A new friend of mine, Mary Adams Urashima, author of the book ‘Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach‘, is a reader of this blog 0r at the very least the blog in which I utilized some of her wonderful writing to help provide an answer to an aviation postcard mystery.
You can read about that mystery HERE, with a kind reminder to search out the comments below for more cool information from her on the subject matter.
Mary, in her LOC (letter of comment) mentioned that I might be interested in knowing about the famous French aviator Hubert Latham who flew his plane over the now historic Wintersburg shooting at ducks! What a nut! I love it! In the LOC, you’ll find a link to her story on that.
Heck… here’s the link HERE.
Anyhow, let’s just call Mary’s note to me pure kismet.
For no reason other than I thought it was cool, I was already going to do a blog this evening featuring Latham on a tobacco card! Really. I only have a few of the cards myself, so it is all quite fortuitous.
That is him in the 1910 series of The Aviators tobacco cards (known in the card collecting market as series T 38).
Below… ahhhh, this is a so-called error card. This version of the card is under the auspices of the white-backed Tokio and Mezzin Cigarettes (by the United Cigar Stores Co.).
The card mistakenly calls Latham by the first name of Albert. And, what makes this an ERROR card (says the guy who collects sports cards as well as tobacco cards) is the fact that it was corrected in later printings!
Other cards of the T38 series could be found in the gold-backed United Cigar Stores version.
I’ll do a proper version of Latham’s biography at a later date. Promise. In the meantime, go check out Mary’s blog!
Kismet, I tells ya! Trust me… I know all about kismet… after all, my dogma was run over by god’s karma. I know… it’s a long way to go for a joke.