Power For Peace

Power For Peace Bowman released their Power For Peace trading card set in 1954. There were 96 cards in the set, each measuring 2-1/2" x 3-3/4".

While adults were fearful of the possibility of nuclear annihilation during the 1950's, it has to be admitted that little boys were often delighted by the prospect of the Cold War heating up: they wanted to see all of that cool military machinery being put into action. This card set from Bowman took advantage of that fascination with some really high-quality color photographs of (then-) current weaponry, from high-tech planes to missiles to atom bombs, being tested and used.

The card fronts show a color photograph, surrounded by a thin black frame and then a white border, with no caption or card number. The backs offer a large red Power For Peace logo containing the card number at the left, while to the right sits the card caption and a block of text.

Apparently the U.S. military itself was the originator of the images, because at the bottom right of each card back is the caption 'Official U.S. Marine [or Navy or Air Force, etc.] Photo.'

Value: Cards from this set in Excellent condition are worth about $2.00 each. A full set of 96 cards may be worth as much as $200.00 to $250.00.