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A batch of these went off last week. I have never heard of seen these before. Bird Men of the air by Texas Gum. They were somewhat pricey, I was hoping to land either Wright brother but came up short. I did snag 2 others. Any members here come away with some? Anyone else familiar with these little disc gum cards?

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Thanks for solving another E card mystery Richard......have had pictures of the two attached tins for years but no clue WHAT they contained. Texas gum was successfully sued by Colgans of Louisville here in July 1913 for Texas' design of chip type gum. The tins are incredibly scarce which is somewhat odd given how many Colgans tins are around. Those cards are absolutely beautiful. A great start to a checklist now! Thanks for pointing them out. Missed them. Which is good. I might have to start collecting E cards for a third time if I'd seen them.......

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https://books.google.com/books?id=lfdNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA519&lpg=PA519&dq=texas+gum+colgan&source=bl&ots=64BlD183NU&sig=-xw15t-k31d7NAMea_HpCsaWBUs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj2teHApKrYAhVJ4SYKHQn8DHwQ6AEIYTAL#v=onepage&q=texas%20gum%20colgan&f=false
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eBay link for these: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=texas%20gum%20bird%20men&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

Amazing colors.

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How cool to make this connection. I love this site and the connections that we are able to make here. 
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Rich, greetings & happy 2018!

Nice "snag" ...I'm jealous [wink]

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Great grab. Those are really good looking!
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Some super cursory research...........

Compared the (13) known subjects in the Texas Gum set to the T38 aviators set......

8 of the 13 were represented in the T38 set...........

Bleriot, Graham-White(2), Hamilton, Johnstone, Latham and the Wrights....

Some Wikipedia research on the T38's shows most of the aviators there with 1908/1909/1910 feats.........Todd's DB at non-sport.com shows a date of 1911 on that set.

The subjects who were in the Texas set but not in T38 include.........Ely, McCurdy, Moissant, Morane, Tabuteau.  Similar stuff there of 1908-early 1911 aviation feats.  So....short of new subjects that would put it outside that range, I think it's safe to say it's a 1911 set as well.  

Would love to know if anyone else has ever seen any from this set.  I emailed a long-time collector of such material but no response back from him.  Wondering about Pete D'Luhosch and John Shupek?  Didn't see anything at skytamer.com for the set under "Bird Men" nor under Texas Gum.

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These faux tin signs are all over eBay as well................

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Those are so cool! Anyone know what size they are?

I put them in the database:

http://www.non-sport.com/sets/11322

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I assume that they're 1-7/16” like Colgan's Chips cards from tins, but that's just a guess.
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Slightly larger than a half dollar.


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