1940-1941 “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2” (R8-2)
By: John A. Shupek (Skytamer Images)
- Series Title: Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2
- American Card Catalog Number: R8-2
- Issued by: Pechuer Lozenge Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Issued with: (issued)
- Country: USA
- Number of Cards: 28
- Card Numbering: 1 to 28
- Type of Card: Package Design
- Card Dimensions: 1-5/16" × 2-13/16"
- Circa: 1940-1941
- Checklist: Download Checklist
This is the second of two series of Airplane Cards issued by the Pechuer Lozenge Co. (Peco), Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to America's entry into World War II. The Peco “Airplane Pictures, Type 2” package design cards were incorporated into Peco Candy Cigarettes boxes. The color images in this second set (R8-2) feature a new crop (circa 1940-41) of United States military aircraft. The original set (R8-1) featured a wide mix of United States aircraft from the 1930's. The fronts of the cards contain the card number, title, and a short descriptive text in a tilted red rectangle title box on the left side of the card. A patent line with “Package Pat. No. 2179376” is located at the top-right corner of the card. The two “side flaps” help form the packet, in which 4-four candy cigarettes were placed. These cards, of course, have a premium value over the cards with the side flaps removed. Collectors have the following 3 options when collecting this set: (1) Cards without side flaps, (2) Cards with side flaps, and (3) the complete shrink-wrapped Peco Candy Cigarettes Back with the 4 sticks of candy cigarettes included. The reference card dimensions of 1-5/16" x 2-13/16" do not include the side flaps. The Backs of the cards were blank. The American Card Catalog reference number is R8-2.
1940-1941 Pechuer Lozenge Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2” (R8-2) Image-Guide
The following 1940-1941 “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2” (R8-2) 28-card set by Pechuer Lozenge Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and Backs of the 28 cards in the R8-2 set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this series.
R8-2 Cards without Side Flaps
R8-2 Cards with Side Flaps
1940-1941 “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2” (R8-2) Checklist
We have provided two versions of the 1940-1941 “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2” (R8-2) 28-card set issued by Pechuer Lozenge Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., USA. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.
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.
Richard Lytle — Skytamer Images will also like to of knowledge Richard Lytle for sending us several 600-dpi scans of cards from this collection.
- Watson, James C., M.D. “Peco Airplane Pictures, Type 2.” Non-Sports Bible (NSB). Vol. I. Chelsea, MI: Sheridan, 2007. 627-628. Print.
- Lytle, Richard. 600-dpi Card scans
- Shupek, John. 600-dpi card scans from the Skytamer Archive
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