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1955 “Planes”
Exhibit Supply Company, United States


  • Series Title: Planes
  • American Card Catalog Number: W452
    1. Planes—Jet Planes (“Printed in U.S.A.”) W452-1
    2. Planes—New Jet Planes (“Made in U.S.A.”) W452-2
    3. Planes—Aircraft (“Printed in U.S.A.”) W452-3
  • Issued by: Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, IL
  • Number of Cards: 3 sets of 64-cards
  • Card Dimensions: 3⅜" × 5⅜"
  • Issue Date: 1955+

Overview


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" 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 two separate series. The first series, “Planes” consists of 64 cards, was issued in 1955, and has an ACC Number of W452, and is identified by phrase “Made in U.S.A.” in both black and white. The second series also consisted of 64 cards. This series is identified by phrase “Printed in the U.S.A.” We are assuming that the Exhibit Supply Co. manufactured both series.

The Exhibit Supply Company photo type airplane cards were issued during the mid-1950s in at least three separate series:

  1. The first series of “Planes” cards (W452-1) consists of 64 cards. This set is identified by the caption “Made in the U.S.A.”
  2. The second series of “Planes” cards (W452-2) also consists of 64 numbered cards. This series is identified by the phrase “Printed in U.S.A.”
  3. The third set (W452-3) bears the set title “AIRCRAFT” and the caption “Printed in U.S.A.” We have only seen a few of these cards and are assuming that the set also has 64 cards.

The American Card Catalog refers to the initial set as “Planes” with the basic ACC designation of W452. If should be noted that the first two sets did not include a series title on the cards. Since the third set includes the set title “AIRCRAFT,” we are assuming that the first two sets bear the same title. In order to distinguish between the three sets, we refer to them as W452-1, W452-2 and W452-3. We are also assuming that all three sets were manufactured by the Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, Illinois. Samples of the three sets are shown below.


Typical W452-1 “Planes” Series 1 “Made in U.S.A.” card front.


Typical W452-2 “Planes” Series 2 “Printed in U.S.A.” card front.


Typical W452-3 “Aircraft” with “Printed in U.S.A.” card front.


Typical W452 “Planes/Aircraft” blank card Back.

Three Sets Image-Guide


Planes "Made in U.S.A."

Planes "Printed in U.S.A."

Aircraft "Printed in U.S.A."

W452 “Planes & Aircraft” Checklists


“Planes ” W452 (64)(64)(64)
Exhibit Supply Company, Chicago, Illinois

Checklists (W452-1, W452-2, W452-3)

Card #W452-1 Card Titles
“Made in U.S.A.” Series of 64 Cards
W452-2 Card Titles
“Printed in U.S.A. ” Series of 64 Cards
W452-3 Card Titles
“ Aircraft ” with “Printed in U.S.A.” Series of 64 Cards
1Lockheed F-94C StarfireLockheed F94(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
2Douglas A4D Skyhawk U.S. NavyDouglas F3D SkynightFairchild's Flying Boxcar
3Convair Convair-Liner 340Douglas XF4D Skyray(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
4Piasecki H-25 Tandem HelicopterDouglas AD Skyraider(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
5Republic RF-84F ThunderflashLockheed F-80(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
6Douglas F4D Skyray U.S. NavyDouglas F3D Skynight(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
7Convair XF2Y-1 Sea DartDouglas AD Skyraider(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
8Piasecki H-21 Tandem HelicopterNorthrop X-4(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
9Republic F-84F Thunderstreak USAFNorthrop Flying Wing YB-49Convair Air Force F106
10Lockheed Super ConstellationNorth American Aviation F-86 Sabre(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
11Douglas XF4D-1 U.S. NavyNorth American Aviation B-45 Tornado(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
12Northrop Flying Wing YB-49Vought F7U Cutlass(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
13Republic F-84F Thunderstreak USAFNorthrop C-125 RaiderLockheed's XF-104
14Lockheed R7V-3 U.S. NavyNorth American Aviation FJ-1 FuryDouglas Air Force C-133A
15Douglas A3D Skywarrior U.S. NavyNorth American Aviation RB-45C TornadoNorth American F-100's in formation
16U.S. Army L-23BVought F7U CutlassU.S. Air Force KB-50 refueling jets
17Fairchild C-119 Flying BoxcarMartin XB-51Convair's F-106 Interceptor
18Boeing B-52 Stratofortress USAFGrumman GuardianCondors F-102A “Delta Dagger”
19Chance Vought F7U-3P CutlassGrumman Mallard(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
20Grumman Panther U.S. Navy FighterConsolidated Vultee T-29(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
21Bell X-1Martin XB-51(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
22Boeing B-52A Stratofortress USAFGrumman Panther(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
23Chance Vought F7U-3 CutlassesGrumman Albatross(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
24U.S. Marines FJ-2 FuryConvair B-36D(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
25Bell X-5Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
26Navy's Viking No. 11Republic F-84E Thunderjet(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
27Boeing RB-47E Stratojet USAFBeechcraft Bonanza(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
28U.S.A.F. F-86H Sabre JetPiasecki XH-16 Capsule Carrier(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
29Rocket-Powered Bell X-1BConsolidated Vultee Aircraft(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
30USAF B-61 Martin MatadorRepublic F-84F Thunderjet(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
31Boeing RB-47E Stratojet USAFBeechcraft YT-34 Trainer(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
32U.S.A.F. F-100 Super SabrePiasecki HUP-1 Helicopter USN(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
33U.S.A.F. F-86F Sabre JetFairchild C-119 Packet(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
34Boeing BG-47BChase XC-123(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
35Martin B-57B Light Bomber USAFBoeing B-50B Superfortress(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
36Bell X-1ABoeing B-47A Stratojet(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
37U.S. Navy T-28B TrainerPiasecki HRP-2 Helicopter USN(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
38Regulus Guided MissileChase XC-123(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
39Martin B-57B Light Bomber USAFRepublic F-84F Thunderjet USAF(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
40Bell X-1A is launched from B-29 “Mother Ship”Boeing B-299(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
41U.S. Navy FJ-3 FuryConvair X-46(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
42Chance Vought F7U CutlassConsolidated Vultee X-92A(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
43Boeing 707P-59 Bell Aircraft Corp.(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
44Fairchild C-123 Avitruc Assault Transport USAFMartin P4M-1 Mercator(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
45U.S. Marines FJ-2 FuryConsolidated Vultee RB-36D(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
46U.S.A.F. F-86D Sabre JetConvair XP5Y-1(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
47Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter USAFBell H-12 Helicopter USAF(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
48Martin P5M-2 New Anti-Submarine SeaplaneBell X-1(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
49Convair GRB-36D FICON OperationMcDonnell XF-88(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
50Convair F-102 USAFMcDonnell Twin Jet Banshee(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
51Lockheed YC-130 USAFNorth American Aviation AJ-1(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
52Republic RF-84F ThunderflashNorth American Aviation P-51 Mustang(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
53USAF T-34AMcDonnell XF-88(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
54Convair XFY-1 PogoMcDonnell Twin Jet Banshee(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
55Lockheed WV-2 U.S. NavyNorth American Aviation T-28(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
56Republic RF-84F ThunderflashNorthrop F-89 Scorpion(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
57Piasecki H-16 Tandem Helicopter USAFDouglas D-588-2 Skyrocket(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
58Convair T-29 Flying ClassroomDouglas D-588 Skystreak(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
59McDonnell F-101 Voodoo USAFLockheed Constitution(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
60Lockheed T-33 USAF TrainerLockheed P2V(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
61Piasecki HUP-1 Tandem Helicopter U.S. NavyDouglas A-2D Skyshark(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
62Convair R3Y-1 TradewindDouglas A2D Skyshark(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
63McDonnell F3H-1 Demon U.S. NavyLockheed Constellation(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)
64Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune U.S. NavyLockheed T-33(Image not available - Need high resolution 600-dpi scan of card front)

Help!


As you can see, we need a lot of help with this set. We are in need of 600-dpi scans of the fronts of the cards show in yellow in the above checklist. If you can help us please use the “Contact Us” link below. We will acknowledge your contribution at the end of this page. If you have a Business, Business Card or a Website that you would like us to acknowledge, we'll include it.

Special Thanks


A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer, President of Roll-EZ Wheels, for loaning us his W452 “Planes” collections to scan. “Click” on Al's card below to visit their website and store.

References


  • Albert B. Kramer: Loan of R707-2 Topps “Planes” set to be scanned.
  • Card Images, 600-dpi card scans from the Skytamer Collection, 2010
  • Burdick, J.R., The American Card Catalog—The Standard Guide on All Collected Cards and Their Values, Kistler Printing Company, East Stroudsburg, PA, 1960, pp. 185

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