1920s D48 Invisible Color Pictures Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title D48 Invisible Color Pictures
Year 1920s
Size 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Bakery
Number in Set

D48 Invisible Color Pictures Overview

D48 Invisible Color Pictures Back.jpgD48 Invisible Color Pictures.jpgThe D48 issue is a unique set of black and white drawings featuring various subjects. Most are non-sports related but there is a baseball card in the release.  They were produced by the Invisible Color Print Corporation in New York City and, thus, how the set was given its name.

The cards state they were patented on July 12, 1921, but it is not known how much longer after that these were printed. In some cases, products were developed quickly after a patent. Sometimes, the process took years. For that reason, I have called this a 1920s issue with the exact date unknown.

The drawings on their own look quite basic. The real allure, however, is that they were to be painted to provide a color image. Each card came in a miniature envelope along with a brush. The backs of the cards included a short description of the picture as well as some instructions.

To paint the picture, collectors were to use the brush and clean water to paint the picture. By painting over the card in certain areas with water, a color would be exposed and show up on the card.

The baseball card is No. 39 in the set and shows a player sliding trying to beat out a throw to a waiting fielder. It is titled, ‘A Home Run’ and a loaf of bread is also pictured in the corner. In addition to the baseball card, the only other real known sport is card No. 46, which is a boxing card of sorts. In it, a boy is pictured with boxing gloves hanging in the background as he is making a muscle for a girl.

Cards were packed with a variety of bread brands. Among them, were:

  • Betsy Ross
  • Nafziger
  • Pan Dandy Bread and Toasty Bread
  • Red Wing Milling Company
  • Smith and Seeley’s Perfection
  • Spaulding
  • Wool’s Bread

There were possibly others.

It should also be noted that other similar cards were produced in different sets. Slight variations are known for these different sets. For example, some similar cards look almost entirely the same as these but the card number is not preceded with ‘No.’ Instead, a number is merely printed. Those are clearly part of a different set since some numbers conflict with card numbers in this set already occupied by a different card. Some of these similar cards are shown here.

D48 Invisible Color Pictures Checklist

I have never seen a complete checklist of this set but below are the cards I have confirmed. 50 are in the entire set as is mentioned on some of the backs.

  1. TBD
  2. Dr. Jenner
  3. The Deep Sea Diver
  4. TBD
  5. Lace Making – Belgium
  6. TBD
  7. Sioux Indian
  8. Blowing Bubbles
  9. Chinese Girl Scouts
  10. TBD
  11. Bold Bad Man
  12. TBD
  13. Bird Neighbors
  14. TBD
  15. Signaling
  16. Elephant
  17. TBD
  18. TBD
  19. TBD
  20. Gardener
  21. Movie in One Howl
  22. Boy Scouts in Camp
  23. TBD
  24. Treasure Island
  25. Campfire Girls
  26. TBD
  27. Campfire Girls #2
  28. TBD
  29. TBD
  30. Watt Discovering the Condensation of Steam
  31. TBD
  32. TBD
  33. The Dogs of St. Bernhardt (St. Bernard)
  34. TBD
  35. TBD
  36. TBD
  37. TBD
  38. Country Friends
  39. A Home Run (Baseball)
  40. TBD
  41. TBD
  42. TBD
  43. TBD
  44. Columbus Caravel
  45. TBD
  46. His Secret of Strength (Boxing)
  47. TBD
  48. TBD
  49. The Daily Good Turn
  50. Snake Charmer

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