1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1)
By: John A. Shupek (Skytamer Images)
- Series Title: Aeroplane Series
- The Australian & New Zealand Index №: SY2-1
- Issued by: Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd.
- Issued with: Sydney Whole Wheat Bloks
- Country: Glebe, N.S.W., Australia
- Number of Cards: 56
- Card Numbering: 1 to 56
- Type of Card: Breakfast cereal insert card
- Card Dimensions: 55 × 40 mm
- Circa: 1950s
During 1950s, Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd. issued a 56-card set of “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1)Breakfast cereal insert card trading cards that were issued with Sydney Whole Wheat Bloks. The fronts of the cards feature drawings of both Allied and Axis combatant World War II aircraft. Beneath the drawings of the various aircraft, the card number is located in the lower left-hand corner, the name of the aircraft is centered, and the country of the aircraft's origin appears in the lower right-hand corner. The card backs are all generic and contain the name of the series plus advertising. The size of the cards are 55 × 40 mm. The Australian & New Zealand Index reference number for the set is SY2-1. The following reference card shows the fronts and backs of a typical 1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1) card. Click on the card images to reveal full-size computer enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.
1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1) Image-Guide [2,3]
The following 1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1) 56-card set by Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd., Glebe, N.S.W., Australia, Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 56 cards in the SY2-1 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.
1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1) Checklist [2,3]
We have provided only one version of the 1950s “Aeroplane Series” (SY2-1) 56-card set issued by Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd., Glebe, N.S.W., Australia. The PDF version of the Checklist will be published when the below checklist is complete.
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Bob Dros — Bob was born on a Dutch island that had a small airfield and a gunnery range for naval aircraft. Bob experienced his first signs of aviation addiction at age of 7, when he was seeing and hearing “Spitfires” that flew overhead from the nearby airstrip as target tugs. Bob's childhood memories include seeing and hearing the low flying Dutch naval “Avengers”, “Harpoons”, “Neptunes” and “Sea Furies” target practicing just five miles from his island village. Bob started off his airplane trading card collection by collecting the wonderful five series of Croydon aircraft cigarette cards, and the Van Dijk's Gouda's Roem albums “History of Aviation” and “World Aviation” and Dutch aircraft gum cards. Much later, Bob started to include other Dutch sets, and airplane card sets from nearby Germany, England, and France. During 2000, Bob started collecting as many airplane sets as he could in order to create an “Encyclopedia of the World's Aviation Trade Cards” which is scheduled for publication in 2015.
Bob's interests also include music. His first group in 1962 was “The Typhoons”. Starting in 1974, Bob played drums in one of Holland's best known blues bands “Barrelhouse”. During 1978 “Barrelhouse” invited the American blues guitarist Albert Collins to Holland and toured and recorded with him. “Barrelhouse” also worked with B.B. King on his European tours. During 2014, “Barrelhouse” did a 40th Anniversary Tour in Europe.
Bob studied psychology from 1968-1975, got his degree and worked for two years, but his love of music pulled him Back into the music world.
During 1986, Bob started his own business … Bel Air Models. At first, Bel-Air Models specialized in miniature musical instruments, like electric guitars, drums and classical instruments. However, Bob's lifelong love affair with aviation later changed the focus of Bel-Air Models completely to model aircraft types. Bel-Air Models specializes in odd types of model aircraft, which are not available on the regular model aircraft market, such as the wonderful airliner designs from the Inter-War years. Bel-Air Models mostly takes commissions from specialist collectors and constructs the models by hand from solid Perspex or Plexiglas. So far, Bel-Air Models has done more than 150 aircraft types, many of them twice, three times and even 25 times, dependent on their popularity.
In Bob's spare time, he writes short articles about model history for a periodic of a group of enthusiast flying model airplane owners.
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.
- The Cartophilic Society of Great Britain. “Aeroplane Series (SY2-1), Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd., Glebe, N.S.W..” The Australian & New Zealand Index, No. 30. The Cartophilic Society of Great Britain Limited, 1983, pp 211. Print.
- Shupek, John A. “Aeroplane Series (SY2-1), Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd., Glebe, N.S.W..” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.
- Dros, Robert “Aeroplane Series (SY2-1), Sydney Flour Pty. Ltd., Glebe, N.S.W..” Personal Collection of Aircraft Trade Cards (600-dpi Image Scans).
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