“Sky Birds” (R137)
During 1941, the Goudey Gum Company of Boston, MA issued their version of “Sky Birds” airplane cards. The original series of course was the 1933 “Sky Birds” series issued by the National Chicle Company of Cambridge, MA. The Goudey series of 24 blank-Backed cards featured British, American, German, Italian and Japanese World War II aircraft. The cards were issued in wax packs of “Sky Bird Bubble gum.” The color artwork featured vivid tones of red and blue, but lacked in detail. The bottom of each card features a bright red panel that contained the card number, title, and a brief description of the aircraft. The cards were consecutively numbered from 1 to 24. The cards were printed on both gray and tan card stock. A Canadian version was issued by World Wide Gum Company, Boston, MA, which would explain the two different card stock colors … gray and tan.
Wrappers and Box
According to Christopher Benjamin ¹ “There are three wrappers associated with the set. The first has a red center containing a dogfight scene and bears advertising on the top and bottom flaps. A color variation of this wrapper, in green, has been recently discovered. Both these types are marked “Goudey Gum.” The third wrapper, which has a blue center and the dogfight swirling into the end flap areas, is marked “World Wide Gum.” The existence of the latter, plus the discovery that Sky Birds cards with both tan and gray cardboard Backs, suggest that the series may have been issued in Canada. The cards were also distributed with gum in small boxes which also came in either red or blue colors. The reference number is R137.” The Sport Americana® Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards 1930-1960, Number 2, Christopher Benjamin, Edgewater Book Company, 1993, ISBN 0-937424-66-8
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