In 1950 Nabisco Shredded Wheat issued a set of "How America Travels" Cut-out Cards which were found on the back of Shredded Wheat cereal boxes. A complete set consisted of 36 cards with different modes of transportation. After cutting out the cards you then cut along the dotted lines, and then folded to make the card stand up. I have 31 cards with two of the number 24's. Missing from the set are Numbers 8, 15, 33, 34, 35 and 36. None of the cards have been colored. Listed below are some of the different types of transportation found on the cards:
There are cars, airplanes, military planes, Navy destroyers, trains, passenger ships, small pleasure boats, bicycles, trailers, buses, street cars, motorcycles, U-Boats, aircraft carrier, small private planes, and other different planes seen during WWII.
**Condition of Cards: The front of the cards are very clean while the backs of each card, while clean, show some wear from being attached to the wax paper bag which held the cereal. I have included a photo that has a picture of four cards and also a the backs of two of the cards.
I'm so happy to have grown up in the 1950's and to have seen first hand all the wonderful cereal premiums every little boy and girl either cut out from the box or jamming their little hands down inside the box to retrieve the fantastic treasure hidden inside. Below are some of those treasures I found in cereal boxes and I hope they bring back great memories if you, like me, grew up in the 1950's:
A Roy Rogers Cup, Jet Whistle Locomotives, Sgt. Preston Yukon Cards, Ranger Joe Mugs, Hopalong Cassidy Cards, Comic Books, all kinds of Halloween masks found on the back of each box, Tom Corbett, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin Toy Rings, Puffed Wheat Cannon Ring, Sgt. Preston Ore Detector, Captain Video Toys, Miniature License Plates, Cereal Boxes with Sport Players on the back, Howdy Doody Toys, Wild Bill Hickok Toys, Kiddie records, Toy Cars and Trucks, Superman Toys, Ah! the Diving Submarine and Frogmen using baking soda, The Dragnet Whistle, Toy Cardboard Guns, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Little Golden Records, and Lone Ranger items are just some of the premiums I can remember having. Many of the cereal box treasures are worth hundreds of dollars today so I hope you have some lying around the house. There were a few times I emptied a box of cereal out in the garbage so my mom would get another box just to get that very cool toy.
A nice group of Shredded Wheat premiums to add to your collection of vintage cereal box premiums.
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