1936 “Battleship Gum” (R20)
Newport Products, United States

  • Series Title: Battleship Gum
  • Cartophilic Reference Number: R20
  • Manufactured by: Newport Products Company
  • Number of Cards: 50 cards
  • Numbering: 1 to 50
  • Card Dimensions (measured): 2.375 × 2.875 inches (horizontal)
  • Circa: 1936
  • Checklist: Download


The R20 “Battleship Gum” series was issued by the Newport Products Company of Newport, Rhode Island during 1936. The set's 50 cards feature 48 U.S. Navy Warship cards and 2 Naval aircraft cards. The card's multi-color artwork fronts have the name of the ship and the card number printed in red ink. The backs of the cards are printed on gray stock with black lettering. The text contains a brief technical description of the ship. The cards were packaged in a beautifully-colored 1-cent wrapper. The 1-cent wrapper is rarely seen. The American Card Catalog reference number is R20.

R20 Image-Guide [1]

The following Image-Guide is being presented for reference purposes only. All the card images except card № 42 (U.S.S. Sirius) were derived from very low quality scans available from numerous sources on the Internet. The full-size images (click on thumbnail to enlarge) are therefore less than spectacular. However, when printed at 600 dpi, they may serve as adequate “filler” images until you acquire the actual card.


The R20 “Battleship Gum” checklist may be downloaded by clicking the PDF icon below. This document is presented as an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format document. The R20 Checklist presents the basic series information plus a Checkbox listing of the 50 cards in the set.

“Battleship Gum” (R20)
Newport Products
1U.S.S. Pennsylvania
2U.S.S. California
3U.S.S. West Virginia
4U.S.S. Maryland
5U.S.S. Mississippi
6U.S.S. Nevada
7U.S.S. New York
8U.S.S. Texas
9U.S.S. Arkansas
10U.S.S. Memphis
11U.S.S. Raleigh
12U.S.S. Milwaukee
13U.S.S. Omaha
14U.S.S. Portland
15U.S.S. Indianapolis
16U.S.S. Augusta
17U.S.S. Chicago
18U.S.S. Northampton
19U.S.S. Pensacola
20U.S.S. Saratoga
21U.S.S. Langley
22U.S.S. Lexington
23Navy Planes
24Naval Bombing Plane
25U.S.S. Childs
26U.S.S. Sicard
27U.S.S. Melville
28U.S.S. Dobbin
29U.S.S. Barracuda (V1)
30U.S.S. S-44
31U.S.S. Argonaut (V4)
32U.S.S. Bushnell
33U.S.S. Holland
34Eagle Boats(1 to 60)
35U.S.S. Tulsa
36U.S.S. Guam
37U.S.S. Medusa
38U.S.S. Vestal
39U.S.S. Bridge
40U.S.S. Brazos
41U.S.S. Nitro
42U.S.S. Sirius
43U.S.S. Vega
44U.S.S. Chaumont
45U.S.S. Henderson
46U.S.S. Kittery
47U.S.S. Relief
48U.S.S. Sandpiper
49U.S.S. Vireo
50U.S.S. Macon
n/aR20 “Battleship Gum” 1¢ Wrapper


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  1. Shupek, John A. “Battleship Gum (R20), Newport Products Company.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2015. Digital Image Database.

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