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Don't Let It Happen Over Here (R44)
1938 International Chewing Gum Company, 24-Gum cards, United States


Set Overview


Series Title: Don't Let It Happen Over Here
American Card Catalog №: R44
Issued by: International Chewing Gum Company
Issued with: Chewing Gum
Country: United States
Number of Cards: 24
Card Numbering: 1 - 24
Type of Card: Gum
Card Dimensions: 63 × 80 mm
Circa: 1938
Checklist: Checklist

The “Don't Let It Happen Over Here” (R44) 24-card set was issued during 1938 by the International Chewing Gum Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This set is similar too, but much smaller than the 288-card “Horrors of War” set issued by Gum Inc. during 1938. This 24-card set features known worldwide atrocities that were being committed prior to the official outbreak of World War II. The color artwork for the set is primitive but effective. The card backs feature the card number, title, descriptive text, and advertising.

It should be noted that this card set is rare, and commands premium prices for higher-grade cards. For example, the average price for an EX card in 2007, was $70. During 2020, higher grade cards were going for $300+ per card on eBay. If you have extremely deep pockets, you might want to take on the challenge of collecting the set. Lots of luck!

The cards measure 63 × 80 mm, and are assigned the American Card Catalog reference number R44.

The following reference card shows the fronts and backs of a typical 1938 “Don't Let It Happen Over Here” (R44) card. Click on the card images to reveal full-size computer-enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.

(R44) Image-Guide


The following Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 24 cards in the R44 set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the (R44) Image-Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this article.

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(R44) Checklist


We have provided two versions of the checklist for this set: (1) An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and (2) the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access on print-out the PDF checklist version.

1938 “Don't Let It Happen Over Here” (R44)
International Chewing Gum Company, 24-Cards, United States
CHECKLIST
xCard Title
1Communists Shot Like Beasts
2Bombs Rain from Air — 400 Killed
3Death Rides in the Skies
4Terror Stalks Streets of Paris
5World War Averted
6Bandits Hung on Telephone Poles
7Prefers Death to Disgrace
8Palestine — An Armed Camp
9Ruler of the Sea Defied
1021 Shot at Sunrise
11Poison Gas the Unseen Killer
12Brutal Nazi Lash
13One Million Fighting Men
14Assassin Shot at Midnight
15Killing Has Become Fun!
16Whipped Until Dead
17Horror Camps in Naziland
18700 Killed — 1350 Wounded
19The Four Hundred Million Dollar Grab
20What Country Next?
21A Living Death
22War Against Women and Children
23Uncle Sam's Flying Fortress
24They are Gone Forever

Contributors


John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this Skytamer.com website in 1998. The Skytamer.com site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the Skytamer.com is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the Skytamer.com website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the Skytamer.com website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.

References


  1. Shupek, John A. “Don't Let It Happen Over Here (R44) International Chewing Gum Company.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2020. Digital Image Database.

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