Category Archives: Air Shows

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 #47 – “Jerme” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Jerme” Biplane. Card #47 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Charles-Marie-Joseph Germe, in France This one was a challenge to find out all the information I wanted to discover. I couldn’t even find out … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #46 – “Herring-Curtiss”.

History Behind The Card: “Herring-Curtiss” Biplane. Card #46 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, in Hammondsport, New York, United States of America, May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930, Buffalo, New York, United States of … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #44 – “Cody” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Cody” Biplane. Card #44 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Samuel Cody, nee Samuel Franklin Cowdery, March 6, 1867 in Davenport, Iowa, United States of America – August 7, 1913, Farnborough, Great Britain (now … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #41 – “Farman” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Farman” Biplane. Card #41 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Henri Farman, May 26, 1874 in Paris, France – July 17, 1958, Paris, France. Though not stated, the image on this tobacco card is … Continue reading

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Daredevils Play Tennis In Sky – 1925

Above we see a classic 1925 photograph of Gladys Roy and Ivan Unger playing a game of tennis on the wings of a bi-plane above Los Angeles. Now regular readers will know I can’t just leave things at that. Who … Continue reading

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1910 Nice, France Aviation Poster

A really nice early aviation poster of the 1910 Nice, France aviation meet. The poster was designed by Charles-Léonce Brossé (born 1871 – died 19??), who was also known as Bsor or Bzor. He was a French painter; engraver and … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 2

Okay, it might have been written six months ago, but we’ve looked at the who, what and where of the world’s first international aeroplane contest – the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914) airplane meet in France … Continue reading

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