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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. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.

Yuri Gagarin: The First Man In Space

History Behind The Card: Yuri Gagarin Card #48 of 48, Lyons Maid, Famous People series 1966 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, March 9, 1934 in Klushino, Russia, U.S.S.R – March 27, 1968 in Novosyolovo, Russia, U.S.S.R.; Gherman Stepanovich Titov, September 11, 1935, … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Caress the Air

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to providing my review of the book: To Caress the Air – Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight; Books One & Two. All I can say … Continue reading

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Manfred von Richthofen – The Red Baron

Card #53, Cigarettenfabrik Basma, German Men: A Collection of Famous Germans series 1934, German-language only issue. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, born May 2, 1892, Breslau, Province of Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (present-day Wrocław, Poland) – April 21, … Continue reading

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Ruth Law & Pioneer Aviator

Ruth Bancroft Law aka Ruth Law Oliver aka Ruth Law: born March 21, 1887 at Lynn, Massachusetts, United States of America – died December 1, 1970 in San Francisco, California, United States of America. Who gave the proverbial middle finger … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #85 – “Coventry Ordnance” Military Bipane.

History Behind The Card: “Coventry Ordnance” Military Biplane. Card #85 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue W.O. (William Oke) Manning, October 20, 1879 in Staines, Middelesex, England, Great Britain – March 2, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #84 – “Avro” Aerial Taxicab.

History Behind The Card: “Avro” Aerial Taxicab. Card #84 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912 – Black-back issue Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe OBE, Hon. FRAeS, FIAS, April 26, 1877 in Patricroft, Eccles, England, Great Britain – January … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #83 – “Avro” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Avro” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #83 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue. Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe OBE, Hon. FRAeS, FIAS, April 26, 1877 in Patricroft, Eccles, England, Great Britain … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #82 – French Military Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: French Military Aeroplane. Card #82 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Pierre Jean Pascal Morel, February 8, 1886, Nogent, France — August 27, 1914, in Reims, France. I … Continue reading

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The Future Of Aviation – From 1900

I suppose we’ve all wondered what life will be like in the future. I myself am upset that we never got those personal jet packs we were promised back in the 1960s. What we have above is a postcard from … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1912 – 85-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1912 – 85-Card Series, is like the 75-card series that features 79 different cards, only this actually has 89 cards – four extra depictions due to variances between the two tobacco brands publishing this … Continue reading

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