BOOK – THE AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE – ISSUED BY JOHN PLAYER & SONS CIGARETTE COMPANY.
John Player & Sons Cigarettes is a famous British tobacco and cigarette manufacturer that was founded in 1820. It merged with the Imperial Tobacco Group in 1901, but continued to produce cigarettes under its original name. Its cigarettes are still produced today by the United Kingdom’s Imperial Brands. This small book was issued under the John Player & Sons name and sold in the U.K. for one penny. It features the R.A.F.’s aircraft from the mid-20th Century. Like Imperial Germany’s similar cigarette albums, the small (only 5″ x 7 ¼”) book features 47 cigarette cards and descriptions of the R.A.F.’s various airplanes. The planes include fighter planes, bombers, transports, seaplanes, and such from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Each full-color cigarette card measures 1 ½” x 2 ½.” It is an informative and interesting handbook that details basic facts about the R.A.F.’s many aircraft from the period. The book is in excellent condition, with all the cards present.