Category Archives: Aviation Art

Tobacco Card Artist: Albert Operti

This story has virtually nothing to do with a pioneer of aviation than a pioneer of art. I recently completed and posted a feature article on Salomon August Andrée and his two attempts to reach the North Pole by balloon. … Continue reading

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1911 Philadelphia Caramel Company 15-Card Aviation Set

Having had my head stuck researching cards in the Wills’s Aviation card series’, I have been blind to many other period card sets involving aviation. This time, let’s take a look at the 1911 set of 15 Airships cards from … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911 – 75-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911  – 75-Card Series features 79 different cards, owing to different brands/backs opting for different aircraft/people to be featured on four cards: Cards No. 63. (2x); No. 69 (2x); No. 73 (2x); and No. … Continue reading

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Scorchy Smith Comic Strip

I must admit that while I have heard of Scorchy Smith, I was not around on this planet to enjoy any of his adventures when they first appeared. Scorchy Smith was and is an aviation adventure comic strip that appeared … Continue reading

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Leona Dare In The Air Up There

There are a lot of “maybe’s” and “postulating” within this particular article. I was glancing through the August 2017 magazine edition of Smithsonian, spying the cover story on “The New American Circus” but was more caught up in the “poster … Continue reading

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Intricate Airplane Model Built From Paper

I don’t know about you, but I now have clumsy hands. I’ve had my run as a kid building model kits of spacecraft, cars and airplanes and even didn’t do too badly constructing ancient sailing vessels that needed intricate rigging. … Continue reading

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The Airplane Chair

My friend Vincent sent me this photo with a line or two accompanying it, practically daring me not to go ahead and write 2,000 words on the subject because he feels I am OCD-like. To clarify, I write a lot … Continue reading

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Huntley & Palmers Aviation Checklist

What we have here, is a checklist for the complete 12-card series of Huntley & Palmers aviation series, issued by the French bakery company telling the story of an early aeroplane race. Full story HERE.    Card 1 – Preparing … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #67 – M. Louis Bleriot.

History Behind The Card: M. Louis Bleriot. Card #67 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, July 1, 1872 in Cambrai, France – August 1, 1936, Paris, France. This … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #65 – M. Henri Farman.

History Behind The Card: M. Henri Farman. Card #65 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Henri (Henry) Farman, May 26, 1874 in Paris, France — July 17, 1958, Paris, France; Maurice (Morris) … Continue reading

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