Category Archives: Aviation Art

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 #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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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards

Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910  – 50 Cards “Flying Ship” of Francesco de Lana. Montgolfier, 1783. First Balloon Flight in England, 1784. First Successful Crossing the Channel, 1785. First Parachute Display, 1837. First “dirigible,” 1852. First Successful Dirigible, 1883. … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #50 – The First Lady Aviator.

History Behind The Card: The First Lady Aviator. Card #50 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Elise Raymonde Deroche, aka Raymonde de Laroche,  August 22, 1882, in Paris, France – July 18, 1919 in Le Crotoy, France. What can … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #49 – “Rickman” Helicopter.

History Behind The Card: “Rickman” Helicopter. Card #49 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Rickman, – called Mr. Rickman… no data re: first name, date of birth or date of death. BUT… wait till you get to the … Continue reading

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Various Balloon Fantasies

I don’t know Daniel Berek, but he has compiled a grouping of images depicting fantasy aircraft before the Wright Brothers… of men and women who thought of things just a bit differently. Such as the Batson Aero Yacht… a flying … 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 #45 – Santos Dumont’s Monoplane, No. XIX.

History Behind The Card: Santos Dumont’s Monoplane, No. XIX. Card #45 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Alberto Santos Dumont, July 20, 1873 in Palmira, (a town now named Santos Dumont), in Minas Gerais, Brazil – July 23, … Continue reading

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Avro Arrow Blueprints

Here’s something I bet you don’t see every day. For fans of Canada’s airplane the AVRO Arrow, here are some photos I took of a copy of blueprints I have. If you aren’t sure what it is… it’s the Canadian … Continue reading

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