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“Sky Birds” (R136)
National Chicle Company, United States


  • Series Title: Sky Birds
  • ACC No.: R136
  • Manufactured by: National Chicle Company, Cambridge, MA
  • Number of Cards: 108 images
    • Series 1a - 24 cards marked “1933” cards
    • Series 1b - 24 cards marked “1934” cards
    • Series 2a - 108 cards with green ink text
    • Series 2b - 108 (unconfirmed) cards with ”black or dark green” ink text
  • Card Dimensions: 2-5/16 × 2-7/8 inches
  • Circa: 1933 and 1934

Overview


During 1933, the National Chicle Company of Cambridge, MA issued their first series of “Sky Birds” airplane cards. It appears that the initial series contained “48 ” cards. It was broken into two phases. Cards 1 to 24 were issued during 1933, while cards 25 to 48 were issued during 1934.

A second series was issued in 1934 and included a reissue of cards 1 to 48 from the original series plus 60 additional cards. Originally the second series was to contain “144 ” cards as noted on the reverse of the cards. However, only 108 titles were issued. There appears to be print variations on the reverse side of these cards. This would suggest the possibility that the series may have been reissued. We originally reported "green" and "black" ink print variations on the reverse sides of some of the cards. Closer examination of these cards shows a very "dark green" rather than black ink. Other collectors have noted "black" ink variations. The number of cards in these printings is therefore a mystery ... we know it's at least 108.

The American Card Catalog number for this set is R136. We have show examples of the various series below.


Typical 1933 Card Front


Typical 1933 "Series of 48" Card Back


Typical 1934 Card Front


Typical 1934 "Series of 48" Card Back


Typical 1934 "Series of 144" Card Back

Image Guide


1933 Cards 1-24

1934 Cards 25 to 48

1934 Cards 49 to 108

Sky Bird Wrappers


To date, we've been able to identify four wrappers for the National Chicle "Sky Birds" series. They all appear to have a generic design with a center graphic panel of blue and red with a biplane fighter being sought out by searchlights. The four variations of this basic design are shown below.


Sky Birds Wrapper 1


Sky Birds Wrapper 2


Sky Birds Wrapper 3
( Special thanks to Vladislav Kuchta for sending us this scan. )


Sky Birds Wrapper 4
( Special thanks to Doug Dewitz for sending us this scan. )

Checklist


  1. Lieut. David E. Putnam
  2. Rene Fonck
  3. Lieut. Thieffry
  4. Capt. Albert Ball
  5. Capt. James N. Hall
  6. Capt. Albert Heurteaux
  7. Rene Dorme
  8. Major Baracca
  9. Roland Garros
  10. Charles Nungesser
  11. Lt. Norman Prince
  12. Frank Luke
  13. Kiffin Y. Rockwell
  14. Sgt. James McConnell
  15. Lt. Bert Hall
  16. Max Immelman
  17. Lieut. Douglass Campbell
  18. Quentin Roosevelt
  19. Capt. de Beauchamp
  20. Edward RickenBacker
  21. Georges Guynemer
  22. Maj. Raoul Lufbery
  23. Baron Von Richthofen
  24. Lt. Frank L. Baylies
  25. Lt. Joseph Wehner
  26. Col. Wm. A. Bishop
  27. Lt. Col. Wm. Thaw
  28. Russell N. Boardman
  29. Floyd Bennett
  30. Willy Coppens
  31. Maj. Geo. A. Vaughn, Jr
  32. Lt. James Doolittle
  33. Capt. C. Kingsford-Smith
  34. Lt. Com. Frank M. Hawks
  35. Gen. Italo Balbo
  36. Charles A. Lindbergh
  37. Clarence D. Chamberlin
  38. Capt. James B. McCudden
  39. Edward A. Stinson
  40. Bernt Balchen
  41. SPAD
  42. Albatross Taube 1914
  43. Juan de la Cierva
  44. Admiral Wm. A. Moffett
  45. E. Hamilton Lee
  46. Capt. Oswald Boelcke
  47. Lt. Edward C. Parsons
  48. Amelia Earhart
  49. Orville Wright
  50. Ruth Nichols
  51. Lt. Werner Voss
  52. The Salamander
  53. Edmond Genet
  54. Georges Madon
  55. Maj. Reed Landis
  56. D.H.10 Bomber
  57. The Bristol Fighter
  58. Capt. John Alcock
  59. John A. Macready
  60. Capt. Roald Amundsen
  61. Gabriel D'Annunzio
  62. Wiley Post
  63. Nieuport Triplane
  64. Deperdussin Monoplane
  65. Vickers Vampire B.R. 2
  66. Lt. Col. Armand Pinsard
  67. Sidor Malloc Singh
  68. Fokker Triplane
  69. Ernst Udet
  70. Capt. Frank Hunter
  71. Winnie Mae
  72. The Spirit of St. Louis
  73. Lt. Paul H. Neibling
  74. Lt. Rudolf Von Eschwege
  75. Elliott White Springs
  76. Capt. Brocard
  77. Capt. A. Roy Brown
  78. Maj. Donald McLaren
  79. German Gotha
  80. German Junkers
  81. Macchi
  82. Parnell Panther
  83. Albatross D.I
  84. Sopwith Camel
  85. Lt. Alan McLeod
  86. The Austin Ball
  87. Eugene Gilbert
  88. C.B. Eielson
  89. Nieuport Rocket Ship
  90. Wild Bill Wellman
  91. Maj. DeSeversky
  92. Capt. Francis McCubbin
  93. Sopwith Tabloid
  94. Voisin 12 BN 2
  95. Buggatti-SPAD
  96. A.E.G. Bomber
  97. Capt. Thenault
  98. Elliot Cowdin
  99. David S. Ingalls
  100. Maj. David McK. Peterson
  101. Harold June
  102. Lt. Alan F. Winslow
  103. SPAD Herbemont
  104. Halberstadt
  105. Sopwith Torpedo Carrier
  106. Morane Parasol
  107. Marchetti-Vickers
  108. Fokker D.8

Special Thanks


A very special thanks to Doug Dewitz for sending us a scan of the #4 wrapper. Also, Vladislav Kuchta from Prague, Czech Republic for sending us scan of the #3 wrapper shown above. Vladislav is a long-time collector of chewing gum wrappers. He has over 100,000 items in his collection.


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