1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” (SUM-53)
By: John A. Shupek (Skytamer Images)

  • Series Title: TRAVEL Through the AGES
  • British Trade Index №: SUM-53
  • Issued by: Sumner's Typhoo Tea Ltd.
  • Issued with: Ty•Phoo Tea
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Year issued: 1962
  • Type of card: Tobacco card
  • Number of Cards: 24
  • Numbering: 1 to 24 on reverse side
  • Card Dimensions: 68.1 × 35.6 mm


The “TRAVEL Through the AGES” series of 24-cards was issued by Sumner's Typhoo Tea and packaged with their Ty•Phoo Tea products 1962. The 24-card set covers the various modes of transportation that man has used from the Viking Ships up through Space Travel. The card fronts feature attractive and nicely colored artwork which is surrounded by a rectangular thin black borderline with an ample white border. The card fronts are presented in a landscape format without any captions. The Backs of the cards are presented in a portrait format and contain the following six level vertical stack of information: (a) The card title “TRAVEL Through the AGES”, (b) The series length: “A Series of 24”, (c) The Card No., (d) The Card Title, (e) Descriptive text, and (f) Advertising copy “Issued by Ty•Phoo Tea Ltd., — Birmingham 5.”. The cards are standard British style cigarette cards measuring 68.1 × 35.6 mm.

An attractive 16 page album was available for the set. The album contained die-cut pages which contained insert slots for each of the 24 cards. This allowed the cards to be placed into the album without any gluing, thus maintaining the integrity of the cards. The album measures 5.76 × 4.95 in. (19.20 × 12.95 cm) and is bound with two staples in the spine.

Card Image Guide

The following images shown the fronts and backs of the 1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” 24-card set by Ty•Phoo Tea. Behind each thumbnail is a 600-dpi image that you my access.

1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” Original Card Scans
1 1b 2 2b 3 3b 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b 11 11b 12 12b
13 13b 14 14b 15 15b 16 16b 17 17b 18 18b 19 19b 20 20b 21 21b 22 22b 23 23b 24 24b

Album Image Guide

The following images shown the 1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” album images. Behind each thumbnail is a 600-dpi image that you my access.

1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” Original Album Page Scans
Cover Contents 1 & 2 3 & 4 5 & 6 7 & 8 9 & 10 11 & 12 13 & 14 15 & 16 17 & 18 19 & 20 21 & 22 23 & 24 Inside B.C. Back Cover

1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” (SUM-53) Checklist

We have provided two versions of the 1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” (SUM-53) 24-card set issued by Sumner's Typhoo Tea, Burmingham, England. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES”
Issued by Ty•Phoo Tea Ltd., Burmingham, 5.
1Viking Ship
215th Century Sailing Ship
3Sedan Chair
4Mail Coach
5Sailing Ship
6Prairie Covered Wagon
7Japanese, Jinrikisha
8Carried and Pair — Oxen
9Camel Train
10Russian Troika
11Elephant Howdah
12Dog Sled
13Hansom Cab
15Motor Scooter
17Underground Train
18Modern Train
19Racing Car
20Modern Car
24Space Ship
n/a1962 “TRAVEL Through the AGES” 16 page album


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 website in 1998. The 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 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 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 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.


  1. The Cartophilic Society of Great Britain. “TRAVEL Through the AGES (SUM-53), Sumner's Typhoo Tea.” British Trade Index (Part II) No. 27. Risca Newport, Gwent, Great Britain: The Stirling Press, Ltd., 1956, pp 142. Print.
  2. Shupek, John A. “TRAVEL Through the AGES (SUM-53) Sumner's Typhoo Tea.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.

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