Williamson Candy Co., 7-cards, United States

  • Series Title: Astronauts
  • Cartophilic Reference Number: unknown
  • Issued by: Williamson Candy Co.
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Year issued: Early 1960s
  • Type of card: Candy Card
  • Number of Cards: 7
  • Numbering: unnumbered
  • Card Dimensions: 64 × 90 mm


The “Astronauts” set of seven color photographs of America’s pioneering “Mercury” Astronauts was issued by the Williamson Candy Company during the early 1960s. The cards were printed on stiff cardboard trays of O’Henry multi-bar packages. The packages were designed with brown dotted lines to act as cutting guides. The cards are blank-backed and unnumbered. The Astronauts’ last name is used as a caption.

Image Guide

The following b/w images were obtained from “The Sport Americana® Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards, No 3, Part Two — 1961-1987”[1] and are for reference only. We need help to replace the b/w images with 600-dpi color scans.

Series Checklist

We have included the following two versions of the checklist: (1) the web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format checklist.

Williamson Candy Company
xCard Title
Carpenter (Need 600-dpi scan)
Cooper (Need 600-dpi scan)
Glenn (Need 600-dpi scan)
Grissom (Need 600-dpi scan)
Schirra (Need 600-dpi scan)
Shepard (Need 600-dpi scan)
Slayton (Need 600-dpi scan)

We Need Your Help!

As you can see from the above Image Guides, we need help to complete this Card Collection. We are in need of 600-dpi scans of the fronts of all of the cards. If you can help us, please contact us via the “Contact Us”. If your scans are used, we will acknowledge your contribution at the bottom of this page, display your business card, and provide a link to your website.


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. Benjamin, Christopher, and Eckes, Dennis W. The Sport Americana® Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards, No 3, Part Two — 1961-1987, Edgewater Book Company, Inc., Cleveland, OH, 1988, ISBN 0937424-36-6, p.28

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