1936 “Aeroplanes & Carriers” (ZB7-0)
Amalgamated Press Ltd., London, England


Series Title: “Aeroplanes & Carriers”
Cartophilic Reference Number: ZB7-0
Issued by: Amalgamated Press Ltd.
Issued via: Amalgamated Press periodicals
Country: London, England
Number of Cards: 32
Card Numbering: 1 to 32
Type of Card: Airplane card
Card Dimensions: 38 — 70 mm
Circa: 1936
Checklist: Checklist

Overview


“Aeroplanes & Carriers” is a 32-card set of trading cards featuring British aircraft and British Aircraft Carriers of the early 1930s. The set was issued by Amalgamated Press Ltd., London. Amalgamated Press Ltd. is a British Publishing Company that was known for its British Comic Book publications. In the 1920s and 1930s Amalgamated Press Ltd. published several sets of airplane trading cards including: “Aeroplanes & Carriers” (1936); “Aeroplanes” (1933); “Famous Aircraft” (1927); “Fighting Planes of the World” (1934); and “The RAF at War” (1940).

This set was originally thought to be published in 1932. However, Bob Dros [2] (Amsterdam, Netherlands) pointed out that the set could not have been published in 1932 since Card No. 5 featured the Supermarine “Spitfire” prototype (K5054). K5054 was first flown on 5 March 1936 from the Eastleigh Aerodrome, Hampshire, England.

The cards feature thirty-one British aircraft and one aircraft carrier, the H.M.S. Glorious. The card fronts are all landscape formatted with a thin borderline and a white margin. The card subject, i.e. Gloster “Gauntlet,” is printed directly beneath the artwork in the lower left corner. The card number is noted in the opposite lower right corner.

The simple card backs are all portrait formatted with the text contained within a rectangular lined box. The text is divided in three vertical zones: (1) The card number, (2) The card title, and (3) descriptive text. There is no reference to the manufacturer, Amalgamated Press Ltd. or date of issue.

Currently, we do not have all the details concerning this set. For example, how was it packaged? What products, if any, was associated with, album, etc.? The cards themselves do not have any reference to its publisher, Amalgamated Press Ltd. The nominal dimensions of the cards appear to be 38 — 70 mm.

Image-Guide


The following 1936 “Aeroplanes & Carriers” Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 32 cards in the 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.

1936 “Aeroplanes & Carriers”
Amalgamated Press periodicals, 32-Airplane Cards
ORIGINAL 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
25
25b
26
26b
27
27b
28
28b
29
29b
30
30b
31
31b
32
32b

1936 “Aeroplanes & Carriers” (ZB7-0) Checklist


1936 “Aeroplanes & Carriers” (ZB7-0)
Amalgamated Press Ltd., 32-Cards, London, England
CHECKLIST
xCard Title
1Gloster “Gauntlet”
2Short “Singapore III”
3Bristol “Blenheim”
4Fairey “Battle”
5Supermarine “Spitfire”
6Avro “Anson”
7Vickers “Vildebeeste”
8Boulton Paul “Overstrand”
9Hawker “Osprey”
10Westland “Lysander”
11Hawker “Demon”
12Avro “Tutor”
13Hawker “Audax”
14Hawker “Nimrod”
15Blackburn “Shark”
16Supermarine “Walrus”
17Saro “London”
18De Havilland “Queen Bee”
19Bristol “138”
20Supermarine “Stranraer”
21Bristol “Bombay”
22Avro “Rota”
23Fairey “Swordfish”
24Handley-Page H.P. 52
25H.M.S. Glorious
26Fairey “Hendon”
27Handley-Page “Harrow”
28Vickers “Venom”
29Short “Knuckle-Duster”
30Saro “Cloud”
31Vickers “Wellington”
32Hawker “Hurricane”


References


  1. John A. Shupek: Card images via the Skytamer Archive Digital Image Database.
  2. Bob Dros: Card images via the Dros Non-Sports Trade Card Collection.
  3. Bridgman, Leonard. Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1936, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., London, England, p. 75c





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