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1955 Planes, Series 1 (W452-1)
Exhibit Supply Company, 64-cards, United States


  • Series Title: Planes, Series 1 (aka Jet Planes
  • American Card Catalog Number: W452-1
  • Issued by: Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, IL
  • Card Type: Vending machine
  • Number of Cards: 64
  • Card Dimensions (measured): 3.31 × 5.31 inches (130 × 209 mm)
  • Circa: 1955+
  • Checklist: Download

Overview 1,2


The leader in the field of cards retailed in vending machines without merchandise was the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago, hence the general term “Exhibit” for these cards. The “Exhibit” cards were designed to be sold direct, without a product, which was the distinguishing feature of the cards.

Card vending machines were mostly found in arcades and amusement centers, although they were not confined to these locations. The issues started about 1920, which makes Exhibit just about the oldest continuous issuer of cards in the business. Standard Exhibits cards are 3⅜ × 5⅜ inches, post card size on thick card stock, and many have post card Backs, although the usual Back is blank. Most of the recent issues have no identification of the supplier, usually just “Printed in U.S.A.” Other sizes and thicknesses of cards are known for other firms, and also some cards may well have been machine cards. Black and white, and tan sepia, are the common colors, particularly for the photo types.

The “Exhibit” photo type airplane cards were issued in a least four separate series. The first series, “Planes, Series 1” (aka “Jet Planes”) consisting of 64 cards, was issued in 1955 with an ACC number of W452-1. It is identified by the phrase “Printed in U.S.A.” in both black and white. The second series, also issued in 1955 “Planes, Series 2” (aka “New Jet Planes”) also consists of 64 cards. This series is identified by the phrase “Made in the U.S.A.” and has an ACC number of W452-2. The third series, which is not cataloged in the NSB² is titled “Aircraft”. Though not catalogued in the NSB, the logical ACC number for this set is W452-3. This set also bears the “Printed in U.S.A.” caption. This 3rd set was most likely issued in the 1956 timeframe or later since the Convair F-106A #9 card has a 1956 tail number. The fourth set in the series is titled “Missile” and was most likely issued during the 1958 or later timeframe since the Nike Hercules shown on card #15 became operational in 1958. Again, we have assumed a sequential ACC number of W452-4. We are also assuming that the number of cards in both the 3rd and 4th sets are also 64. The checklists for the 3rd and 4th sets are incomplete, so the 64 cards per set is only an assumption. Any help would be appreciated to finalize the composition of the 3rd and 4th sets. Sample cards from each of the four sets are shown below. You may also “click” on these images to reveal 600-dpi computer enhanced images of the card.

1955 “Planes, Series 1” (“Printed in U.S.A.” Series) Image Guide ³


The following 1955 “Planes, Series 1” 64-card set by the Exhibit Supply Company (W452-1) Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts of the 64-cards in the set. The Backs of the cards are blank and therefore not included. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access.

1955 “Planes, Series 1” (“Printed in U.S.A.” Series) Checklist


We have provided two versions of the “Planes, Series 1” 64-airplane card set issued by the Exhibit Supply Company during 1955. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1955 “Planes, Series 1” (W452-1)
Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, Illinois
CHECKLIST
xCard Titles
1LOCKHEED F-94C STARFIRE USAF Jet Interceptor
2DOUGLAS A4D SKYHAWK U.S. NAVY Smallest and Lightest Jet Combat Airplane
3CONVAIR'S CONVAIR-LINER 340 44-Passenger 300 MPH Transport Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
4PIASECKI H-25 Tandem Helicopter U.S. ARMY
5REPUBLIC RF-84F THUNDERFLASH Ultra Modern USAF Photo-Fighter
6DOUGLAS F4D SKYRAY U.S. NAVY Bat-Winged Supersonic Interceptor
7CONVAIR XF2Y-1 SEA-DART Navy Jet Seaplane Fighter with Hydro-Skis Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
8PIASECKI H-21 Tandem Helicopter
9REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK USAF New Fighter-Bomber Packs Heavyweight Wallop
10LOCKHEED SUPER CONSTELLATION
11DOUGLAS XF4D-1 U.S. NAVY
12NORTHROP FLYING WING YB-49
13REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK USAF New Fighter-Bomber Packs Heavyweight Wallop
14LOCKHEED R7V-2 U.S. NAVY Will carry 106 Passages or 36,000 lbs. of Cargo
15DOUGLAS A3D SKYWARRIOR U.S. NAVY Navy's Most Powerful Carrier-Based Bomber
16U.S. ARMY L-23B BEECH AIRCRAFT CORP.
17FAIRCHILD C-119 FLYING BOXCAR USAF and USN
18BOEING B-52 STRATOFORTRESS USAF
19CHANCE VOUGHT F7U-3P CUTLASS PHOTO PLANE U.S. NAVY
20GRUMMAN PANTHER U.S. NAVY FIGHTER
21BELL X-1 First Aircraft to Attain Supersonic Speeds BELL AIRCRAFT CORP.
22BOEING B-52A STRATOFORTRESS USAF
23CHANCE VOUGHT F7U-3 CUTLASSES U.S. NAVY
24U.S. MARINES FJ-2 FURY NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
25BELL X-5 First Airplane with Movable Wings
26NAVY'S VIKING No.11 built by GLENN L. MARTIN CO. Climbed 158 miles and attained a speed of 4,300 MPH
27BOEING RB-47E STRATOJET USAF World's Fastest Day-or-Night Long-Range Photo Ship
28U.S.A.F. F-86H SABRE JET NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
29ROCKET POWERED BELL X-1B
30USAF B-61 MARTIN MATADOR Pilotless Bomber Roars Away from its Launcher
31BOEING RB-47E STRATOJET USAF World's Fastest Day-or-Night Long-Range Photo Ship and B-47E Medium Bomber in Background
32U.S.A.F. F-100 SUPER SABRE NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
33U.S.A.F. F-86F SABRE JET NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
34BOEING BG-47B
35MARTIN B-57B LIGHT BOMBER USAF
36BELL X-1A World's Fastest and Highest Flying Airplane Speed 1650 MPH, Ceiling 90,000 Feet
37U.S. NAVY T-28B TRAINER NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
38REGULUS GUIDED MISSILE Built by CHANCE VOUGHT AIRCRAFT
39MARTIN B-57B LIGHT BOMBER USAF
40BELL X-1A IS LAUNCHED FROM B-29 "MOTHER" SHIP
41U.S. NAVY FJ-3 NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
42CHANCE VOUGHT F7U CUTLASS U.S. NAVY FIGHTER
43BOEING 707 Cruises over snow-capped Mt. Rainier America's First Jet Transport Plane
44FAIRCHILD C-123 AVITRUC ASSAULT TRANSPORT USAF
45U.S. MARINES FJ-2 FURY NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
46U.S.A.F. F-86D SABRE JET NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC.
47BOEING KC-97G STRATOFREIGHTER USAF
48MARTIN P5M-2 NEW ANTI-SUBMARINE SEAPLANE USN
49CONVAIR GRB-36D FICON OPERATION USAF Bomber as Carrier for Republic RF-84F Fighter developed jointly by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp., and REPUBLIC AVIATION CORP.
50CONVAIR F-102 USAF Supersonic All-Weather Interceptor Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
51LOCKHEED YC-130 USAF Turbo-Prop Cargo-Personnel Carrier
52REPUBLIC RF-84F THUNDERFLASH Ultra Modern USAF Photo-Fighter
53USAF T-34A Two-Place Multi-purpose Trainer BEECH AIRCRAFT CORP.
54CONVAIR XFY-1 POGO Navy Turboprop Vertical Takeoff Fighter Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
55LOCKHEED WV-2 U.S. NAVY The Flying Radar Stations
56REPUBLIC RF-84F THUNDERFLASH Ultra Modern USAF Photo-Fighter
57PIASECKI H-16 Tandem Helicopter USAF
58CONVAIR T-29 FLYING CLASSROOM USAF Navigator-Bombardier Trainer Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
59McDONNELL F-101 VOODOO USAF Supersonic Long-Range Fighter
60LOCKHEED T-33 USAF TRAINER Student Pilots get feel of 600 MPH Flight
61PIASECKI HUP-1 Tandem Helicopter U.S. NAVY
62CONVAIR R3Y-1 TRADEWIND Navy Turboprop Seaplane Transport Built by CONVAIR, a Division of General Dynamics Corp.
63McDONNELL F3H-1N DEMON U.S. NAVY Carrier-based Fighter
64LOCKHEED P2V-7 NEPTUNE U.S. NAVY

References


  1. Burdick, J. R. “Exhibit Series.” The American Card Catalog. East Stroudsburg, PA: Kistler Printing, 1960. 184-85. Print.
  2. Watson, James C., M.D. “Planes.” Non-Sports Bible (NSB). Vol. I. Chelsea, MI: Sheridan, 2007. 642. Print.
  3. Shupek, John A. “Planes, Series 1 (W452-1) Exhibit Supply Company.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.

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