigarette and other Trade Cards, Murray Cards (International) Limited, London, England, 2008, ISBN 0-946942-29-3, pp. 68

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