1953 “British Planes” (MON-1-2)
Morning Foods Ltd., UK, 25-card numbered set of airplane trading cards

  • Title: British Planes (numbered)
  • British Trade Index: MON-1-2
  • Issued by: Morning Foods Ltd., North Western Mills, Crewe, England, UK
  • Packaged with: Mornflake Quick Cooking Oats
  • No. of Cards: 25
  • Numbering: 1 to 25
  • Dimensions: 67.8 × 38.9 mm
  • Circa: 1953

Overview 1,2

Mornflake is a producer of oat and oat-based breakfast cereals. Based in Crewe, Cheshire, England, it was founded in 1675. The Mornflake brand of oat cereals was created in 1941, during the Second World War. The brand has been re-launched with updated packaging and a new products. The company has been milling oats in Cheshire since 1675 and is now one of Crewe's larger employers, alongside companies such as Bentley Motors. Mornflake was first launched in 1941 by the Lea family who have been milling oats in Cheshire since 1675 (for 14 generations). Mornflake is produced by Mornflake Oats Ltd., a subsidiary of Morning Foods, reportedly the 8th oldest company in the UK. Mornflake oats are produced from grain grown on farms throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Mornflake products are exported to 52 countries including the U.S.A, Japan, China, India and across Europe. The company has been a previous winner of the Queen's Award for Export Achievement. ¹

During 1953, Morning Foods Ltd., issued two series of airplane trade cards packaged with their “Mornflake Oats” breakfast cereals. Both sets consisted of 25 airplane cards. The untitled card fronts of both sets featured photos of British aircraft in flight surrounded by a white border. According to the Murray Guide², the two sets are simply titled: (1) “British Planes (numbered)” and (2) “British Planes (unnumbered)”. According to the Murray Guide², the “British Planes (Numbered)” set is the scarcer of the two sets. The measured card dimensions are 67.8 × 38.9 mm. As of 8/14/2013, Skytamer Images does not know if any album(s) was/is associated with either set.

The reverse side of the “numbered” set contained the following three main vertical elements (top to bottom):

  1. Four Advertising Lines:




    4. “The Best in any Packet”

  2. A text box with four vertical elements:

    1. The card number.

    2. A brief history of the aircraft. The first sentence serves as the card title.

    3. An advertising line which includes the set title: Series of 25 British Planes

    4. An advertising line in script: Swap them until you have a complete set

  3. Beneath the lined box there are three advertising lines:

    1. Made by


    3. North Western Mills, Crewe.

Image Guide

The following images of all of the 1953 “British Planes (numbered)” 25-card set by Morning Foods Ltd. are being presented as a guide to assist collectors. All of the images have been regenerated based on low grade image scans of the set and high grade scans of the 1953 “British Planes (unnumbered)” 25-card set to use as a guide. When printed out at 600 dpi, the following images may serve as “filler” cards to help complete your collection.


The checklist for the 1953 “British Planes (numbered)” 25-card set by Morning Foods Ltd., is presented below. Please note that this set is different from the 1953 “British planes (unnumbered)” 25-card set also by Morning Foods Limited.

“British Planes” (numbered)
Morning Foods Ltd., Mornflake Oats
1The Cierva Air Horse.
2The Short Sturgeon.
3The Avro Ashton.
4A Seafire landing on the deck of H.M.S. Illustrious.
5The Westland Sikorsky Helicopter.
6The Meteor 8.
7The Bristol Freighter.
8The Plane with a Nose for Trouble. (Gloster Meteor NF.11)
9The Brabazon.
10A Viking of the King's Flight.
11The Blackburn and General Y.B.1 Anti-Submarine Aircraft.
12The Hawker P.1081.
13The Westland Wyvern.
14The Supermarine Attacker.
15The Canberra.
16CROP Spraying by Helicopter.
17The Universal Freighter.
18The Flying Triangle.
19The-Tay Viscount.
20The Armstrong-Whitworth Apollo.
21The Balliol.
22The DeHavilland Comet.
23The De Havilland Vampire.
24The Avro Shackleton.
25The Vickers Viscount.


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  1. Wikipedia, Mornflake
  2. Murray Cards International) Limited. Cigarette Card Values 2011/12 Catalog of Cigarette and Other Trade Cards, ISBN 0-946942-31-2, London, 2012.
  3. Shupek, John A., Card images via the Skytamer Archive

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