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About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. Along with writing for a monthly industrial magazine, he also writes comic books and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. Along with the daily Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife blog, when he feels the hate, will also write another blog entitled: You Know What I Hate? He also works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.

Wills’s Aviation Card #60 – “Dunne V.” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Dunne V.” Biplane. Card #60 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – black back issue Captain John William Dunne, XXXX, XX, 1875 in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Leinster, Republic of Ireland … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #59 – “Vanniman” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vanniman” Triplane. Card #59 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Chester Melvin Vaniman aka Vanniman, December 30, 1866 in Virden, Illinois, United States of America – July 2, 1912 in … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #58 – New “Voisin” Biplane, 1911.

History Behind The Card:  New “Voisin” Biplane, 1911. Card #58 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Gabriel Voisin, February 5, 1880 in Belleville-sur-Saône, France – December 25, 1973 in Ozenay, France; Charles Voisin, July … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #57 – “Givaudin II.” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Givaudin II.” Triplane. Card #57 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Claude Givaudan, September 16, 1872 in Caluire-et-Cuire, a suburb of Lyon, France – October 30, 1945 in France. It’s … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #56 – “Howard-Wright” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Howard-Wright” Biplane. Card #56 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series Capstan Navy Cut black back 1911 issue Howard Theophilus Wright, circa 1867 in Dudley, England, Great Britain –  died circa 1945; Thomas Octave Murdoch, January … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #55 – Paulhan’s New Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: Paulhan’s New Aeroplane. Card #55 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Louis Paulhan aka Isidore Auguste Marie Louis Paulhan, July 19, 1883 in Pézenas, Hérault, France – February 10, 1963 … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #54 – “Piquerez” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Piquerez” Biplane. Card #54 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut black reverse Paul Jules Jean-Jacques Koechlin, in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), France, May 7, 1881 – August 17, 1916,  Étinehem, France. Alfred Ritter … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #53 – Vedovelli Multiplane.

History Behind The Card: Vedovelli Multiplane. Card #53 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Édouard Vedovelli, month-day-year in France  – month-day-year death in parts unknown. I always wanted to write that… to say it … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #52 – “Maxim” Biplane, 1910.

History Behind The Card: “Maxim” Biplane, 1910. Card #52 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills’, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, February 5, 1840, Sangerville, Maine, United States of America – November 24, 1916, London, Great Britain.  … Continue reading

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A “Look” Inside A 1909 Aeroplane Factory

The headline describes the journey… Published in the April 25, 1909 edition of The Daily Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana – page 43 – found via READEX, a Division of Newsbank… my source for early American newspaper resources. http://www.iw.newsbank.com. I … Continue reading

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