1937 “This Mechanized Age, Second Series” (P50-130-2)
“This Mechanized Age, Second Series” Overview
This is the third in a series of three “This Mechanized Age” 50-card sets issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd., London, during 1936 and 1937. The initial 1936 “This Mechanized Age - First Series” set was issued with the following two minor variations in the card backs: (A) Inscribed “This surface is adhesive” and (B) Without the inscription (non-adhesive version). Other than that, the two sets were identical. All three sets focus on the advancements in technology during the 1930s. The the card fronts feature the “machine” in the backs of the cards provide a brief description of the machine's capabilities. This “Second Series” cover a plethora of subjects including planetariums, aircraft, milk bottling, train ferries, bridges, seaplanes, air beacons, snow ploughs, and even margarine packaging. In short, the series highlights the exciting new technologies being introduced during the mid-1930s timeframe.
“This Mechanized Age, Second Series” Image Guide
Behind each of the “thumbnail” images below is a 600-dpi computer enhanced image of the individual card fronts and backs. Directly below the image guide, in a tabular format, are the links to the original 600-dpi scans that were used to generate the computer enhanced images.
The fact that both the 1936 in the 1937 “This Mechanized Age” card sets had adhesive backs indicates that there was most likely albums associated with the sets. However, as of 3/18/2014 we have yet to see a “This Mechanized Age” album. If you know of the album, would appreciate your inputs.
We have included two versions of checklist: (1) the web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format checklist. click on the “PDF” icon to download the checklist.
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