1937 Donut Corporation of America Thrilling Moments Set (D146)

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Title D146 Donut / Doughnut Corporation of America Thrilling Moments
Year 1937
Size 1 7/8″ x 3″
Images Black and White
Type Bakery
Number in Set

1937 Donut / Doughnut Corporation of America Thrilling Moments Overview

grangedonut1937 Donut Thrilling Moments.jpgThis unique set was produced in 1937 by the Donut (or Doughnut) Corporation of America.

Cards were printed directly on the company’s doughnut boxes and feature both sports and non-sports personalities. The full, formal name of the set is “Thrilling Moments in the Lives of Famous Americans” and the issue included a total of 72 cards.

Images are presented in black ink various colored backgrounds. A title is displayed at the bottom and the backs are completely blank. Cards were printed in panels of 18 so four of them would make up an entire set.

Many famous Americans are featured in the set, but the sports cards are the keys. For sports collectors, the issue is anchored by baseball star Babe Ruth and football legends Red Grange and Knute Rockne. Boxing champions Jack Dempsey and John Sullivan are included here, too. That two football players and only one baseball player was included is interesting. With pro football still a developing game at the time, baseball is generally the more prominent of the two sports displayed in pre-war multi-sport issues. Bobby Jones (golf) and Bill Tilden (tennis) are also key cards found in the set.

In terms of non-sports personalities, former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt are in the set as well.

In addition to the cards, an also album exists. That allowed collectors to glue their cards into a book for safe keeping so these cards can be found with glue residue on the backs if they were removed from the book. The album measures approximately 10″ wide by 15″ tall. In addition for the spaces for the cards, the album included a larger biography for each subject.

1937 Donut / Doughnut Corporation of America Thrilling Moments Checklist

  1. Carl Akeley
  2. Fougere Audubon
  3. Bob Bartlett
  4. William Beebe
  5. Alexander Graham Bell
  6. Daniel Boone
  7. Frank Buck
  8. Buffalo Bill
  9. Richard Byrd
  10. Andrew Carnegie
  11. Chief Black Hawk
  12. Glenna Collett
  13. Davy Crockett
  14. Glenn Cunningham
  15. George Custer
  16. Earle Dande
  17. Jack Dempsey
  18. George Dewey
  19. Jimmy Doolittle
  20. Amelia Earhart
  21. Gertrude Ederle
  22. Thomas Edison
  23. Edward Ellsberg
  24. Cyrus Fields
  25. Ben Franklin
  26. John Fremont
  27. Robert Fulton
  28. George Goethals
  29. Red Grange (Football)
  30. Nathan Hale
  31. Alexander Hamilton
  32. Victor Hesier
  33. Patrick Henry
  34. Richard Hobson
  35. Sam Houston
  36. Stonewall Jackson
  37. Thomas Jefferson
  38. Bobby Jones
  39. John Paul Jones
  40. Francis Scott Key
  41. Abraham Lincoln
  42. Charles Lindbergh
  43. Frank Luke
  44. Dolly Madison
  45. James Marshall
  46. Samuel Morse
  47. Carrie Nation
  48. Barney Oldfield
  49. Robert Peary
  50. Matthew Perry
  51. John Pershing
  52. Molly Pitcher
  53. Wiley Post
  54. Paul Revere
  55. Eddie Richenbacker
  56. Knute Rockne (Football)
  57. Will Rogers
  58. Betsy Ross
  59. Babe Ruth (Baseball)
  60. Earl Sande
  61. David Sarnoff
  62. Sitting Bull
  63. Miles Standish
  64. Leland Stanford
  65. Charles Steinmetz
  66. John Sullivan
  67. Bill Tilden
  68. George Washington
  69. Anthony Wayne
  70. Major Whittlesey
  71. Wright Brothers
  72. Alvin York

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