1929 “Types of Aeroplanes” (M164-46)
Murray Sons & Co. Ltd., 25-Tobacco insert cards, Whitehall Tobacco Works, Belfast, Ireland
Series Title: Types of Aeroplanes
World Tobacco Issues Index: M164-46
Issued by: Murray Sons & Co. Ltd.
Issued with: Murray Cigarettes
Country: Whitehall Tobacco Works, Belfast, Ireland
Number of Cards: 25
Card Numbering: 1 - 25 on card back
Type of Card: Tobacco insert
Card Dimensions: 66 × 36 mm
Circa 1929, the Murray Sons & Co. Ltd., Bristol, Northern Ireland, issued this set of 25 "Types of Aeroplanes" cigarette cards. The cards were issued as inserts into Murray's cigarette cards packs. At this point, we do not know the exact brand names of the cigarettes. The cards measure 66 × 36 mm, and are assigned the World Tobacco Issues Index reference number M164-46.
The card fronts feature "Aeroplane" development, starting with the end of World War I up through 1929. The card fronts contain colored drawings of "Aeroplanes" with planes no captions or product advertisements. The Aeroplane drawing is surrounded by a thin black frame, contained within a white margin. The set contains 23 British, 1 American, and 1 German built aircraft.
The card backs feature a standardized framed advertising logo which includes the set title, the length of the series, and the manufacturer. The area within the logo contains the card number, card title, and a semi-detailed description of the Aeroplane.
One card is extremely interesting. Card #22, titled "Heliocopter" features an early attempt at a helicopter design with counter-rotating rotor blades. However, in this case the rotor blades were made up of 8 sets of biplane wings mounted on duel counter-rotating shafts. This indicates that the designers of the "Heliocopter" were cognizant of the effects of torque on the physical rotation of the aircraft and used counter-rotation to mitigate the problem. Their concept was sound, however, they were years ahead of the material needed to fabricate the rotor blades. The rotor blades would appear approximately 10 years later with the invention of the Autogiro.
The following reference card shows the fronts and backs of a typical 1929 “Types of Aeroplanes” (M164-46) card. Click on the card images to reveal full-size computer-enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.
The following Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 25 cards in the M164-46 set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the (M164-46) Image-Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this article.
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.
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